IT spending is steadily shifting from traditional, legacy on-premise software to modern cloud services, a trend Gartner defines as Cloud Shift.
We consider some great reasons to explore a cloud WMS to support your warehousing operation.
1. Cloud technology
A cloud WMS is designed to communicate with a range of other systems whereas legacy software was designed to be kept away from other systems working in a silo.
A WMS built on a powerful internet technology stack can make full use of web API’s for a range of information and the systems in which it can communicate with will only expand in the coming years as most major software providers are rewriting their legacy systems to cloud based technology platforms.
Modern systems and modern businesses need to open up their systems to collaborate with partners, suppliers and clients to really thrive and innovate.
2. A safer investment
A Cloud WMS user will receive regular updates rather than the dreaded on-premise version upgrade.
Updates happen routinely to the central system so you always benefit from the latest features. This removes the fear of falling behind on an unsupported version.
always benefit from the latest features
Overall, users will see more long term gains from their investment with far less risk.
Having a single version to maintain allows software developers to focus their time. The result is a much better service with bug free software in the most part. Any issues are picked up very quickly through modern automated testing methods Vs a room full of human testers.
3. Instant payback
Subscribing to a cloud application to solve a specific business issue will often pay for itself day one.
A cloud WMS can start from as little as £250 per month
20 years ago, small businesses couldn’t afford the hardware required to run software such as IBM mainframe servers. Add 100 days worth of implementation, setup, development and training and it’s clear to see why most small businesses threw people at problems.
A cloud WMS can start from as little as £250 per month for smaller sites with nothing to pay in hardware other than a laptop / PC.
Great technology offering streamlined businesses processes for hundreds of pounds allows small businesses to thrive.
4. Flexibility of terms
A true cloud WMS partner should allow for good commercial flexibility. In economically uncertain times, this can be helpful.
Common features of a cloud WMS partner will include on demand pricing. This might be influenced by seasonal peaks allowing costs to match system demand.
Also expect to see short term contracts or no sometimes even no contract! If you do find that business requirements change, you can switch to a new provider with minimum financial impact.
As there is no investment needed in server hardware with a cloud WMS system, moving premises, expanding or downsizing can all be done very easily. This allows management teams to react to changing markets very quickly.
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.