Technology enablement is driving a new way of working. Location data, the web, channel visibility, event/alerting technology to mitigate risk, as well as advanced analytics to allow reasoning and rapid change are part of the current portfolio of technologies.
These technologies provide real-time and up-close location-based information to go beyond "directive approaches," i.e., sending a work order or worker to a location and waiting until a future time to see results. Instead, they offer visibility (provided by wireless, RF, sensors, lasers, and video) and a system that instantly interprets data and events to make critical decisions in the moment.
Technologies are now available on-demand, in-the-cloud. That means that users no longer have to purchase the technology (hardware and software), nor invest in the personnel to manage the technology themselves. They are free to focus on the business and how it can be more agile, perform better, and grow.
Many of the analyst reports were a few years old and it was time for a fresh, updated review. In addition:
1. 1. Many WMS reports you find on the web were written by the vendors themselves and might not be too objective.
2. 2. New players and new technology, particularly SaaS, are in the market and the buying/end-user community should know about.
WQ3. Warehouse strategy discussions should be accompanied by insights on how technology can support change and growth of the organization.
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