Leverage SAP EWS for Monitoring Business Process Exceptions and Deviations

  • by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting
  • September 28, 2011
Learn how to use SAP Early Warning System (EWS), an alert monitoring system that informs you whenever any deviation or exception to an important business process occurs, allowing you to take timely action. Find out how to create and group exceptions and schedule analysis and see an example of EWS in action.
Key Concept
SAP Early Warning System (EWS) is built on the same SAP SCM information structures as other standard analysis tools and reports, with added flexibility that allows you to monitor and receive alerts for only the exceptions important to your business processes. It provides real-time updates, and can be tailored to individual needs without the involvement of any custom ABAP development.

Many organizations face budget and resource constraints in today’s competitive business market and economically-challenging environment. For that reason, choosing to take greater advantage of existing software investments can be a more practical business decision than spending money, time, and resources on new tools. That’s why some companies are using the alert monitoring functionality of SAP Early Warning System (EWS) rather than implementing information analysis tools and software such as SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence.

EWS, which is delivered by SAP as part of the logistics and supply chain modules, can make alerts for individual business process owners in all the logistics and supply chain functions, such as Logistics Information System, Purchasing Information System, and Plant Maintenance Information System. The alerts help business process owners quickly make important decisions or take actions as deemed necessary.

Some examples of where EWS can be used are:

  • When sales figures are showing a decreasing trend for a high-running, high-profit item for the past three months
  • When production scrap is recorded at greater than five percent of total production
  • When quality specifications of an important raw material are out by more than three percent
  • When a vendor continues to make late deliveries of critical components
  • When inventory of precious metal exceeds a certain value.

Jawad Akhtar

Jawad Akhtar earned his chemical engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has 17 years of professional experience, of which nine years are in SAP. He has completed eight end-to-end SAP project implementation lifecycles in the areas of PP, QM, MM, PM, and DMS in the steel, automobile, chemical, fertilizer, FMCG, and building products industries. He also has worked as an SAP integration manager and an SAP project manager. He has been proactively involved in a business development and solution architect role for seven years. He is the author of Production Planning and Control with SAP ERP, it's filled with in-depth infomation on discrete, process, and repetitive manufacturing types. His profile on LinkedIn is at http://pk.linkedin.com/in/jawadakhtar. You may follow Jawad on Twitter @jawadahl. Currently, he is associated with AbacusConsulting as Head of SAP Delivery.

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