ERP vs Best-of-Breed WMS: Top Ten Must-Have Features

This document will highlight the top 10 “must have” features within a best-in-breed Warehouse Management System (WMS). WMS Software is designed to improve the flow of inventory within the warehouse through automation and creating a unified and efficient supply chain movement methodology.

As Enterprise Resource Planning solutions (ERPs), and accounting systems, become more advanced they start to expand their functionality with ancillary modules to try and cover their client’s needs.  This has become much more prevalent in the SME space, and there has been a growing trend towards developing warehouse management functionality that’s embedded into the system.  The question then becomes; am I able to leverage the native supply chain functionality that comes with the ERP, or should I look at purchasing a best of breed WMS from a third party?

While this debate has been going on for a while now, and will likely continue on for quite some time, the reality is that there is a place in the industry for each model and it is up to each company to evaluate which is a better fit for their operations.  This whitepaper will examine the decision factors from the viewpoint of C-level executives of a midsize company.  While many of the considerations will apply to companies of all sizes, it is the midsize company that will be the primary focus.  After reviewing the considerations for each key stakeholder, the whitepaper will provide recommendations for reconciling the perspectives and coming to a sound decision.

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