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SAP Transportation management (TM) on S/4HANA – Deployment options, Features and Migration

SAP embedded Transportation management (TM ) in 1709 release of S/4HANA. Initial release of SAP TM was on Netweaver (NW) or SCM server and used as a separate application interfacing with SAP ECC. Now, S/4HANA can also be used as a standalone TM. My present blog is to highlight the deployment options with TM , features of standalone TM on S/4HANA and migration from standalone TM to TM on S/4HANA.

Deployment options

Now, SAP TM has two deployment options

  • Embedded TM within S/4HANA

Embedded TM has several simplifications and advantages w.r.t Standalone TM. Refer my blogs in links https://blogs.sap.com/2017/09/12/advantages-of-sap-tm-being-embedded-in-1709-release-of-s4hana/ and https://blogs.sap.com/2017/10/29/simplification-in-integration-of-embedded-tm-w.r.t-standalone-tm-2/  for more details on embedded TM.

  • Standalone TM on S/4HANA

Standalone TM can now be deployed as TM on S/4HANA as shown in below image. Possible use cases / scenarios for standalone S/4HANA TM can be

  • A dedicated Transport management system for multiple ERP instances (ECC or S/4HANA)
  • There is an existing standalone TM which connects with multiple ERP ECC instances and not all ECC instances have migrated from ECC to S/4HANA
  • Different release cycle / upgrade for TM w.r.t ERP

Refer SAP note 2714892 for more details on TM deployment options.

Like to highlight that

Same S/4HANA TM can be used as embedded TM as well as Standalone TM as in above image. However, new decentralized EWM on S/4HANA can be used either as Embedded or Decentralized mode as shown in below image i.e not both embedded and decentralized simultaneously.

Refer my blogs https://blogs.sap.com/2019/05/06/decentral-extended-warehouse-management-ewm-on-s4hana-features-deployment-options-and-migration/ and https://blogs.sap.com/2020/01/12/decentralized-ewm-on-s-4hana-deployment-transfer-of-master-data-transaction-data-and-functionalities/ for more details on new decentralized EWM on S/4HANA.

Features

Salient features are highlighted below.

  • Data model and Codeline in standalone TM on S/4HANA is not same as of standalone TM on NW or SCM
  • Master data and organization data are transferred from ECC to Standalone TM on NW or SCM through Core Interface (CIF). However, web service (using Distribution replication framework-DRF) is used for the same for standalone TM on S/4HANA as depicted in below image.

  • S/4HANA TM does uses Apps on Fiori launchpad, not Net weaver business client (NWBC)
  • TM on S/4HANA 1909 release has functionalities of TM9.6 with certain differences. Sales order scheduling, Group logistics, SD schedule agreements etc are supported in standalone TM 9.6, but not in TM on S/4HANA as of 1909 release. Refer SAP note 2813859 for more details.

End of mainstream maintenance for standalone TM 9.6

SAP has declared the ‘End of mainstream maintenance’ for standalone TM 9.6 on NW or SCM as 31st Dec’2027 in its Product availability matrix (PAM) as in below image and link https://apps.support.sap.com/sap(bD1lbiZjPTAwMQ==)/support/pam/pam.html#ts=2&s=transportation&o=most_viewed%7Cdesc&st=l&rpp=20&page=1&pvnr=73554900100900002751&pt=g%7Cd

Migration tool

SAP has provided a migration tool for migration from standalone TM 9.5 or 9.6 to S/4HANA TM for both deployment options – Embedded and Standalone. Transfer of data / customization etc for standalone TM 9.5 or 9.6 to standalone S/4HANA TM is shown in below image.

Note that there the migration tool will not migrate any transaction data and this tool works for TM9.5 or higher i.e not for TM9.4 and lower releases.  Refer SAP note 2769186 for more details on migration tool.

This blog is based on SAP documents / notes and my personal  understanding / observation / insights. Will appreciate your feedback / comments.

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      Author's profile photo RAJIB BANERJEE
      RAJIB BANERJEE

      Thanks Mrinal for sharing the information.It will help us in assessing future customers for their S/4 migration business cases.

      Author's profile photo Reeven Robertson
      Reeven Robertson

      Thanks for the post. It is quite insightful. You mentioned that:

      "Master data and organization data are transferred from ECC to Standalone TM on NW or SCM through Core Interface (CIF). However, web service (using Distribution replication framework-DRF) is used for the same for standalone TM on S/4HANA as depicted in below image."

      In the SAP Help (https://help.sap.com/viewer/e3dc5400c1cc41d1bc0ae0e7fd9aa5a2/1909.000/en-US/c91f6b42f7fd4586a24aa84e91f37077.html) it indeed states that the Transfer is done using DRF, but depending on the source system you need to differentiate between S/4 Hana, which uses Services and ECC, which uses IDOCs. Is this still correct or is it also possible to integrate Material MasterData using WebServices? Should WebServices be the preferred method of integration?

       

      Author's profile photo Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Reeven,

      Thanks .

      In my experience, WebService (DRF) is better though setting it up with SOAMANAGER is not easy.

      With regards,

      Mrinal

      Author's profile photo MILAN CHOWDHURY
      MILAN CHOWDHURY

      Thanks for an informative and insightful post. Seems TM is maturing along with S/4 product portfolio...

      Author's profile photo Krishna Singh
      Krishna Singh

      Thanks for such a nice comprehensive info.

      Author's profile photo gowthaman 17
      gowthaman 17

      Thanks a Lot Mrinal for giving a wonderful insight. it give more clarity in standalone TM in S/4hana.

      Author's profile photo Nazar Marakulin
      Nazar Marakulin

      "Transaction data is transferred through the same queued remote function call (RFC)for standalone TM on NW or SCM and standalone TM on S/4HANA."

       

      TM on NW  do not use  qrfc for replicating transaction data...

      Author's profile photo Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Nazar,

      Thanks for pointing out this mistake . I mixed it with EWM . Now corrected.

      With regards,

      Mrinal

      Author's profile photo Nara Masspalli
      Nara Masspalli

      Thanks a lot Mrinal,  I have question regarding the TM on S4HANA 2020 FPS01.  We are in the process of implementing the TM on S4HANA 2020 FPS01,  do we need the SAP Event Management 9.2 SP05 or above in order?  in what business scenarios  we need the separate SAP Event Management server if we are using the TM on S4HANA 2020 FPS01?

       

      Regards

      Nara M

      Author's profile photo Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Nara,

      TM on S4HANA 2020 FPS01 can also be implemented without EM . If events like departure , POD etc are to be monitored or reported automatically, then only EM is required .

      With regards,

      Mrinal