ERP goes mobile

Despite the global economic downturn, mobility is still something that organisations are willing to invest in.  With mobile devices becoming ubiquitous, being able to mobilise ERP applications means that companies can benefit from improved quality of service, greater productivity, deeper business relationships, and more accurate data capture.  All of this can help them achieve competitive advantage especially during these tough times. 

So when SAP acquired Sybase in May earlier this year and promised that the two companies would work together to deliver the SAP Business Suite to a mobile environment that could run on different mobile devices and operating systems, people’s ears pricked up.

 Well, all this talk recently became reality with SAP announcing that its Business ByDesign product is now available for use on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Best of all, it’s free for customers using SAP’s feature pack 2.5 for Business ByDesign that was launched in July. This new incarnation of Business ByDesign means that both managers and sales staff can have access to the information they need to make critical decisions and keep their organisation moving along no matter where they are.  It’s also been confirmed that the next version of SAP Business ByDesign available will support BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone 7 operating systems. SAP is also planning to enable partners to create supplemental content, which can then become an incremental part of the application.  

 As mobile increasingly becomes the new desktop, it’s great to see SAP helping organisations maximise the efficiency of their on-the-go workforce.  There will also be a number of mobile sessions taking place during this year’s annual user conference, so please check out the current conference programme for further details

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