Enrollment in postgraduate programs for supply chain management is up as the demand for specialists in the field grows. The trend, according to The Globe and Mail, means more students are learning to use SAP ERP software and aid organizations in supply chain optimization.
"The SAP system has allowed companies to have a central office that can coordinate worldwide activities," John Bottomley, coordinator of Seneca College's certificate program in logistics supply chain management, told the newspaper. "The real brains in the business is the co-ordination of activities. Supply chain really grew up with the advent of computer systems. Manufacturing always had a lot of data, but it was processed manually. But once we got integrated computer systems, coordination could become easier across countries, across time zones, and therefore companies could become global."
Supply chain and ERP systems play an increasingly important role in decision-making for manufacturers and distributors of all sizes. As supply chain models continue to change with the advent of e-commerce, systems that can tether multiple locations together are a growing need. New supply chain experts are also seeing the advantages of mobile solutions inside an organizations facilities. The best operations will join a new wave of experts with the latest in technology.
Using Mobile Enterprise Solutions to Connect ERP Systems
Enterprise mobile solutions provide supply chain managers with the tools to connect a warehouse full of mobile devices into existing ERP and supply chain software. Adopting an enterprise mobile strategy for developing and managing mobile applications allows IT professionals to meet these changing requirements in a cost-effective and rapid manner. Enterprise mobile platforms from RFgen provide a wide range of solutions, as described in their white paper, "The Power of Adopting an Enterprise Mobile Strategy."
- Mobile development studio: With RFgen's solutions, new mobile apps can be built quickly to meet an organization's unique needs.
- Mobile enterprise application platform: RFgen also provides a mobile application server that supports multiple mobile protocols and deployment options.
- Mobile administration console: RFgen's admin console allows for a view of the entire enterprise landscape and monitoring of all user and system connections.
The need for experts in supply chain management and more versatile systems for mobile development and data collection are changing the landscape for manufacturers and distribution warehouses. Operations are more automated and spread out than ever before, and to remain running, they need advanced systems and managers who understand the future of supply chain management.