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By Jason McElravy, Principal Product Architect

In our first post about bringing cloud-based solutions to your warehouse and DC operations, we covered the different types of software deployments, and where each, depending on your business, might make the most sense. With its ability to provide real-time access, scalability and reduced costs, cloud computing, no matter the platform, can offer a number of advantages over traditional onsite systems. Here are some of the key benefits that deploying cloud based software in your warehouse can bring:

Improved Efficiency

Cloud-based software helps you manage your warehouse more efficiently by providing real time access to all data related to inventory management and order fulfilment. This makes it easier to track stock levels, identify supply chain bottlenecks and ensure timely deliveries. It also enables staff members to work collaboratively and access the same data simultaneously, regardless of their location.

Increased Scalability

Cloud-based software can be easily scaled up or down depending on your business needs. This means you don’t have to invest in additional on premises hardware when expanding operations and can simply add more users as needed. As a result, it helps keep costs low while still providing the same level of efficiency and productivity that would otherwise require extra investment in infrastructure and equipment.

Generally the service provider is responsible for infrastructure setup and use, as well as the vast majority of the everyday concerns of its management. In short, you won’t need to worry about developing, maintaining, or upgrading your software – the service provider will do it for you.

Reduced Maintenance Responsibilities and Costs

Since cloud based solutions are typically hosted by third-party providers, businesses don’t need to worry about maintaining servers or other hardware components themselves. This not only saves time, but also eliminates the need to hire additional IT staff or invest in specialized software.

Due to advanced scalability and reliability, you’ll only use as many resources as you need, reducing your cost and eliminating costly downtimes. In addition, there’s no need to invest in your own hardware. While there are exceptions of course, cloud implementation are generally less costly when factoring in the total cost of ownership over the life of expected use.

Improved Security

Cloud-based solutions are often more secure than traditional onsite systems, as they rely on the latest encryption technology and other measures to ensure data privacy and integrity. This makes them an ideal choice for businesses that need to store sensitive information such as customer records or financial details.

Enhanced Mobility

Cloud based software can be accessed from any device with an internet connection, which means employees can access it remotely if needed. This is particularly useful for warehouse managers who may need to monitor operations while out of the office or away from the warehouse itself.


The more data that can be accessed, as through the cloud, the better predictive analytics are produced and the better outcomes can become. And because that information is updating and adapting in real-time, the process of optimizing outcomes is constantly being refined and evolved. The exciting thing about the cloud is the way that it allows for collaboration.

The more data in the system, the better the intelligence and learnings that can be gleaned from it. Data rich, real time, constantly enhanced and optimized. With AI and ML insights powered by the cloud, the enhancements to your core processes and procedures can be transformational. For example, Lucas’ cloud-based voice picking software has helped increase picking productivity for our customers from 15-40%.

The World of Warehouse Automation is Evolving rapidly

The cloud offers a multitude of deployment options to suit the unique needs of your operations. Whatever option you decide on, each approach brings its own set of advantages in terms of scalability, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility.

By carefully considering your specific requirements and objectives, you can harness the power of cloud-based warehouse automation software to drive efficiency, improve accuracy, and remain competitive in an ever-changing industry. Embracing the cloud is not just a technological choice, but a strategic one that can redefine the way you manage and optimize your warehouse. Jason McElravy serves as the Principal Product Architect for Lucas Systems, with lead responsibility for ensuring that the technical architecture of Lucas’ products effectively meet the current and future needs of our clients.

Jason is a highly skilled, creative and adaptive IT leader with a passion for software development and more than 25 years of experience focusing on web and cloud architectures, with particular proficiency in digital transformation, cloud migration, solution architecture, automation and product development.

He has held multiple technical leadership positions up to and including Chief Technology Officer while remaining a hands-on technologist. Throughout his career, he has built a proven track record of using technology to implement creative solutions to business problems.

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