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What’s Your Mobility Index?

Mobile devices seem to be ubiquitous these days. So it’s not surprising to hear all the talk about mobility in the supply chain.

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Recently, I was sitting in the audience listening to the CEO of a leading business intelligence platform provider deliver the keynote speech at his company’s annual user conference.  CEOs typically use the user conference as a vehicle for announcing a major launch—and this time was no different. This particular launch involved the deployment of reports and order management capabilities on the iPad. It all looked really cool and there was the obligatory audience applause.

Yet as I read the material provided, it became less and less clear how the deployment would drive business value in the core or extended supply chain for users. Was the benefit derived from receiving the information on a device that you could carry at all times? Or was the value in being able to understand the information as you made another mad dash to the next customer? Maybe it was the ability to change your business processes in the supply chain to enable better execution? Or was this just an IT-driven exercise that would involve millions of dollars spent in delivering static old information on the go?

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Recently, I was sitting in the audience listening to the CEO of a leading business intelligence platform provider deliver the keynote speech at his company’s annual user conference.  CEOs typically use the user conference as a vehicle for announcing a major launch—and this time was no different. This particular launch involved the deployment of reports and order management capabilities on the iPad. It all looked really cool and there was the obligatory audience applause.

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