Cloud and SaaS: A Perfect Match for Enterprise Labeling
by Josh Roffman, on May 20, 2019
Cloud deployment and SaaS in particular enhance Enterprise Labeling.
As companies' supply chains wrap around the globe and become digitally empowered, their business needs rapidly evolve. Running a modern and efficient logistics operation means embracing the latest technologies to accomplish day-to-day tasks in new ways. Companies need their solutions to be standardized and consistent and to be accessible to all of their facilities and stakeholders across their global enterprise.
Achieving these results often depends on the enterprise solutions companies choose to manage operations. And although many companies still use on-premise solutions, installing software at multiple locations is increasingly becoming an outdated approach as cloud computing and the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model have revolutionized the way digital information moves through a company. Ultimately, when employees have access through a web browser whether on-premise or through the cloud - they can easily collaborate, access central data and manage critical solutions such as Enterprise Labeling across a global enterprise.
The SaaS Model Shows its Power
Organizations using SaaS solutions are subscribing to a service rather than installing software on their own servers and desktops. This promises operational flexibility impossible under older deployment models. Accessing an essential enterprise application is as simple and reliable as logging in to a platform, making it easier for companies to be organized and collaborative. In a world of decentralized geographic operations, this model is an easy sell.
The SaaS model is an attractive prospect for the large swath of enterprises that operate their manufacturing and shipping services from multiple facilities. The convenience and flexibility of the cloud, compared with the previous method of maintaining applications on clients and servers, has turned SaaS into the fastest growing trend in business computing.
SaaS Adoption Remains on Pace
Multiple reports show that companies have moved confidently into using SaaS tools for everyday tasks. Synergy Research Group indicated that, while the SaaS market is largely widely accepted, cloud-based products are still less common than on-premise software. However, SaaS and its fellow models - Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service -- will keep growing over the next few years.
Overall, SaaS is set to be the most prominent type of software delivery model in the more cloud-based future, as Synergy predicted continuing SaaS growth internationally and across nearly every industry segment. In fact, the firm noted companies spend $20 billion of SaaS tech every quarter.
Gartner provided a wider look at the same market and predicted organizations will pay for $85.1 million of SaaS tech in 2019, representing 17.8 percent annual growth. "Organizations are steadily - but not exclusively - shifting their content environments to SaaS. Gartner expects that by 2019, the current enterprise content management market will devolve into purpose-built, cloud-based content solutions and solution services applications," said Gartner Research Vice President Craig Roth.
Enterprise Labeling Benefits from Cloud Deployment
Industry-leading Enterprise Labeling Solutions are based on delivering accurate and consistent data via browser-based interface. These solutions enable organizations of all sizes to seamlessly implement, deploy, maintain and scale their labeling operations across their entire global network. This creates a natural match with SaaS.
The best SaaS-based Enterprise Labeling Solutions are easy to understand and provide consistency and control. Ease of use and deep functionality are compatible with one another - indeed, a simple interface reduces the chance of confusion generated by operator error.
"Data isn't duplicated in many locations, which reduces the chances of inaccuracies creeping in."
Modern Enterprise Labeling systems can access data from centralized sources of truth such as enterprise resource management platforms, warehouse management systems and more. Software providers including SAP and Oracle are increasingly employing the cloud in their own tools, and top labeling technology integrates seamlessly with the most popular ERP and WMS offerings. This integration ensures the most current and consistent data points are used to create labels. Data isn't duplicated in many locations, which reduces the chances of inaccuracies creeping in. There also is the flexibility to utilize data from local systems like MES applications.
Another important advantage with SaaS is that Enterprise Labeling is faster to implement, rollout and scale. Companies can quickly expand their operations as needed, adding capability either temporarily - during busy and high-demand times - or permanently, in line with corporate growth. When it's time to add a new team to a SaaS-based labeling application, they don't have to set up servers and install software. They simply need to log into the system and get to work, aided by accurate and up-to-date data from the rest of the company.
Companies looking to streamline operations are able to reduce maintenance – freeing up the time of valuable IT resources to focus on core competencies. SaaS also enables companies that don’t have sufficient infrastructure or IT resources to easily support installs and upgrades. Another advantage is the financial predictability this delivery model provides, along with the ability to facilitate global expansion.
Without efficient solutions, labeling can become a bottleneck point in efficient supply chain operations. Companies that fail to make labeling efficient and effective, or that encounter repeated problems due to tech failures or human error, will face setbacks in supporting global logistics networks. Enterprise Labeling is an essential process today and can and should be updated alongside other software solutions.
For additional information managing labeling in the cloud find out more by going to our Loftware Spectrum Cloud web page.