Warehouse management with SAP® in upheaval:
The time of SAP WM is running out, SAP has already been relying on SAP EWM for some time, which in the meantime has also been fully integrated into S/4HANA again. As a stand-alone solution for large and automated warehouse applications, EWM can still be used as a decentralized EWM variant in S/4Hana. Another option is SAP Stock Room Management, a streamlined version of SAP WM. Here, decision-makers face challenges: Which solution fits our requirements, how do we smoothly manage a changeover which one brings the most optimization potential for my warehouse? The overall strategy of SAP S/4HANA affects all areas of the company. SAP EWM must therefore be integrated into this overall view – but can also be the driver. This decision has to be weighed up in terms of benefit orientation, functionality, costs, available resources, the corporate strategy and the specific corporate situation in intralogistics.
In many companies, the possibilities of the SAP® system in the area of warehouse management are not fully or only slightly used. Reasons for this are on the one hand a general need to optimize processes and on the other hand a lack of knowledge of the various options, methods and procedures. Likewise, activities for further optimization are often stalled after the system implementation process has been completed, since it is usually viewed and assessed from an IT perspective and not always sufficiently from a logistics perspective. Before any software changeover, a pain point analysis and the definition of optimization targets should be performed in order to improve opportunities in terms of efficiency, process times, process reliability and transparency. Because with SAP EWM, many new and optimized logistics processes can also be implemented in your company!
However, warehouse management and warehouse control are generally not a trivial topic. Despite many processes that can be mapped in the standard, it is always necessary to solve special processes specifically and to consider the real material flow. Special processes can also be implemented efficiently and in an update-capable manner using sensible add-ons and best practices. Decisions are made in the project as to whether the standard is sufficient or whether add-ons should be used.