3 easy strategies for implementing your BYOD policy

Zack Nimtz

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are becoming increasingly popular now that smartphones are becoming ubiquitous across the country and around the world. According to Pew Research, as of October 2014, 90 percent of American adults owned a cell phone and 64 percent owned a smartphone. By the same coin, tablets are helping propel small businesses and large firms alike to make the move to implementing BYOD.

The same Pew study found that 42 percent of American adults own a tablet computer. The benefits of BYOD, including saving money on IT infrastructure, increasing business intelligence and achieving higher levels of productivity among employees, are good reasons to look into implementing some sort of BYOD strategy.

Here are three ways your company can easily bring BYOD into the workplace:

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Topics: Bring Your Own Device, ERP, Mobile

Tips for a successful ERP deployment

Zack Nimtz

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications can help businesses increase employee productivity and improve project management by automating time-consuming and redundant tasks. Unfortunately, ERP systems are often overlooked because of the time or scope of the project. Business leaders should look past the implementation details and instead focus on the future benefits and cost-savings it can bring to the organization.

We've come up with the following recommendations to help businesses ensure a successful ERP deployment:

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Topics: ERP

How cloud computing is changing ERP

Zack Nimtz

It should come as no surprise that the cloud has changed the way businesses manage operations, particularly when it comes to enterprise resource planning. According to Memeburn, companies are flocking to cloud-based ERP solutions because they are faster to deploy and easier to manage across multiple platforms and devices.

A survey published in 2014 by research firm Gartner indicated that 47 percent of businesses plan to move their core ERP systems to the cloud within five years, including only 2 percent that have already done so. This points to a marked shift in the way businesses are utilizing technology, specifically cloud solutions.Two primary benefits of cloud for ERP are increased productivity and improved cost-savings.

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Topics: Cloud Services, ERP

4 benefits of ERP solutions for SMBs

Zack Nimtz

Small and midsize businesses looking to improve organizational processes should consider an ERP solution. With enterprise resource planning (ERP), SMBs can cut costs and enhance productivity by integrating business operations into one manageable system.

ERP systems are especially beneficial for SMBs that need to streamline operations and improve resource allocation. According to a study by Aberdeen, 70 percent of "best-in-class" enterprises have a standard ERP implementation. A company's success can largely depend on its utilization of ERP systems.

Read on to learn about the four primary benefits of ERP solutions for small and midsize businesses.

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Topics: ERP, Business Process Optimization

Efficiency and performance are most important to ERP customers

Zack Nimtz

Enterprise resource planning makes daily operations much simpler for businesses because it combines all business management functions into one system. According to Marianne Bradford, author of "Modern ERP", integration and visibility of data are the biggest benefits of ERP. These benefits can lead to more accurate reporting and more strategic decision making. ERP software also can reduce data duplication and is beneficial for businesses that want to improve their financial reporting and regulation compliance.

Although implementing an ERP system is not cheap, Mark Jeffery, research director of technology initiatives at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, says that it is important to look at more than just the cost. "If you look at the productivity of employees and the transparency of information, that's where you get the real gains," he said.

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Topics: ERP