Buying a Warehouse Management System is A Lot Like Buying Ice Cream
By Upp Software
In the heart of summer, there’s almost no better way to beat the heat than with ice cream.
However, deciding what you will have can be difficult. Not only are there at least 31 flavors, but also a seemingly endless number of ways to eat the ice cream (sugar cone, waffle cone, cup, mini-baseball hat) and toppings (sprinkles, candy, fruit, syrup).
Let’s say you decide on a traditional strawberry sundae. At first, you may think it is a fairly standard order, but even this classic recipe can be customized in countless ways. Here are some questions you may have to answer after placing the order:
What size do you want?
Do you want nuts?
Do you want whipped cream?
Do you want a cherry on top?
Do you want chocolate sauce?
Buying a Warehouse Management System is quite similar. You may start the process thinking that you just need vanilla ice cream with strawberries, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. However, when you get into the actual implementation of the system and take into account the intricacies of your operations, your simple strawberry sundae quickly becomes a unique creation that’s just right for you.
Buying The WMS That's Right For you
All Warehouse Management Systems have nearly the same functionality out-of-the-box. Best-of-breed systems like irms|360 Enterprise® have been perfectly refined for 30+ years in the highest-performing warehouses. The blueprint of such WMS software embodies a lifetime of knowledge in the most successful operational practices and standards.
However, a system is deficient in knowing your particular business. The differences in your operational processes may be the key ingredients to your success. These processes may not directly sync with the out-of-the-box functionality of a WMS and will need to be made to order.
Beware of Legacy System Costs
Traditionally, such tailoring is bothersome for legacy Warehouse Management Systems. Too many modifications lead to costly budget and timeline overruns, and they can create issues when upgrading to new software releases. This is certainly not the ideal way to start your relationship with a WMS partner, or to begin seeing a return on your investment.
At Upp, our Cloud Warehouse Management System is developed on a state-of-the-art Cloud/SaaS framework with a flexible layer of Business Rules. These Rules are the key to adapting the WMS to how you run your warehouse(s) and interact with your customers. The benefit of irms|360 Enterprise is that it can support what makes your operations unique without much modification, and you can configure and reconfigure the business rules by yourself.
To put it another way, with a cloud warehouse management system you can customize your strawberry sundae exactly the way you want it.