4. Plans to expand the mobile enterprise
Mobile projects are often implemented spontaneously. It all starts with an employee entering web data into a smartphone to solve the simplest tasks, and after some time we already have dozens of applications of various levels of technical complexity serving different departments.
Sometimes we deal with dozens of software applications from different vendors, each of which stores disparate information available to other systems. Until the number of mobile applications in use in your company has outgrown the number of its employees, we recommend creating a dedicated team and developing a plan that will ensure the success of the project.
Many executives believe that they need a separate mobile app for each business process. SAP, in turn, allows you to use one mobile solution that provides your employees with all the information they need, depending on their role in your organization and the access rights assigned to them.
If you later need to add new, specialized applications, expanding the installed SAP package is likely to be the most cost-effective way to increase your company’s mobile resources. It is much easier to create a single source of reliable information and ensure the accuracy of data if it is stored in one place.
SAP experts recommend deploying a strategic platform that supports a heterogeneous IT environment and is flexible and scalable for mobile projects. This allows you to confidently develop end-to-end mobile solutions for your company and quickly respond to changing business and technology needs.
Over the past decade, SAP and its implementation partners have helped tens of thousands of companies transform their sales and customer relationship management processes, strengthen their competitive edge, and drive growth in total revenue and bottom line. These companies continue to look to SAP, SAP Sybase, and corporate partners to meet their enterprise mobility goals. We recommend that you contact your SAP Implementation Partner to discuss the next steps.
SAP mobile offerings for SMB companies
The examples above give you an idea of the possibilities offered by SAP business management solutions and business intelligence when combined with mobile applications. Of course, it is not possible to cover all the options available in one newsletter article, but we will try to briefly tell you about the most important changes in the main mobile solutions for enterprises.
SAP Business One The SAP Business One mobile app gives you and your team access to the most up-to-date business information, helping you increase the productivity and efficiency of your off-site employees. It’s easy to get started with the app — you can download the free mobile app from the iTunes store for SAP Business One 8.8 users to access real-time reports, customer and inventory information, and more. Customers who do not use SAP Business One can try out the application in demo mode by downloading it from the App Store.
SAP Business By Design SAP Business By Design is a software-as-a-service solution that enables a cloud-based enterprise business system on mobile devices with applications for sales and warehouse management, as well as management tasks such as approvals, time reservations and travel costs, reporting and analytics. SAP Business By Design also enables partners to create new mobile cloud applications that can be integrated with the original solution using the new SAP Business By Design Studio. SAP Business By Design users can purchase these cloud applications from the SAP Store. Mobile apps are supported by iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and mobile devices running Windows Mobile 7.
SAP Business All-in-One SAP and Sybase, and a powerful ecosystem of partners from these companies, offer a wide range of mobile applications and underlying infrastructure with unmatched SAP integration capabilities.. SAP Business All-in-One solutions are built on integrated SAP Business Suite applications and SAP Business Objects business intelligence solutions, so they can be used with SAP mobile applications such as SAP Field Service, SAP Retail Execution, Sybase Mobile Sales for Sap CRM, and Sybase Mobile Workflow for SAP Business Suite and Mobile Analytics. In addition, these solutions are combined with the many SAP partner mobile apps available on SAP Eco Hub.
SAP Business Intelligence Today, when many professionals have to work outside the office, it is necessary to ensure the ability to make critical decisions on the road. This requires access to information (project schedules, available resources, and KPIs) in real time. SAP Business Objects solutions provide key people in your organization with access to critical information, no matter where they are. The ability to work with critical insights from familiar mobile devices increases the competitiveness of your organization in today’s global business environment without interruptions and days off. Security is ensured by encryption of data transmitted over wireless networks and local storage of data on mobile devices. In PC World, November 2010, our solution was named one of the Top 15 iPad Applications for Work.
How to take the next step in the world of mobile technology
There are many strategies and ways your company can incorporate mobile technology into key business processes, but there are many challenges along the way. In the second article of the July issue of the SMB newsletter, we highlight four key aspects to consider when planning any “mobile” project. Read the following article to learn more about these aspects and read our recommendations on them.