Mobile phone users in Africa have increased tremendously, hitting the 900 million mark in the first quarter of 2015.
According to the Ericsson Mobility Report for 2015 most of the mobile users are now walking around with powerful smart phones that give them access to applications and information to enhance their businesses.
Keith Fenner, a Senior Vice-President Sales at Sage, says the move will help employers interact with mobile employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders.
“We’re seeing many organisations mobilise their enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, “says Fenner, adding: “Workers and managers are increasingly able to access ERP data on the road to serve customers, speed up decision-making and save time.”
Sage Pastel Accounting General Manager, Daryl Blundell, noted that mobility is transforming smaller businesses.
“An accounting solution with a good mobile app is a real boon for SMEs,” he says, adding: “Employees with mobile devices can be productive many more hours a week because they can work from anywhere in the world and can maximise what might otherwise have been wasted time waiting in airports and reception rooms.”
Mobile technology is also helping HR departments to become more efficient and to build better relationships with employees. Gerhard Hartman, Head of Sage HR & Payroll’s International Division, said that companies can now offer employee self-service (ESS) across mobile devices to streamline HR processes and engage employees more effectively.“They can look up their payslips, change their personal details, and more, all without needing to do paperwork or phone the HR department,” Gerhard observed.