Myths vs Fact in Today’s Transportation Management Systems

To put it mildly, there’s been a lot of change in the TMS industry in last five years. A truly modern TMS system is nothing like the technology of 15-20 years ago, but many of the TMSs on the market today are built upon that obsolete technology and feed into the many myths about what a TMS can accomplish and deliver.

If you still think a TMS can only address a few areas of your organization, or can’t adapt to your needs, or is only a tool for engineers, think again. Compare the myths versus the facts of a robust, multi-mode, Tier 1 TMS that manages the full order-to-cash process in real time and within a single system.

Feature Myth Fact
Implementation Speeds It will take months, quarters, or sometimes years to implement and integrate. Today’s TMS can integrate systems and customers/partners within a few weeks or a few months, leading to faster ROI and a competitive advantage.
Configuration Only the vendor can configure the TMS. It’s costly and it takes forever to make a change. You have the freedom to make your own changes and configure it to the way you operate and serve customers.
Visibility Very limited visibility within the four walls of a business; loose connections with customers and carriers. Today’s TMSs feature a so-called “transportation control tower” that gathers, translates, and shares data from systems internal and external.
Routing Unable to dynamically calculate savings and gross margins during the routing process; can’t automatically adjust savings calculations. Can factor in all real-world constraints from the beginning to the end of an order, saving significant time and money.
Integrations Separate integration tools that require an extra investment; complex on-boarding that takes many months – and sometimes fails completely. Integration built into the TMS; integrations take a few weeks; built-in connections get you and customers up and running – and saving money – faster.
Cost Large license fees and yearly maintenance fees suck up budgets quickly. With SaaS TMS, vendors can develop and implement TMSs very quickly, resulting in a much lower total cost of ownership.

These are just a few of the ways a modern TMS is different than the systems of decades ago. Go here to get more myths versus facts about transportation management systems, including understand the total cost of ownership of a system.