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
#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