105 portant step further. It analyzes the release performance with regard to customers or ma- terial on a daily, weekly or monthly level across all scheduling agreements, making it completely transparent. The solution displays the release performance either at the customer or material level or for SAP scheduling agreements. The analysis results are available at the touch of a button and visualized graphically on a monitor. Significant violations of the tolerance limits for specified delivery schedule quanti- ties, whether on a quantity or value basis or by percentage, are recognized immediately. Scheduling and production planning can be adjusted promptly, which smooths the pro- cesses along the value chain. Processing Incoming Release Orders Quickly Thanks to the qualified analysis of the release order behavior, the supplier is at the same time optimally prepared for discussions with the customer and can substantiate argu- ments with facts in price negotiations. Since the verification of release orders is automatic and therefore easy and fast, deviations are quickly recognized, and the supplier can react promptly. A significant advantage of the SPEEDI Analysis of Release Performance with Aggregation is the aggregated view on release orders. This way, it can be understood, whether release or- ders of a customer change gradually over time. They do not necessarily violate the tolerance limits but can equal out or amplify in total following the bull-whip effect. The analyses also allow conclusions regarding the release performance in the future, which allows even better and more accurate material require- ments and production planning. Controlling Releases Efficiently Another SPEEDI solution supports the ver- ification of the production and material re- leases sent with a forecast delivery schedule. It compares the release period specified in the current release order with the agreed times as well as the time periods from the previous release order. The agreements nec- essary for the comparison with the current release periods are stored in special SPEEDI tables since this is not possible in the SAP Standard. Whether agreed minimum and maximum purchase quantities are exceeded or under- cut in a certain period can be determined with the SPEEDI solution Min-Max Check with regard to scheduling agree- ments, materials, and material groups. Traf- fic lights indicate violations of minimum or maximum values and warn of a shortfall in the minimum order quantity or a capacity bottleneck in production because the maxi- mum quantity has been exceeded. The examples illustrate: If release order and production and material release verifications, release order analysis or purchase quantity checks are performed in SAP fully IT-sup- ported, efficiency and transparency in these processes increase significantly. This is a com- petitive factor not to be underestimated. WSW Software GmbH www.wsw.de/en Website Siegfried Kuri Head of SAP Product Management Digital BusinessCard The SPEEDI solution Analysis of Release Performance with Aggregation provides suppliers with insight, whether a customer has violated tolerance limits during release orders, or if their release orderbehaviorhaschangedgraduallyovera longerperiodoftime.This information isgivenperschedulingagreementoracrossschedulingagreementsaswellasonadaily,weeklyormonthly level. 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