Archive for Cloud/Software-as-a-Service

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.

We’re all operating in a social world and communicating through software. It’s what we do. So where the old days of logistics management were focused on getting cheaper carrier rates, companies operating in today’s freight environment must focus on collaboration—both with carriers and with one another. So how can a company go about gaining new efficiencies by collaborating across supply chains without disrupting current logistics processes? The Answer Lies in the Cloud Cloud-based transportation software […]

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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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Share Everything: Why Multi-Tenant Technology Wins

It was 30 years ago that Robert Fulghum first published his collection of essays “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”  In the title essay, he provided a list of how to live, what to do, and how to be.  First and foremost on his list was “share everything.”  Software infrastructure was almost undoubtedly not what Robert had on his mind as he wrote his Credo many years ago, but the adage […]

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Is Oracle’s Acquisition of Logfire a Cloud-WMS Inflection Point?

Oracle recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Logfire, a Cloud WMS provider. Last year I explained that Cloud WMS deployments still remain limited compared to Cloud adoption of other supply chain software (I am using the term “Cloud” to represent single instance, multi-tenant solutions). And with good reason. WMS is a real-time application that requires quick response times to function properly. In addition, a WMS solution supports processes often confined to a single facility. […]

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