We all know and saw the classic SAP (decentral) EWM product for large warehouse distribution centres. But now we hear SAP planned full-fledged EWM embedded in S/4HANA which includes TM and QM integration for the next EWM release (SAP EWM in S/4HANA). Recently I read several blogs on SAP portal and Webinar on innovations happening with SAP Extended Warehouse Management. I am always curious to know S/4 HANA, the next generation ERP business suite right from premise market with 1511 and S/4 HANA 1610. Now, SAP planned EWM in next S/4 HANA Release with advanced integration and optimized warehousing.
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EWM is now available on S/4 HANA with advance functions. For those customers who don’t want to operate WMS on separate instance can use the embeded SAP EWM in S/4HANA.
Clients with S/4HANA can run centralized or decentralized EWM.
With all these information from SAP innovations, we can feel happy that EWM is the main WMS system from SAP.
SAP promoting EWM product to small, medium and large scale businesses across most industries. please click here for SAP road maps.
SAP S/4 HANA 1610 release information contains that Embedded EWM in S/4 HANA is available in two versions, Basic Warehouse management and Advanced Warehouse Management. (read SAP note 234770 for more information).
First please see below new EWM release overview map.
The planned SAP EWM innovations and tentative future release may had new features as below
EWM in S/4HANBA
FIORI APP to maintain material master includes EWM data
EWM-TM integration –
Enhance QM Scope
Changing outbound deliveries – After distribute to EWM the delivery change in ERP is not allowed now but planned future decentral EWM and S/4HANA would allow change or cancel an order
Analytics – New set of Warehouse analytics for EWM running on HANA and also for EWM embedded in S/4HANA . The warehouse execution shift wise reports like Open overdue outbound items and Open overdue wave pick items.
Supply chain execution main component is transportation management.
Now the planned TM-EWM integration in S/4HANA planned 1709
Quality Management in SAP EWM
We may see functions like partial usage decision, Customer returns inspection, Acceptance sampling and much more planned for S/4HANA 1709
- Support changes of outbound delivery in ERP.
- Warehouse analytics: KPI based core data Services. Example: EWM Outbound delivery orders and EWM executed work load shift wise
Labour Management Enhancements where customers are looking to track and monitor shift based RF users along with time and attendance. More in-depth features like time distance travel and with enhanced flexibility of labour standards. In the monitor adding new nodes like shifts and time attendance in Labour Management. Also now we may had a processer master data with expanded controls. Currently Labour management configuration of work with “External steps” and now adding new work called “job activity code” example case picking, batch picking, loading. This also allows to determine the external step form many different kind of information.
Time and attendance
Tracking and monitoring
Retail/E-commerce Enhancements – Pick to cart handling where user pick items for multiple customers in one go. FIORI App may had new features like identify HU or product, Inspection and sorting. Enable EWM to start return process
FIORI App for Pick Cart Handling
Enhancement for E-commerce Returns
once time once piece order routing
Package building for full/ in complete product/ mixed pallets
Package algorithm can be used by SAP TM and SAP EWM
Combined picking with enhanced features
Skip delivery request objects
Simplify reverse loading
RF Enhancements in the area of Loading
Better support SD Matrix barcodes.
You may find lot of lot of articles from official sap blog site and Please read below most important for SAP EWM with S/4HANA