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WMS – Good to the last byte…

By Steve Simmerman | 04/12/2010 | 10:42 AM

There seems to be a lot of activity in the WMS market these days including stories and discussions about the potential increase in WMS upgrade/replacement projects.  In a recent conversation with Don Benson (http://www.wmssupport.com/ ), a long-time colleague in the WMS market, we discussed some of these developments.  Maxwell House coffee has advertised its coffee to be “good to the last drop” since 1917.  My discussion with Don centered on how your WMS can be “good to the last byte”.  Now I realize that many of you may feel that your WMS dates back to 1917, but we seriously doubt this is the case.  The WMS market has been a very robust market dating back to the late 1970’s/early 1980’s and believe it or not, some of the original WMS providers (and software) are still very active in the market today.  Maxwell House recently upgraded their slogan to “Good Just Got Great”.  While many installed WMS systems are good and the upgrade/replacement movement to a “great” WMS may be gaining some steam, we see many companies out there looking for ways to make sure their current WMS is “good to the last byte”.  WMS practitioners for years have talked about the importance of “people, process and technology” with regard to WMS implementation success, and most of the attention has been focused on the technology side of this dynamic triangle.

In these tough economic times, everyone is searching for ways to do more with less and to extend the life of any useful asset.  A WMS is no different.  Don and I discussed the “people, process, technology” angle on how to squeeze the last drop out of a WMS.  We’ll explore each of these three areas in a series of blogs over the next few weeks and take a look at how changes in these areas are affecting the success, returns and future of existing WMS systems.  We see many companies getting very creative in their ability to extend the life of their WMS in this economy.  Similarly, we are beginning to see an increase in professional service offerings from consulting and support organizations aimed at helping clients extend the useful life of a WMS.  So stay tuned, grab another cup of coffee and relax.  We’ll be back next time with a perspective on the “people” side of WMS and how people impact the life of a WMS.

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About Steve Simmerman

Steve Simmerman

Steve Simmerman is a Senior Director with JDA. Simmerman has more than 25 years of experience in the supply chain industry including software, consulting and material handling. He has focused his efforts on working with clients to achieve high performance supply chain results through partnerships and creative solutions. He is a member of CSCMP, WERC, and MHIA and is a regular contributor to several industry publications and events. Simmerman holds his undergraduate and MBA degrees from The University of Notre Dame.


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