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Mobile device uptake pushing ERP into mobility

Increased use of mobile devices in business driving demand for mobile-enabled business applications, says Sage

Mobile device uptake pushing ERP into mobility
Fenner: Mobile access to business applications is becoming a necessity.

ERP vendors in the region expect the growth in mobility to increase demand for business applications on mobile devices.

According to a survey conducted by IDG Connect obn behalf of Sage Middle East, 83% of IT managers in the Middle East expect to increase their use of smartphones in the workplace over the next five years, while 85% said tablet penetration will grow.

The volume of smartphone and tablet devices in the responding organisations is forecast to expand by 33% and 35%, respectively, during the same period.

Keith Fenner, senior vice president sales, Sage ERP Africa and Head of Sage Middle East, said that the increased penetration of mobile devices would mean mobile access to ERP applications would move become a non-negotiable end-user requirement rather than a ‘nice-to-have' feature.

"Key business roles, including staff working in logistics, warehouse management and field sales and servicing, will rely on mobile ERP apps more than others," said Keith Fenner. "But once armed with their own devices, workers in all departments will access data and initiate ERP processes from wherever they happen to be and companies are likely to look for ERP vendors to deliver assurances around smartphone/tablet PC, application and data security integration and management."

"As such, mobile ERP development initiatives must run beyond designing mobile interfaces as add-ons to existing, PC-orientated ERP systems and take into account where the application is hosted (either locally or in the cloud) and how end users will collaborate via the app," he said.

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