So, you have finally arrived to the decision of choosing the vendor. And now, you only have to deploy your new Meade Willis cloud based WMS. Seems easy, right? The WMS software implementations are deemed to be complicated and frustrating. The stress of bringing forth enterprise software into a live environment with no kind of disruption of the current operations can be huge. It can cost you months in order to fine tune the off shelf functionality of a WMS. It may seem challenging, but the payoff is rewarding. Here are some tips to follow to ensure a successful cloud warehouse management system.
- Use the core application for 3 months
When it comes to functional terms, WMS should always be a 90 to 95 percent fit from the purchase time. After all the due diligence and choosing the right WMS for your company, the best practice to guarantee a successful implementation is to simply place your trust in the system. Subject your WMS via its paces for at least 3 months in your environment. After that, you will gain a better idea about how it works and if it is compatible with your operational processes. After the observation, you will also know what customizations are needed.
- Tweak your business rules continuously
The legacy warehouse management systems need extensive code rewrites in order to tailor the system to your needs. Such rewrites are expensive and complicate the issues when upgrading to the new versions of the software. On the other hand, cloud platforms showcase intelligent business rules that are adaptable to the application to your operations. Configuration and reconfiguration of the software is possible without the coding. The unique operational processes of your company make you stand out from your competitors. Make the most of it by integrating a cloud WMS and keep tweaking the business rules to your advantage.
- Follow the proven implementation methodology
The WMS project managers are deemed experts. They have a knack to be proficient in the system you bought, in deployment of the WMS solutions in exceptional environments and in supply chain optimization. Hence, pay heed to all the steps and phases laid out in the project plan. The quality project plans from the WMS experts already encompass all your timeline and goals, and offer room for a change. Give these plans an opportunity to prove themselves. This approach is designed to keep focus in the long term successful deployment with minimal influence on your existing operations and maximum impact on your imminent profitability.