Cloud computing: how it’s changing warehouse management

Jim Berge

By Jim Berge Business Development at King Solutions

Parents often tell their children to get their heads out of the clouds. Now, business leaders are putting our parents in their place, which for most businesses means the cloud.

Whether you are an industry veteran or a relative newcomer, cloud computing is a must have for your warehouse management. According to an IBM survey of 2,000 midsize companies, “two-thirds were planning to or had already deployed cloud-based technologies, and 70 percent were actively pursuing cloud-based analytics for greater insight and efficiency.”

The smart ones are taking advantage of these services to boost their warehouse operations.

What is cloud computing?
More importantly how does cloud computing affect the warehouse management industry?

If you are completely new to the cloud, don’t worry, it’s a very easy concept to understand. Way back when, actually only 10 years ago, your company’s data would have been stored in hard drives that were housed within the physical space at your company.

With cloud computing, your information is still stored on physical drives, but those drives are hosted by a third party at a remote site. You still have access to all of your data over the internet, but you don’t have to physically store the drives yourself.

What does this have to do with the warehousing industry?
Now that cloud computing 101 is out of the way, we can move on to how the cloud is revolutionizing how we manage our warehouses.

At King Solutions, we have adopted the latest technology to help manage our client’s data and run our operations in the most efficient way possible. Other ways that cloud computing helps our industry include:

Decreasing costs
According to a 2010 survey by Mimecast, 54 percent of business that switched to cloud services did so for the cost savings. By reducing the strain on IT teams to maintain data-warehouse infrastructure, companies are better able to focus on strategies that can help them innovate or boost their performance across the board.

Increasing security
One of the most commonly used arguments against cloud storage in that security is diminished because you don’t physically possesses your data. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. When it comes to cloud-based services, most companies report a boost in security for their data than they would have storing it themselves.

Efficiency
The ability to access your shipping and inventory data from any terminal, mobile device or piece of wearable technology needs no explanation. It’s something that any warehousing professional know is an integral part of streamlining their day-to-day operations.

Stability
Something has to seriously go wrong for a cloud server to fail. You might as well count on the Internet becoming self aware and seizing control over the world if you are afraid of a massive loss of data from a cloud server.

Pushing towards the future
At King Solutions, we take advantage of every technological advance to better serve our clients. While cloud-based storage is relatively new to the industry, we have already recognized how it can benefit the warehousing industry.

It’s just one more tool we use to help manage your supply chain. To find out what else we can do for your business, contact us today.

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