Practical cloud computing models began to enter the public consciousness in 1999. By 2015, these systems were implemented in Transportation Management Software (TMS) solutions. Though many companies hesitated at the gate, SMBs and large enterprise organizations alike are embracing this evolution.
Why the Cloud Is Important in TMS
Nearly every corner of the earth is becoming more readily accessible. Supply chains now cover the globe in an astonishing and massive network. Access to real-time information grows increasingly important for every partner in this chain. Cloud-based solutions allow for role-based access to one overarching system at every point along this way. This level of visibility means that when problems arise, they can be managed quickly.
An additional benefit is the ability to pre-configure solutions for any given client. By incorporating region-specific regulations and content-conscious directives, cargo is more likely to ship smoothly.
With an open-source feel, cloud based solutions are constantly maturing. Many of the concerns that were raised at the start of its implementation are being actively addressed all the time. The major hold-up for many organizations is the fear of elevated security risks. These concerns may diminish with increasing speed in the coming year.
- Risk. Cloud computing offloads processing closer to the information source. This means companies are entrusting their data to a location further from the central system. Additionally, this information is often contained within a shared space. Anyone paying to use a cloud system is storing his or her data next to someone else’s. The result is an outpost with an increasing number of surfaces. The fear is that the more touch-points there are to your data, the more likely it is that someone can hack it.
- Benefit. Despite these concerns, it is clear that the cloud is actually a safer data environment for some companies. SMBs and SMEs are often better served with offsite processing. This boils down to limited resources. Small and medium sized companies are not able to assign a large budget to cybersecurity initiatives. Additionally, they do not necessarily have the IT manpower to maintain rigorous security protocols. By reassigning their data to a cloud-based system, they become part of a team. The cloud vendor has a vested interest in maintaining security standards and is better prepared to handle them.
One important element of maintaining cloud security is education. This is still a relatively young solution, and companies are just beginning to understand it. Though these systems allow for a shared burden in regards to security management, it still falls to the data’s owner to monitor it. As companies sought to understand how to handle permissions, authentications, and password management, doors were sometimes unintentionally left open. As businesses continue to understand the cloud, IT departments are better armed to address the unique requirements of maintaining a secure environment.
As the cloud becomes more cemented in modern industry, the field grows around it. New security, communication, sensor, and mapping technologies are just some of the features being rolled out. Each of these are vital in TMS applications. With greater responsiveness and visibility, the cloud offers an efficient, cutting-edge platform.