Mobile and the Cloud: The Perfect Pair for Manufacturing and Distribution?

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Mobile technology and Cloud computing were the biggest buzzwords of 2013, and experts predict these trends to only gain momentum as 2014 unfolds. While these may seem like separate trends at first glance, mobility and the Cloud actually go hand-in-hand. Without the Cloud, mobility would not be possible. When Cloud computing was first introduced, it opened up a whole new world of possibilities for businesses and individuals alike. With the option to store data and information virtually, businesses were able to move from on-site data warehouses to virtual locations and rest assured knowing that their important data was always backed up and protected.

As more and more businesses began moving their data to the Cloud, software vendors introduced an entirely new concept – business software in the Cloud. The introduction of Cloud-based software was one of the biggest disruptors in the business world today. It changed how businesses and organizations worked. With Cloud-based business solutions, businesses became more flexible. Company executives could log in to the system wherever they were, whether they were in an airport, at home, or in the office. The Cloud made it possible to share business information across multiple departments without having to email documents back and forth, and it encouraged collaboration among various departments and locations.

This seamless transfer of information via the Cloud is what initiated what some experts call the “mobile revolution”. As smartphones and tablets became more prevalent among the public, businesses slowly began adopting them in the workplace. Since many businesses had already moved their business solutions to the Cloud, the transition to mobile was a seamless one. With data and information already stored virtually, companies were able to download mobile applications (apps) from software vendors and instantly access the information they needed within their ERP or other business solutions.

The pairing of mobile solutions and Cloud technology has been the best thing for businesses. It has enabled sales teams to access important customer information and close deals out in the field, and it has allowed company executives and managers to keep tabs on the business when they are away from the office. The true value of mobile and the Cloud, however, is seen on the warehouse floor.

Manufacturers and distributors can benefit greatly from the pairing of mobile technology and the Cloud. With their ERP or warehouse management systems linked to the Cloud, warehouse workers and business executives alike have instant access to important inventory data and reports. Mobile applications (apps) can then access the software via the Cloud, enabling users to update information in the system and view reports away from the office or warehouse floor. Users can also use their mobile devices to automate everyday processes, such as inventory counting, picking, and packing.  Mobile devices can scan items directly into the company’s ERP or warehouse management system so managers and executives have real-time inventory information and reports. Without the Cloud, anytime, anywhere access to crucial company data would be virtually impossible, and without mobility, users would have no way of accessing the information (and automation) available to them.

Overall, we’d say that’s a perfect pair.

If you’d like to find out how your warehouse can benefit from the Cloud and mobile technology, give us a call today. Our Sage 100 mobile (formerly MAS 90 mobile and MAS 200 mobile) applications utilize the Cloud to give you access to the information you need both on and away from the warehouse floor.

What are your thoughts on the Cloud? Are you planning on moving to a Cloud-based software solution this year? Have you thought about using mobile apps to seamlessly connect to your warehouse management system and automate the warehouse process? Share your thoughts with us – we’d love to hear what you think of the latest warehouse trends.