Over the years, we have kept a close eye on the latest warehouse management trends and technology developments to help our clients better utilize their software solutions and improve their warehouse management efforts. As the face of warehouse management has evolved, Scanco has been right there to guide manufacturers and distributors to new realities. One of the biggest trends to influence the warehouse in recent years has been Cloud computing (or “the Cloud” as some more commonly refer to it). The Cloud has brought several new realities to manufacturers and distributors, including mobility options, rapid ERP and WMS deployment, and connectivity among the organization. Many manufacturers and distributors are considering moving their ERP and warehouse management software systems (WMS) to the Cloud, if they have not already done so.
According to a 2013 study performed by MintJutras, 22 percent of manufacturing software installed in warehouses today is Cloud-based, and experts predict this percentage to grow to 45 percent over the next 10 years. Drawn in by the promises of better control over system upgrades, frequent and easy updates, and improved scalability, manufacturers and distributors are finding Cloud-based solutions to be even better than they bargained for. The Cloud further expands options for inventory management and warehouse automation, allowing manufacturers and distributors to perform crucial inventory management tasks via everyday mobile devices (such as iPhones, iPads, Androids, or Windows devices).
The reasons to move to the Cloud are endless; however, we’ve narrowed the list down to seven main reasons your manufacturing or distribution operation should make the move this year. Keep the following reasons in mind as you consider the future of your software deployment:
- Cloud-based software reduces the need for extensive IT support.
When you run your warehouse management software in the Cloud, you don’t have to rely on your IT staff to implement, upgrade or maintain your system; this is all the responsibility of the Cloud provider. This allows your IT staff to focus on the more important issues to keep your warehouse up and running smoothly.
- The Cloud improves communication and collaboration in the warehouse.
With the Cloud, you can share important data and business information seamlessly across the organization. Instead of having to email reports to various departments, software users can log into the software wherever they are and view the information in real-time. This is extremely beneficial for the customer service department, as employees can view customer profiles and access order status instantly.
- Cloud-based warehouse management solutions increases efficiency and productivity in the workplace.
Due to the streamlined communication between different departments, efficiency and productivity in the workplace is increased. With the Cloud, your staff doesn’t have to waste time requesting documents or tracking down information. They can pull the information they need when they need it, allowing them to get more work done faster.
- Cloud-based warehouse management solutions have a faster ROI, can be implemented quickly, and easily integrate with other software applications.
Cloud-based solutions can be implemented in a matter of days, allowing you to start attaining your return on investment (ROI) much faster.
- The Cloud supports real-time inventory tracking and mobility options.
For manufacturers and distributors, tracking inventory in real-time is essential. With Cloud-based solutions, you can monitor inventory levels via your mobile device and instantly share that information with warehouse managers and executives in (and out of) the office.
- Cloud-based software solutions reduce hardware expenses.
When your software is deployed in the Cloud, you don’t have to purchase or maintain expensive hardware. This allows you to allocate your resources to more business-critical tasks.
- The Cloud supports lean efforts by reducing paper waste in the warehouse.
While this is not the main reason to move your warehouse management software to the Cloud, it is an added bonus. By operating your warehouse in the Cloud, you can reduce the use of paper in your warehouse and cut paper costs significantly. This is not only green, but it also supports lean efforts and can dramatically reduce your overhead costs.
As we witnessed Cloud computing gain traction in the business arena, we developed key warehouse management applications designed to help our clients utilize Cloud technology in the warehouse. Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP, Scanco Counts for Sage 100 ERP, and Scanco Sales (a Sage 100 mobile and Sage 500 mobile application) were all designed using Cloud technology to take your warehouse management efforts to the next level. Contact us today to learn more about our Cloud solutions for Sage 100 and Sage 500 ERP!
What do you think about using Cloud-based warehouse management software systems software in the warehouse? Do you think it’s beneficial, or do you still have reservations? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.