Before Implementing WMS Software Be Aware Of  These 5 WMS Features

WMS Features to Know Before ImplementingWhen considering the implementation of WMS software, it’s important to evaluate options. There are a lot of WMS software packages available. Below are some important WMS Features To Know Before Implementing:

  1. Modular, Configurable Design. WMS software should be designed to offer a variety of order picking technologies and interface to third-party WCS applications when needed to synchronize operations among different types of automated equipment. WMS software should allow you to add control modules in phases, as business requirements dictate, or in one large implementation for cost savings. Modular architecture and object-oriented design allow users to add modules and expand feature sets quickly and at low risk to system performance. WMS software should also accommodate configurable interfaces for a variety of ERP host and other ancillary warehouse support systems required for advanced warehouse operations.
  1. Seamless Scalability. Companies that start small with automated materials handling equipment generally outgrow it and must add newer, more complex systems to meet process requirements. WMS software must be able to seamlessly accommodate system expansion. Modular and extensible software does this.
  1. Truly-Versioned Platform. Medium and large WMS software packages are frequently pieced together to meet specific requirements for a particular project. These are often called custom spin-offs and this approach prolongs product delivery and integration, lacks backward compatibility, slows down problem resolution, and relies on specific resources for support and changes, and lack long-term support. In a “truly versioned” software product, the additional software features implemented for various projects are adopted into the core baseline code and available in all subsequent versions of the software. This ensures fast and cost effective implementation, and a host of other advantages for the users of the WMS product.
  1. Backward Compatibility. This is a key feature of a true software product. WMS software is backwardly compatible if it accommodates the full feature sets previously delivered to its installed base. Backward compatibility eliminates the need to pay for re-implementing custom software features previously added for your particular operation when upgrading to a newer version of the product. It also decreases risk and minimizes schedule concerns. Backwardly compatible software allows seamless upgrades, which helps reduce the overall cost of software system ownership.
  1. Service. Will the software supplier be around to help troubleshoot the system? A premier supplier becomes your partner and will provide consultation and technical guidance for your company and will be able to help you decide how and when you may need to upgrade.

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Ed Romaine
Ed Romaine
Romaine has spent over 30 years involved with organizations looking to optimize their distribution, manufacturing, and warehousing operations. Focusing on customer’s processes, systems and business model, Romaine has helped dozens of organizations improve profitability by reducing labor, floor space, errors and inventory while improving accuracy, inventory turns and cut-off times.Within the industry trade association, MHI, Romaine has taken numerous leadership positions over his 18 year membership including: Chairman of the Automated Storage & Retrieval (AS/RS) Group, Chairman of the Order Fulfillment Council of America, Chairman of the Warehouse Execution Systems Group and was one of the originators of the Carousel and VLM Product Section Group.Romaine is a frequent editorial and information contributor to hundreds of publications, blogs and online publications and has been a speaker at dozens of Supply Chain, Logistics, Lean and Facility organizations and functions.

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