What is Cloud Computing?
In layman terms, cloud computing is simply computing based on the internet. Where in the past, people would run applications or programs on a physical computer or a server in their building, cloud computing allows people access to the same kinds of applications through the internet enabling them to access the information / program from any location, on any device and at any time of day.
For this reason, warehouse management and the supply chain are going through substantial changes and reaping huge rewards from this technology. Not only is it increasing efficiency throughout the warehouse, but it’s also enabling warehouse decision makers to work smarter. 2018 will see the continued adoption of Cloud Warehouse Management Systems as more and more companies realise the benefits of cloud computing & WMS solutions.
In the cloud computing model, the vendor provides web-based access to applications as a service, through a subscription pricing model. The vendor takes responsibility for everything, including servers, storage, backups, system updates, applications, databases, and maintenance. This eliminates the need for customers to buy, deploy, and manage IT infrastructure, saving the customer large upfront deployment costs and ongoing maintenance headaches.
Why are people moving to cloud WMS solutions?
Many companies these days are selecting Cloud Supply Chain Management Solutions, including Warehouse Management Systems, to gain better control over their inventory in an increasing complex distribution environment. Cloud technology is a powerful, cost-effective tool that is readily available to help you face your distribution challenges head on and stay one step ahead of your competitors.
40% of supply chain professionals stated in a recent survey that they will be moving to cloud WMS technology in the next three years
Warehouse Management System (WMS) Technology has been available in the cloud delivery model from some providers for a few years now, offering a lower cost, reduced risk option. When evaluating WMS providers, it is imperative for every business to understand the total cost of ownership (TCO)—including both direct and indirect costs—of the technology and labour associated with adopting WMS technology.
While some see cloud as being simply the next level of technology, the shift towards cloud computing also has very tangible benefits such as:-
Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is baked into the service. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors.
Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more an ideal than the reality. Cloud solutions is now enabling more organisations to implement cloud-based backup and recovery solutions that will save time, avoid large up-front investment and roll up third-party expertise as part of the deal.
Automatic software updates
Suppliers will take care of these for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. Leaving you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.
Reduced capital expenditure
Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription based model that’s kind to your cash flow. Add to that the ease of setup and management – it’s never been easier to take the first step to cloud adoption.
When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations.
Work from anywhere
With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you’ve got to hand.
The more employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for watertight document control. Before the cloud, workers had to send files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by one user at a time. Sooner or later – usually sooner – you end up with a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles.
When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees the latest version. Greater visibility means improved collaboration, which ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line. If you’re still relying on the old way, it could be time to try something a little more streamlined.
Cloud computing gives you greater security as your data is stored in the cloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your devices. You can even even remotely wipe data from lost devices so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys, and disrupt the market, while remaining lean and nimble.
As mentioned above, cloud computing software provides businesses with greater flexibility, reduced risk and lower total cost of ownership. Small and Medium sized companies are now able to utilise higher quality software which 5-10 years ago was not cost effective for them to use. This means those businesses are better equipped to deal with the day to day challenges of doing business in 2018. Make sure your company is taking advantage of this revolution and do not get sucked into buying legacy software that will hold you back.
Speak to one of our team to understand how Clarus’ WMS system can cost effectively support best practice warehouse management processes, better customer service and highly efficient working for a range of warehouse operations with pay per month options and no IT infrastructure needed.
Our platform can scale from a one user, small depot system to a 100’s of user distribution centre operation. The ClarusWMS platform will cost effectively scale with your business based on demand.
ClarusWMS is a UK based supplier of warehouse management solutions with a wealth of industry experience in third party logistics, wholesale / retail distribution, online fulfillment and manufacturing warehousing.