BYOD making mobile WMS easier

With the release of the new Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, there are a lot of benefits that have come into play. One of the most significant additions, as we've noted previously, is the ability to run the ERP software on any mobile device. This has some major implications for manufacturers. It opens up new ideas for how to handle technology in the workforce and how to implement ERP in such a way that it feels natural to the end user. In the case of mobile warehouse management, a new opportunity has appeared in the form of allowing workers to use their own smartphones and tablets to handle inventory through a bring your own device policy.

Independent usage
BYOD has come to life in the last few years. Companies allow their employees to bring their own smartphone or tablet to the factory or office and use it for work purposes. Workers can utilize software that is approved for use by the manufacturer to complete the job. This can include warehouse management, accounting, invoicing and timekeeping software. ERP solutions that are based in the cloud can aid in this effort by allowing employees to simply log in to the ERP software over the Internet or mobile apps.

There are many benefits to using a BYOD policy. For starters, IT no longer has to purchase and maintain a lot of hardware because the employees are the ones responsible for the equipment. In a cloud-based set up, IT staffers also don't need to constantly maintain the software and mainframe hardware since that is handled by the cloud service provider. That can save a lot of time needed to develop and implement new technology strategies within the company.

Workers are happy to use their own smartphones and tablets and will need less training to integrate them into certain operations, including production and inventory. More importantly, the amount of equipment needed on the factory floor or the warehouse is drastically reduced, which can save companies money over the long term. Using software that works with any mobile device like NAV 2015 can make companies far more flexible in how they manage operations both in the factory and with potential customers.

The warehouse becomes simple
One of the applications where BYOD can be especially useful is mobile WMS, according to Wired. Instead of needing special barcode scanners and other equipment to check inventory, all the workers have to do is sync up to the ERP software in the cloud and use their device cameras to scan barcodes and QR codes for automatic data capture. In return, these employees are able to actually look at the inventory count, rather than having to rely on sending information to the office for a manager to review. That can allow them to fix any sudden problems with the current stock or parts and goods, which can save a lot of time and improve productivity. Such centralization can help save money in the long run and increase efficiency.

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