10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mobile ERP

ERP systems have gone a long way to stream line business in house. They provide integrated

applications to help manage and automate many aspects of business. However, until

recently, the data and tools they offered were only accessible at specific terminals inside the

office. Today, all of that is changing. Here are 10 things you need to know about the new

trend of mobile ERP.

#1 Traditional ERP Is Not Enough

The data and tools of a traditional ERP system are great and have simplified many aspects of

business. However, in today’s world of increasingly globalized and digitized markets, it’s

becoming increasingly important to be able to access all of that on the go. You need real

time communication and access to live, up-to-date data no matter where you (or your

employees) are.

#2 Middlemen and Downtime Are Draining Company Money

With a traditional setup, you usually need a middleman who collects, analyzes and

distributes the data. The delays caused by waiting for new data and waiting to get back to

the office to input new information—such as a new sale—caused a lot of downtime on the

company’s watch. With mobile ERP, data is accessible by those who need it, when they need

it. No more middleman. No more downtime.

#3 Mobile ERP’s Cloud Storage Is Essential

The cloud storage offered by mobile ERP systems allows for faster and better quality of

service and performance. You can share information immediately, communicate in real time,

and make sure each point of your business (no matter how far apart) are consistently on the

same page without skipping a beat.

#4 Mobile ERP Can Handle Increasing Complexity

As your company grows, you’ll find that you are dealing with an increasingly complex supply

chain, distribution, sales, service channels, and so on. The more complex these various

aspects become, the more difficult it will be to manage them all. With mobile ERP, you can

integrate them seamlessly and keep communication and information lines open between


#5 Mobile ERP Demand Is Growing

More and more companies in a variety of markets are realizing the value of adding mobile

ERP to their suite of ERP applications. They have larger volumes of data to handle and more

and more people who need constant access to that data. Mobile ERP makes collaboration


#6 But It’s Still New Enough to Give You an Advantage

While demand is growing, mobile ERP is still on the cutting edge. Even companies who have

heard about it aren’t quite sure how to make use of it or what advantages it could bring.

Adopting it now while it’s still relatively new will set you apart from your competitors and

give you a huge advantage while they are left to play catch up.

#7 You Will Need a Mobile ERP Strategy

Many of the benefits offered by mobile ERP depend on you actually taking full advantage of

what it has to offer. It’s not just a matter of telling all of your employees to install this new

app on their mobile devices. You need an actual strategy. Software and technology are not

the only changes to consider. You have to factor in how these technological changes will

change the way you work.

#8 Mobile ERP Should Be an Asset, Not a Replacement

The important thing is to remember that mobile ERP should not totally replace your existing

ERP system. Don’t toss out your desktop computers just yet! Instead, it should be integrated

into your current system as a complementary set of tools that help expand its functionality

and advantages. Create a unique hybrid based on your own company’s needs.

#9 Proper Integration from the Outset Is Key

As you’ve read, mobile ERP can be immensely useful and a huge advantage for your

company. However, the benefits you see from it depend entirely on how well you manage to

integrate it into your existing system. This is when ERP consulting becomes essential. You

need to train employees in the functions and show them how it can make their jobs easier.

You need to make sure it blends seamlessly with your existing software.

Consultants who know mobile ERP inside and out can help you tailor it to your company’s

needs and even provide the training necessary to ensure that it becomes fully integrated and


#10 No One Needs to Be Tied to Their Desk Anymore

One of the key changes in how your company works will be the fact that employees are no

longer tied to their desk. They don’t have to run back to the office to log a sale or pull up

service records or product details. They can do all of that from their mobile devices. Alerts

about delays or problems can be delivered directly to your phone so that you can deal with

them immediately no matter where you are. Remember to consider this as you develop your

new mobile ERP strategy (preferably with a consultant who has expertise in this area).


Shariq Toor is Content Strategist and Outreach Expert working with business process

management software vendors at TGO Consulting. He loves discovering the latest trends in

Technology, Social Media, and Health. In his off time, he practices landscape photography

and keep up with his favorite sports. Twitter: @Shariqtoor

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