Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Coca Cola Consolidated and Enterprise Mobility

I just listened to an overview of a recent mobility project that Coca Cola Consolidated did using the system integrator Energy4U and the MEAP vendor Syclo.  The solution integrated with SAP.  It was basically a mobile shipping, inventory and warehouse application.

A few interesting points, 1)Coca Cola Consolidated are mobility veterans in some parts of their organization with over 25 years of mobility experience, but they outsourced this project to a mobility vendor and a system integrator, and 2) the project only took 8 weeks.

Coca Cola Consolidated selected Energy4U and Syclo as their mobility implementation team because mobility was not their core focus.  They wanted to outsource this effort to an experienced team with SAP expertise.

The success of the project was credited to productive on site visits where processes and requirements were accurately documented, trained experts and a good MEAP vendor.  It also helped that there was a very experienced Energy4U mobility team that were skilled veterans of developing on Syclo's Smart Mobile Suite.

Venky Govind of Coca Cola Consolidating said they wanted a mobility vendor that would be responsible for supporting all of the current and future mobile operating systems and devices, and keeping the MEAP (mobile enterprise application platform) updated.  They did not want that responsibility in-house.

This solution was replacing a manual paper driven process.   The mobile app replaced the paper forms and simplified the entire process while automating the data collection and integrating it directly with SAP.

Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.