With the next release of the SAP ECC successor SAP S / 4 HANA (1610) announced for autumn 2016, EWM will be integrated into the ERP system as a warehouse management system.
The so-called "EWM on S / 4 HANA" has a slightly restricted range of functions (e.g. the transport cross-docking and the Demand Planning Laboratory are missing), but benefits from fewer interfaces (CIF and TRFC queues are no longer necessary, integration of the EWM- Material master records in the ERP material master, no more copies between the systems, etc.) and by simplifying the S / 4 HANA (using central business partners instead of customers and vendors, etc.) from embedding in the ERP system. The MFS component functions analogously to an external EWM on the central SCE-Plattform.
The basic functions of the EWM on S / 4 HANA are not separately licensed as an alternative to the classic WM. When using extended functionalities such as the MFS or Logistic Additional Services (VAS), the price calculation works in the same way as the external EWM based on the number of delivery items
Future of Warehouse Management
The classic warehouse management will be disabled on the S / 4 HANA system by the end of 2025. All companies that use the classic WM and consider the option of switching over to S / 4 HANA in the next few years should address the problem at an early stage. If necessary, the introduction of the external EWM and subsequent re-integration into the ERP system can also be useful in order to minimize the risks of a subsequent, almost simultaneous S / 4 HANA and EWM conversion.
The SAP updated the deactivation date of the classic WM and has now (as in the end of the support for the ECC) specified the 31.12.2025.
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