Archive for Cloud/Software-as-a-Service

Machine Learning in Today’s Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

While speaking with a number of WMS product managers, I began to notice that machine learning was called out as a focal point for WMS product development efforts. In general, machine learning is a hot topic in the world of supply chain technologies. Just last week, Chris Cunnane wrote about machine learning for transportation execution. And Steve Banker recently wrote  about Vecna Robots use of machine learning to improve its vision system. Naturally, I wanted […]

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Cloud Solutions Upend the System Integration Market

The $200 billion system integration industry, which was designed around customization, needs a new business model according to Mark Hurd, the CEO of Oracle. Mr. Hurd exclaimed, “the current model is unsustainable.”

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Free TMS Set to Disrupt the Market

The global transportation management systems (TMS) market is an area that is poised for growth. As I’ve written about in the past, one of the major trends that is driving TMS adoption is the strong, proven ROI associated with an implementation. ARC survey on the ROI of TMS found that respondents indicated freight savings of approximately 8 percent with the use of a TMS application, which is a 2 percent improvement from the last time […]

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B2B Companies Also Need to Improve their Multichannel Capabilities

Companies with B2B order flows have been slower to understand the important role a distributed order management system can play in increasing customer satisfaction, sales, and helping to insure orders flow to customers in the most profitable way possible.

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Collaborating Across Supply Chains Is Here. I’ll Show You How.

How can a company go about gaining new efficiencies by collaborating across supply chains without disrupting current logistics processes? Cloud-based transportation software is one solution.

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An “Outside In” View of Your Supply Chain is Imperative

The best marketing executives have long worked to have an “outside in” view of their products. They want to understand how customers and potential customers think about their offerings. The supply chain profession needs to go much further to get to a similar level of maturity. New CaaS solutions can help.

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Lost in Deployment Model Jargon?

The logistics world is full of jargon and sometimes we only have a vague understanding of what certain terms mean, especially when it comes to software. Some of the most confusing ones pop up in conversations about transportation management system (TMS) deployment model options: SaaS, private cloud, or on-premise are common ones. These terms are understandably confusing to the “normal” person who doesn’t live and breathe software every day. The best model for your organization […]

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Oracle’s CEO Safra Catz Emphasizes the Advantages of Cloud-based Applications

Cloud applications go in 50 percent faster. And upgrades are a virtual nonevent. But Safra Catz talked about the many changes Oracle had to make to truly embrace the Cloud.

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What is New in Fleet Safety?

The Electronic Logging Data (ELD) mandate, Hours of Service (HOS), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMSCA’s) safety scores; It is clear that owning a truck fleet comes with compliance challenges. The Internet of Things, predictive analytics, new BI platforms; It is also clear the external IT environment presents opportunities. How are new capabilities in IT solutions being leveraged to meet fleet compliance and safety challenges?

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Explosion in eCommerce Leads to New Shipping Solutions

While robust parcel solutions offer workflow designed to prevent paying too much for a particular shipment, the workflows in the retail multicarrier solutions can be both more extensive and much more interesting. The Descartes Systems Group acquired a company called Oz DEVELOPMENT that is designed for small and medium sized retailers. Ken Wood, the Executive Vice President of Product Management at Descartes, explained that small and medium sized business may need to “touch multiple ecommerce […]

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