Employees today are no longer bound by the old way of working, when they could only be productive at their office desk where documents were available. This is possible thanks to major advancements in technology, especially cloud computing and mobile devices. The ability for the workforce to always remain productive by accessing documents and applications, especially enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions from virtually anywhere at any time is a welcome addition to businesses that want to drive results around the clock.

Businesses planning an ERP implementation should make sure that any software functions in tandem with cloud computing and mobile devices. Future deployments are expected to center around these technologies, so it is imperative that companies achieve such functionality if they want to maximize their investments and avoid replacing outdated software in a year or two.

Firms cannot simply select software from a vendor because of affordability. The right fit is worth the added investment, especially if it means clients do not have to exert time, money and effort to accomplish heavy customizations. Infor solutions are a viable option for organizations that want ERP systems that support their unique industry demands and the latest trends impacting the ERP space. The service provider has established a leading reputation for its work with customers, regardless of their specific markets.

Infor also understands the importance of the cloud and mobile computing, updating its solutions to reflect these newer trends.

Mobile device access on the rise
With so much potential at their fingertips, it is no wonder that employees are using their mobile devices more to complete work-related functions and consumers are relying on these gadgets to perform personal tasks. As a result, mobile Internet access rates are surging. A Walker Sands report found that mobile accounted for nearly 30 percent of all Web access during the third quarter of 2013, up 67 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Since the third quarter of 2011, this figure has expanded 171 percent.

John Fairley, Web services director at Walker Sands, highlighted the this disruptive trend and how businesses should approach such Internet access.

"Device preference aside, the share of traffic coming from mobile continues to grow," said Fairley. "Rather than getting caught up in the device wars, companies should prioritize mobile and implement strategies that put equal emphasis on mobile and traditional Web design."

In terms of devices, Android and iOS gadgets accounted for roughly 92 percent of all mobile Internet traffic during the third quarter of 2013.

Daniel Laloggia, digital marketing director at Walker Sands, added that businesses need to understand the importance of optimizing websites for these diverse devices if they want to maintain revenue moving forward.

The mobile phenomenon is not dissipating any time soon, making it necessary that organizations realize the potential benefits of an agile workforce. Supporting staff members' personal devices can yield immense productivity advantages if it means personnel can access enterprise applications and documents without being bogged down by their physical location.