In the not-too-distant past, working at the office was the only option. With the advent of the internet, laptop and tablet computers, and smartphones, more and more people are able to take their jobs on the road. And those already on the road for work, like sales staff, can now be more productive than ever outside the office.
For companies with mobile ERP, staff have mobile functionality that helps them serve clients anywhere and at any time. Access to all the information they or the client might need is right at their fingertips, whether they’re at an industry conference, a meeting or a business lunch.
With a mobile ERP application, employees can clock in or log attendance, access orders and order histories for their clients, check inventory when making a sale, and look up invoices, as well as input data if necessary. Imagine how pleased a client would be when their sales representative can quickly call up the client’s most recent order on a tablet computer and easily duplicate, or even add to, that order instead of having to call the office and wait for someone to look up the needed information.
In fact, having mobile ERP access may even improve your employees’ productivity, especially for those who travel often. All they need is access to the internet or their smartphone’s network -- available in airports, restaurants, their cars, etc. As an example, sales made on the road can be entered into the system at the time of sale, so there are no papers to fill out and carry around until they return to the office; they only have to enter the sale in the system via mobile access. Having less paperwork to deal with gives employees more time to complete other duties.
Another benefit of having your business linked up to a mobile ERP application is that more immediate action can lead to better cooperation between departments. When all parties are working with the same, up-to-date information, communication is easier and employees are able to better help each other get a job done.
Mobile applications can be used to improve inventory management and asset viability. With phone in hand, the warehouse staff can enter information as goods are processed, selecting the proper location where the item will be placed. Material on hand can be confirmed. Likewise as goods are required for distribution to a customer or the manufacturing floor, the inventory level can be adjusted downward by warehouse staff.
You may be wondering about the security of a mobile system. This can be controlled by understanding the risks and putting proper controls in place. Our Secure Network Solutions division offers a variety of IT and security assistance, from filters to firewall solutions, corporate guidelines and more to protect your enterprise data.
Parallel Solutions can help you choose an ERP system that has the in-office and mobile access you’re looking for while still maintaining the security you need. Contact Parallel Solutions at (440) 498-9920 to learn about various options.
Mary Jo O'Neill