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How Easy is it to Upgrade Warehouse & Fleet Management Platforms?

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Jul 5, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Some enterprises avoid new technology. Maybe it won’t deliver what it promises, or it will be difficult to deploy and update, or managers are uncertain about how it delivers ROI. Warehouse and fleet management platforms are not created equal, so you should know exactly what to look for and how the right one will conform to fit your needs. take-it-easy-2015200_640

Here are some must-haves when choosing a warehouse management system.

  • Easy installation – requiring very little time or effort from your enterprise.
  • Integration – the option to allow data to be shared among multiple platforms including maintenance, fleet, warehouse, and labor management systems for improved analytics
  • Flexibility – the ability to choose only the insight and information you need
  • Analysis – comprehensive data digested for you to facilitate action and results
  • Functionality – advanced functions like load sensing and job tracking
  • Upgrades – upgradable software that will easily intergrade in the future

How easy can installation and updates be?

Real-time business intelligence is vital, but any software has got to be simple to install, use, and maintain. Finally, it should be backed with world-class support.

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Some cloud-based telematics platforms are achieving impressive results that quickly prove their value. In fact, deploying a quality cloud-hosted telematic application can deliver as much as 1.7 times more ROI than on-premises ones, and those benefits increased over time. The key is finding the right cloud platform.

Having a platform that easily accommodates new applications and upgrades is key. It means there is no future need to replace obsolete hardware or learn a new operating system to gain additional functionality. It can be easy to use, flexible, and automatically updatable via the cloud, delivering maximum shelf life and ROI.

When choosing, installation should begin with careful assessment of your enterprise’s safety, operations, maintenance, and IT requirements and a plan to engage all stakeholders.

Deployment experts from the company you select to should manage the implementation process like they were a part of your enterprise, sticking to your budget and to your schedule.

Here’s how it ideally happens in about 2 weeks:

Prior to implementation: (while waiting for hardware)

  1. Provider gathers your network information, operators, and vehicle information to install the server.
  2. They build your customer site in the cloud.

Week 1:

  1. Software is configured to your settings and information.
  2. Hardware is installed on vehicles.

Week 2:

  1. They validate installation and connectivity.
  2. Providers monitor their installation results.

Your software provider should not just set the system up and say, “go!” either. Training to operators and other employees should be part of their services so that everyone is fully comfortable with the platform.

Deploying telematics pays off

An advanced telematics platform makes it easier for manufacturing and warehouse managers to take comprehensive control over vehicles and operations right now, while providing the flexibility to change or upgrade functionality in minutes.

Topics: ROI, WMS, Installation, real-time monitoring, warehouse systems, customizable dashboard, Lean warehousing, one-screen access, value driven strategies

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