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PLUG IN POWER

Under the umbrella topic of scalability, the WMS project has been extended with various mechanisms to power tailor the software on site.

These efforts allow for a greater flexibility in implementation, better alignment with specific customer demands and faster solution implementation timeframes. One of these mechanisms is the possibility to extend the WMS software reservation rules. A reservation rule defines the logic of reserving stock for a picking slip from the most optimal location. Typically, this rule would determine if boxes are to be broken and how the ratio between pick face and bulk is to be reserved. It is one of the core pillars of any WMS software and a critical component to material movement optimizations. Traditionally, a wide set of reservation rules were available out of the DATASCOPE WMS box, but quiet often the reservations had to be extended to meet specific customer business requirements. Traditionally, these had to be developed into a new version of WMS. All subsequent optimizations to the rule would mean yet another WMS software upgrade. From version 4.0.38 onwards, the DATASCOPE development team will not be adding any further reservation rules, but will rather rely on the implementation team in providing the reservation logic on new customer sites. This is made possible through a plug in architecture, which can be likened to be a puzzle piece that fits into the greater WMS puzzle. A plug in is a piece of computer software that is called by DATASCOPE WMS every time a reservation has to be executed. This piece of software can contain a number of logical processes in determining the optimal stock locations. It can also query any arbitrary information outside of DATASCOPE WMS and even outside of SYSPRO and execute any additional functions or procedures. Thus, a reservation rule could now determine the optimal lot number (and thus expiry date range) to pick from, based on the customer classification. The reservation rule could automatically send a notification email to a procurement department when a sales order could not be reserved in full. A reservation rule could potentially also create a new SYSPRO job, once no more stock of a particular made in item can be reserved. The possibilities are endless, but the importance is, that DATASCOPE WMS can now bring a new level of maturity to the table with which customer logistical and business requirements can be easily met. The message is clear: Reservation rules combined with a powerful plug in architecture are taking the already powerful DATASCOPE WMS product to the next level.