Showing posts from July, 2009

Mobile Software Applications, Supply Chains and Medicine Delivery

When a person typically associates mobile devices, iPhones , Smart Phones, PDAs and other hand held computers with medicine they envision a medical clinic or a hospital environment. However, mobile handheld computers and medicine are also used in remote locations and in medicine supply chains that you may not have thought about. Let me first share an article I read this week that describes some of the challenges incurred while delivering medicine in Brazil. Armed raiders attack medicine shipments in Brazil Author - Phil Taylor 27-Jul-2009 A delivery truck carrying medicines was attacked by bandits in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 19, resulting in a heavy exchange of gunfire with armed escorts. There were no fatalities and the raiders failed to make off with the shipment, which was valued at around $530,000 and contained products from several different companies, according to information received from pharmaceutical industry sources. The bandits, in two vehicles, forced the driver to open

SAP and Mobile Applications for Field Services

These are challenging economic times. Companies of all sizes and shapes are seeking to reduce costs and to improve efficiencies. This often translates into more work with fewer resources which can often negatively impact service levels. How does a company reduce costs, improve service levels and become more efficient all at the same time? The improvement and automation of business processes is often the answer. Accomplishing this does not always require a lot of money. Sometimes it is simply focusing on improvement and understanding what your exisiting technology is capable of doing. This article will focus on cost reductions and efficiencies that can be recognized by improving business processes in remote and mobile locations. Many large companies use ERPs from vendors such as SAP, Oracle, SAGE, MS Dynamics and others. These ERPs are designed to organize a business and to make business processes automated and standardized. However, companies have often over-looked the huge amounts of