Mobile ERP App Creates New Opportunities

— April 11, 2013

In the research report “Accelerate ERP Value Through Mobility,” Sunil Padmanabh, analyst at Gartner Inc., wrote, “Mobility in ERP will increase end-user productivity by at least 15% and enable faster decision making through access to real-time ERP data.”

Recommendations from the report include the need for companies to: “Develop comprehensive mobility use cases covering business processes, industry-specific functionality, user roles and online/offline capabilities.”
To that end, new components of the QAD Mobile Framework are now available in QAD Enterprise Applications. QAD specialized in apps for global manufacturing companies, and these new offerings are meant to extend management capabilities to accelerate decision making and increase operational efficiency.
The company has leveraged components of its existing infrastructure and made the apps available in a secure environment designed for tablets and smartphones. For example, users can access data using QAD browse framework on their tablet to support workflow and approvals as well as access business intelligence data.
The apps are downloadable from the Apple App Store, Google Play and the QAD Store, and users gain can easily review, approve, route or reject purchase requisitions through the Global Requisition System; rapidly apply mobile BI apps to access BI dashboards and operational reporting to monitor key performance indicators (KPIs); and flexibly develop, build and review browses for specific management roles.
The QAD Mobile Framework is specifically designed to help drive productivity and convenience for workers on the go so they can respond quickly to changing business conditions and react to action items that need urgent attention.
Pam Lopker, founder and president of QAD said, “How often do you receive information after you already had to make a decision? Mobile access to ERP data can resolve that problem — and allows decision makers to be more effective, on the go. That’s tapping the power of productivity.”
The company works closely with customers to develop a set of use cases that identify business-led scenarios in which end users will gain business benefits from using their mobile devices to access the ERP application.
Gordon Fleming, chief marketing officer at QAD. “Many new ERP functions — which were not possible until they became mobile – create opportunities for innovation and allow customers to be more productive on the go.”


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