Key Operational Evaluation Points for a Smooth SAP EWM or WM Deployment

Kommissionierplatz_Automatisches_Kleinteilelager_AKL_order_picking_workstation_Miniload_System_Trumpf_4_NRWhen the decision has been made to deploy either SAP Supply Chain Execution (SCE) Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) or SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Warehouse Management (WM) in your conventional and/or automated warehouses, the success (or failure) of that implementation can rest solely on the amount of advance preparation time spent.

Not only is it important to carefully evaluate potential integration providers, it’s also critical to thoroughly analyze a variety of internal factors to ensure the smoothest—and fastest—implementation possible. Operational evaluation steps include:

  1. Develop and communicate the business case benefits of the project throughout your organization during the planning, integration and deployment phases.

  2. Prioritize your team’s list of business, functional and technical requirements.

  3. Document all current data sources.

  4. Document any software customization throughout your existing operation, including warehouse management systems (WMS), warehouse control systems (WCS) and automation.

  5. Map future state processes.

  6. Identify both business and operational key performance indicators (KPIs) for both current and future operations.

  7. Document current automated processes (if they exist) and map them to planned automated systems.

  8. Document current transaction volumes per facility and process area, and plan for future growth.

  9. If new automated equipment is planned for installation now (or in the future), account for those investments.

  10. Anticipate the need for extensive change management communications, not just internally, but also with suppliers and customers.

Want to learn more about how to maximize your SAP EWM or WM integration? Read our recently published whitepaper: “Deploying SAP EWM or WM in your conventional or automated warehouse? Here’s how to get the most out of your integration.” Or, give us a call at 616.977.3950.

About Nancy Malone

Nancy is responsible for US software sales & IT consulting at the North American headquarters of viastore systems in Grand Rapids, MI. She has over 20 years of experience in specifying, designing, building, implementation, training, sales and marketing of technology solutions for the Supply Chain. Her focus is on helping customer’s apply technology to streamline their business processes, enabling value added solutions through listening, offering solutions and then delivering.

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