APO is an acronym for Advanced Planner and Optimizer. This is a large component of SAP's New Dimension products. APO is an entire suite of supply chain planner applications that increase overall knowledge of the supply chain and provide forecasting, planning and optimization. There are eight application levels within SAP APO: network design, supply network planning, demand planning, production planning and detailed scheduling, transportation planning and vehicle scheduling, global availabilty and supply chain collaboration.
SAP APO always requires a backend ERP system for execution functions. In most cases, the backend system is an SAP R/3 system.
The benefits of the SAP APO, is that it provides the basis for an end-to-end supply chain management solution, seamlessly linking all key processes -- from order generation to production planning to transportation.
SAP APO offers functionality for:
Supply network planning
Detailed scheduling Available to promise.
SAP APO Training is availabe both online and classroom bases.