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The Importance of a Single Source Solution

July 17, 2015 | Time & Attendance

Imagine trying to build the perfect house. You might include the best version of every possible feature – Roman pillars, a Mansard roof, a Victorian balcony, and a spiral staircase. After all, if you’re going to build a house, why not choose the most luxurious options? The end result, however, is a messy hodgepodge of mismatched statement pieces. Although certain components may be regarded as the “best” when they stand alone or are built alongside complementary features, they won’t necessarily work together effectively. A similar phenomenon is currently causing difficulty for supply chain organizations attempting to integrate the “best” cloud applications for various business processes.

Many businesses purchase each of the “best-in-breed” applications to automate their supply chains, and then hitch them together, layering them on top of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. This strategy, however, does not necessarily form an effective solution. Supply chain management solutions that try to pack on the “best” of each separate application often experience problems with integration. Supply Chain Brain feels that a potential solution exists in the cloud, as it offers new opportunities for businesses to leverage their existing infrastructure and to build on top of it, therefore enabling various organizations to better coordinate trading partners and deliver greater value.

Supply Chain Brain identifies three important facets of a business that are improved by cloud-based operations:

  • Visibility: Timely and appropriate communication is imperative – when important information is delivered too late upon which to be acted, it is rendered irrelevant. Tapping into the cloud will accelerate the path to better visibility.
  • Connectivity: Greater visibility leads to increased connectivity. As user bases add new members, connectivity continues to develop. The resulting “network effect” gives the cloud a vital and unique advantage over traditional software applications.
  • Collaboration: Increased connectivity results in more opportunities for organizational members to collaborate. Only 30% of 374 respondents claimed they had no problems connecting or onboarding new trade partners. Connection and collaboration become more possible within the cloud, as it allows for connections to be made rapidly and at a lower cost, allowing richer connections to take place more quickly. In fact, over 50% of the survey sample reported that issues were resolved twice as fast with better connectivity and collaboration.

Although the cloud improves integration across multiple applications, what if using one solution solved all your supply chain management problems? Workloud® web application scraps the need to integrate multiple platforms. Think of Workloud as a beautifully built Victorian house – although it doesn’t have Roman pillars or a spiral staircase, all of its features fit together smoothly and effectively. Although Workloud’s foundation lies in scheduling, we’ve expanded to include solutions in time collection, mobile access, time and attendance, and payroll integration. By providing a comprehensive workforce management solution, ScheduleSoft is a single source vendor for all business operations needs.

-Yvonne Hangsterfer

ABOUT WORKLOUD:

Workloud is a modern workforce management SaaS company of the people, by the people and for the people. And those people are you and your employees. We make your employees more productive, empowered and engaged. And we do it with our end-to-end cloud-based Employee Scheduling, Time & Attendance, and Absence Management solutions.

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Originally published July 17, 2015, updated December 1, 2017
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