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.

Vijay Garg

Vijay Garg, PMP, has more than 14 years of SAP project management and implementation experience with Fortune 500 companies in the high-tech, chemicals, CPG, and engineering industries using various SAP Business Suite applications as well as SAP APO. Prior to working in SAP, he had vast experience in the engineering industry, including software development and applications.

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