4 Secrets for a Mobile Software Strategy That Works

Acumatica Cloud ERPMobility has become a necessity in today’s business world. Rather than just letting mobile usage in your company be a haphazard result of employees bringing their phones to work, be proactive with a mobile strategy that works.

Having an effective mobile strategy can lead to greater efficiency, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction. Mobile functionality, integrated with your ERP, can help your business be more flexible and agile in meeting the demands of growth, competition, or a changing market.

Secrets to mobile ERP success.

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

  1. 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 connect your employees, customers or vendors to the applications and data they need to solve problems and meet objectives.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Emerald TC can provide the tools and advice you need to implement mobility in your business. Whether you prefer a hosted cloud ERP or an on-premises ERP, mobility can be integrated effectively.

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 allows 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 ERP.

We talked about mobility as a hot trend in our article, Mobility and Cloud Accounting ERP Software are Among the Hot Technology Trends in 2016.

We also have provided information on how mobile ERP can benefit your business in some of our previous articles on mobility:

ERP Mobility Improves Inventory Management Efficiency—Explore how mobile devices can be used across the entire supply chain to increase productivity and improve margins.

What You Need to Know about Mobility and Your ERP—Learn more about the advantages and challenges of implementing mobility across all business functions, including human resources, sales, and marketing.

Why Mobility Matters in Manufacturing and Distribution – and How to Go Mobile—Learn the significant benefits mobile solutions can bring to your manufacturing or distribution business as well as some tips to help you go mobile.

If you want to implement the four secrets for mobile ERP success in your business, contact us. We will be happy to analyze where you are today and make a plan for taking the next steps toward mobility, whether you are using Sage 100, Sage 500, Acumatica, or something else.

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