It’s a Big Data world as information about material movement becomes more essential to the art of materials handling.
And, software applications designed to grant visibility into products, processes and pieces of equipment have grown accordingly.
Based on the results of Modern’s 2013 Software Usage Survey, many readers have big plans for improving information systems or rolling out their first attempts at detailed data collection.
Peerless Research Group (PRG) recently surveyed subscribers of Modern as well as a sample of recipients of our e-newsletters, and with 405 qualified respondents, this year’s survey represents the perspectives of more than twice as many materials handling professionals as in recent years.
According to John Hill, director at St. Onge, the broader respondent base has impacted the results and in many cases brings the survey’s data more in line with overall industry trends.
Hill notes some important themes highlighted in the data. “It seems many who have not seen a return on investment from their software implementations might not have done due diligence in creating upfront justifications and objectives,” says Hill. “Those who have succeeded have benefited from the convergence of information systems, as businesses recognize the value of a holistic view of supply chain management.”