Considering a web-based warehouse management solution for your upcoming WMS purchase?
The differences between a Cloud vs SaaS Warehouse Management System. Take a few moments to learn a little more about which type of solution will best suit your business needs.
SaaS, or software as a service, is a delivery method where the web based software is hosted on a shared infrastructure. This means that your data will be stored on the same server as other customers’ data, but will be segmented so that only your system users will be able to view and access your data. SaaS systems are increasing in popularity partially because they reduce the need to have IT resources manage and update the system.
The software vendor will take responsibility for ensuring that the system is operating at peak performance and is running the most up to date versions. This type of system is optimal for small and less complex operations. SaaS solutions are “out of the box” solutions, meaning that core system functionality is standard and system customizations are either limited or unavailable. This does limit the flexibility of the system, but allows for a fast and simple implementation.
By comparison, Cloud based solutions offer additional features not available with a SaaS WMS. This type of WMS is hosted on a segregated or private server depending on vendor specifications. This offers higher data security protocols for companies that handle higher value inventory or simply desire to have an added level of security. When the WMS is in the Cloud the software is managed by the software vendor, and typically customizations can be made to the software. The level of customization usually varies depending on the software vendor. Cloud based warehouse management systems also offer a wider range of system functionality typically not available with a SaaS WMS. The added functionality and ability to make customizations greatly increases the ability to adapt to changes in operations and business procedures with little or no disruption to current operations.
Both systems are built to perform the same basic duties and have been tailored to fit various types and sizes of businesses. While the SaaS solution is ideal for start-up and low complexity businesses due to its limited customization, the Cloud WMS customizability is better suited for medium to large size businesses as well as those with multi-location needs.
With a SaaS based WMS your business will benefit from a lower initial investment cost, reduced IT needs and a fast implementation time. Cloud based warehouse management systems exceed SaaS WMS in terms of system flexibility and complexity. WMS in the Cloud allows users to safely handle and track high value inventory with a higher level of security protocol. Regardless of operational size, volume or complexity a web-based WMS is adaptable to your business needs and can increase business efficiency and productivity.
Datex, an award winning supply chain and logistics software provider, has the knowledge and expertise to find the best solution for your business. To speak to one of our experts about a SaaS, Cloud or on premise warehouse management solution please contact us today.