Enterprise Apps for Supply Chain Management
Does your organization need a supply chain app?
Most likely, you do not need to be convinced in the importance of an optimized supply chain in any manufacturing organization, as well as its hassle-free and effective management. In a sector that prioritizes the timely and efficient transport and exchange of goods, enterprise applications are providing supply chain teams with greater flexibility and mobility, which haven’t been within reach previously.
By providing your supply chain staff with mobile apps to help them complete their daily tasks successfully on-the-go, you are empowering your teams to succeed and making their work more pleasant, their tasks – faster to complete, and their output – more accurate, timely and streamlined. Furthermore, it has been proven, time and again, that professionals who have the freedom to work in a mobile way rather than be stuck in an office, are happier than their desk-bound counterparts.
Isn’t our ERP software enough?
Today, many enterprises have adopted sophisticated ERP solutions that help information flow freely within different functions, business units and teams across the organization and beyond. Often, the standard, built-in ERP functions do not meet the full needs of the modern supply chain organization, making this type of software insufficient for the optimal and efficient supply chain management across the enterprise. Mobile, desktop, and web-based enterprise applications help fill in this gap by addressing concrete processes and tasks with the right functionality that’s easily accessible from any device or platform.
Types of supply chain management app functions
Whether you want to plan demand better, optimize production, or visualize important supply chain data, a high-quality enterprise app can help you manage all these important functions, and more:
- Demand planning
- Material sourcing
- Supply network, partner management and coordination
- Production planning, scheduling and monitoring
In addition to these main supply chain management processes, your enterprise app could also touch on auxiliary functions, such as inventory and warehouse management, transport and logistics, returns and reclamations management – to mention a few – all with the goal of better control over inventory and operational processes.
Supply chain app requirements
- Ease of use
Even though this should go without saying, there are still many enterprise applications out there, which frequently crash, experience bad connectivity, or are simply too slow to be effective. For this caliber of enterprise function, its supporting apps must work flawlessly, 100% of the time. Anything else would be a compromise, not only in terms of optimal usage, but also when it comes to your business success.
- Integration with third party apps
Similar to any enterprise app, it’s essential that your supply chain solution integrates with other software used by your customers, partners, and suppliers. If the app is external facing, this is even more important as vital data between business systems and stakeholders must sync seamlessly, real-time, without any lapses or disruption in service.
Finally, it’s important that you present your team with an app that they’ll be happy to use daily. An app that isn’t used or updated regularly is useless, and the buy-in of your users is essential from the very beginning. An intuitive, easy-to-use, user-friendly enterprise app can mean the difference between an app that takes off within your supply chain organization or one that falls into oblivion.
- Ease of customization
As market conditions, macroeconomic factors, and business landscapes change often and vary greatly from one geography to another, it’s important that your enterprise software and applications keep up with the changes. This means that the technology and code platforms that the apps utilize should allow a great degree of customization, upgrades, and updates whenever needed, without costing a fortune each time.
Factors in the success of your supply chain management app
When building and introducing new systems and ways of work, involving all stakeholders and users early in the app planning process is an essential step to its ultimate acceptance and adoption. Getting their input on important features, as well as their feedback on how processes should function in the app, is paramount to the success of any new organization-wide application or software.
Choosing an enterprise app development partner
Selecting an app development partner is just as important as choosing your customers, partners, and suppliers. You want to work with an experienced, knowledgeable analyst and developer team that you can trust and rely on. The Pegus team has many years of experience in planning, designing, building, and maintaining enterprise applications for the telecom, manufacturing, finance, construction, transport, services, healthcare, and FMCG sectors. We understand the importance of timely and effective supply chain management and can build apps that will help you excel in this vital organizational function.
Contact the Pegus team of experts for a no-obligation consultation.