Does Cloud Computing Fit your Distribution Processes?

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Cloud computing streamlines doing business with external trading partners, makes supply chains much more efficient, and makes it less costly for companies to do business with each other.

Businesses are finding that cloud computing will save time and money through many avenues:  fewer capital expenditures on expensive IT infrastructure, minimal downtime for upgrades and add-on software, and a much faster and more flexible software implementation process.  In addition, the ability for employees to access important business data through smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices is a major advantage for moving applications and data into the cloud.  Working with supply chains in the cloud could also be a big game changer for businesses.

Moving supply chain management into the cloud can streamline planning and procurement efforts.  Using ERP software in the cloud can allow you to evaluate potential supply needs and communicate with your suppliers more timely and efficiently.  Contracts and specifications with multiple suppliers can be established so that ordering materials is easier and faster.  Advanced order placement, changing orders, and tracking orders is more streamlined in the cloud.  With a few clicks you can order, confirm delivery, and track your order in route.  The warehouse can access order data from the cloud and have a better handle on inventory control, as well as prepare to receive the order.  The factory floor can also be ready to manufacture products upon arrival.  Instead of contacting your warehouse to ask about inventory levels and mailing contracts to suppliers, orders can be completed and tracked automatically, saving you, your employees, and your supplier time, as well as getting your products to the marketplace faster.

Cloud computing may also allow start-up companies or smaller businesses the opportunity to compete with the bigger businesses.  Saving capital on the IT infrastructure and time on getting their IT systems established, they can jump right in and compete with established businesses.  Finding new sources for your materials could improve your bottom line.

Managing supply chain data in the cloud brings a higher level of communication and collaboration throughout the supply chain.  Streamlining the supply chain process will improve efficiency and productivity across all levels of your business including procurement, inventory control, manufacturing, accounting, and, most importantly, customer delivery and service.  Working with your suppliers in the cloud will strengthen established relationships with your supply chain, as well as make ordering easier and timelier.  Contact Socius for more information about moving your supply chain to the cloud.

By Socius, Ohio Microsoft Dynamics Cloud ERP Partner

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2 questions

  1. You have to trust that your data is secure. If Google can guarantee security and 24/7 access, then there isn’t much to worry about. The big advantage is having access to your data everywhere from any device.

  2. Walter Scott says:

    You will need to understand how cloud computing provides better performances and results than the other hosting services.

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