The present Mrs. Scott wants a new kitchen. Therefore, the immutable laws of nature dictate that Mrs. Scott will get a kitchen.

There are no ifs, buts or maybes involved in the negotiation. However, to achieve the required kitchen the door needs moving, to move the door to the new location the electrical circuit breakers need moving, to move the circuit breakers the gas pipe on the other side of the wall needs moving etc.

The Process Instructions for the kitchen move will go something like – ‘Take one medium sized ocean, find a suitable fusion-based thermonuclear heat source, Boil Ocean.’ What could possibly go wrong?

Of course, because the perfect kitchen is so difficult to achieve for Mrs Scott, nothing has happened and ‘Project Kitchen’ remains on the to-do list with a big ‘too difficult’ flag next to it.

Mrs Scott’s Kitchen could be translated to any number of work projects. Let’s take as an example the move to S/4 HANA from ECC. Where do I start? Migrate the database, Finance, Planning, move to Cloud? And of course, it becomes very easy to leave S/4 with the kitchen on the to-do list.

The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is credited with the aphorism ‘The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step’, so what should be our first step?

If the SAP solution is looked at, to answer questions such as:

•   Can it be stand-alone?

•   Is it reliable?

•   Can it be connected to ECC and S/4?

•   Are there migration tools?

•   Can it reduce my project risk?

•   Will it have a payback?

There are few parts of SAP that answer all those questions quite so convincingly as Extended Warehouse Management.

EWM First™ is a strategy that de-risks the migration process, it provides a stock buffer for your subsequent supply chain migrations, it provides a contained training ground for your IT team and your organisation end up with, a shiny new world-leading warehouse system for the future.

It also gets a job off your to-do list.

If you need to talk about EWM First™ or your other supply chain challenges, then please get in touch here.

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