May 29, 2019

Demand Driven MRP - DDMRP - Material Requirement Planning

Supply Chain Redesign and Performance Improvement - Zero-Based Productivity Management of Supply Chain - McKinsey Way Supply Chain Industrial Engineering

DDMRP provides theory and software for combining MRP/ERP with various improvement methods that attacked inventory to improve inventory productivity and reduce cost of production-distribution system - supply chain.


The mantra of DDMRP is “position, protect, and pull”.  The planning and execution steps of  DDMRP are:

  • Strategic inventory positioning
  • Buffer profiles and levels
  • Dynamic adjustments
  • Demand driven planning
  • Visible and collaborative execution.

The five steps of DDMRP
Jakob Bj√∂rklund,  Oct 12, 2018


The term “demand driven” was introduced by PeopleSoft in 2002.  In 2007, American Manufacturing Research gave the term a re-birth by using it as a part of their “Demand Driven Value Network”.

In 2011, Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning (Ptak and Smith) published the first blueprint of Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning positioning it as a new demand/supply management logic.

Demand Driven MRP supply chain software

Our Demand Driven MRP supply chain software provides next generation materials, inventory and production control planning and execution applications for global manufacturers and wholesale distributors who need to align inventory to true market demand, compress lead times, improve service levels and increase visibility across the supply chain.

It is compatible with any enterprise ERP solution.

MEIO (enabling DDMRP concepts) - OMP Plus optimizes inventory 

Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) calculates optimal safety stock values at every echelon of the supply chain for Make-To-Stock items. To do so, MEIO extends the single-echelon safety stock logic using desired service levels, observed demand patterns, forecast and lead times, as well as their variability.

What is Demand-Driven MRP?

A brief introduction by PMI Production Management Institute



Demand-Driven MRP in Short (DD MRP) has been introduced into SAP S/4 HANA with its 1709 Release.

14 March 2019

Key Points about DD MRP

It’s Available in SAP From 1709
DD MRP works on Buffer level Stock.
It captures Spikes in Demand
It’s only for selected Materials (high variability)
Stock-outs & overstock will be controlled
It supports MTS, MTO & ATO
It’s a Combination of Pull & Push
It’s not order based planning
It’s not an auto driven tool requires manual interventions.
It requires a lot of calculations and trails.
At the moment it won’t support Fashion, Retail, VC Model

Key Parameters of DDMRP

Identification of material
Maintaining Buffers
Adoption of Sudden Spikes
Manual Interventions
Visible and Collaborative Execution

SAP S4 HANA Logistics training Demo with explanation on DDMRP
Parminder singh
Published on 5 Jul 2018


Detailed Information about DDMRP on Demand Driven Institute Web site

What is ddmrp?
Typical ddmrp results AND CASE STUDIES
FaceBook Page:

Ravi Tulsayan - Certified Demand Driven Planning Instructor in India

Global Consultants on DDMRP


A road map to demand-driven material requirements planning
JANUARY 15, 2019

OCTOBER 30, 2018
Humans & machines: New supply chain planning team
Applied Intelligence, the application of intelligent technology and human ingenuity to solve complex challenges. - Architecting the supply chain of the future.
A lean and reliable approach, where boundaries between planning and supply chain execution diminish—we call it “Plani-cution.” Concepts like demand-driven MRP provide a path to run the supply chain solely on sales orders in real time with great automation potential.


A new approach to supply chain management

When it comes to designing supply chains today, it is no longer a  one-off exercise to determine the network. Now its is dynamic engineering and optimization of  the structure as a result of  predictions of  capacities, materials availabilites and demands globally. Planning  dynamically seeks for new disruptions and tries to counterbalance impacts. Intelligent planning algorithms are developed and they do the real time planning. On the shop floor,  the traditional MRP logic is being questioned and introduction of demand driven steering mechanisms is taking plae. Supply chains are composed of  automatic transport and warehousing systems. Modern supply chain management is based on a strong and independent supply chain governance that supports self-organization and powerful IT.

To do this on a real-time basis and efficiently,  standard ERP tools are combined  with new technology. Big data architecture complements the classical ERP landscape and makes use of IoT and AI technologies. Process mining helps to identify the relevant use cases that determine the future architecture. Systems and software are now developed in an agile way through consistent architecture cuts. IT really develops towards OT (Operations Technology).

Deloitte Exponential Supply Chain (DESC)

SAP S/4HANA includes new key applications to improve the supply chain dramatically. These modules and others are included in the Deloitte Exponential Supply Chain (DESC), powered by SAP S/4HANA® Enterprise Management. DESC is an SAP®-certified BAiO solution that provides a set of preconfigured business scenarios that can help your organization develop a vision and evolve fast to meet new business demands.

 DESC can show you the “art of the possible” for leveraging SAP S/4HANA supply chain functions.

  • Planning: MRP Live, demand-driven, detailed scheduling
  • The Advanced Available-to-Promise (ATP) function
  • Embedded Warehouse Management (EWM)

February 23, 2017
A holistic and transformative approach: demand-driven planning and forecasting


8 June 2018

How demand-driven is your supply chain? In most cases, the honest answer to that is: not as demand-driven as we’d like it to be.
Demand-driven supply chains correlate to growth
Beginners to Leader in Demand-driven supply chain implementation to reap big increases in profit margins

KPMG’s report, Demand-driven supply chain 2.0 – a direct link to profitability, looks at how rising customer expectations are driving a new approach to the supply chain, based upon increased flexibility and agility.
You can download the report

Infographic: Demand-driven supply chain 2.0
26 October 2016
KPMG International’s latest paper, Demand-driven supply chain 2.0: a direct link to profitability, looks at how rising expectations are driving a new approach to the supply chain, based upon increased flexibility and agility. The infographic presents significant benefits possible


SAP Blogs on DDMRP

February 10, 2019
DDMRP for IBP-Inventory

February 17, 2019
S/4HANA Demand Driven MRP (DDMRP) Functionality
Lingaiah Vanam

March 19, 2019
Demand Driven Replenishment DDMRP in S/4 HANA- Configuration Setup

March 24, 2019
Demand-Driven MRP – Part I: Over View

April 28, 2019
Demand Driven Replenishment in SAP S/4 HANA-Buffer Determination and Execution

Other Articles on DDMRP

JANUARY 15, 2019

Accenture - A road map to demand-driven material requirements planning

Through DDMRP’s breakthrough methodology, combined with the power of SAP S/4HANA, we’ve seen clients achieve tangible supply-chain improvement that benefitted the broader business.


July 11, 2018
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Demand Driven Technologies (DD Tech), the leading provider of Demand Driven MRP compliant supply chain solutions, today released a series of new innovations for their Replenishment+® NetSuite (R+NS) supply chain solution. Natively-built for Oracle NetSuite, the innovations enable manufacturers and distributors to have unprecedented visibility into supply chain execution and improvement in inventory management.

“These new innovations bring powerful Demand Driven MRP principles to our native NetSuite solution, making supply chain planning and execution easier and more efficient”

Michelin Selects Demand Driven Technologies Replenishment+ to Improve Supply Chain Planning and Execution
JUNE 12, 2018

Why Successful Supply Chain Digitalisation will have to include Demand Driven MRP
March 26, 2018
Simon Eagle
Supply Chain Transformation at Rotork

Effective production planning for purchased part under long lead time and uncertain demand: MRP Vs demand-driven MRP
IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 337, conference 1, 2018


Demand-Driven Supply Chain Management: Transformational Performance Improvement
Simon Eagle
Kogan Page Publishers, 03-Apr-2017 - Business & Economics - 280 pages
Many manufacturing and distribution companies are moving from the traditional 'forecast push MRP' to demand-driven supply chain management (SCM). Demand-driven SCM is an 'end-to-end' supply chain planning and replenishment process that enables companies to achieve their planned service levels from up to half the average level of inventory and requiring significantly less throughput capacity - irrespective of the level of demand volatility or lead-time length.

Demand-Driven Supply Chain Management is the go-to source for industry supply chain/operations executives and students. It describes the 'what, how and why' of the demand-driven SCM process. The key themes in the book are: what is demand-driven? why is demand-driven so effective? how to operate a demand-driven supply chain? and how to adopt the demand-driven process in your company? Readers can quickly grasp the essential concepts from one of numerous self-contained sections that present the book's key concepts from different perspectives. Online resources available include full-colour figures.

Demand-Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP) – The new paradigm in Supply Chain Planning
Today’s challenges in supply chain planning

Posts by Rui Pedro Dantas in SAP Blogs in 2016 on DDMRP

Demand-Driven MRP – Part I: Introduction

Demand-Driven MRP – Part II: Why is DDMRP needed?

Demand-Driven MRP – Part III: Strategic Inventory Positioning

Demand-Driven MRP – Part IV: Buffers

Demand-Driven MRP – Part V: Buffer Adjustments

Demand-Driven MRP – Part VI: Planning


Interpreting and Applying Demand Driven MRP: A Case Study

PhD thesis by Mathias Ihme
Nottingham Trend University, 2015

DDMRP Research Papers and Theses

Demand Driven MRP: assessment of a new approach to materials management
Romain Miclo, Matthieu Lauras, Franck Fontanili, Jacques Lamothe
International Journal of Production Research
Volume 57, 2019 - Issue 1
We evaluate its effectiveness relative to two other widely accepted approaches – MRP II and Kanban/Lean production – through a series of structured computer simulation experiments. The results strongly indicate that DDMRP does represent a superior approach – one that warrants further academic study.

Material management without forecasting: From MRP to demand driven MRP
Alaitz Kortabarria, Unai Apaolaza, Aitor Lizarralde, Itxaso Amorrortu
Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management
Vol 11, No 4 (2018)

The present analyzes the implementation of DDMRP in a real company. The results clearly show that using DDMRP the company increased visibility in the supply chain. In addition, the inventory level was reduced by 52.53% while material consumption was increased by 8.7%. These results were achieved while maintaining the high service level.
Download the paper from:

Updated on 30 May 2019, 26 May 2019

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