While we were demonstrating the new Mobile Alerts module at Sage Summit 2011 in Washington DC yesterday, a particular partner who was impressed with the program's ability send him an email when/if he ran short or blue widgets asked a thought-provoking question.
"If MISys can send me an email telling me that I'm running short on blue widgets, could it also send my supplier of blue widgets a similar email alert?"
The answer is YES! Terrific idea!
Given that the setup for each email alert allows you to specify a To and a From email address, there is no reason you can't address the alert to your supplier instead. Our only reservation about using such a system for automated ordering (what the Sage partner had in mind) is that you should also set up some sort of confirmation protocol with the supplier. After all, you don't want to be having an argument with the supplier when your production line is shut down: "But I sent you an email. Did you check your spam box?"
Perhaps future versions of MISys Manufacturing will exploit the need to automate ordering procedures. But for now, using the Mobile Alerts module is a great first step.
Watch this video about using MISys Mobile Alerts at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2-G-yHSP6lo