The best executives know how to get more for less. They carefully manage workers, consultants and software to maximize productivity across departments. They don’t let a perfectly capable ERP system waste away in the back office. Instead, they develop a mobile strategy that encourages on-site employees to utilize apps that bridge the gap between the job site and the office.
Encouraging bring-your-own-device job sites increases collaboration. And with advanced mobile construction software, there’s no reason for workers to be out of touch with team members and project stakeholders. But how do you build mobile into your team’s workflow? Here are 7 tips for developing your mobile strategy:
1. Start with Mobile-Ready ERP
Take a good look at your current ERP solution. Is it capable of advanced mobile functionality? Ensure a smooth transition by finding an integrated platform that connects desktop and mobile devices within a single database.
2. Choose Industry Specific
Generalized ERP software will waste more time than it saves. Apps that aren’t designed for construction job sites force workers to sort through unnecessary features to find the tool they need. Industry-specific software, however, provides only the functions relevant to worksite challenges.
3. Establish BYOD Policy
It should be easy for users to hop on the mobile bandwagon. If the transition is painless, employees will adapt quickly to a mobile workflow. One way to ensure success: make sure your software is compatible with a variety of user devices.
4. Protect Your Data
Mobile collaboration tools must be used carefully. Digital threats and privacy hazards are far more common once you go mobile and employees being using private devices. To protect your data, choose a reliable ERP platform with strong access controls.
5. Train End Users
The mobile and desktop versions of your ERP software will each function differently. Make sure to train users on both platforms and make IT support easily-accessible. A well-trained employee is much more productive.
6. Check for Offline Sync
If your mobile construction software only works when connected to the internet, it won’t be useful. Choose software that automatically saves changes and will sync when connected to the internet again.
7. Look for App Integration
To get the most out of a mobile strategy, apps need to be integrated with the central ERP platform. This will ensure that centralized project data isn’t duplicated.
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