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How a Cloud TMS Offers Innovation Beyond Decreased Transport Costs, On-Time Delivery, and Carrier Performance

As a cloud TMS adds new capabilities, innovation becomes accessible to customers via application updates, allowing subscribers to embrace new capabilities to benefit their business.

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Jessica Voigt
Jessica Voigt

Jessica is currently the Documentation Specialist at TransPlus. She has spent the last 3 years learning the ins and outs of the software as a Customer Support Representative and is now using her English degree to create content that showcases anything and everything that TransPlus has to offer. When she isn’t typing at her desk she enjoys shopping, watching movies and tending to her extensive collection of houseplants.

Cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) help simplify supply chain processes while decreasing deployment and maintenance expenses.

A cloud TMS eliminates upfront infrastructure requirements and expenditures that constrain small to mid-sized shippers with limited IT capabilities. Larger firms may discover a bigger variety of supply chain apps that facilitate internationalization and real-time cooperation with various partners.

As a cloud TMS adds new capabilities, innovation becomes accessible to customers via application updates, allowing subscribers to embrace new capabilities, if it benefits their business. Regression testing is essential for a cloud TMS application update, however IT support is not as extensive as for an in-house upgrade.

Cloud TMS solutions may bring innovation beyond lowering transport costs, improving on-time delivery, and boosting carrier performance.

Connectivity

Cloud computing allows a TMS to link large, sophisticated trade partner groupings (carriers and suppliers). Carriers and suppliers on the cloud give speedier data access for global and local businesses. Through a secure Internet connection, users and trade partners may access apps and exchange data. Many TMS solutions provide multi-domain architecture for local and centralized administration of global business activities.

Third-party connection solutions enable access to massive supply chain networks of trade partners (carriers, 3PLs, forwarders, suppliers, and customers), giving quicker data access than ever before. Shippers may connect once to tens of thousands of cooperating firms.

Globalization

Global commerce and transportation increase logistical complexity. Cloud TMS systems streamline customs brokerage procedures and give real-time insight throughout the global supply chain. A cloud TMS with global trade management allows an enterprise to manage worldwide transportation and comply with export/import rules. Organizations may now accomplish these activities utilizing one system instead of many systems or third-party outsourcing.

Reporting and Analytics

The first step in reviewing and planning company operations is acquiring and accessing data. Cloud TMS software enable daily operations and gather related data. Subscribers may see current and recent data. Data warehouse or business intelligence skills allow a company to analyze historical data and do in-depth analysis.

Cloud TMS offers reporting and BI/analytics tools. While enterprises may have greater access and capabilities in this area than ever before, the cloud might restrict the usage of independent business intelligence tools since some solutions make it difficult to transfer data to third-party reporting systems.

Greater Accessibility

The software provider is responsible for supplying, hosting, maintaining the underlying infrastructure, and assuring the application's stability, availability, and security. Most TMS providers include disaster recovery and enhanced data security.

Less Uncertainty

Companies simply rent a cloud TMS, eliminating upfront hardware and software costs. Businesses obtain a better grasp of application expenses and don't require an internal IT personnel to maintain and fix it.

Integrity

By restricting access to critical users for particular supply chain tasks and delivering superior security and data encryption, a cloud TMS increases data integrity across channels. Cloud TMS providers must also monitor and test the network to avoid data breaches, provide periodic data backups, and utilize disaster recovery procedures. Many cloud TMS vendors provide multiple RPO and RTO options.


What Should you Consider When Evaluating a TMS Vendor

Security

Many cloud TMS applications have a multi-tenant architecture, where a single version of the programme operates on a shared server. This design allows users to examine another subscriber's data, risking data security and a company's competitive position. A TMS system stacked with technology (hardware, software, servers) from various third-party providers might entail numerous handlers. More users raise the security risk.

To secure data in cloud apps, limit backend database access. Users deploying a cloud TMS must accept data access constraints.

Upgrades

Many cloud TMS providers push updates that might suffocate an operation if enforced at the wrong moment, as during a seasonal business high. Cloud TMS customers must also remain up-to-date on new software content to capitalize on business-process-specific capabilities. A system integrator engaged in the first TMS setup may advise on how to effectively use product improvements.

Risk

Most firms focus on data security when considering risk, but vendor viability is vital. See how long the company has been in business. Do they have a history of long standing customers and  determine whether they own or buy the technology? If the supplier doesn't completely understand or can't maintain the technology, a TMS system stacked with technologies from several vendors may operate poorly.

Hardware supporting TMS applications may affect performance. If a provider invests in commodity hardware instead of a solid infrastructure with high processing speeds, enterprises may need to replace gear at their own expense.

A public cloud TMS offers plenty of innovation and solves many of the challenges with an on-prem system. Companies should examine how effective their cloud TMS vendor would be in mitigating some of the risks.

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