Why your ERP’s TMS is not Always the Best Choice
Many of the large ERP platforms have a TMS module available for install. There are many reasons to consider using the ERP module of your TMS and also there are reasons to choose a different TMS.
Two Distinct Advantages
There are two distinct advantages of using an independent TMS. The first is time, speed and ease of deployment. Delays and hiccups in ERP deployment are legendary. So bad are some implementations that they’ve cratered earning and market value, sometimes for years after the implementation. An independent TMS is used to interacting with many different ERPs, knows the pitfalls and idiosyncrasies of different ERP platforms and is adept at overcoming their shortfalls.
The second distinct advantage of an independent TMS over an ERP’s TMS module is the ease of use and ease of customization. Typically, large ERP platforms have acquired TMS modules and bolted them onto the platform. This is fine but many of those TMS programs were written for mega companies many years ago. The operation of those TMS programs is generally extreme overkill for mid-sized companies and consequently the operation is often complex and cumbersome.
Some other advantages of using an independent TMS include:
Speed of deployment, ERPs can take years to deploy successfully in some cases. The TMS module is usually one of the last things to be deployed.
Price can be a factor. Independent TMS platforms are built with small to midsized companies in mind and are priced accordingly. The ERP TMS modules by comparison were built for very large enterprises.
Customization is usually faster, better and less expensive. The mega TMS modules in large ERP platforms were written when man-years of programming were the norm. Unwinding that programming to create any custom application is often very time consuming.
Cloud deployment is not always available with your ERP’s TMS module, therefore upgrades and scalable deployment may tax your IT departments schedule and be delayed or deferred.
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