Use diverse mainframe applications to manage shared logistics space

Complicated supply chains and other logistics operations can be overwhelming for companies with antiquated systems. As the Wall Street Journal has noted, changes in the logistics fields could further complicate enterprise management. The source specifically looked at the field of "collaborative logistics," in which multiple companies use the same trucks and warehouses to manage cost.

As the article notes, this practice could help businesses in different industries take advantage of temporarily available space and improve the way they process cargo. Property owners in the right areas could rent their available space, helping other businesses better manage their inventory while they themselves also profit.

If businesses are able to successfully keep track of all of their individual assets, a system like this could end up being beneficial. In a press release on its financial report for Fiscal Year 2016, the logistics company Descartes mentioned its intent to develop its own global logistics system to this end.

Like transportation, logistics can be an operation that relies too heavily on inefficient mainframe application access. With the heavy amount of demand logistics operations can see, the time it takes to perform downloads and cumbersome maintenance can add up and leave operators with real financial losses, in addition to an inefficient schedule.

For screen-based applications, businesses can use a flexible, adaptable user interface that delivers to users in a browser-accessible format. Any screen-based device will have the same amount of access to the relevant legacy applications, and the fully-integrated and secure Microsoft web server support makes it simple to blend into the legacy systems you have already installed. At the same time, new devices can be incorporated as the supply chain updates, giving you the chance to manage changes closely even if new elements like shared spaces are added.