Role of Mobile Apps in Transforming Supply Chain

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The collaboration between business intelligence (BI) and wireless enabled mobile devices will transform supply chain management in a couple of ways. Firstly, it will allow app developers to develop back-end apps for the use of employees and secondly, it will improve the precision, flexibility and overall modus operandi of mobile and non-mobile workers engaged in supply chain management.

Research conducted by Gartner predicts that by next year, there will be a complete transformation of business intelligence in a large number of organizations. These organizations will be able to change what type of BI they want to use. Not only this, they will also adopt a newer way of procuring them. They will also experience a complete transformation in how information feeds decision-making. The same research agency further predicts that by this year-end, more than 33 percent of BI functionality will be conducted via mobile devices. This is because the mobile BI will include existing reports and dashboards ported to the mobile device. Gartner also predicts that by the end of this year, most companies and vendors will get their mobile analytics apps developed for specific tasks and domains. The demand of business apps and industry specific mobile apps puts a great deal of pressure on mobile app development companies. However, the advent of 4G and other superior content delivery methodologies has presented a huge opportunity for mobile apps.

According to Gartner, supply chain management is the most befitting section to get the first benefits from the next generation mobile apps. The reason is very simple, as business owners and manufacturers always look to make their processes run faster and keep as little inventory as possible in the stock. In this circumstance, the next generation mobile apps holds a great promise of making the entire supply chain operation smooth possible and resolving the issues in a quicker way. The biggest problem arising at the supplier's end is the delay, which could be caused by part's shortage or production hassles. Mobile apps designed for clients can help business owners resolve this problem by helping them inform customers about the forthcoming problem and getting its quick solution.

Supply chain management experts say that many companies have built a strong Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in alliance with cloud-based solution, but they have not seen many mobile apps being developed or used by those working in supply chain management. They say that there is a lot of scope of improvement of the services because of the power of computers as well as the Internet will be their right in our pockets. By this combination, they will be able to deliver more pioneering supply chain related services.

Following this logic, many mobile app development companies have started taking interest in developing electronic invoicing and supply chain management apps for iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones and Blackberry. Dallas, Texas based Copper Mobile INC. is one such company engaged in developing supply chain apps. We specialize in developing solutions for mobile electronic invoicing, transport ordering, delivery tracking, Proof of delivering (POD) issuing, inventory reporting for every mobile device and operating systems. Apps developed by us can drive new efficiencies and increased collaborations between those working in field, supply chain officials and the end user customers.


Mobile supply chain and invoicing apps can put a very influential and dramatic impact on the overall process by improving work practices and altering business process. They will not only boost the revenue, but also generate sustainable ROI, which is seen as the most important turnover by the business owners, before they could invest money in something.

Author works with one of the top enterprise application development with office in US. The app development Dallas has created over 300 applications for the clients. The team of iPhone app developers in Dallas has offering enterprise mobility solutions on major mobile platforms.

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