Successful Global Implementation Through Program Management

Implementing a uniform warehouse management system (WMS) across multiple sites around the world requires appropriate software capabilities and extensive program management expertise. The tried and tested solution approach of the experts at SSI SCHAEFER presents a combination of industry and implementation expertise alongside the use of our in-house WAMAS Enterprise WMS solution. The scalable approach offers customers of all sizes, from local start-ups to global enterprises, numerous advantages – both in terms of technology and cost.

Different locations with different warehouse technologies, assortments, and processes as well as the staggered implementation of a WMS in existing and new installations – these are all challenges that must be met in today's volatile world.

Project management versus program management
While software projects are usually focused on one location or purpose with a predefined duration and the known essential project criteria (complex, novel, time-limited, measurable goals, limited resources, predefined budget, teamwork, and one-off), software program management is much more geared towards long-term support – often in relation to an international corporate customer. Work here involves coordinating the implementation and support of numerous sites, for which several projects are ongoing in parallel. This homogeneous approach across individual projects ensures that resources are used efficiently and costs are reduced over the course of time.

"The economies of scale from effective program management ensure a significant reduction in costs over time and enable optimum prioritisation of individual projects," explains Gregor Girstmayr, Head of WAMAS Enterprise WMS at SSI SCHAEFER.

How it works
Within the framework of program management, strategic and operational goals are developed together with the respective customer by a dedicated program team and subsequently implemented through targeted individual projects. The program team assumes the overarching control function, which enables the identification of any conflicting targets of individual subprojects and the initiation of countermeasures.

Joint synergies can be realised through the formation of a program team both at SSI SCHAEFER and within the customer organisation. The balance between individual expectations and the objectives at project level is controlled and maintained by the superordinate program level – centralisation at the highest point. This enables customers to better estimate the lifecycle costs of their investment in WAMAS intralogistics software and to master the upcoming technological, legal, and organizational requirements together with SSI SCHAEFER.

The added value
Economies of scale become greater as the number of warehouse locations increases; an advantage that is realized even when intralogistics requirements differ between sites. Given that it is necessary to devise the core functionalities, customer-specific requirements, and processes for the first warehouse location, benefits can be drawn from this further down the line, thereby correspondingly reducing the development costs for customer-specific adaptations over time. Furthermore, repeated use of the same project teams on behalf of the software program management also means that cost-saving effects can be achieved in the software roll-out phases.

The software team at SSI SCHAEFER possesses broad implementation skills, which allow team members to support each partner in the intralogistics environment on a long term basis and face future technological challenges together. Renowned international groups already count among SSI SCHAEFER's customers and – thanks also to efficient program management – are looking with confidence to a common future in the implementation of homogeneous warehouse management software systems at locations around the world.

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Program management in the implementation of software-based processes across multiple warehouse locations: experience gained in work packages of past projects allows future realizations to be significantly shortened.


About the author:
Georg Kowaschitz, team leader in the field of project management software at SSI SCHAEFER, is a business administration specialist and IPMA-certified project manager with over 10 years of professional experience in software project & program management, digital transformation, and organizational development. Since 2018, he has been working at SSI SCHAEFER in software project/program realization in various roles at the Friesach site. His team provides support to several international corporations in the implementation of WAMAS Enterprise WMS.

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