“Cloud Computing” refers to the shared infrastructure, platforms and software that users access via the web in a 24/7 format. Instead of storing information in their own data centre’s physical servers, businesses on the “Cloud’ rely on servers maintained by the cloud computing software providers. Cloud-based solutions and applications are now emerging within the logistics and supply chain markets. They are scalable, manageable and cost-effective. Users can access cloud computing from various types of devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Why choose cloud-based computing?

A cloud-based quality evaluation allows a business like BCR, an international freight forwarder, Customs Broker and 3PL provider, to conduct a more realistic assessment of its software systems. A quicker and better control over every functional process of the software system helps a business to be more compliant with the issued standards. It involves less expenditure to solve the problem and less human resources to implement new solutions.

Speed to Market

In a competitive market like international Freight Forwarding, Customs, and 3PL, speed to market is an essential part of a digital strategy. It refers to the time it takes a business to develop a product and to launch it. Speed to market is critical, as technology is constantly evolving and what was new today or old tomorrow. With Cloud technology, it is comparatively easy, and less expensive to add new functionalities or to remove the obsolete features from a software system. There is no need for a considerable upgrade period. This gives a chance to test the innovative ideas at a reasonable expense, and to either introduce them immediately or to leave them as unworkable. Speed-to-market!

Benefits of Cloud-Computing

One of the key benefits of cloud computing is considerable savings in the business’s IT expenditure. By moving to cloud computing business will save substantial capital costs in:

  • Platforms (Platform as a Service – PAAS)
  • Infrastructure (Infrastructure as a Service – IAAS)
  • Software (Software as a Service – SAAS).

It allows a business to:

  • Rent additional processing power over the Internet without having to spend thousands of dollars on purchasing and significant time in setting it up
  • Cut down both capital and operating costs. No longer will a business have to spend big bucks on hardware, software, licensing and renewal fees
  • As the Cloud platform is utility based, a business will only pay to the service provider just for what you use when you need it. Thus, with a pay-as-you-go, subscription-based cost structure, cloud services require a lower initial investment and typically much lower overall costs than ‘on-premise’ models.

Early adoption of the Cloud provides an opportunity for companies to thrive, transform their business models in the shortest possible time. With cost reduction and a flexible IT infrastructure, a business can concentrate on their core competencies while leaving the task of running IT infrastructure to the Cloud Service provider. With the adoption of the Cloud, businesses are expected to become more agile.

As a mid-sized, Australian owned company, Cloud Computing opened new opportunities for BCR – innovations, better quality evaluation, continuous applications improvement, and better cost-effectiveness. It has enabled cost reduction, improved the speed-to-market of IT developments, and most importantly, allowed BCR to focus on what BCR is good at; namely serving its customers, solving their international Freight Forwarding, Customs and Logistics problems, and providing market-leading digital solutions.

Author Nilkanth Telang BCR Senior Solutions Architect

For more than a century, BCR has continued to help small, medium and large businesses achieve an optimum logistics solution with warehousing and transportation, including air freight and sea freight services to and from the major ports including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth).