The Rise of Mobile Access to Your ERP Data – Part 2 in a 7 Part Series

  • 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 ( 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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