Since Advanced Planning is highly flexible and supports demand planning editing in every possible combination of contexts and levels, the Demand Plan download feature provides a means to download a demand plan that matches the demand plan page hierarchy with all the levels and context included.
Each page will include an excel button to click with the output matching the hierarchy preview of the page. If you would like a different hierarchy to download, simply create a new page. The lowest level of the hierarchy will be the editable level of the demand plan.
To upload a user defined forecast from this download file, please review the article Advanced Planning User Defined Demand Plan Upload
Dates and number formats follow the upload culture settings noted in the article Date and Number Formats and Customer Specific Currency
Date used for the period will align with the calendar the company is using. If standard month is used, the start date will be the first of the month. If 4-4-5 is used, the start date of the month will be the specific date of the monthly period. The date for weeks will be the start of the week set in the option "Week start" in the company (business node) settings.
Go to Page to Download a Demand Plan
To commence a download, click on the download icon above the hierarchy.
The button will be disabled if there is a report already triggered by the same user. Only one report preparation per user at a time is allowed.
Choose bucket type and time frame and Run
From the pop-up dialogue, select the bucket type to download (weeks or months) and the period.
The "Custom" period option provides the capability to enter a user defined time frame to download.
Click "Run Report" to commence the report generation
Report Creation Commences
Once the "Run Report" button is clicked, the report progresses below the menu bar and once completed is ready to download.
To download the report, click the hyperlinked name of the report.
Each report will appends its name with a unique date/timestamp.
The report will be available until downloaded. This means that you may move to different sections of the application or close the browser window (unless browser cache is cleared or becomes old) and it will remain until downloaded.
You may have up to 3 reports generated and held in queue until downloaded.
The report preparation will not affect other user interactions in the UI. You may change the hierarchy or even edit. The reports result will be before any subsequent changes are made.
When a tag chain is not complete, the entire row is removed from the report.
When there is a hierarchy with no data and report is generated, the downloaded file is empty.
The speed of report preparation will be similar or faster than the forecasting analysis. For example, if forecasting 50,000 nodes runs for 30 minutes, the report generation for the same 50,000 nodes will be prepared in 30 minutes.
The report is downloaded as a tab delimited text file. This can then be opened as an excel.
- Customers, Items, and Location levels include the name of the entity in addition to their code. The names include "***" in the header. These columns are automatically removed during uploading.
- The price values follow the unit demand plan columns. Pricing do not include currency symbols.
- Any row with UDF in the Forecast Type column denotes that the demand plan is user defined.
- Bucket type denotes the bucket value that was downloaded. M = Months, W = Weeks
- As stated earlier, the date and number formats follow the companies culture settings as defined in the section Date and Number Formats and Customer Specific Currency