Purchasing and implementing an enterprise resource planning system like Microsoft's Dynamics NAV can be boon for your company in terms of improving efficiency, increasing productivity and cutting costs. While this software can be expensive and time-consuming, the rewards speak for themselves. With all the different ways to harness the system's many benefits, one of the features that often goes underutilized is the program's mobility. The sheer number of mobile devices and an increasing inclination for people to stay connected and updated at all times has led to a surge in mobility usage for all sorts of programs, ERP included.

With real-time, on-the-ground data, mobile ERP systems benefit everyone from the sales team to the warehouse managers to the C suite. Despite the many benefits of a mobile resource planning system, there can be some drawbacks if the program is not properly implemented.

Here are four tips for making the most out of a mobile ERP strategy:

  1. Decide on a platform
    There are three types of mobile platforms you can choose for your ERP system: an on-premise one, a hosted/managed service or a cloud-based server, CIO.com reported. Each platforms provides different functionality and requires divergent strategies, however each also comes with its own set of benefits. The company should create a matrix of needs and platform functionality to do a side-by-side comparison outlining the pros and cons of the different platforms and how they will help or hinder the company.
  2. Know your devices
    There is a major difference in how a PC or laptop processes the vast quantities of data in an ERP system. The overwhelming majority of mobile devices will not come close to what your office computers can handle, so be sure to expect limits on the overall functionality of what a mobile ERP can provide.
  3. Expect disconnectivity
    For some individuals, the thought of not being connected to the Internet can be daunting. Yet many people spend a considerable amount of time offline, either because they live in a remote area or simply like to unplug from time to time. Enterprise Apps Today recommended ensuring the mobile ERP app allows employees and clients to save information locally, which provides a means to access the data even if there is no Internet connection.
  4. Increase usability
    While the majority of mobiles apps have a streamlined and user-friendly design and usability, some ERP systems can be clunky and non-intuitive. If a client or employee has too much difficulty trying to operate the mobile ERP app, chances are they will get frustrated and either not use or misuse the program. A good interface and solid user experience ensures can impress the customer and create a measure of expectation for the rest of of your company.

There are many different mobile ERP systems to choose from, each with their own unique features and functions. By comparing the available options against the company's needs, managers can ensure they make the right choice for their company.

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