Should You Move Your Warehouse Management Software to the Cloud?

Warehouse-Management-Software-in-the-CloudThe New Year is here and with that comes much discussion about plans for the future. Now that the holidays are over and last year’s numbers are rolling in, manufacturers and distributors are ready to start brainstorming strategies for the upcoming year. Before you begin to plan new product launches and set new sales goals and budgets, we encourage you to take an honest look at your current technology investments. Your warehouse management software can have a huge impact on your company’s bottom line. If you are operating old or outdated software, you could be costing your business thousands of dollars a year in wasted productivity, maintenance costs, and inefficient processes.

New technology is transforming the warehouse as we know it, and manufacturers and distributors who are lacking in technology will eventually fall behind the competition. Cloud computing has made its way into the warehouse, and it is only expected to continue gaining momentum in 2014. If you haven’t yet considered moving your warehouse management software to the Cloud, now is the time to do so. Cloud-based warehouse management not only gives you instant access to your important data, but it also allows your employees to update the system without being tied down to a stationary computer, which – in turn – boosts your company’s efficiency.

The benefits of the Cloud are numerous: reduced deployment costs, improved efficiency, easier access to the information you need, effortless information sharing, instant access to product releases and upgrades, low total cost of ownership, reduced equipment costs, and minimum IT support. With Cloud-based warehouse management solutions, you don’t have to worry about data backups or disaster recovery; it’s a naturally built-in feature of the Cloud. Warehouse workers can perform warehouse management tasks directly from their mobile phones, and executives can view data and reports in real-time via their own mobile devices. The possibilities are truly endless, and many manufacturers and distributors have grown to rely on the efficiency Cloud-based software has to offer.

That being said, we understand that the Cloud is not for everyone. Before you dive into a new solution, we encourage you to explore the benefits of Cloud-based warehouse management as they pertain to your company. To help you decide whether or not the Cloud is right for you, we’ve created a detailed list of questions to ask yourself before you invest in a Cloud-based system. Keep the following in mind as you make your decision:

  1. Is my organization growing geographically?
  2. Does my operation require instant access to inventory information?
  3. Do we experience seasonal highs and lows?
  4. Are we limited in the IT support we can provide?
  5. Do we need access to the same information between multiple locations?
  6. Are our data security requirements going beyond what we can afford or offer on premise?
  7. Is it important for our software vendor to be responsible for software upgrades, maintenance, and support?
  8. Do we need access to dashboard type metrics and KPIs on a variety of devices (including mobile)?
  9. Is our efficiency lacking in the warehouse?
  10. Could the implementation of mobile devices improve employee productivity levels?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you are a good candidate for Cloud-based warehouse management software. Cloud-based software will provide you with the flexibility you need to manage multiple warehouse locations and access data from a variety of sources. If you are interested in learning more about Cloud warehouse management, contact us today. Our warehouse management experts would be more than happy to discuss your unique situation and align you with the right warehouse management solution to fit your needs. We offer a variety of warehouse management solutions to meet every company’s needs, including Sage 100 ERP and Sage 500 ERP barcoding software and Sage 100 ERP mobile solutions for inventory management, warehouse management, and sales.

Do you think Cloud-based warehouse management is a viable solution? Are you planning on making the investment in 2014? Feel free to add to the discussion by posting your comments below – we’d love to hear from you!