Problems Factoring Into Upgrade Decisions
There are challenges in managing the ins and outs of materials, work in process, shipping and receiving; to name a few requirements. WMS must integrate; incorporating connections to accounting and finance, management, sales and customer management, logistics, costing and scheduling systems. Companies are looking for cost-effective, ease of use, manageable enterprise software with seamless transactional integration. Additional components of a WMS system can include all material and labor (shop floor data collection (SFDC), lot and serial tracking, cycle counting, and work in process. These systems should be safe and easy to upgrade without stoppage of processes or transactions when upgrading to newer versions.
By contrast, with code-based systems, customers are spending more every few years — even when they receive free (prepaid) software upgrades under their vendor’s maintenance contract. Because the service-cost to install these upgrades and bring any customer-specific configurations and modifications forward to the latest release becomes risky, costly, and time-consuming process.
These pages will help explain why traditional upgrades can be so costly, and how WMS integrated with your ERP can empower you to break this cycle and save more than money.
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