What to Consider When Migrating to SAP WM

  • by Chris Moose, Partner, IBM Global Business Services
  • December 15, 2007
SAP Warehouse Management’s (SAP WM’s) functionality growth coupled with the rapidly aging state of many companies’ warehouse management systems has led more companies to initiate SAP WM implementation projects. Find out some best practices for approaching a move to SAP WM.
Key Concept
SAP Warehouse Management applications are available in three formats: as part of your R/3 system, as part of your SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) system, or as a separate SCM system. Choosing which one to implement depends on factors such as your warehouse size and your current ERP system.
Many companies are reviewing their warehouse operations and warehouse management software needs. Typically, this stems from escalating license renewal costs for the older software (and modifications that occurred), legacy warehouse solutions’ non-compliance with a corporation’s required operating system and database standards, and risks of running on older hardware (lease cycles coming up and difficulty in finding parts for failing hardware components). For some companies, new features, such as cross-docking or value-added services, are available in newer warehouse management systems and can provide a business case for revising their current warehouse solutions.

However, companies that did not stay current with their warehouse management system are faced with a transition that is not an upgrade but a re-implementation. Having to conduct a new implementation often negates the cost advantage of staying with the same provider and opens some companies’ software evaluations to include SAP’s warehouse offerings.

I’ll cover what many companies encounter as they review their warehouse management technologies. As with any time you implement an SAP system, but especially SAP Warehouse Management (WM), it’s important to consider user resistance, support strategy, and enhancements. Let’s start with the new SAP WM features that can get your users excited about it. Then, I’ll discuss how to address the key considerations when you migrate to SAP WM.

Chris Moose

Chris Moose is a partner in IBM's Global Business Services organization where he is the sponsor of SAP warehouse management and transportation management offerings. With worldwide responsibility for these offerings, he has helped expand IBM's delivery capabilities globally and has personally delivered projects on four different continents. His specific interests include the use of technology to address the historical fixed cost nature of supply chains enabling flexibility and then quantifying that business value with a benefits realization focus. In addition to his practice management and delivery focus, Chris is a frequent speaker at industry events as well as an author for industry magazines.

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