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WMS in The Cloud

Nowadays, not every company runs IT systems on its own servers. In many cases, IT applications that support business processes run from the 'cloud': from the internet. The internet is a huge cloud full of business applications that can be reached with any device with an internet connection. This is no different for warehouse management systems (WMS).

Applications in the cloud

Cloud computing means that an IT application isn't delivered as a product that's installed on a user's own servers, but as a service that runs on the internet. The service consists of common resources, such as computing capacity, memory space, software and (other) information, which end up through the internet with devices such as computers, notebooks, tablets or smartphones. Cloud computing turns IT into a kind of utility, comparable to gas and light.

Cloud computing is similar to what we know as Software as a Service (SaaS). In both cases, business software doesn't run on the company's own servers, but an application enters through the internet. The difference is that SaaS runs on the server of the IT service provider that manages the hardware on which the software runs. In the case of SaaS, there is therefore 'hosting'. With cloud computing, on the other hand, the software runs somewhere on the internet, without exactly knowing where exactly.

Cloud computing isn't a product, but a service. This is also apparent from the payment model. We don't pay for an application or system, but for example per user per month. As a user and as a customer, you don't pay for owning an application, but for using it. A one-off investment in hardware, software and licenses to become the owner of an application isn't necessary. No system administrator is needed; Backups are made automatically and updates are installed automatically.

As said: WMS software is also increasingly running in the cloud. But what are the benefits and what are the risks?

Benefits of WMS in the cloud

The big advantage of cloud computing is that no major investments are needed. Specially for starting businesses, that can be decisive for using a WMS in the cloud. The possible benefits of a WMS in the cloud at a glance:

- Not many investments are needed. Only implementation costs and purchase costs for standard hardware.
- Because a WMS runs in the cloud in an internet browser, the system can be switched on anywhere.
- The data center of a (professional) provider of cloud computing is better protected than the own server space of the WMS user.
- Not having to install software yourself means that the implementation costs are extremely limited.

Disadvantages of WMS in the cloud

- Dependence on the internet: no connection, no WMS.
- The user depends on the functionalities that are present in the relevant solution. Installing additional applications yourself isn't possible in the case of cloud computing.
- Companies that opt ​​for the cloud are very dependent on the provider at all.
- Company information is stored outside the walls of the own company. It's often not entirely clear where (sensitive) information ends up; that can also be abroad.

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