Archive for Cloud/SaaS

Forming a Partnership with Your Software-as-a-Service Provider

Sending out a Request for Proposal — an RFP — is what most companies do when they’re looking for a technology solution. But what if instead of a Request for Proposal, the RFP became a Request for Partnership, as my friend Kate Vitasek from the University of Tennessee suggested several years ago? It seems like […]

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[Video] Forming a Partnership with Your Software-as-a-Service Provider

Josh Hunt, Development Manager at BluJay Solutions, discusses the following questions and more: in this timely and informative episode: Are you hearing companies today talking more about finding the right software partner, instead of vendor? Relative to the traditional in-house deployment model, how is the software-as-a-service model better aligned with this growing focus on partnership? […]

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Managed Services vs. Software-as-a-Service: Which Path is Right for You?

When it comes to how best to manage their transportation operations, many shippers often find themselves at a crossroads: should they implement a transportation management system, outsource everything to a logistics service provider, or take a hybrid approach? The right answer for one shipper might not be the best approach for another. So, how do […]

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Dig Deep: What to Know About TMS Hosting, Data Models and Integration

If you’ve ever purchased a transportation management system (TMS) for your organization – or any enterprise software – you know that the term “software as a service” (SaaS) gets thrown around a lot. The problem is, it means different things to different people, and some vendors twist the meaning of the term to make it […]

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Supply Chain Management in the Cloud

Is the cloud in your future? According to this year’s survey by Harvard Business Review Analytics Services, the top business drivers for adopting cloud and hybrid-cloud technology are: Business agility/flexibility – 49% Cost reduction/maximize IT investment – 43% Improved security – 37% System reliability/availability – 35% Ability to analyze/act on data – 34% Better customer […]

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TMS in the Cloud: Some Lingering Misconceptions

I’ve been researching the Transportation Management Systems (TMS) market for over 18 years and obviously a lot has changed over that time period. What’s interesting is that even though there’s a lot of buzz and attention on cloud solutions today, TMS was actually one of the first enterprise software segments that went to the cloud […]

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