28 Points You Need to Know About SAP WM Implementation
- by Vijay Garg, SAP Senior Functional Consultant
- October 1, 2003
Companies sometimes fail to integrate R/3 Warehouse Management with other R/3 logistics modules as well as they could. This results in inefficiencies and perhaps an expensive fix on a live system. We show you the points you need to consider to make WM work well with the rest of your R/3 logistics system and avoid potential problems.
With greater emphasis on shipping efficiently and cost-effectively,
it is important to have a successful and easy-to-work warehouse.
This is why more companies are implementing the SAP R/3 Warehouse
Management (WM) module. In my experience, however, some companies
are not achieving all the possible benefits that WM can provide.
The problem is that companies often do not integrate WM well with
other R/3 logistics modules — Inventory Management (IM), Production
Planning (PP), Sales and Distribution (SD), Quality Management (QM),
and Plant Maintenance (PM). Consequently, the functions that WM
was designed to perform are executed inefficiently.
Achieving those benefits requires that business managers, SAP project
managers, WM design and implementation teams, and logistics module
teams understand the touch-points and other factors that affect
the interaction among various modules and provide integration tips.
I will describe those factors and also provide a list of common
implementation mistakes and tell you how to avoid them. If you've
already implemented WM, then the information presented here might
give you ideas for improving its operation.
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