The successful implementation of a TMS starts by identifying the specific needs of your business and the first challenges to be solved and involves several steps and stakeholders.
The implementation process can vary in length and complexity depending on your logistics flows and the specific chosen TMS solution, but involves stakeholders typically from several departments (supply chain, finance, IT) and includes several steps: initiation, configuration, integration, training, and activation.
Traditionally, TMS solutions were stored on-premise and maintained with costly servers in the client’s chosen location.
Nowadays, most solutions are cloud-based, offering several benefits to the customers. Those include easy implementation and maintenance, lower fees, higher security levels, and easy scalability of the solutions for businesses that face new challenges to run their supply chain smoothly.
Strategic sourcing contributes to the competitiveness of a business’ supply chain. It requires management to reflect the long-term future and not just the immediate needs of the company, using historical data and considering the existing and future partnerships.
A sourcing software supports organizations making decisions to improve the supply chain sourcing by gathering all necessary data and connecting the stakeholders to ensure the best results for the specific business needs, which go beyond order price today.