SAP EWM – It’s Time to Start Thinking About the Future!

The official announcement was made some time ago: As of the end of 2025, SAP will no longer offer support for its classic Warehouse Management (WM) module in the established SAP R/3 environment. At the same time, this function will no longer be available for use in S/4HANA.

Strategic decisions related to changes like these typically require extensive planning; that’s why it makes sense to get an early start on finding a replacement for SAP WM.

Warehouse Management Solutions from SAP

What exactly is the difference between Embedded EWM Basic and Embedded EWM Advanced?

The functions EWM Basic provides – including resource management, layout- and process-oriented warehouse management, and graphical features for storage bin management and reporting – already go beyond the current scope of WM in SAP ERP.

While this product is included in SAP S/4HANA licenses, the following EWM Advanced functions can also be activated (among others):

  • Inventory optimization
  • Optimization of goods issue/receipt
  • Material flow control
  • Yard management
  • Labor management
  • Value-added services
  • Kitting
  • Cross-docking
  • Warehouse billing

Licenses can be acquired for each of these individual functions, enabling you to put together a solution that meets your exact needs.

In decentralized systems, all of the functions of SAP EWM are always available.

 

Reduced total cost of implementation

Since EWM release 7.01, various tools have been developed to keep the total cost of implementation down:

  • Tool-based SAP ERP integration: This tool makes it easy to integrate interfaces and warehouses between SAP ERP and EWM.
  • Preconfigured standard warehouse: As part of tool-based SAP ERP integration, SAP offers preconfigured warehouse processes that provide a simple means of implementing a standard you can start using in short order.
  • Tools for migrating from ERP WM: Available since EWM release 9.0, these tools make it possible to migrate warehouse master data and inventories from ERP WM to EWM.

They can also significantly accelerate your implementation of EWM, thus reducing the costs involved.

 

Which strategy is right for your company?

Should you opt for the external SAP EWM module, the integrated EWM component in S/4HANA, or a third-party system for your warehouse management needs?

To answer this question, you’ll need to factor in your company's particular strategy with regard to IT, logistics, and its general orientation.

Whether you choose the embedded version of EWM for S/4HANA or the decentralized version for SAP ERP or S/4HANA, our strategic consulting services will guide your transition from WM and SAP ERP to EWM. We can also examine the details of your situation while developing your own personal Digitalization Compass.