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Overview of Functional Differences between the different SAP EWM Products and Deployment Options

Co-Authored by: Jörg Michaelis

 

The following document contains functional differences between the different SAP EWM deployment options. The information is based on the release of SAP S/4HANA 1809 FPS02 in May 2019 and the latest EWM business suite release SAP EWM 9.5.

 

The intention of the overview is to provide customers, partners and consultants a guidance to select the right deployment option for the customer projects. Therefore, this document shows major function/feature differences from business perspective, instead of technical details of the single deployment option/production version. For more technical information, please always refer to the respective release note of each product version, for example, SAP Note 2775345 with the release and restriction information of Decentralized EWM on SAP S/4HANA 1809FPS2, and SAP Note 2668150 for embedded EWM on SAP S/4HANA 1809, etc.. In addition SAP recommends to check the SAP Note 1606493 „SAP EWM Deployment Options Best Practices“. In general SAP recommends to start new projects only on the SAP S/4HANA stack as this is the future platform for Extended Warehouse Management and is planned to receive innovations with future releases.

 

The table below contains only entries with known differences. Features which are identical between the deployment options are not listed.

 

The overview doesn’t include differences between SAP Extended Warehouse Management and WM. The overview doesn’t include a delta comparison between different SAP S/4HANA releases or between different business suite releases. In general, new functions developed with SAP S/4HANA1809 and above are not supported by the business suite release (e.g., EWM9.5), and not listed unless there’s a difference between the embedded and decentralized EWM based on SAP S/4HANA. Therefore the „what‘s new documents“ are recommended.

 

The next update of this document is planned to be published in September 2019 with the planned release of SAP S/4HANA 1909.

 

Feature EWM embedded in S/4HANA Decentralized EWM based on SAP S/4HANA EWM 9.5
Inbound Processing

Returns processing (customer returns & returns in distributed networks) without using Advanced Returns Management

 

Not supported, planned with a future release Supported Supported
Fiori App E-Commerce Returns (planned and Unplanned customer returns) Not supported, planned with a future release Planned with 1909 Supported
Outbound Processing
EWM Freight Order Management (FOM) Not supported, not strategic, while Transportation Unit is available; Use of SAP TM is recommended for comprehensive transportation functionality Not supported, not strategic, while Transportation Unit is available; Use of SAP TM is recommended for comprehensive transportation functionality Supported
EWM Routing Guide and all the related EWM functions, with below examples *1 *2, *3, *4 Not supported Planned with 1909 Supported
*1 Simulation Tool on Route Determination Not supported Planned with 1909 Supported
*2 Transportation Cross Docking Not supported Planned with 1909 Supported
*3 Delivery scheduling using EWM Routing guide Not supported Planned with 1909 Supported
*4 Automatic delivery splits in case of different routes Not supported Planned with 1909 Supported
SAP AR Warehouse Picker Not Supported; Planned with a future release with lower priority Not Supported; Planned with a future release with lower priority Supported
Master Data
Maintain EWM warehouse attributes in the central Fiori app “Manage Product Master Data” Supported Supported Not supported
Receive ERP Packing instructions as SCM Packaging Specifications Planned with 1909 Planned with 1909 Supported
Batch Master Maintenance in EWM Supported Supported via creation of new batches in EWM inbound delivery Transactions/APPs. [1] Supported
Support batch level “batch on plant“ Supported Planned with 1909 Supported
Support batch level “global batch” Supported Planned with 1909 Supported
Cross Topics
Labor Demand Planning

Currently not supported, planned with a future release after conversion to Fiori App and technical backend change

 

Currently not supported, planned with a future release after conversion to Fiori App and technical backend change

 

Supported
Transit Warehousing Supported

Supported

Please refer to note 2808265 for details

Supported
Warehouse Billing

Supported, with the following conditions:

1)      Business Suite TM – TM9.3 and above;

2)      TM in S/4HANA – 1809 and above

Planned with 1909, with the following conditions:

1)      Business Suite TM – TM9.3 and above;

2)      TM in S/4HANA – 1809 and above

Supported, with the following conditions:

1)      Business Suite TM – TM9.3 and above;

2)      TM in S/4HANA – 1809 and above

UI5 App to support carrier access for maintaining dock appointments DAS Not supported, planned to offer a native Fiori app in a future release Not supported, planned to offer a native Fiori app in a future release Supported
Re-use ERP delivery number in EWM delivery request objects Supported Planned with 1909 Not supported
Quality Inspection Engine (QIE) for quality management processes with ERP QM integration, as well as standalone quality inspection processes without ERP QM integration [2] Not Applicable Supported (with restriction *5, *6, *7, *8, *9) Supported
*5 QIE Standalone Processes: Preliminary inbound delivery inspections (QIE IOT 1) Not Applicable Not supported, not strategic Supported
*6 With ERP QM Integration: Automatic creation of separate warehouse tasks to move sample quantity to an inspection area Not Applicable

Currently not supported, planned with a future release.

For now such movement tasks for sample quantities can be created manually

Supported
*7 With ERP QM Integration: QIE Document Attachments (e.g. inspection rule, inspection document) Not Applicable Not supported, not strategic Supported
*8 With ERP QM Integration: Non-100 % inspection procedure Not Applicable Not supported, not strategic Supported
*9 With ERP QM Integration: Dynamic Modification in the QIE inspection rule Not Applicable Not supported, not strategic Supported
With ERP QM Integration: Automatic Master Data Synchronization to control QM Processes Not Applicable Planned with 1909 Not Supported
QM Activation Without Using Inspection Rules Planned with 1909 Not Supported Not Supported
QM: Support Inspection Lots “01” and “04” with Inspection Origin “17” Planned with 1909 Not Supported Not Supported
HANA Live & Smart Business

Comparable functions provided with CDS views.

Currently available is the EWM ODO only, with 1909 WT / WO are planned.

Inbound deliveries and wave items are planned with a future release.

Comparable functions provided with CDS views.

Currently available is the EWM ODO only, with 1909 WT / WO are planned.

Inbound deliveries and wave items are planned with a future release.

Supported
Integration with SAP ME for goods receipt from production, components staging and consumption Supported Planned with 1909 Supported
Integration with SAP ERP Discrete Industry Mill Product (DIMP) system with active long material number Supported Planned with 1909 Supported
SAP EWM for Fashion (Add-on of EWM for fashion industry to integrate with an SAP ERP-AFS system) Not Applicable Not Supported; Project specific approach necessary Supported
Deployment
Connect a single warehouse to multiple SAP ERP systems with harmonized master data Not Applicable Planned with 1909 FPS1 (2020/Q1) Supported
Connect to an SAP ERP (ECC) and S/4HANA as ERP Not Applicable Supported Supported
Connect to SAP S/4HANA Cloud Edition Not Applicable Currently not supported, planned with a future release Supported
EWM Implementation Tool (Tool provided for the guided procedure of setting up ERP Integration and the preconfigured warehouse W001) Not Applicable Currently not supported, planned with a future release Supported
Preconfigured Warehouse (W001) Not Applicable – Best Practice content is provided instead Currently not supported, planned with a future release Supported
Best Practice Content Supported Currently not supported, planned with a future release RDS (best practice) content available with SAP EWM9.3. and can be referred to by SAP EWM9.5 for manual configuration only

QM: Recording an inspection decision in RF

 

Not Supported Supported Supported

 

 

[1] The creation of local batches by using the batch master transaction/APPs is not supported as the batches are not replicated to the connected ERP system. If you create the batch in EWM inbound delivery transaction/APPs, the batches will be replicated back to the connected ERP system.

[2] For more information about QIE and the supported quality management processes, please access the SAP EWM Help Portal.

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