Just because a procurement system can be accessed from your smartphone or tablet, does that really make it mobile? Many companies understand the importance of business mobility, but there is much more to this concept than just making use of any old mobile app.
There are many misunderstandings surrounding mobile procurement, including what it can do, what it’s used for, and who can make use of it. Today, we’ll dispel some of these mobile procurement misconceptions to give you an idea of what a mobile procurement solution can really do for your business.
1. “Mobile-First” = “Mobile-Friendly”
The most common misconception about mobile procurement is the oversight that the concept simply refers to the ability to access your procurement system from a smartphone or tablet. Once you’ve used Vroozi’s optimized mobile procurement platform, you’ll understand this is certainly not the case. At Vroozi, we understand that designing a mobile procurement system begins with approaching mobility in the foundation of a system, rather than looking to reformat an existing desktop solution down the line.
2. Adding Mobile Procurement means more work for IT system administrators
The addition of any new system will only lead to more work for IT system administrators, right? Well, with mobile procurement, that isn’t necessarily true. Adding an enterprise application to a device that can leave the office means that IT needs to be wary of security and confidentiality issues—this is always a good idea for keeping data and information safe from competitors and hackers. However, Vroozi’s solution is so easy to install, a procurement professional can do it.
Onboarding all your suppliers and creating content-rich catalogs is as easy as drag-and-drop. There is zero programming skill required. Vroozi takes the power of catalog management out of IT’s grasp and back into the hands of procurement professionals.
3. Mobile Procurement is only necessary for business travelers
According to the 2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends report from Forrester Research, 48% of the workforce utilizes their smartphones and 21% uses their tablets for business purposes on a weekly basis.
Employees are no longer stuck using just their desktop computer to perform their jobs. Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones offer a more flexible, convenient way for employees to stay connected. Mobile procurement provides your employees with an incredibly efficient way to handle their procurement needs, whether in the office, at home, or on the road.
4. “Mobile applications are just something our company needs”
With the proliferation of mobile applications across all industries, many companies feel pressure to have one just to say that they have one. Needless to say, this isn’t a good reason to invest in a mobile application—or in mobile procurement.
Your company should invest in mobile procurement under the stated goal to increase employee productivity and better manage spending. If you approach mobile procurement with this overarching goal, you’ll find yourself making great use of this innovative, itinerant business solution.