Small businesses across the globe are increasingly turning to smartphones to run their business from any location, at any time, believes tech company SAP AG.
To enable them to stay connected with their business and customer data while away from the office, the company has created an iPhone application for the SAP Business One application. It is available now on the Apple iTunes Store, the company said today, Nov. 4.
Today, mobiles are increasingly being used for high-end business applications. For example, Mercedes-Benz Financial said it is distributing the 3G version of the Apple iPad to the entire Mercedes-Benz U.S. dealer network.
It will give all 355 dealers instant mobile access to its proprietary dealer point-of-sale system called MB Advantage.
The company sent the consumer-focused Apple iPad to 40 dealers in June to pilot it as a mobile tool on the showroom floor just weeks after Apple launched the device. (Read: Mercedes-Benz Dealers will Get Apple iPad)
Also, TD Bank, a leading bank in America, has announced that its free mobile app is now available to download onto iPhone and Android devices.
It encourages customers to enroll in TD Bank Online Banking so that they can use all the banking functions of the app. (Read: TD Bank Mobile App for iPhone, Android Devices)
And tech company IBM has introduced new software that combines the business analytics and optimization capabilities for today’s evolving workforce.
For the first time, the company says, its new offerings combine social networking and collaboration capabilities for the burgeoning mobile workforce, expected to reach more than 1.19 billion by 2013. (Read: How IBM Plans to Help Mobile Workforce)
The SAP mobile application provides constant access to important data and key functionality of SAP Business One, and is available for free as part of the maintenance contract with SAP to those with a professional user license of SAP Business One 8.8 patch level 12 or higher.
The application for iPhone allows users to check on inventory and customers, access reports, receive alerts and process approvals.
With the mobile application, users have real-time access to data and can easily navigate, respond and trigger remote processes. Key features Include:
Alerts and approvals – Receive alerts on specific events, such as deviation from approved discounts, prices or credit limits. Process approval requests, generate remote actions and drill into relevant data or metrics to help ensure quick decision-making.
Real-time reports – Access built-in reports enabled by SAP Crystal Reports software that present key business information. Add customized reports and share report results via e-mail from the iPhone.
Customer and partner data – Access and edit contact details, view historical activities and special prices. Contact or locate customer and partner records, create new ones and log new activities. All changes are automatically updated within the SAP Business One application on the backend.
Inventory monitoring – Check inventory levels and access information about current products, including purchasing and sales price, available quantity, product specifications and item pictures.
The mobile application is available for the iPhone or iPod touch with a minimal requirement of version 3.2 of the Mac OS. It is free and available for all to download and view in demo mode at the Apple iTunes store.
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