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SAP EWM Deployment Options

SAP EWM Deployment Options

In this blog we will discuss about deployment options of SAP EWM.

When deploying SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM), there are several deployment options available to organizations based on their specific requirements, infrastructure, and business goals. Here are some common SAP EWM deployment options;

On-Premises Deployment

In an on-premises deployment, the SAP EWM software is installed and maintained on servers located within the organization’s own data center or IT infrastructure.

The deployment option provides maximum control and customization over the SAP EWM environment, allowing organizations to tailor the solution to their specific needs.

Organizations are responsible for managing hardware, infrastructure, security, upgrades, and maintenance pf the SAP EWM system.

Cloud Deployment

In cloud deployment, the SAP EWM software is hosted anad managed by a cloud service provider, such as SAP cloud platform, or a third-party cloud provider (example; AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform)

Cloud Deployment offers scalability, flexibility, and rapid deployment of SAP EWM without the need for extensive hardware infrastructure or upfront capital investment.

Organization can choose from various deployment models, including public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, depending on their security, compliance and performance requirement.

Hybrid Deployment

A hybrid deployment model combines element of both on-premises and cloud deployment options.

Organizations may choose to deploy certain components or modules of SAP EWM on-premises while leveraging cloud-based services for other functionalities, such as analytics, mobility, or disaster recovery.

Hybrid deployment allows organizations to optimize cost, performance, and flexibility by leveraging the benefits of both on-premises and cloud environments. d cloud environments.

Manage Services

In a managed services deployment model, organizations outsource the management and maintenance of their SAP EWM system to a third-party service provider.

Managed services providers (MSPs) offer expertise in SAP EWM implementation, configuration, monitoring, and support, allowing organizations to focus on their core business activities.

Managed services deployment can reduce IT complexity, improve system reliability, and provide access to specialized skills and resources.

SAP S/4HANA Embedded EWM

Integration: SAP S/4HANA Embedded EWM, the warehouse management functionality is integrated directly into the SAP S/4HANA ERP system.

Real-Time Processing: This deployment option eliminates the need for a separate SAP EWM system and allows organizations to manage warehouse operations with in the same Sap S/4HANA environment.

Simplified Landscape: Embedded EWM reduces IT complexities by eliminating the needs of separate installations, integrations, and data synchronization between ERP and EWM systems.

Unified User Experience: User benefit from a unified user interface and consistent user experience across different modules within SAP S/4HANA.

SAP ERP Decentralized EWM

Flexibility: SAP ERP decentralized EWM provides flexibility in terms of deployment options and system architectures. It can be deployed alongside SAP ERP or integrated with non-SAP ERP system. 

Advance functionality: Decentralized EWM offers advanced warehouse functionalities such as complex warehouse processes, multi-step picking strategies, and slotting optimization. Which may not be available in Embedded EWM.

Scalability: Decentralized EWM is highly scalable and can support complex warehouse environments with multiple distribution centers, cross docking functionalities, and third part logistics providers.

Customization: Decentralized EWM allows greater customization and tailoring of warehouse processes to meet specific business requirements, making it suitable for organizations with unique or specialized warehouse operations.

Both SAP S/4HANA Embedded EWM and SAP ERP Decentralized EWM are robust warehouse management solutions that offer different benefits and capabilities.

Edge Deployment

In an edge deployment model, SAP EWM functionalities are deployed at the edge of the network, closer to the warehouse or production facility.

Edge deployment allows for real-time data processing, local storage, and low-latency communication between warehouse equipment and SAP EWM systems.

This deployment option is suitable for organizations with distributed warehouses, limited connectivity, or requirements for high-speed, autonomous warehouse operations.


 Organizations should carefully evaluate their business requirements, IT capabilities, budget, and long term strategic goals when selecting the most appropriate SAP EWM deployment option. Each deployment model has its own benefits and considerations in terms of cost, scalability, security, and management complexity.

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Rajesh Sharma

SAP WM/EWM Functional Consultant

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