Mobility on the go
The 2008-09 recession has brought in a lot of changes. With these changes, there are ample of new opportunities that would soon be grabbed by the players of tomorrow. In past year alone, we have seen a tremendous explode of growth in Mobile applications as well as technology evolution from 2g to 3g and now 4g! Handhelds are changing their outlook, wooing consumers with multi-sim capacities and numerous day-to-day functionality support through various applications! Consumers have the options to choose and get more for less. IT has played a vital role in networking global communities and with the telecom amalgamation, the possibilities of evolution is explosive.
New applications need to improve productivity of organizations, simplifying their existing business process, while ensuring that these don’t come at a cost of complex integrations of heterogeneous applications that pose a threat to sustainable maintenance. So a seemingly simple application that integrates with minimal efforts and connects virtually to any handheld device will be a welcome innovation.
We believe that most large organizations have a inherent, unspoken need to mobilize many of their applications to move from a connected laptops/desktops and computers to handheld devices that can connect over telecom network. Many of these organizations run on ERP like SAP or Oracle and an application that pushes the functionalities from these ERPs to the mobile devices is a sure winner! At MSAT innovation lab, we are working on one such application in close alliance with a partner to push certain key functions from an on premise ERP to mobile/ hand-held devices.
For those who know some of the constraints to such a development can appreciate that most of these ‘platforms’ need to provide different applications for different ‘mobile devices’ that work on varied platforms like Symbian, Android, Windows, Blackberry, etc. This important hurdle can be overcome using ‘platform-independent’ software that ensures that ‘mobile-based’ applications are created once and can be deployed to all current platforms and mobile devices. While this may seem to be a distant dream, we believe that this is achievable within few months from now.
So what are the first few applications that could be seen migrating from a laptop/desktop based services to mobile applications available to relevant employees or even customers? We see a few of these as follows:
1. Employee Leave Management system
2. Employee Travel Request and Approval system
3. Sales and Opportunity Pipeline reporting system
4. Timesheet Management system
5. Sales Force Automation
6. Service Management system
7. Delivery tracking system
8. Mobile banking and Funds transfer
Yes, the list is endless and we are excited with these opportunities posed in the new world!