In this blog post I will bring your attention for a very common question raised by customers and about the features available on SAP Extended Warehouse Management for license type Basic and Advanced. It means, understand the difference between each license type in order to be able to maximize all the features for the solution designed.
During the life cycle project implementation, when closing the Explore phase or more lately at the beginning of Realize phase, customers and/or partners realized there is a potential impact on the solution designed depending on the license type available for SAP Extended Warehouse Management.
Let's straight to the point and understand which features are part of the Basic License type in which are not. And how this information is relevant for customer to be license compliance and be able to use the all needed features for the warehouse system
Basic x Advanced License Type
Before explain the features available for license type, let's recap and understand the deployment model for SAP Extended Warehouse Management. The solution can be deployed as Embedded or Decentral. In both case for On Premise or running SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private Edition.
Embedded deployment means, run SAP Extended Warehouse Management on the same client of SAP S/4HANA, which is possible since SAP S/4HANA 1610. On the other hand, Decentralized deployment means roughly, run SAP Extended Warehouse Management in a different system of SAP S/4HANA but totally integrated with the core solution for Master data and Transactional Data.
The license type differentiation for Basic or Advanced is only applicable for embedded deployment cases.. The Decentral deployment always requires the advanced license type, it means, all the features available on product can be used by customer without any risk on being noncompliance. You can also find the definition of extended features which trigger to need for the EWM license in case of embedded EWM on SAP S/4HANA Feature Scope Description on chapter "SAP S/4HANA LOB functions".
From the solution perspective it is documented on the following IMG Customizing path: Extended Warehouse Management / Master Data / Acknowledge Use of Advanced Functions.
Features included in each license type
Once customers understand that, the License type is only relevant for Embedded deployment model, questions may arise such as "What features are included on basic license type?"
For Basic license type, customers are able to perform the main process end to end such as, Inbound, Outbound, Production Integration, Quality management integration, etc. Below you can find all the process included on basic license:
IDOC Integration to third-party MFS systems (SAPNote2873423)
The advanced license might be required in case of customer would use some features enclosed of the main process, for example, the outbound process designed is required to use Wave management or, the production integration is required to use JIT - Just in Time. It means that the Advanced license type is required in case of use some specific SAP EWM features, such as:
Material Flow System (MFS)
Value Added Services (VAS)
Dock Appointment Scheduling (DAS)
Warehouse Zones for advanced interleaving
The list of the extended objects for SAP EWM embedded is technically found on table /SCWM/EXT_OBJ. SAP Product Solution Team provide 2 reports for customers perform in their system in order to know which objects is being used on their warehouse system with usage detail
Report /SCWM/RP_COMPLIANCE_CHECKis available since S/4HANA 2016 (and higher) and provides the information if the customizing or the licensing is compliance or non-compliance for each warehouse system.
Report /SCWM/RP_LICENCE_SELF_AUDIT is available since S/4HANA 2022 (and higher) and provides by warehouse number a view by month of usage of Basic and Advanced features by total number of items per month, number of average items per day and active working days, compliance or non-compliance from the customizing perspective
Customers should be aware about the license type available on their solution and which features are enclosed on the license type. Also, be able to run audit reports which detail the usage of the features and how compliance customer is running the solution