Here is the last article in a eWEEK a series titled IT Science, in which we examine what is really happening at the crossroads of new generation legacy IT systems.

If this is not the case, the servers, storage and networking within each computer system can be considered "legacy". Indeed, the iteration of hardware and software products is accelerating. For example, it is not unusual for an application manufacturer, for example, to update and / or fix, for security purposes, an application several times a month, or even a week. Some applications are updated daily! The material is moving a little more slowly, but manufacturing cycles are also accelerating.

These articles describe the solutions of the next generation industry. The idea is to look at concrete examples of how new-generation computer products and services are improving production every day. Most of them are success stories, but there will be others on projects that have been set up. IT integrators, systems consultants, analysts and other experts will assist us as needed.

Today's topic: Find the perfect bolt for the existing ERP

Name the problem to solve: Cutting and selling stocks in feet (such as with a rope, chain, wire or cable) creates a unique set of challenges, such as not only knowing if a particular type of cable is in stock, but also what is the length and it is a continuous cable. cut or cut in several lengths. In addition, the stringent requirements and regulations governing the military and aerospace industries require accurate traceability to ensure that a potentially defective product, such as wire with a thin sheath, can be quickly identified and quarantined.

Describe the strategy used to find the solution: SEA Wire and Cable spent three years trying to use its existing Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (Prophet 21) to manage its warehouse operations, which should have worked well in theory, but in the future. In practice, the ERP has not been able to manage the level of granularity required by the company. SEA has been assigned to PathGuide by an associate familiar with SEA's ERP Prophet 21 software package to discuss the deployment of a specially developed warehouse management system (WMS). With the collaboration that followed, SEA discovered that PathGuide's Latitude WMS energy management system was perfectly adapted to its existing ERP.

List the key components of the solution:

  • Latitude WMS: The PathGuide Latitude Warehouse Business Management System (WMS) offers advanced system features and customization that provide organizations with the tools they need to increase sales, improve customer service, and outperform the competition. Latitude WMS is a comprehensive warehouse management system offering several advanced features in addition to its core features. Details here.
  • Latitude manifest shipping system: The PathGuide Latitude Shipping and Shipping System is a package shipping integration system that simplifies warehouse shipping, package tracking, and tour management. This software provides a multi-carrier shipping solution that automatically searches for the lowest available shipping rate (or the fastest option for those urgent orders) among all the available carriers. Details here.
  • Prophet 21: Latitude seamlessly integrates with all major enterprise management systems, including Prophet 21, an Epicor distribution software. Details here.
  • Describe how the rollout unfolded, maybe how long it took and if it went as planned: The implementation and engineering experts at PathGuide have worked closely with SEA Wire and Cable to ensure that the deployment is organized, organized and sequenced properly. By the time Latitude was ready to go into SEA's warehouses, it was enough to switch a switch with virtually no interruption or surprise.

    Describe the outcome, the new efficiencies gained and what the project has learned: The ultimate goal of SEA Wire and Cable is to achieve zero defect and the company takes very seriously the continuous improvement. Thus, understanding that this goal could not be achieved internally and taking the time to collaborate with PathGuide on a Latitude deployment, SEA was able to realize that investing in a technology such as Latitude could not only support their business, but also that of its customers and its supply chain. PathGuide and Latitude have helped SEA take a new step in the search for continuous improvement and log jumps in order to achieve its crucial goal, which is to avoid error.

    Describe the return on investment, carbon footprint savings and staff time savings, if any: Today, all of SEA's departments rely on Latitude's data and capabilities, including sales, purchasing, management, receiving, picking up small parcels, picking up freight and added value. Latitude has become SEA's greatest asset in its inventory management business by providing its sales team with access to real-time data on all inventory; give the purchasing team an overview of what is in stock and what needs to be ordered again; and allowing his warehouse to quickly check product details for customers with special requirements – material manufacturing locations, minimum wire length, and even regulatory review level – and information of this kind that typically took hours to complete. EES the past, but today is just a click away.

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