Posts Tagged ‘enterprise mobility’

What role can enterprise mobility play in project management? In order to answer this question, think of how project managers define success. Some state that success is contingent upon their ability to complete a given project on time. Others focus on maintaining the overall budget of a project, while others concentrate on exceeding the expectations of each customer. Still, others might state that success is defined by how well the project is managed. Manage it properly, and the rest should follow. So, if success is defined by all these criteria, can project managers better manage their projects when they have the right enterprise mobility solutions? They most certainly can! However, it is not merely about having a software platform that can track the progress of a project in real-time, but ultimately about ensuring that all team members are mobile or have access to rugged mobile devices. This allows them to reduce on-site costs through a myriad of improvements. Interested in knowing what these improvements are?

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How could anyone try to link enterprise mobility solutions with how a company manages customer expectations? What does one have to do with the other? After all, what possible role could your enterprise mobility hardware play in better managing customer expectations? When looking to answer these aforementioned questions, think of how important it is to provide your customers with timely answers. Think of how much better your company can serve its customer base when your salespeople, field service technicians and project managers all have access to rugged mobile computers, computers that can provide your customers with instant updates on order fulfillment. Think of how these mobile computers will distinguish your product and service offering within your market and amongst your customer base. Now think of how your competitors likely don not have this ability. Not only will it help better manage customer expectations, but it will position your enterprise as a market leader.

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Does your company manage multiple projects? Do you employ project managers, field service technicians and or salespeople who spend a considerable amount of time onsite, at various customer locations? Most importantly, do these locations require rugged mobile devices, devices that are able to withstand harsh weather and severe working conditions? If you have answered yes to each of these questions, then it is about time your enterprise perform a cost benefit analysis on a capital expenditure. However, in the case of upgrading your mobility solutions with rugged mobile computers, this is one investment that is guaranteed to provide considerable returns. So, what would an upgrade to rugged mobile devices look like and how would it help improve how your enterprise manages these projects?

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What are some of the recent advancements in inventory management? What are some of the more important movements within the mobile device market that help make these advancements possible? More to the point, what software and hardware advances have changed how companies manage inventory? When looking to answer these aforementioned questions, one only needs to look at the advancements made by Psion with its Omnii line of mobile devices or with Honeywell and their IntelaTrack PKS devices. So, what is special about these mobile product lines?

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Why have stalwarts like Honeywell, Datalogic and Intermec focused so heavily on advancing enterprise mobility solutions for corporations? Why is it that some estimates put the ratio at 1 in 5 employees as being “mobile”, or connected? More importantly, why have so many companies decided to upgrade their supply chain practices with handheld, rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and multiple mobile devices? In order to answer these questions, think of the speed at which business transactions happen today. Think of the importance of being able to keep pace with how quickly business landscapes change. Think of how your customers need suppliers who are able to react and ones that are not inhibited by manual processes that waste valuable time. Ultimately, think of why these aforementioned companies have invested so heavily in this market and then ask yourself, if the large players in industry are investing in mobility, shouldn’t I?

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As a small business owner, it is probably about time your enterprise update its approach to warehouse management, approaches that rely upon enterprise mobility solutions that not only increase your customer response times, but also help to lower the costs of data entry errors? One where manual inventory counting methods are done away with entirely, and ultimately one where reconciling monthly inventory costs, levels and stock counts aren not predicated on problematic excel spreadsheets and inaccurate graphs and tables? Most importantly, your customers certainly deserve a vendor who is on the ball, ready to provide the answers they so desperately need!

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Does your company track the impact of lost sales on your inventory costs? Surprised to hear that lost sales is viewed by many companies as a cost of inventory? Do not be shocked! It is important to note that any cost resulting from how inventory is managed, can be seen as a cost of managing inventory. If a company loses a sale because of low inventory counts, or because of a lack of adequate inventory, then that lost sale is a direct cost of inventory. It is ultimately why some companies establish gross profit objectives for their procurement department. If the company loses a sale, then it could lose a customer and that can eventually lead to a loss of market share. So if losing a sale is a cost of inventory, what can companies do to reduce its impact? More importantly, what does it mean when a company encounters too many lost sales due to low inventory counts?

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The business environment today is full of uncertainty. There is a constant threat of a double dip recession, the issue of business financing and the growing concern of a consumer base that is at best unsure, and at worst indifferent. This reality means businesses must have enough inventory to capture sales, but not so much that they lose money through high financing costs. So how does a company decide between too much and too little inventory? Well, some rely upon guesswork, others continually mull over sales forecasts and yet others try to manage inventory with an excel spreadsheet, which is neither live nor accurate. However, the right inventory management software can not only reconcile inventory, but it can link together the entire mobile business application of a company so that individuals in the field have as much information as those in the warehouse. So, how can the right inventory software empower your company to better manage its inventory? Read on!

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Has the time come for your company to upgrade its inventory practices? Your company needs to keep pace with a customer base whose mobile business applications require quicker response times! Isn’t it time your inventory do away with manual processes predicated on trying to avoid data entry errors, errors that are commonplace when individuals must register inventory levels by entering keystrokes into a computer? More importantly, isn’t your company tired of relying upon manual processes such as inventory cards and having to pay warehouse employees for quarterly and year-end manual counting periods? If you’ve answered yes to each of these questions, then it’s time to upgrade your inventory and supply chain management practices. One of the best ways to improve inventory count accuracy is by bar-coding inventory and using bar code scanners that are durable, easy to maintain, have low maintenance costs and dramatically improve operational effectiveness.

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Can mobility data collection software help reduce the costs of your company’s data entry errors in inventory management? Well, in order to know for sure, your company would have to quantify the cost of errors resulting from your manual processes. Next, you would have to itemize those costs in order to better define their severity and frequency. Unfortunately, this exercise is both time-consuming and extremely difficult. However, even contemplating that you should track the severity of these errors is evidence enough that your company must adopt more progressive inventory management practices. After all, if you know there’s a problem, then there’s a problem! Mobility data collection software can link your entire enterprise mobility network into one succinct unit. This not only reduces data entry errors and their costs, but it will also increase the speed of your business and empower your company to better respond to an ever-changing market.

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