Warehouse Information Network
Almost all current Warehouse Management Systems are based on standalone, in-house type of systems; some older systems are even without a central database. Newer ones are based on Client-Server technology which have a limited number of licenses and lock to one operating system and proprietary technology. The biggest problems with those solutions are:
To overcome those limitations we used new tools and technologies based on the general idea of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Our main goals are:
We achieved that by using new, emerging technologies. Throughout the whole project Open Source tools were used to reduce cost and more importantly, to remove the "vendor lock". Using Open Source tools also increased the stability of the system. Technologies that are geared towards web computing were utilized as well - our program can run on any device supporting a web browser, including smart phones.
Since all these technologies are so new and constantly developing, we have to adjust our development plans to deal with the tremendous speed of the changes and improvements. One of the biggest challenges is integrating all the technologies in a seamless way while at the same time keeping them current.