Moving with the times – Cloud Migration
Today’s supply chains aren’t static and neither is your small to medium-size warehouse operation. Whether you are a distributor, manufacturer or 3PL, your warehouse management system demands basic functionality with the flexibility to grow with your supply chain. Whether you support multiple clients at your warehouse or serve one enterprise, you are striving to increase profitability – cloud migration could be the answer.
Cloud computing carries a number of great benefits for organisations that need a new delivery platform. Cloud migration is upon us as information technology undergoes rapid change and organisations of all types begin to embrace the idea of moving computing infrastructure from on-premises to the cloud.
The Advantages of Cloud Migration & Deployment
Lower cost implementations:
Migrating to the cloud means you should be able to deploy your apps and services more quickly. Many services provide the ability for you to quickly provision servers and other resources within a few steps, which tends to be a much simpler process than buying servers, installing the needed operating system, and placing it into a network or data center. The more controlled environment simply allows software vendors to set-up new customers at much lower costs than traditional deployments (including lower travel costs).
The lower implementation costs come in large part from the significantly reduced time it takes technically to set up a new solution/customer. This has the advantage of not only more consistently meeting tight implementation schedules, but also accelerating time-to-value (meaning when positive payback occurs), an increasingly important consideration in many companies’ investment decisions.
Lower Upfront Costs:
In addition to lower deployment costs, Cloud solutions are in general priced with some kind of subscription model, rather than an (often large) upfront software license fee that is the norm in traditional deployments. This will also often speed up the payback period, eliminate or reduce the need to get a large capital investment approved, and support a more variable cost supply chain model.
When you are searching for a cloud based warehouse management system, there are a few qualities that you want to ensure you have access to from complete transaction management to peak functionality to flexibility – and the list doesn’t stop there. WMS Cloud has all of these qualities, and then a few more that will make your warehouse more productive and take the complications out of major deliveries as well as daily tasks.
Key Benefits of WMS Cloud Migration for Manufacturers, 3PL, and Distributors.
Staying organised is no longer an option –
The amount of information that needs to be kept current and organised can be downright overwhelming, and when it is not easy to access or understand, you will slow down production. But when you invest in WMS Cloud, you’ll find that tasks like grouping, serial number tracking, pallet cycling, and everything in between will stay organised and will simplify each process.
You need a solution for seamless business growth –
Growing and changing your business model is a natural part of progression, and WMS Cloud allows you to do this seamlessly. With integration abilities and scalability, you will find that as you increase your revenue, you will also see the ROI that WMS Cloud delivers. You will appreciate the affordability, customisable options, and reliability that you get from day one throughout each expansion of your business.
Keeping up with demand –
When you get a new warehouse customer, you want to make sure that you can quickly on board them and hit the ground running. The interface of WMS Cloud is intuitive and will give you the ability to work at the speed of life. There is no trying to play catch up with your customers or competitors because you will be using advanced technology that is designed to be simple, efficient, and quick.
Warehouse Management Systems in the Cloud are becoming increasingly popular.
But it is certainly fair to say that WMS was a bit late to the Cloud party versus Transportation Management Systems (TMS) although that is starting to change.
One of the reasons for the slow adoption of cloud migration were initial concerns that response times for things like RF terminals and material handling systems would be slow, and cause operational problems. Although it is possible this might have been a problem for some vendors in the past, it really not something WMS users need to worry about today.
Internet speeds continue to improve, and are today quite sufficient for many operations, and often better than the speeds realised in internal corporate networks. Additionally, leading Cloud WMS providers are smartly leveraging advanced web-based techniques to optimise data communications and thus response times.
For example, using browser-based technology on radio frequency terminals can substantially improve traffic and hence response time versus the same communications using traditional terminal emulation approaches. Many WMS vendors have not yet taken advantage of this opportunity.
The Cloud Revolution – Don’t get left behind
It is easy to understand why the cloud has taken off faster than any technology phenomenon in recent memory because the cloud has the potential to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) while enabling quicker responses to fast-moving markets and ever-changing customer needs.
The cloud can enable many organisations to do great things with their infrastructure. New delivery platforms create direct optimisations around workload delivery and application access. There is clear maturity around many different cloud services. The key will be to understand which cloud model is optimal and when a move into the cloud is right. This type of decision comes from a number of factors including business vision, strategic ability, corporate readiness, and of course – budgeting and finance.
WMS in the cloud provides the means to ensure fast, accurate fulfillment through a directed and optimized workflow. Empower your supply chain department by removing IT from managing their software completely. The cloud reduces risk involved in supply chain technology investment and speeds up your ROI. Determine if this transition will help your company create a clear ROI and meet your business needs.
There are obvious triggers for cloud migration, including fewer outages, product launches, technology refreshes or a desire to otherwise overcome technological obsolescence. Still, in many cases, the decision of when to migrate is less clear-cut. When moving to a cloud platform – take the time to understand your own infrastructure, and how a cloud model can help your organisation both today – and in the future.
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.