Embracing the Cloud for Labeling

Embracing the Cloud for Labeling
Embracing the Cloud for Labeling
It seems clear – there is an increasing demand for cloud based labeling applications.
More than ever, businesses are embracing the cloud as a preferred deployment method for enterprise applications. To keep pace with the market, businesses of all sizes, industries and geographies are adopting SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions with many more companies planning to make the shift in coming years. There are a host of advantages in adopting the SaaS model for business solutions such as labeling. Not surprisingly there is both a growing trend for companies to integrate labeling with their cloud-based enterprise applications as well as a distinct move to embrace cloud based labeling solutions.
As a matter of fact, in a recent survey polling nearly 1,000 professionals from organizations across all major industries and 55 countries, 68% of respondents stated thy believe their organization would benefit from deploying a Software as a Service (SaaS) based Enterprise Labeling application. This growing demand is driven by the understanding that cloud-based labeling simplifies maintenance and support, reduces IT involvement, and streamlines global deployment while facilitating expansion to reduce operational costs and provide financial predictability. However, when it comes to cloud based labeling, it’s important to deploy Enterprise Labeling Solutions that are purpose built for cloud deployment to ensure flexibility and print performance, which are both essential for global labeling.

Offering A Host of Benefits

Businesses are moving more of their IT infrastructures to the cloud, so they can focus more on their core businesses, simplify maintenance and streamline their on-demand provisioning of hardware and software. As mentioned above, using a cloud deployment and a SaaS financial model provides a great deal of flexibility and predictability. With this approach the need to acquire, configure, upgrade and maintain hardware and software is removed. There are no servers, no installation, no infrastructure required. This reduces operational expenses including IT resources and capital expenditures while, at the same time, it simplifies deployment and reduces maintenance. Another advantage is the financial predictability this model provides. Ultimately, deploying in the cloud and utilizing a SaaS model improves productivity, increases focus on your business instead of infrastructure, and provides cost certainty.
70% stated that the cost savings and maintenance were the top two benefits of deploying enterprise applications in the cloud.

Enabling Continuous Operations

Cloud-based applications require a different approach to ensure label printing expectations continue to be met. The challenge is that companies cannot trust that there is constant connectivity to global locations which can result in production and operational downtime that proves extremely costly. In order to de-risk global label printing, companies focus on labeling solutions that keep printing even when their connectivity to remote locations is interrupted. This is especially important when labeling is deployed in the cloud and local facilities need to run synchronized for each facility. Also vital are native print drivers that leverage built in printer capabilities and guarantee that labels can be printed reliably and in high volumes even at remote locations or facilities. Native drivers offer fast and efficient label printing, while meeting existing labeling requirements, independent of printer make and model.
75% state that their remote or regional operations are dependent on connectivity to centralized applications.

Fitting in With Your Enterprise Architecture

When deploying on premise or in the cloud it’s important to ensure that your labeling is designed to integrate with your existing enterprise applications. This allows label data to come directly from your sources of truth to guarantee that your labeling reflects consistent, current and accurate information. Whether you’re using S/4HANA or SAP ECC, Oracle EBS or cloud, Infor CloudSuite or another enterprise system, it’s vital that the Enterprise Labeling Solution being used is designed and certified to integrate with your business application environment including heterogeneous models where some applications are in the cloud and others are on premise.  By integrating labeling with your business applications, you leverage existing business processes to drive labeling processes and key data sources to achieve label accuracy and consistency—while eliminating data duplication.
68% of respondents believe SaaS/Cloud will be their deployment method for enterprise applications three years from now.

Labeling Takes on Increased Importance in Today’s Global Supply Chain

Supply chains and the solutions used for managing them have become increasingly important as businesses become more global and interconnected. Globalization and digital technologies are changing business, especially as companies look to accelerate growth and expand into new markets. To do this, companies must create efficiencies in their supply chain and be able to address complex and ever-changing supply chain dynamics. This includes creating efficiencies in labeling with comprehensive cloud-based Enterprise Labeling Solutions to optimize supply chain activities.
Ultimately it seems clear that the cloud is becoming an increasingly prominent deployment method for enterprise applications –ensuring continuous operations for labeling in the event of potential disruption. Also, offering the ability to secure savings and a range of significant advantages. This is why, in order to establish a competitive advantage in their markets, companies are turning to the cloud for all of their enterprise applications – even their labeling.

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Josh Roffman is VP of Product Management for Loftware

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