5 Mobile ERPs That Will Increase the Flexibility of Your Business

By: on August 6, 2019

If there’s a single hallmark of ERP software, it’s efficiency. Streamlining processes into a unified, automation-driven system presents countless benefits for all kinds of businesses.

But in the midst of all that efficiency talk is one of ERPs’ most undervalued benefits: flexibility.

Nowhere is this more evident than in mobile-app integration, which offers real-time, on-the-go insights accessible from virtually any device. Mobile ERP access is a necessity for modern organizations seeking flexibility in this ultra-competitive economy, but it remains a supplement to—not a replacement for—a full-fledged system.

This presents a dilemma for forward-thinking businesses: How do you adequately evaluate a vendor’s mobile capabilities when the technology remains an afterthought for so many?

The solution is as simple as due diligence.

To fully maximize the flexibility increase brought about by mobile ERP integration, businesses must invest in and build on a solution with a robust internet of things (IoT) foundation.

To help you do that, we’ve identified five top-rated ERPs with first-class mobile functionality.

Let’s take a closer look at the mobile apps for each of these systems.

abas ERP

Available on: Android, iPhone, iPad

Founded in 1980, abas ERP offers a range of solutions for businesses of all types—with added emphasis on small and midsize manufacturers and distributors. Flexibility is a cornerstone of this particular system, which offers cloud-based, on-premise, and hybrid deployment options. It also offers robust customization options, so you can tailor the software to meet your business’ needs.

The abas ERP mobile suite includes eight process-specific apps, offering products for inventory management, field service, CRM, and more, giving users the ability to remotely access relevant ERP data and carry out departmental duties. Take the mobile delivery app as an example. Field service employees can reference GPS-powered maps for more optimum transportation routes.

Each app is designed with the on-the-go end users in mind, saving valuable time and reducing costly errors.

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Freight map in abas ERP Delivery (Source)

Deskera ERP

Available on: Android, iPhone, iPad

This cloud-based system boasts a high degree of automation and configurability, all of which have the needs of small and midsize businesses top of mind. With built-in integration options and customizable reports, Deskera ERP would be a highly flexible system—even without a supplemental mobile application.

But Deskera does have a mobile app and, like the desktop version, it’s rich in functionality—including dashboard customization, data filtration, and the ability to print invoices directly from your mobile device. Security-conscious businesses can even require login authentication to protect their data from theft—an especially pertinent feature given the vulnerability of ERP systems.

deskera erp mobile app reporting

Dashboard in Deskera ERP (Source)

E2 Shop System

Available on: Android, iPhone, iPad

E2 Shop System is a manufacturing-focused ERP available on-premise or through the cloud. The software caters to small job shops and make-to-order manufacturers, with specialized solutions designed to efficiently produce and move products through the supply chain.

With an array of mobile offerings—including inventory management, parts imaging, and data collection functionality—E2 offers manufacturers the flexibility to track and adjust real-time shop floor data from the comfort of a tablet or smartphone. For example, users can adjust bin locations and lot numbers with the E2 Shop Inventory app, and can even find relevant parts just by scanning a piece of equipment in the E2 Shop Images app.

e2 shop system ipad app

Job entry in E2 Shop Employee DC (Source)

ERPNext

Available on: Android, iPhone, iPad

As open-source software available through both cloud-based and on-premise deployment, ERPNext is a surefire strategy to increase the flexibility of your business. Organizations of all types will find value in the malleability of this particular system, with solutions geared toward every industry from manufacturing to retail to agriculture.

When it comes to mobility, ERPNext runs the gamut. Users have access to accounting, CRM, billing, inventory, purchasing, projects, payroll, and customer issues—all in a single application. This mobile app strives to replicate all the features of its web application, making it a comprehensive and convenient option for mobile users.

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Dashboard in ERPNext Mobile (Source)

SAP Business One

Available on: Android, iPhone, iPad

One of the major players in the ERP software market, SAP’s Business One application is a feature-rich solution for small and midsize organizations. The cloud-based platform accommodates a range of industries, offers in-depth reporting functionality, and advanced features like issue detection and support for multiple currencies.

With the Business One mobile app, users can view reports, manage contacts, and monitor inventory levels, among other business functions. It also allows customizable alerts for significant events, such as fluctuations in pricing, credit limits, and profits. In today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing business environment, mobile features like these are essential to staying on top of your data.

sap business one mobile app

Inventory management in SAP Business One (Source)

ERP and flexibility: Positioning your business for sustained success

Mobile access is a vital component of the ERP conversation, but it’s not the only way to future proof your business. Here are some resources that will aid your quest for a long-term ERP software solution:

If you’re still on the fence and need a little guidance, our industry-leading software advisors are here to answer all your questions. Give us a call for a free 15-minute consultation at (855) 998-8505.


Methodology

To identify the products in this article, we analyzed and selected from the top-rated ERPs according to Software Advice user reviews. Only software offerings with standalone mobile applications and at least three user reviews from July 2016 to July 2019 were considered for inclusion.

The applications selected in this article are examples to show a feature in context and are not intended as endorsements or recommendations. They have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the time of publication.

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