Mobility Solutions Dominating ERP Landscape in 2014 – Part 1

Abas blog 01/15/2014

Worldwide, every major economy has a growing mobile workforce.  This trend has been gaining momentum in the US and Europe for several years and it is rapidly spreading to other countries like India, China, and Brazil.   The world’s mobile worker population is estimated to be at more than 1.3 billion people today, in 2013.  The US has the highest percentage of mobile workers at about 75% of the workforce.  Asia/Pacific represents the largest total number of mobile workers, estimated to be 735 million.  Western Europe has been experiencing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% and is expected to reach 130 million mobile workers by 2014.   The numbers are impressive, but the enormous change in how business is being conducted, worldwide, is nothing short of phenomenal.

Supporting this trend toward mobile business operations are three dynamic forces

  1. significant cost savings to businesses that leverage mobile devices
  2. cloud computing and the ability to integrate information and services from multiple sources
  3. the vast array of mobile devices on the market which are readily available

Of course cost savings must always be a factor, but that probably is not the most important of the three forces to CEOs and CIOs.  Of the three forces mentioned, cloud computing and the ability to access information from inside or outside the organization promises to be a ‘game changer’ for improving efficiency, making better decisions, and becoming more competitive.

As these dynamic forces expand and mature, all ERP systems must incorporate mobile computing capabilities or perish!

The Roadmap to a Mobile Workforce

Every company needs a strategy to leverage mobile computing.  Every company also needs a roadmap with tactical milestones that allow them to fully embrace and implement their mobile strategy.   The growth of mobile computing in the US, although further along the path in supporting their workforce than other countries, has had its share of ups and downs.  Other countries have learned lessons from the obstacles and challenges faced by the US over the past few years.   In a report entitled ‘Moving towards a Mobile Enterprise – Journey of India Inc.’ it suggests a four lane roadmap for companies to adopt as they implement their own mobile strategy.

Conventional Mobility: continue to maintain the availability of basic apps such as e-mail, instant messaging, customer relationship management, etc.

Always Connected: support real-time communications and collaboration capabilities for all employees

Pervasive Mobile Devices: provide function-specific applications, also called applets, for mobile devices that make internal operations such as finance, purchasing, service, sales management, etc. more efficient

Automated Workforce: equip all workers with mobile access to critical apps like ERP, CRM, Salesforce Automation, etc. to minimize paperwork, reduce travel, improve productivity, and achieve higher sales revenue

These four strategic lanes on the roadmap support an underlying premise that makes mobile computing so compelling; that underlying premise is this – the ability to conduct business anytime, anywhere, at the speed of thought.  The current wave of companies that are expanding their mobile computing strategy have learned from the mistakes and struggles of others and will benefit from the suggested approach outlined in the report from Journey of India Inc.

abas Mobile Apps

Alexander Schwarz, International Project Coordinator for abas Software AG said:

“Mobility is a key factor for success today and in the future. We have been developing mobile applications for several years and just launched our third generation. With these mobile solutions for sales, service and purchase teams we provide real-time information to meet the demands of today’s business environment.”

You can try these mobile applications immediately by visiting mobile.abas-software.com.

If you would like to learn more about abas Business Suite and its mobile capabilities, please visit our website at www.abas-software.com to request more information.

Read next week the second part of Mobility Solutions Dominating ERP Landscape in 2014.

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