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Creating an Inventory Management System

An Essential Guide

ScienceSoft applies 10-year experience in the development of supply chain solutions to create reliable inventory systems and provide related consulting services on planning the inventory system implementation.

How to Create an Inventory System - ScienceSoft
How to Create an Inventory System - ScienceSoft

Inventory System Implementation: Summary

  • Time: Around 4 - 6 months for inventory system development.
  • Key project steps: Requirements engineering and design, project planning, solution development, integration, data migration, deployment, user training, after-launch support.
  • Cost: $90,000 - $250,000 for a midsize company, $250,000 - $400,000 for a large enterprise.
  • Team: A project manager, a business analyst, a solution architect, UI and UX designers, front-end and back-end developers and QA engineers.

ScienceSoft provides all the necessary talents to cover inventory software implementation end to end and helps to effectively optimize project time and costs.

Types of Inventory Solutions

Visit ScienceSoft's dedicated pages to learn about the features, cost factors, important integrations, and success factors of inventory solutions:

Inventory Software Implementation Steps

The duration and approach to the inventory system design and development depend on the specifics and scale of inventory operations the solution should cover. Below are described the typical steps we at ScienceSoft take to introduce robust inventory software.

Inventory system requirements engineering & design

Duration: 4 weeks

ScienceSoft starts inventory system implementation projects with the following steps:

  • Eliciting functional and non-functional requirements for an inventory system, defining user roles, required integrations with other systems (ERP, CRM, accounting system, etc.) and data migration activities (to move data from currently used spreadsheets or an inventory management solution).
  • Deciding on the inventory system type: software-only or barcode/RFID-supported. Choosing software technology. Outlining a list of required hardware equipment if needed.
  • Designing a high-level architecture of the solution with major components and interactions between them. Prototyping UI.
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Project planning

Duration: 1-2 weeks

ScienceSoft’s experts strongly believe that precise project planning is the cornerstone of a successful inventory system implementation. At this stage, we cover:

  • Outlining the scope of work and its duration, associated risks and the ways to mitigate them.
  • Calculating expected TCO and ROI of the inventory system.
  • Defining milestones, objectives and KPIs for the inventory system implementation project.
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Inventory system development

Duration: 4-6 months

At ScienceSoft, this stage includes:

  • Delivering the back end of the inventory solution that will consolidate and process inventory data uploaded by users and generated by inventory tracking devices (in case of a barcode/RFID-supported system) and trigger actions based on this data to automate inventory operations.
  • Delivering user-facing web and mobile applications.
  • (Optionally) Implementing a demand forecasting module driven by machine learning to optimize inventory management processes.
  • Running QA procedures to validate inventory software quality and fix bugs prior to production.
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Integration with other systems

Duration: 1-12 weeks (depending on integration complexity)

At this stage, ScienceSoft’s team finalizes integration patterns and procedures defined at the inventory system’s design stage. We implement and test integrations with other business-critical systems (e.g., ERP, accounting, CRM), and Business Intelligence (BI) for inventory reporting and visualization of inventory-related data.

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Inventory data migration

Duration: depends on migration complexity

Prior to solution launch, ScienceSoft assists in data migration from currently used inventory software or spreadsheets. For this, we take the following steps:

  • Developing a migration scenario, scripts for migration automation, data mappings.
  • Extracting inventory data from a legacy inventory system or spreadsheets and validating its quality, identifying and solving issues (e.g., lost or corrupted data).
  • Loading data into a dedicated inventory database and running data verification procedures to ensure data accuracy and consistency.
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Inventory system deployment

Duration: from 3 months

The deployment of an inventory system with ScienceSoft usually covers the following stages:

Stage 1. Configuring software infrastructure, backup and disaster recovery procedures. Installing and tuning hardware if required (e.g., barcode printers and readers; RFID tags, readers, etc.). Deploying the solution to one of the targeted facilities (warehouse/distribution center) for a pilot run. Duration: 2 weeks for hardware-supported systems.

Stage 2. Monitoring the system’s functioning in real-life conditions. Handling possible change requests and issues (e.g., barcode/RFID-related). Duration of pilot operation: 1-2 months.

Stage 3. Rolling out the final version of the solution to all the targeted facilities. Duration: ~ 2 months for deploying RFID/barcode-based systems (depending on the number of facilities and their layout complexity, the duration can be longer).

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User training

Duration: 2-4 weeks

To help employees involved in inventory-related operations quickly learn how to use the solution for their daily operations, ScienceSoft takes the following steps:

  • Devising the plan on incorporating the new inventory system into employees’ (inventory and purchasing specialists, warehouse workers) workflows.
  • Creating software and hardware administrator guides and user tutorials.
  • Conducting workshops for involved user groups (e.g., training warehouse staff to label inventory items for the new system).
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After-launch support, maintenance, and evolution

Duration: as required

ScienceSoft offers a range of after-launch services to ensure smooth performance of the inventory system in the long run. The services include:

  • Providing continuous user support.
  • Running planned system updates and extending functionality based on evolving business needs and user feedback, e.g., more types of inventory reports enabled, improved UI.
  • For barcode/RFID-supported systems: fixing hardware defects and maintaining hardware (in cooperation with a hardware vendor): device service (RFID and barcode readers’ repairs, etc.) and timely supply of consumable materials (e.g., RFID tags).
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Explore ScienceSoft's Inventory Management System Demo

A sample application for the inventory team shows how its key features, like demand-driven inventory planning, multi-location inventory monitoring and automated inventory reporting, improve operations efficiency.

Consider Professional Services for Inventory System Development

In custom software development since 1989, ScienceSoft helps companies design and build effective inventory systems that help optimize inventory operations and avoid stock-outs and overstocking.

Inventory system consulting

We thoroughly analyze your inventory needs and suggest optimal features, architecture, and tech stack for the solution. Besides, we deliver an integration plan and a detailed implementation roadmap with cost and time estimates.

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Inventory system implementation

We promptly develop an inventory system, integrate it with required software, and provide after-launch support. You also get smooth inventory data migration from legacy systems and user training in a convenient format.

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Why Build Your Inventory System with ScienceSoft

  • 700+ talents on board with 7-20 years of experience on average.
  • Since 2012 in supply chain management software development.
  • Since 2011 in IoT to deliver RFID-based inventory tracking capabilities.
  • Since 1989 in data science to introduce AI-powered inventory analytics.
  • Practical knowledge of 30+ industries, including manufacturing, retail & wholesale, healthcare, oil & gas.
  • ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified company to provide a mature quality management system and customer data safety.
  • ScienceSoft USA Corporation is listed among The Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies 2022 by Financial Times.

Inventory Software Implementation: Selected Projects by ScienceSoft

Development of a Supply Chain E-Collaboration Network for 1,700-Store Retailer Auchan

Development of Supply Chain E-Collaboration Network for 1,700-Store Retailer Auchan

ScienceSoft designed and implemented an Oracle-based e-collaboration platform for Auchan category managers, buyers and vendors to enable effective supply chain and inventory management

Restaurant Inventory Management Software Development

ScienceSoft designed and built a responsive and customizable web application to help bars and restaurants improve their inventory management at all levels.

Rapid Development of Inventory Management Software for Herbal Medicine Manufacturer

To meet the tightest deadline, in 3 weeks, ScienceSoft's team developed a ready-to-go inventory management solution for the medicinal herbs tracking.

Design of an Image Analysis Application for Remote Monitoring of Oil Storage Tanks

ScienceSoft designed an image analysis app to remotely monitor oil store tanks in real time to help the customer optimize oil inventory management and timely detect oil leaks.

Development of a SaaS Module for Food Inventory Management

ScienceSoft designed and developed a SaaS module that enables food service managers keep track of and manage the raw food materials stock, as well as observe how the final food products are manufactured and sold.

Project manager

Plans the inventory project (goals, timeline, budget), prioritizes the scope of work, monitors its execution, coordinates the project team’s work, communicates with stakeholders and reports to them.

Business analyst

Investigates and describes functional and non-functional requirements, technical limitations and needed integrations for the inventory solution.

Solution architect

Designs the architecture of the solution with integration points between its components and other systems (ERP, CRM, accounting system, etc).

UX designer + UI designer

Conduct user research for the inventory solution, design user flows, build prototypes and gather feedback from users (e.g., inventory and purchasing specialists) to further improve system usability.

Software engineers

Develop the front end and the back end of inventory software, integrate it with other systems.

QA engineer

Designs and implements a test strategy, test plan, and test cases to validate the quality of the inventory system.

Hardware engineer (optionally)

Configures and manages the deployment of a barcode or RFID hardware system, identifies and resolves hardware-related issues, optimizes the hardware system performance in production.

Benefits of Inventory System Implementation Outsourcing to ScienceSoft

Consistent collaboration

We render inventory system development in close collaboration with project stakeholders to get an in-depth understanding of their inventory management needs and ensure the service fully covers their unique requirements.

Optimized cost

We define an optimal feature set for the inventory system to avoid packing it with unnecessary functionality. We develop the solution iteratively to introduce the core functions first and enable faster payback from software implementation. To streamline development, we rely on proven frameworks, platforms, and ready-made components where possible.

Timely deliverables

We guarantee a quick project start (1-2 weeks) and frequent releases (every 2-3 weeks) and apply well-established Lean, Agile and DevOps culture to ensure the implementation of a high-quality inventory solution on time and within budget.

Looking to Create an Inventory System?

ScienceSoft offers end-to-end development of custom inventory systems tailored to the specifics of your inventory operations.

ScienceSoft’s Tech Stack for Inventory System Implementation

To ensure high quality and efficiency of an inventory solution, ScienceSoft usually relies on the following mature technologies:

Business analysis methodologies

BPMN/IDEF

Issue trees

Document analysis

Interviews and focus groups

Value chain analysis

Seven-S Framework

Risk assessment matrix

Lean Six Sigma

Back end programming languages

Front end programming languages

Languages

HTML5
CSS

JavaScript frameworks

MeteorJS
Vue.js
Next.js
Ember.js

Mobile

Databases / data storages

SQL

Microsoft SQL Server
MySQL
Azure SQL Database
Oracle
PostgreSQL

NoSQL

Apache NiFi
MongoDB

Cloud databases, warehouses and storage

AWS

Amazon S3
Amazon DocumentDB
Amazon Relational Database Service
Amazon ElastiCache

Azure

Azure Data Lake
Azure Blob Storage
Azure SQL Database
Kinect DK
Azure RTOS

Architecture designs and patterns

Traditional 3-layer architecture

Microservices-based architecture

Cloud-native architecture

Reactive architecture

Serverless architecture

Service-oriented architecture (SOA)

Various approaches to enterprise application integration (database integration, point-to-point and middleware-based SOA, robotic process automation)

Average costs for building the inventory management system vary between $90,000 - $250,000 for a midsize company and $250,000 - $400,000 for a large enterprise.

The major cost drivers are:

  • Type of an inventory system: software-only or based on RFID/barcode technology (the latter will include costs of hardware equipment and its maintenance).
  • Number and complexity of inventory software features. For example, the complexity of inventory data analytics depends on the ypes of analytics required, presence and number of machine learning algorithms, data volume, number and complexity of reports.
  • Number of user groups and complexity of a user permission system.
  • Interface design uniqueness and complexity.
  • Complexity of data migration procedures required (e.g., based on the number of data tables and data types you have).
  • Number and complexity of integrations with other systems (ERP, accounting software, CRM, etc.).
  • Requirements for the system’s availability, performance, security, latent capacity and scalability.

Examples

Here are the approximate estimations based on ScienceSoft's experience in inventory software projects.

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is a software development provider headquartered in McKinney, TX. We offer consulting and implementation services to help businesses develop and start an inventory system that optimizes complex and multi-location inventory operations and helps avoid stock-outs and overstocks. Being ISO 9001 and ISO 27001-certified, we rely on a mature quality management system and guarantee cooperation with us does not pose any risks to our customers' data security. To learn more about our development approach, check our custom software development offer.