Enterprise mobility is the buzzword of the future. According to a forecast by Strategy Analytics, the number of mobile workers in 2020 will reach 1.75 billion worldwide. The use of the right mobility solution will therefore certainly determine the future competitiveness of companies.
A Forrester study from 2014 analyzed that the use of mobile solutions in enterprises can increase employee productivity by 38 percent, while process costs can be reduced by 30 percent. If an enterprise mobility solution falls short of expectations, it hinders efficiency and is therefore counterproductive.
In another study, Forrester concluded that 64% to 70% of company apps were not accepted because users or employees had bad experiences with them. No wonder many companies are still spooked by the implementation of corporate mobility solutions. As a result, enforce vigilant & innovative solutions at the beginning of the project.
Implementation of enterprise mobility
Both providers of mobile platforms as well as software providers offer opportunities for implementing enterprise mobility. However, it is always necessary to decide that in which case provider is chosen. The advantages of both providers are described below. Alternatively, one can also rely on a provider of tailor-made applications.
Provider of mobile platforms: When should you choose?
Mobile platform providers can be the right choice if particularly complex customer-specific processes are to be implemented. In order to implement the mobilization project, sufficient development resources must available in the house. Vendors of mobility platforms typically create the components for building the specific application and some basic functions. The in-house development team relies on these building blocks and develops the functionalities. This solution offers more flexibility than extending existing ERP solutions to mobile usage.
Software Provider: When should you choose?
If you already have a cooperation with one of the major suppliers of ERP software, it is useful to purchase the mobile solution from the same provider. If, however, the standard workflow in ERP does not cover your processes, the mobile workflow will not be satisfactory – it will even hamper productivity.
Supplier of tailor-made applications: When are these useful?
With an individual mobile application development, customers have the luxury of full control over the result, without having to be directly involved. Provided by the customer, who has an exact idea of the required functionalities, he has only to forward an exact briefing to the developer.
Provider of mobile platforms
- If you want to make a complex and very specific process mobile.
- If you need an absolutely customized user interface.
- If you have enough resources (time, labor and money) to realize this.
- If one is satisfied with the functionality of the existing ERP solution, but also requires mobile access.
- If you already use a software that has already integrated a mobile solution.
Supplier of tailor-made applications
- If you just want to implement certain workflows on a mobile basis, this is according to the best industry standards.
- If an end-to-end solution is required.
- If you need a tailor-made application.
- When simple and user-friendly operation is a priority.