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Warehouse Management System (WMS) Considerations When Selecting ERP Software

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Selecting the right ERP software for your business is a process you just can’t rush through. After all, the solution you decide on will manage the daily operations that are crucial to your business success.

Primarily, you will need to figure out your overall budget and map out timelines associated with software implementation and training. You will also want to get CEO backing and ask around for input from various departments. These steps are important to narrowing down your search, as we all know there are numerous options out there today.

In addition to these primary steps, you will need to consider your warehouse management system needs. Most ERP solutions will not provide advanced inventory or warehouse management functionality right out of the box. This is where Independent Software Vendor (ISV) solutions come into play and can have a huge impact on the successful implementation of your ERP software selection. Here are some things to consider…

  1. Current Distribution Processes vs. Potential Efficiency: What are your current distribution processes and how could they be improved? Delivery of your inventory to your customers is of utmost importance to your business. You need to get products to your customers on time without error in order to stay competitive. Put away or picking strategies may need to be improved or organization of warehouse storage may need reassessment. To find those inefficient links in the supply chain, document what you’re doing today.  This is often referred to as workflow mapping.  Once mapped, you’ll be able to quickly identify the gaps, paper intensive processes, or labor intensive areas that lead to inefficiencies.
  2. Seamless Integrations with Your ERP Solution: As you’re evaluating ERP solutions, you will need to evaluate ISV solutions that seamlessly integrate with them as well. Adding on a WMS solution to an ERP, if they don’t work well together, makes for serious problems, limiting your potential as a business. Make sure from the get go that there are proven WMS solutions that work together with the ERP solution you decide on.
  3. WithoutWire™ (WoW) Warehouse is a full-featured WMS solution from Appolis that controls the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse, processes the associated transactions, and provides real-time and web-based visibility about the status of goods in the warehouse. WithoutWire integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Dynamics GP and SL;  together they can drive optimal efficiency for your business.


By Steve Dwyer of Appolis, Warehouse Management System (WMS) Provider

2 Responses to “Warehouse Management System (WMS) Considerations When Selecting ERP Software”

  1. Barton Allen says:

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  2. opinion says:

    Great article and advice on ERP selection,integration and implementation strategies for warehouse management systems, just read an interesting whitepaper, Beyond Quickbooks – Choosing the right ERP solution for your organization, on advantages of ERP and strategies for successful implementation @

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