Over the past several years, the capability of ERP platforms to be used on a growing number of devices has served as a strong selling point for many in the manufacturing industry. The kind of mobile cloud-based ERP that is taking hold throughout the industry provides so many options for business owners, executives, and employees alike that even those wariest of moving on from legacy systems are now coming around to the idea. Simply put, this type of option is seen as a major boon to ongoing business improvement by many in the sector.

Two of the biggest benefits mobile ERP provides to companies that haven't yet switched over from their legacy systems is the ability to view data from anywhere, and for that data to be collected from the manufacturing floor more efficiently, according to a report from Search Manufacturing ERP. Because of these twin qualities – which many companies likely could not achieve on legacy ERP systems – many companies are now upgrading, and finding additional benefits beyond those two big introductory advantages.

Better collaboration
In addition to getting information about the production process more efficiently, another convenience with mobile ERP is that it can also be shared more easily when necessary, the report said. For instance, data needed by accounts payable can easily be found by someone on the factory floor and sent over quickly. This is also true in presentations, when the right data can be pulled up with the click of a button. And as more technology advances, more companies are likely to come around.

"We see strong growth ahead for mobile ERP to enable corporations who need to interact with other companies and partners, as well as serving their internal enterprise stakeholders," David Rowe, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Rimini Street Inc., told the site. "The majority of these users are remote, field-based workers: sales representatives, truck drivers, service technicians, shop floor managers

[and] factory workers."

The next generation
Mobile ERP technology may also help manufacturers when it comes to a big issue often seen as unrelated to the processes ERP usually serves, according to a report from Manufacturing Business Technology. Hiring young people with all the right skills has been a challenge for manufacturers of late, but many young adults have extreme familiarity with using smartphone or tablet apps in a way their older counterparts might not. As such, using mobile ERP systems will likely be second nature to these employees, making their work more efficient in short order, and giving them plenty of actionable data at their fingertips.

The more manufacturers who haven't yet made the switch can do to get onboard with mobile ERP in the near future, the sooner they will be able to seize on the opportunities for a more efficient and streamlined production process that serves as a benefit from the shop floor to the board room.

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