Author: Mirae

my final post

With me joining a new company, venture back into the ERP applications – I would stop blogging here.

WM 6 / SynQ / WMS from Swisslog

Some engineers said the topic I learned with Swisslog,  won’t be relevant to my next role.
I do not know yet, but since I do not work with Swisslog anymore, the information I have in my mind, would be obsolete in near future – application life cycle, technology changes, platform changes, database upgrades, hardware replacements, etc.

It is a pleasant experience working in multi-national company:
communicate to people with different accent,
travel within Southeast Asia for work.  Learning not only WMS, but Polarion, SVN, project management, getting to know that Agile, scrum, waterfall method exist.

It is a good learning opportunity, and the good memory will stay.

-me-
6-Oct-2017

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Invisible

Concluded all Sales Project handover, I request to handover the invisible tasks on hand.

Invisible Tasks, is those tasks that I defined as time consuming, requires relationship building, effort to research and summarize.

My invisible tasks can be divided into 2 category:
1) Polarion Leader: my role as the project admin in all southeast asean projects.  The leader as Polarion Key User, in our region.

2) Purchasing / Sourcing / Testing: My role as ‘purchasing / sourcing personnel’ for all project quotation – which also link to an invisible responsibility, i.e. to confirm, conclude technical specifications, device testing & certification, licensing calculation based on overall solution.

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As my final contribution, I requested to conduct my last training to the Sales & Consulting team.  In order to make the training a fun session for the participants, I decided to use an interactive tool, I hope to share more findings in my future posts.

Last Month

counting down my last month with Swisslog…
Looking at the calendar, I will only be un-occupied and be around in the office for 8 good days.

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It was drizzling on the way to work, listening to the ultimate covers on Spotify, I realize I do not have much chance to come to Menara AmFirst 2 anymore.

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Opportunities with Swisslog made me smile with reminiscence: learning to speak out – make my voice heard during pivotal moment, presenting in a boardroom with 20 VIP, contributing ideas and performing in a male dominated industry, making new friends, learning new software, hardware, and some engineering terms.

Life is good.

When I tell friends that I am leaving, usually they are in shock – I thought you have a great job?
Indeed.

“It is a waste”
Depends on which side of fence we stood.

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Being an Introvert and high performer, to become visible, to speak out and constantly practice to unfold our tongue, is a continuous routine (chores). I spent years to practice until majority of colleagues mistaken me as an extrovert.

Before my limit bursts, I wished to let go.

Taking a career vacation, just like any other vacation, is for my mental well-being, a break to stop thinking about strategy, or living to others’ expectation.

Wishing to perform better in my upcoming role.

SAP WM vs EWM

I am not SAP-ean but recently been having discussion around WM so I try to learn more about this.  What I wrote here is based on my research over the internet, you can look from the source link from below.

I found these information from our team of experts with SAP EWM Interface, SAP Blog: https://blogs.sap.com/2013/08/04/sap-scm-ewm-vs-sap-ecc-wm/ ,
SAP Documentation: https://help.sap.com/saphelp_scm50/helpdata/en/58/c69040bca2ef4ae10000000a1550b0/frameset.htm , and
LinkedIn: https://www.slideshare.net/InSyncSolutionsLtd/sap-erpsolutions

First : What is SAP?
SAP – German Company, Enterprise Software (ERP).

Second : What is WMS?
This is broader term, WMS refers to Warehouse Management System, keeping track of the load in the warehouse with detailed attributes – unit by unit.  Unlike Inventory System, which only capture the overall quantity.

This post will specifically talk about SAP WMS.

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Third : When it started?
SAP WM was introduced since SAP R/2 in the 1970’s (around 1978, 1979).
It is further enhanced during 1990’s (around 1991) when SAP introduced SAP R/3.  It is important to know that SAP R/3 is the most popular version, it enables Enterprises to run SAP on Client-Server.

SAP EWM was introduced since 2005.
EWM is the abbreviation of Extended Warehouse Management, the most significant functionality advancements include labor management, slotting and Material Flow Systems.
At the same time, SAP R/3 has evolved into SAP ECC 5.0 (2004) and ECC 6.0 (2006).

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Fourth : Compare SAP WMS vs EWM for Automated Warehouse
Material Flow Systems.
SAP EWM is designed to allow the WMS to directly control automation without the use of what is commonly known as a Warehouse Control System or WCS.

Detailed Storage Bin Management, Storage System Control does not exist in the ERP.

If I may sketch the communication between ERP, EWM, and Automation Systems:

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Blue Box refers to SAP component.  Orange Box refers to Automation Component.

SAP WMS (which is built into SAP ECC, as part of the ERP) do not have the functionality to manage and control automation.

While SAP EWM with slotting and material flow systems will have the capability to speak to the Automation Systems in the warehouse.

Supply Chain Summit 2017

Global Supply Chain Council will organize the Malaysia Supply Chain Summit, it is a 1 day forum on the emergence of Malaysia multinationals’ supply chains.

If you are exploring the digital transformation, this could be the forum that you should consider:

  • Single Entry USD190 (early bird by 7-July); USD290 (normal rate).
  • Team Combo (buy 3 get 1 free) USD570 (early bird by 7-July); USD870 (normal rate).

more details from http://www.supplychain.my/home

 

SOAP XML

When a sales person asked us the question, I know I should keep it simple and relate to everyday life.

what kind device or software who connected between ERP and WMS?’

I answered:
Hi TN,
the communication between ERP and WMS is achieved using multiple message exchange.
we called them Host Interface Messages.
we use XML.

‘XML is sofware?’

unable to avoid explaining XML.. I google.

Good Answer here: https://www.w3schools.com/xml/xml_whatis.asp

  • XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language
  • XML is a markup language much like HTML
  • XML was designed to store and transport data
  • XML was designed to be self-descriptive
  • XML is a W3C Recommendation

 

‘What does SOAP mean?’

SOAP is a protocol.  

But I think my answer couldn’t satisfy him, I google again.

Good answer here: https://www.w3schools.com/xml/xml_soap.asp

  • SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol
  • SOAP is an application communication protocol
  • SOAP is a format for sending and receiving messages
  • SOAP is platform independent
  • SOAP is based on XML
  • SOAP is a W3C recommendation

Transformation

On my journey to work this morning, I have a conversation with myself.

I do not know how many people practice speeches or talk to ourselves, I LOVE to do this.
It helps to sort out my thoughts, while I practice talking to myself, I also practice to speak in different language – I choose the language for my thoughts.

Thinking in Mandarin vs thinking in English gives different feelings.

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Think about a recent client I met, they clearly know their current operation, 20 years of operating model, and they know what they want to achieve in 5 years.

I speak to myself as if I am standing in a boardroom telling the client that they are going to embark on an interesting journey.

Anyone in Supply Chain Business, would feel the thrill to carry out a major investment – building a new warehouse with automation for the business – automation also meant, digitization.  In your lifetime, you may experience once, twice if you get lucky.

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I am working in a company providing warehouse automation solution, over 3 years tenure, I participated in 3 projects during pre-sales, and witness the realization – I think I just strike multiple lotteries – except the point that I wasn’t building for my family.

If customer doubted my personal experience, I can fully understand – I am too young.
The collective experience our organization has as a whole, we are reliable, and hence, customer need to trust us – and perhaps giving up 50% of their current processes.

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Digitization is scary because you need to let go of a lot of physical touch, the control we used to have when we carry out the tasks with our physical body.

Once you put the goods on a machine, you let go of the touch – and trust that that it will work.

Faith is not enough to justify multi-million dollar investment.

True.

That’s why automation is a journey, it is not a vending machine.

Research, invest your time, hire consultant to examine your organization, hire the right people for this journey, go to a Live Site (and be amazed).

It is a journey, not a signature on the contract.

It requires a lot of effort, if the consultant have not tell you enough.

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It Just Work! It is not effortless.

Be pro, be systematic, analyse, know what works for your business – you already know this – you won’t be where you are today, if you do not know this already!

Sort out the rules, choose to let go of the simple yet repetitive task to the robots.

Tedious work ahead, remind yourself why you are doing this.

Convey the same vision to your organization – after all – you are doing this for the benefit and future growth to your business.

Be patience to examine the minute details, make the decision.

Hardwork will be paid off – because – you are the boss.

*wink*

This video from a happy, passionate customer.

MS SQL Server Licensing 3

Standard Edition comes with 2 Licensing Model.

  • Licensed by Core – this refers to your server hardware specification.
    in the guidebook, look for Database Engine (DBE) Capacity Limits.
  • Licensed by Server + CAL – this refers to number of user.

The following indicate the Database Engine (DBE) Capacity Limits for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – Standard Edition.

  • 4 Socket or 16 Core CPU;
  • 128 GB Memory.

If your hardware specification has exceeded the DBE Capacity for standard edition, you should purchase the Enterprise Edition – which also have 2 licensing model.

As per the Licensing Guide, Enterprise Edition can utilize the OS Maximum Memory capacity; CPU capacity equals to 20 core, or more – up to the OS Maximum capacity.

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Read: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide

Related:
MS SQL Server Licensing 1
MS SQL Server Licensing 2

MS SQL Server Licensing 1

For the past 3 years (since 2014), I have been living in the denial when it comes to Database (SQL Server) Licensing.
No resources in the company would open this discussion / training – perhaps there’s nothing to teach about the licensing, nor anyone possess this knowledge want to held accountable for mistakes.

In my customer facing role, have avoided the topic, and asked help from superior, he worked out the investment value at the back office, and I could only provide a blanket answer – there must be a better way.

It’s true, answer is just google away.
To understand the structure of the licensing.

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I found this:
http://sql2016.pl/docs/SQL_Server_2014_Licensing_Guide.pdf

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There are 3 Edition, I will focus on Standard Edition.

The editions are offered in a straightforward, tiered model that creates greater consistency across the product editions, features and licensing. Enterprise Edition includes all the capabilities available in SQL Server 2014. Business Intelligence Edition includes Standard Edition capabilities, plus all BI capabilities included in Enterprise Edition.

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