‘Integrated logistics’ condenses management into app form

New devices are lending themselves to fleet management options that haven't been possible in the past due to technological constraints. The United States government has recently pursued the role of mobile in this area, according to a GCN article on the Integrated Logistics Management System (ILMS), which allows thousands of vehicles across different fleets to be managed intelligently.

Many of the qualities of this program outlined in the piece could apply to other similar attempts at legacy application modernization in the future. For example, the source notes that the Mobile Driver used by the ILMS is designed to be compatible with both iOS and Android mobile devices, indicating a possible need for technological flexibility within these types of initiatives.

It isn't just the fleet where mobile is making a mark. In an article for Logistics Viewpoints, Peter Schnorbach notes that work productivity is one of the chief functions that supply chain professionals want out of their supply chain-ready mobile apps.

Referencing information from his company, Manhattan Associates, Schnorbach said that this function matches the desire for employee productivity.

"It's evident that mobile solutions enable warehouse managers to spend much-needed time engaging with employees without sacrificing reporting requirements or other equally critical responsibilities," he writes. He also stated that older systems are "chaining managers to their desks," making the freedom of mobile app solutions more necessary.

By utilizing the latest mainframe modernization solutions, businesses stand to improve both the fleet and warehouse aspects of their logistics operations by converting legacy functions to a sleek, accessible format. This option won't require the downloads or upgrades that an app does, since older processes can be rendered in browser-friendly code instead.