Cloud computing is certainly transforming the way today’s businesses operate. The consumer world is increasingly moving to the Cloud, and – in an effort to stay current with their customers as well as new technology – businesses are quickly following suit. With promises of affordability and adaptability, Cloud business solutions are being adopted around the world to manage business tasks and store important data. As more business solutions move to the Cloud, manufacturing and distribution companies are beginning to take a serious look at the benefits the Cloud can bring to their organization and are reexamining their position on this new technology.
As a whole, manufacturing and distribution companies have been wary of Cloud solutions. Since the introduction of the Cloud, many have been concerned about the security of such solutions while others were more concerned that their performance and up-time would be compromised by moving to the Cloud. Despite these initial concerns, manufacturing and distribution companies are beginning to see the value the Cloud can bring to their operations.
Take a look at the benefits the Cloud can bring to your warehouse management efforts:[bulletlist]
- The Cloud makes warehouse management affordable.
Warehouse management solutions (such as warehouse management systems (WMS) and barcoding solutions) are known to be costly; however, the Cloud has made significant strides in making these solutions affordable for manufacturing and distribution companies of all sizes. Warehouse management apps, such as Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP, allow warehouse workers to connect to their company’s ERP system via mobile devices they already own and perform warehouse management tasks directly on their devices. For a more rugged solution, companies can purchase hardware accessory options that connect to their mobile devices.
- The Cloud is elastic and scalable to fit your needs.
In addition to its affordability, the Cloud is elastic and scalable to your business needs. This means that you can use what you need when you need it. Traditional warehouse management solutions require you to purchase hardware and usage based on your highest demand; the Cloud allows you to access warehouse management software on a device you already own (such as an iPhone or iPad) and use only what you need.
- The Cloud requires very little IT support.
On-premise warehouse management solutions require extensive IT support. Trained IT staff are responsible for implementing, upgrading, and maintaining these systems, as well as troubleshooting errors in the system. The Cloud alleviates the burden on IT staff so they can focus on more important issues. Cloud solutions require little – if any – hardware to maintain. Software upgrades and maintenance are the responsibility of the provider so you can focus on managing your warehouse.
- Cloud solutions are quick to implement and have a faster ROI.
With the Cloud, you can have your warehouse management solution up and running in a matter of days. On-premise solutions often require lengthy and complicated implementations that slow your business down and tax your resources. Cloud solutions can be implemented in a fraction of the time it takes to implement on-premise solutions, allowing you to start attaining your return on investment (ROI) much faster.
The Cloud is important to the future of warehouse management. It is transforming the way manufacturing and distribution companies work and operate, and it is creating an overall more efficient workplace. Cloud solutions have come a long way from their origination, and we believe that they are here to stay.
Here at Scanco, we are committed to providing our clients with the latest in warehouse management technology and have developed several solutions designed to take your warehouse management efforts to the next level. Our newest Cloud solution, Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP (formerly MAS 90 / MAS 200), allows you to manage your warehouse in the Cloud on any iOS, Windows or Android device. With barcode scanning accessories for iOS and Android devices, Scanco Warehouse seamlessly integrates with Sage 100 ERP to improve your warehouse automation efforts. Learn more about this Sage 100 mobile solution and contact us today if you are interested in moving your warehouse to the Cloud.
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