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Developing an SAP-to-SAP-EWM Integration Strategy

Warehouse management with an integrated SAP system is a useful way to integrate SAP into the inventory management part of a business. SAP extended warehouse management (EWM) can aid companies to integrate complex supply chain management with distribution services. EWM also offers firms that decide to use it many benefits such as inventory tracking, multichannel fulfillment, and cross-docking (among others) all done in real-time. For businesses needing a solution that encompasses the disparate parts of inventory, supply chain, and warehouse management, EWM provides a single application that automates most processes.

It can be crucial to a business to decide on an SAP-to-SAP-EWM communication integration because of the inherent benefits it brings to an enterprise. The lack of clarity on how communication in an SAP-to-SAP-EWM combination takes place makes it difficult for companies to appreciate how useful the integration can be. Most people aren’t aware of the SAP-to-SAP EWM integration strategy. SAP S/4HANA 1610 offers SAP EWM as an integrated solution and gives users all the functions of EWM. The critical consideration is that EWM comes embedded in the system, making integration of EWM with SAP a much simpler process overall. Many of the systems are already interlinked into a single application.

Core Interface and Queued Remote Function Call Integration

Core interface (CIF) integration deals with master data elements such as product or material master sheets, or vendor and customer information. Queued Remote Function Calls (qRFCs) are used for the system to interact at the transactional level. These include inbound and outbound deliveries, linking those deliveries with EWM so that data can be updated in real-time. Additionally, inventory adjustments can take place, which impacts the ERP system within SAP. Both CIF and qRFCs are used when doing an SAP-to-SAP-EWM integration because each has its own unique uses within the system.

Integration Dashboard Benefits

Implementing an integration dashboard offers solutions to some of the more common problems that SAP-to-SAP-EWM integration may encounter. The basic layout of the front end of the system doesn’t provide a lot of information to a casual user if they are looking to make a travel app or any other kind of app. The sheer amount of issues that can arise during go-live in an integration requires a little more knowledge to sort out problems that arise.

The standard layout of the EWM Monitor and warehouse monitor simply offers views of the integration and any errors that may have occurred. To make it easier for a business to monitor the state of its incorporation and if there’s anything that should be dealt with, companies can utilize SAP Fiori to develop a frontend integration dashboard. Using Fiori to create a new application or edit an existing one to view the integration in real-time can save a company hours when going live.

The earlier a business catches failures within integration, the sooner it can set about sorting those problems out. In many cases, business-critical processes may be put at risk because of the collapse of the integration system. A more detailed frontend readout allows a business to be more in-tune with the integration and spot problems before they become untenable. Since there is no way to accurately predict the challenges any given integration will face, it’s merely a matter of the business tracking the integration each step of the way and resolving problems as and when they occur.

A Complete Integrated Solution

SAP-to-SAP-EWM offers solutions that businesses using SAP for their supply-chain-management and inventory or warehouse management systems can benefit significantly from. Automated updates of goods as they are transferred gives businesses a real-time view of the flow of their products. Integration can make life a lot easier for these departments by removing the human element in keeping track of details. Increased automation usually means a more efficient system can be implemented all around.

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  • Hello Chris Porteous,

     

    Thanks for information!

     

    Can you please also explain “Core interface (CIF) integration deals with master data elements such as product or material master sheets, or vendor and customer information. Queued Remote Function Calls (qRFCs) are used for the system to interact at the transaction level. ”

     

    But, as far as I know, “The interfaces between the ERP and EWM systems are using queued RFC (qRFC) technology for communication, for both master data which uses a special implementation of the qRFC known as the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) core interface (CIF)”

     

    So are qRFC and CIF inter related, I am still exploring this topic and not much aware. Will you please clarify?

     

    Also can you explain me role of iDOCS in this integration?

     

    Regards,

    Ekta Simaria