Mobile ERPMobile capabilities in all business functions have become essential to remain competitive in most businesses. Having an effective mobile strategy can lead to greater efficiency, reduced costs and improved customer satisfaction. By offering flexibility and agility, mobile functionality can be an effective way to help you meet the demands of rapid growth, increased competitive pressures, or changing market dynamics.

An effective mobile enterprise strategy should include these four guidelines.

When you are ready to embrace mobility with your enterprise resource planning system, here are four guidelines that will help your implementation be effective.

Use mobility as the primary data access. Rather than making mobility a secondary data access method, enable mobility for all of your data access and reporting. A universal, but secure access point, will give your employees, customers, or vendors, access to the applications and data they need to solve problems and meet objectives.

Set goals and measure results. Mobility offers many benefits and you should be sure that you are getting them. When you set goals and measure the effectiveness of your mobility program, you will be better able to take advantage of mobility advantages.

Leverage your enterprise resource planning system. An integrated ERP with a central location for data is an important piece of your mobility platform. It is essential to have central control over data to ensure access, compatibility, and security. Leveraging cloud ERP with built-in web capabilities will make mobility implementation even easier.

Embrace BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). While many businesses originally pushed back against BYOD, today the majority are allowing it. There are many benefits to BYOD including lower technology costs; however, it also requires that you set policies in place regarding security and application support.

An effective mobile enterprise strategy requires the right tools.

ASI offers tools and advice to help you implement mobility in your business. In order to facilitate mobility, business applications—including enterprise resource planning software—need to adapt to offer full web capability.

Acumatica, a cloud-based ERP, provides full support for mobility. Because Acumatica was designed to operate on the web, mobile access is a natural fit. Acumatica works on any device. Users can access key financial and customer management applications from a home office, a remote office, while traveling, or during inclement weather.

Sage 100 supports mobility, as well. The latest version, Sage 100 2016, places the entire power of the product onto the web and enables you to easily add mobile access to existing processes. Users can access Sage 100 through any device; including smartphones, tablets, and desktops. The new Sage 100 web screens do not link to the classic data entry screens. Instead, it provides a complete web experience for browsing and entering data. The flexible viewing options allow users to view data in the most efficient way that makes sense to them. You can even bring your customized screens to the web.

Learn more about mobile enterprise resource planning.

For more education on mobile ERP, take a look at some of our previous articles on mobility.

Why Your Warehouse Needs Mobility—Explore how mobile devices can be used across the entire supply chain to increase productivity and improve margins.

How to Choose the Best Mobile Technology for Distribution—Learn how to evaluate your options for choosing the right mobile solution.

Does Your ERP Support Mobility?—Learn more about the advantages and challenges of implementing mobility across all business functions including human resources, sales and marketing.

When you are ready to take the next step and make mobility a central part of your ERP and business strategy, contact us. ASI can help you analyze where you are today and make a plan for getting where you want to be, whether you are using Acumatica, Sage 100 or another system altogether.