- 5 November 2013
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In today’s environment, mobile solutions are seen as core drivers of organizations pushing to gain operational efficiencies over their competitors. According to a recent report from Aberdeen Group, “enterprise mobile apps in 2013 are no longer ‘nice to have’—they’ve become essential enablers of organizational transformation, by increasing operational efficiency, accelerating time-to-decision, deepening customer engagement, and streamlining workflow processes.” (Source: Aberdeen Group, “Enterprise-Grade Mobile Apps: Powering Organizational Transformation,” by Andrew Borg, April 2013.)
Cre8tive Technology (www.ctnd.com) will be posting a weekly seven part series on The Rise of Mobile Access to Your ERP Data.
Part One Introduction
Part Two Who is a Mobile User?
Part Three Types of Mobile Devices
Part Four Why the Shift?
Part Five Why Epicor?
Part Six Benefits to the Company & End-User
Part Seven Future of Mobile
Who is a Mobile User?
It used to be that a mobile user was defined as a person that had a specific operational function and was out in the field. With the proliferation of smart devices these days, this is not the case. In today’s world of Apple® iPhone®, Android™ smartphones and tablets such as Apple iPad® and upcoming Microsoft® Windows® 8 tablets, a larger subset of workers with a need to access ERP data is asking for it. In a research study by Aberdeen Group, the distribution of mobile app development across platforms is increasing, especially tablets. The users range from the executive that is out and sees the benefit of faster “time to decision” to a sales person that needs to access inventory data in front of a customer to get the business.
Mobile users are driving this requirement to not be chained to their desk. The majority of ERP workers are growing up with the ability to instantly access information and interact with that information wherever and whenever. These same users are expecting the same thing with their ERP data and are making this a requirement.
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From an Epicor White Paper
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industries. With more than 40 years of experience, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor solutions enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise, and passion for excellence, Epicor inspires customers to build lasting competitive advantage. Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional, and global businesses demand. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.