Supply Chain Management Based on SAP Systems

Architecture and Planning Processes

  • Gerhard F. Knolmayer
  • Peter Mertens
  • Alexander Zeier
  • Jörg Thomas Dickersbach

Part of the SAP Excellence book series (SAPE)

About this book


Supply Chain Management (SCM) is not a buzzword like many others in management and IT - it is here to stay. "Megatrends" such as globalization and increasing specialization result in a complex division of labor at national and international levels. Lean and agile supply chains have become a major management target, and the interorganizational coordination of business processes has become highly relevant.

The complexity of today's supply chains cannot be mastered without the support of powerful information systems. SAP has established itself as the market leader in this type of IT systems. The book describes SCM using a pyramidal framework and relates it to the SAP SCM Solution Map. Desired features of IT support for SCM are formulated, and the extent to which SAP systems provide these features is shown. We describe the functionalities of SAP APO™ in detail, present case studies on implementing and running SAP SCM™ systems, and discuss SCM aspects of the new SAP Business ByDesign™ approach.


Internet SAP SAP Business SAP SCM business process complexity information system organization

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerhard F. Knolmayer
    • 1
  • Peter Mertens
    • 2
  • Alexander Zeier
    • 3
  • Jörg Thomas Dickersbach
  1. 1.Institute of Information SystemsUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Information Systems IUniversity of Erlangen-NürnbergNürnbergGermany
  3. 3.Deputy Professor of Prof. Hasso Plattner Hasso Plattner InstituteUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-68737-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-68739-9
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