When leveraged within the framework of an ERP solution, business intelligence and mobile technology can powerfully improve business performance, particularly in mid-market industries like manufacturing and distribution. This point was recently made by an Industrial Distribution blog post, which stated that advances in technology have made mobile data collection easier than ever, generating a vast amount of information that can be integrated with an ERP system to drive better decision making.
The first thing business leaders must do to see these benefits, the blog post stated, is envision how mobile devices can be used to improve operations.
With respect to manufacturing specifically, the article said that "mobile networked devices and on-demand software will enable seamless integration, tracking, and optimization of tasks from inventory, shop floor, and warehouse management to capacity and materials planning and product control."
Distribution companies will see similarly transformative benefits, including dramatically improved inventory management, as mobile data collection will identify where supply chain bottlenecks are occurring.
The blog post advised conducting an ERP audit to identify where new technologies can be put in place to enhance the capabilities of the ERP solution, and then to create a playbook for best utilizing an ERP system by supplementing it with complementary technologies. For example, an enterprise might improve compliance by investing in tools to increase automation in the data collection process.
RFgen's mobile suites represent precisely the type of technology described in the Industrial Distribution blog. They seamlessly integrate with a number of leading ERP systems, including Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and Deltek products, to boost business intelligence and improve decision making. The result is a more empowered workforce, improved return on investment for ERP, and more efficient processes that translate to a healthier bottom line.