The UK's largest independent bakery, Warburtons, has implemented a mobile SAP purchase order approval application to improve productivity and speed up decision making.
"A bottleneck in approving purchase orders was causing the business to lose good deals on flour and wheat, but since making our SAP order approval system mobile, we had not missed a single deal," said Damien Ghee, IT and programme director at Warburtons.
Ghee said the company was looking for a quick and easy way of speeding up its decision making process using its existing Blackberry mobile deployment and SAP systems.
"Mobile system company iQlink offered a ready way of enabling ten senior managers and directors to link to our SAP systems from their Blackberrys using Skymobile software within a month," said Ghee.
He said iQlink was able to meet Warburtons' immediate requirements as well as introduce a workflow management system to the company at the same time using the Skymobile software.
"Now the Blackberry is the preferred user interface because it is so much simpler and quicker than using the SAP system itself," said Ghee. "Because the Blackberrys are password protected there is no need to go through any lengthy authentication process and orders can be approved, put on hold or rejected with a few clicks."
Ghee said the Skymobile software had provided the additional business benefit of providing a software platform for further mobile projects. "This was not a point solution, but will enable us to implement things like vehicle routing and scheduling, proof of delivery, and other applications using the Blackberrys," he said.
This was first published in December 2007