Epicor Releases New Windows Phone 8 Apps

At its recent Epicor Insights 2014 user conference, Epicor introduced two new Windows Phone 8 mobile apps—Expenses and Time Entry—designed to streamline recording and improve the accuracy and efficiency of time and expense tracking for employees in the field. Research says that some 30 percent of the global workforce relies on phones and tablets to get work done on the road and more than 80 percent of workers have at least some portion of their work tasks that regularly take place away from an office.
The apps were specifically designed to leverage the design elements and user experience of the Windows Phone 8, and to give IT organizations the flexibility to support an increasingly mobile workforce and bring your own device (BYOD) strategies that are becoming ever more common. They might also be the first foray into mobility for many organizations. Available via download from the Windows App Store, the new touch-optimized expenses and timekeeping Windows Phone 8 apps integrate with both Epicor ERP and Epicor iScala software. The apps feature dashboards, timesheets and expense tracking forms, reminders, memos, rounding, notifications, personalization, and sharing.
The two apps make it easy to edit entries and/or attach images, and provide quick access to summary or reference views with just a tap. Users can view attachments—such as receipt images captured through the camera—in full screen view model with pinch and zoom support, and also pin dashboards to the home screen for easy reference. Epicor Windows Phone 8 apps work with existing Microsoft infrastructure, easing back end administration and enabling organizations to maximize the value of their existing Microsoft investments.
Generally speaking, Epicor has long had multi-OS mobility, but now Xamarian (a Microsoft partner) can help Windows developers write mobile apps in Visual Studio and port them onto Android and iOS. This will also likely be a way for Epicor users to develop Internet of Things (IoT) apps in the future.
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