SAP’s Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) solution has become an integral part of the storage and distribution operations of many organizations. For large and large warehouses, a decentralized implementation is often the most suitable option as it is better able to handle higher throughput. However, for smaller and medium-sized storage operations, a decentralized implementation may seem excessive and implementation costs become a deterrent.
For those cases, SAP instead offers the option to implement a centralized EWM solution as an embedded application component in S / 4 HANA. This can be a much more cost-effective way for companies to manage and optimize warehouse operations in the right conditions and offers many advantages over a more complex decentralized implementation.
Simplified system landscape
An embedded EWM solution drastically simplifies the IT landscape and lowers the total cost of ownership. With a single manageable solution and a common user experience across all facets of ERP and warehouse management, user engagement and productivity are also increased.
The benefits of running a single solution extend to creating an environment where all processes, including those for planning and execution, product development, warehouse, quality and transportation, can be easily integrated to provide easy end-to-end operations management. possible.
SAP Best Practices has been built over years of collaboration with companies active at every stage of the supply chain and offers a comprehensive offering of preconfigured processes, sample structures and automated workflows that can be implemented “out-of-the-box”. acceleration of both system implementation and ROI.
SAP offers two options for implementing an embedded EWM solution, with different functionality depending on individual business requirements. The Basic Embedded EWM option is included in the cost of S / 4 HANA licenses, keeping implementation and operating costs low. This option includes inventory transparency and control functionality, including inventory, process, and layout management. The Advanced Embedded EWM option includes enhanced functionality, but also involves additional licensing costs. This option includes more detailed functionality that helps to further improve warehouse operations optimization, including wave, yard and labor management.
With EWM embedded in the S / 4 HANA platform, the functionality of S / 4 HANA’s built-in analytics engine can be used to provide detailed analysis and reporting of not only live transaction data, but also to enable real-time monitoring of warehouse operations. to make. Preconfigured reports and live dashboards are available for a wide variety of users, tailored to their specific tasks. Unified access to essential performance information in real time helps increase accuracy and productivity, while decision makers can take informed actions based on the real-time status of the activities.
Less data duplication
Since all storage and transaction data is held in the S / 4 HANA database, the need for data replication has been significantly reduced. Master data does not have to be duplicated and then makes the use of CIF (Core Interface) superfluous. In addition, since transaction data can be read directly, there is also no need for an EGR (Expected Goods Receipt) document. By eliminating the need for multiple copies of the same information, storage costs are much lower and network load is reduced, freeing up valuable resources.
It is critical for organizations to evaluate the best options for their own individual purposes, but with the flexibility to deploy EWM in multiple ways, SAP has further increased the value of one of the most popular warehouse management solutions available today. Should you need help choosing the right option for your needs, Invenio’s expert consultants are on hand to walk you through the process and ensure it is best suited to your business.