An essential component of any ERP System is undoubtedly its integration policy. The seamless interaction between numerous areas of an ERP system plays a vital role in improving the interconnectivity of corporate processes and information flow within an enterprise. Well-functioning, seamlessly integrated software bears great competitive advantages for enterprises, a concept which applies to every aspect of IT-landscape, including the area of mobile ERP access.
According to IT-Analyst Monica Basso from the market research company Gartner, 90 percent of enterprises will employ mobile devices to access in-house applications by 2014. Eric Quellet, vice president of Gartner, suggests that there will be an increase in the number of attacks on such devices. Consulting company Deloitte’s annual, International Study on IT Security and Trends, confirms the “Bring Your Own Device”-Trend (BYOD). 
Advantages of mobile ERP applications
Considering the advantages of mobile access and remote usage of ERP-Systems through mobile devices, IAS has reacted to the mobile trend by developing mobile applications for its ERP-System, CANIAS ERP. A number of mobile applications have already been released which allow users to access CANIAS ERP securely with their companies’ main CANIAS ERP system anywhere and anytime.
Companies which access their CANIAS ERP system through mobile devices benefit in various corporate areas:
There are extensive advantages that speak clearly for the use of mobile applications in corporate processes. Nonetheless, doubt and uncertainty surface when the words “web” and “ERP” appear together. A similar reaction can be observed when subjects like “mobile ERP solutions” and “accessing an enterprises central ERP system per mobile device” are mentioned.
Through the seemingly omnipresent subject „Mobile Security“, found abundantly in recent media topics and studies, one can only begin to imagine user’s doubts and concern regarding the safety of their data while using mobile applications. The loss of a corporate iPhone on the way to a client illustrates one example of the daily and ordinary risks enterprises face when allowing data outside corporate walls. While the monetary aspect of losing the device is most likely trivial to the enterprise, valuable corporate data stored on the device may now fall into the hands of strangers. The ERP data access on the mobile device must therefore be adequately protected. ERP-providers find themselves faced with the challenge of creating long-term security concepts to protect users’ data.
ERP Attributes that will protect your data
The concerns regarding mobile ERP have been taken into consideration by IAS. Measures are currently being taken to provide solutions and answers to data security demands. Since security standards have yet to be defined, the offered standards may vary greatly from supplier to supplier. Because of this, users should clearly determine which security standards their current ERP system is capable of and decide which mobile access security standards may apply for them. One aspect users should examine, for example, is the difference between web capable ERP software and ERP software that is used offline. Web capable software, like CANIAS ERP, does not save data synchronization information on mobile devices. The threat of strangers accessing corporate data on a lost device is eliminated. Results are written directly into the central database, intermediate data is not stored on external devices and new information can be accessed immediately by all designated users. Furthermore, the data access through foreign parties during data transfers is reduced immensely by securing exchange with an SSL encrypted connection and VPN. Successful software integration plays a vital role in data security: A central system greatly reduces data interchange between different areas and applications. Unnecessary security risks that may result from avoidable data interchange, common to stand-alone IT solutions, are eliminated.
Because of CANIAS ERP’s open source and plattform independent features, data security standards are high. Strong seamless process integration and a centralized system also contribute to high data safety standards. IAS’ applications create an environment well suited for mobile ERP access by meeting security requirement which allow users to safely work with valuable corporate, employee and client data remotely.
The following table illustrates areas in which mobile CANIAS ERP applications exist and shortly introduces some of the functionalities:
CANIAS ERP Inventory Mobile provides the following functionalities: