3 Situations When Android Is Better for Mobile ERP Apps

For business, in particular the B2B world, there are definitely situations when it makes sense to choose Android over Apple for business.

1) Budget.  This could be, of course, simply because you are skeptical about whether there is value in the investment in the first place.

2) Printing, scanning, swiping, signature capture are not important to your business.  Businesses who need these things have voted overwhelmingly with their dollars on Apple.  The reason is supportability and reliability.

 3) You have a BYOD device policy and a strict connect-to-your-network policy assuring you that the integrity of your network and the safeguarding of your data is well in hand.

If however, you’re biggest need is just enabling your address book to the smart phone automatically from your ERP system, doing some inquiries on customers, orders, items, history, stuff like that, Android could be great.

Regarding #3 above, whether you utilize Apple or Android for mobile, it’s really important to engage with a qualified network engineer to confirm your security concerns as it concerns connecting mobile devices to your system.

And please be aware that whatever B2B app you might develop for Android you may very well find yourself having to support about 6 different operating system versions simultaneously.

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About Paul Ziliak

Paul Ziliak, co-founder of xkzero has helped conceive and launch mobile sales and delivery automation apps for smart phones and tablets. Designed for mid-sized and growing manufacturers and distributors, the xkzero brand apps leverage the power of popular back-end ERP and accounting systems. A registered CPA and former auditor, Paul has spent 20 years designing and implementing ERP and accounting solutions using Sage 100, Sage 500 and Sage X3 in industries such as food and beverage, wholesale distribution, and numerous discrete manufacturing environments. Paul lives in Chicago and is a married father of three sons. An active leader in Illinois CPA Society networking events, Paul has also coached youth baseball since 2007. Websites: www.xkzero.com Blog: www.erpappsblog.com Social media handles: @PaulZiliak @erp_apps