Mobility has become a popular trend within the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) space because it presents a variety of benefits for an enterprise, as well as the workers and individuals themselves. Mobile ERP applications allow companies to benefit from improved quality of service, deeper business relationships and more accurate data capture – not to mention access to important data from any location at any time.
In the past, ERP systems have generally been accessible remotely through a laptop or desktop with the data stored on hardware. However, with cloud computing on the rise, there is now a huge demand for ERP systems and data to be available on all mobile devices. Having mobile capabilities can also lead to greater productivity, better customer service and improved data capturing, so it’s no wonder why this demand continues to grow.
In this light and an attempt you bring you the best content within the ERP space, Solutions Review editors search the web high and low for insights that can have a real impact and help you move the needle. We often share best practices that inform IT leaders on what to do when it comes to selecting and deploying ERP software.
A recent article from Net News Ledger titled, “How Mobility Can Make Your ERP More Effective,” got us thinking about how your ERP system can benefit from mobile capabilities. We read the article, available here, and pulled out the four most important benefit you’ll see from mobile ERP.
Mobile ERP gives individuals the opportunity to enter relevant and timely data into the system as they gather it in the field or on a job site. Having this access to up-to-date and relevant information can ensure more accurate reporting, which will ultimately enable business leaders to make better decisions based on the availability of data and the improved relevance of it. Not only will this assist in spotting opportunities, it will help with identifying potential threats within the system as well. In case additional information for solving a problem is needed, employees can simply look for it in the ERP application. As a result, employees can come up with the right decision in a shorter amount of time with real-time information.
Believe it or not, many people choose to do work outside of normal business hours and outside of the office. Allowing employees access to the ERP system can ensure they will be able to utilize their time in a more productive way, so why not encourage that? With mobile ERP, employees stay flexible and within reach. For instance, an employee from the sales department can check inventory levels or even close a sale from home or while on the road traveling. This convenience of accessing ERP data from your phone, laptop, tablet, etc allows for employee productivity to increase while giving them the tools and information they need to conduct business, which can only lead to greater efficiencies and caters to the flexibility demanded by many workers.
Because ERP systems are the central point of data storage, communication and workflow management processes, real-time accessibility is crucial to a business’s success. Mobility gives you this. A mobile ERP system provides you with supply chain updates, a better and more efficient way with communicating with customers, inventory management control, and the ability to communicate with all team members on the fly (and more) — giving your company a higher competitive advantage. Research from IQMS Manufacturing Software revealed that companies that have already adopted mobile technologies have undergone up to a 45% improvement in productivity and up to 44% improvement in operational efficiency, both of which factor into a business’s competitive advantage.
More Accurate Data Capture
As previously mentioned, mobile ERP makes it easy for individuals to enter important data precisely as they accumulate it in the field or on a job site. Eliminating the repetitive and tedious process of capturing data in the field and recording it only to have to re-enter it when back in the office will not only speed up the entire data entry process, but will also reduce errors and data redundancy. As a result, it will save an enormous amount of time and allow employees to focus on high-priority tasks. It goes hand-in-hand with accurate reporting, which are two extremely important things you want to be doing right.
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