Oracle has announced the latest improvements to its extended Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS) Cloud application. This quarterly release is noteworthy because functionality enhancements are accelerated from the previous Oracle solution roadmap.

The Oracle WMS Cloud is actually the product of Oracle’s previous acquisition of Cloud-based WMS applications technology provider Logfire announced in September of 2016.  Oracle

Highlights of this latest Version 9 customer release include:

Oracle Integration Service based integrations among Oracle WMS Cloud, Oracle Inventory Management Cloud and Oracle Transportation Cloud enhances the ability for Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle SCM Cloud users to implement more-rapidly source-to-settle and order-to-cash information flows to improve business responsiveness. One specific benefit of this integration is the ability to leverage Oracle WMS Cloud’s yard management visibility of trailers parked in the yard with overall inventory visibility. This is becoming ever more important for today’s online order customer fulfillment needs where complete visibility to inventory at all locations is ever more important. Readers may also recall that Oracle Inventory Management Cloud was designed to provide full support for both physical and financial management of goods and materials across the supply chain and thus includes elements of inventory management, supply chain financial orchestration and managerial accounting support.

With the support of Oracle SCM Development, the Logfire development team has additionally broadened capabilities in REST web service API’s.  For readers not familiar with this technology capability, industry standard application programming interfaces (API’s) are software components that facilitate platforms, applications, and database systems to connect with each other and share data. REST API’s have become far more popular of late in the ability to source information from either older legacy applications located behind the firewall, or a variety of other Cloud-based systems. Their primary emphasis, of-late, has been in the ability to develop and deploy web-based Apps utilized by smartphones and other mobile based devices such as material handling equipment, or last-mile delivery vehicles.  The capability has become especially important in the area of logistics and transportation, providing warehouse, logistics, transportation, or customer fulfillment workers with added, more-timely information and this is a red-hot area of development interest. Oracle Vice President of WMS Product Development, Diego Pantoja-Navajas, informed this author that Logfire development teams prioritized broader industry-standard REST API integration over the past 9-10 months because of growing customer needs for broader extensibility and the ability to customize Oracle WMS Cloud capabilities for their specific business needs. At the recent Oracle Open World Latin America event held in June, an augmented reality-based warehouse picking module was demonstrated for the audience leveraging REST API’s.

Another benefit brought forward with the acquisition was Logfire’s development team’s ability to add additional language support to support global based customers. With this latest release, 13 new countries and 10 added languages have been added from the previous base of four languages supported.  Such support will invariably add added attractiveness to further customer adoption.

The release provides evidence that needed architectural changes related to Logfire’s integration to the Oracle Cloud platforms is actually running ahead of the prior roadmap released earlier this year. We have been informed that WMS Cloud customers can anticipate additional technical integrations for the second-half of this year

 

Bob Ferrari

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