Advancements in technology, particularly around transportation management systems (TMS), provide greater supply chain adaptability and efficiency. The combination of SaaS platforms, automation technology, and advanced visibility services has changed the industry.
This blog presents a step-by-step TMS implementation guide for getting a project back on track. Keep reading for tips on building a business case, identifying essential TMS features, and managing vendor selection.
4 Steps to Getting a TMS Project Back on Track
1. Determine Why the Original Project Stalled
The first step to recovering a TMS project is knowing what went wrong to derail the selection and TMS implementation process. You should determine how it can be addressed and corrected. There are several reasons why TMS projects may fail before true value is achieved, including:
- High setup costs.
- Insufficient vendor support and too much pressure on the network.
- Misalignment of project goals with business objectives.
- Lack of clear goals and objectives.
- Poor communication and coordination among stakeholders.
- Unforeseen disruptions and deviations derailed progress.
2. Review Your Costs and Potential Savings with Successful TMS Implementation
- Return on investment (ROI) estimates the value of a technology solution in regards to savings – or the gain on a technology investment compared to the initial amount invested.
- Total cost of ownership (TCO) projects the expenses associated with purchasing, implementing, and operating the technology product. TCO is essential when deciding whether to build in-house versus buy a preconfigured solution. TCO is also a primary driver of the shift from on-premise solutions to cloud-based solutions.
3. Build a New Business Case & Reevaluate TMS Project Requirements
- Something threw off planning in the early stages;
- Or the plan did not properly align with company values and requirements.
Reengaging an old TMS project requires a revised business case, with input from all departments with a stake in a new TMS platform. The business case should examine current issues in the company’s supply chain and how TMS implementation addresses those issues. Review cost of ownership, ROI expectations, and how long a proven TMS implementation process may take.
- End-to-end visibility in outbound and inbound freight
- Carrier contract management
- Planning and load optimization
- Settlement and payment processes
- Push notifications and collaborative messaging resources
- Cloud-based control towers for all applicable trading partners
- Advanced, customized, and standard analytics and reporting capabilities
- Mobile apps for drivers or various users
4. Initiate a Request for Information & Product Demos
Restart a Stalled TMS Implementation Project with the Right Partner
Whether you are a first-time buyer or upgrading an outdated system, partnering with TMS experts simplifies the selection process and delivers significant value. As you consider TMS implementation, download our TMS Buyer’s Guide. Explore MercuryGate, and get the help you need to calculate the value and efficiency a TMS implementation can bring to your business.