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Better WMS Production Support and Spider-Sense for RP WMS

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Does your WMS have “Spider-Sense”?

Spider-sense!  Being the comic-book geek that I am, Spiderman’s spider-sense was the first thing I thought of when we started the idea of a spider data model  to address something that has bothered us.  Actually, it was one of our great customers that came to us with a simple question:  Why do we have to look in about 4 different places for our production support staff to find out what is going on?

 

You see, back when we first designed the MOCA and the WMS, we created a table to log transactions.  Well, it was 1993 and we didn’t have a lot of options of how to do it.  It worked fine for its day.  But, it is largely unchanged since then even though technology has come a long way since then.  And now there are a bunch of sibling tables where things like order activity, work activity, and trailer activity are kept.  Frankly, it can be a bit dicey to figure out where to look for the right info.

 

Well, it is now 2013 and there are a lot (A LOT) of options. We love it when customers come to us with things like this – things that can produce a lot of ROI in the areas of production support and customer service.  What we came up with is a very clever spider data model and non-SQL concepts that allowed us to make a single intuitive interface for seeing all interrelated and intertwined warehouse activities – bringing everything under one unified framework.

 

We started with a question:  When operations in a WMS happen, can we capture the functional intersections that a user would want to understand?  For example,  if I am starting by looking at a shipment, what are the interactions and intersections I want to understand.   The spider model  starts to look very intriguing.

We quickly realized we had a great concept on our hands.  How to turn it into a great application?  That was the next, and more difficult, question.  While the Spider is a great concept for pulling data relationships together, it is not something that a user needs to understand.

 

Our UI designers came up with some simple structures that could be represented in MOCA-based DDA.  The idea was to show the relationships of WMS objects (like shipments, receipts, locations, etc) impacted by whatever it is they were searching for – and not just plop them into a huge list of non-related data.

 

We are in beta with this WMS Add-on right now.  If you would like more information about adding more intuitive problem resolutions tools to your system, email us or give us a call at 262-264-0477.  They are free to GetUsROI customers and will work with most RP WMS systems 2008.2 and later.

 

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Announcing Cloud Archiving for RP WMS

Archive Database Instances – It’s All About Options

Recently I wrote an article talking about how I think the Cloud is very murky – full of all sorts of abstract ideas and messages.   My main point in the article is my assertion that the Cloud is ultimately about choices and flexibility.

 

As we began to work with a number of our customers on Cloud solutions of varying degrees, we started to ponder the big question of  “How do we get from here to there?” in our own thought processes.  Our thoughts instantly moved to the question – how can we produce maximum ROI with minimal impact?

 

We then examined common issues in the WMS space that we should tackle.  At the very top of our list? Archive Servers.   Archive Servers are a necessary evil in the WMS world – where you need to have your production servers very lean.  However, standing up a whole server (virtual or physical) along with the database necessary to virtually duplicate a production instance, but on a massive scale – is just very expensive.  Think about the enormous cost of creating, maintaining, synchronizing schemas, and caring for these huge database servers that are, for the most part, idle 90% of the day.

 

Well, we were not going to just sit still and let that continue – were we?  No!  We are announcing several new innovations created by our System Architects:

  • S3 For MOCA -  MOCA components that can write and read data to/from S3.
  • NoSQL Access for MOCA – MOCA components that understand how to interact with some of the newer NoSQL databases – currently MongoDB (for Open Stack) and DynamoDB (for Amazon AWS).
  • Simple Cloud Archiving for MOCA – SCA pulls it all together in a set of capabilities that allow you to utilize the cloud for archiving as if it was part of the native system.

Our technologies are not for sale.  However, they are available at no cost to our customers.

 

Download our Cloud Archiving Whitepaper, go to GetUsROI.com for more information, or call (262) 264-0477 to get started.