IFS Doubles Down on Mobile Apps




During the IFS World Conference 2013 in Barcelona, IFS presented a number of new mobile solutions, ranging from field service management to smartphone applications for office workers. The product investments are part of the company’s push to leas the enterprise mobility space.

Building on its first wave of smartphone apps and the launch of the IFS Touch Apps Partner Program (both announced at IFS World Conference 2012), IFS recently presented a number of new applications in the IFS Touch Apps family. IFS has also been extending previously released mobile functionality on additional operating systems.



During his keynote presentation, Dan Matthews, IFS CTO, stated that IFS strives to make mobile apps that are easy and simple and applicable for all users, while remaining agile and responsive to mobility market trends. Currently, the top mobile platforms being used by the IFS install base are 45% Android, 38% iOS , and 16% Windows Mobile.

While 2012 was the year of the IFS Touch Apps launch, 2013 is the year of rollout and concrete results. In the last 12 months, 25% of IFS customers have implemented at least one mobile application. A recent IFS blog post explains the need for mobility in modern enterprises.

In addition to the IFS Touch Apps, field service technicians and maintenance engineers can benefit from the new IFS Mobile Work Order solution spanning both the new Android and Windows platforms. The solution runs as an embedded feature of IFS Applications and IFS Metrix Service Management, resulting in quicker and more cost-efficient rollouts. It is also possible to integrate IFS Mobile Work Order with existing back-end solutions.

The new IFS Warehouse Data Collection solution has been tested and perfected through an early adopter program and offers configurable out-of-the-box functionality for automated data capture and process execution. Supporting Android, Windows Mobile/CE, and Windows, the solution is designed for high-volume distribution and manufacturing, but also lower-volume spare parts management or project site material, where efficiency and traceability are key considerations.

Among the partner-developed apps are DocBox, developed by Addovation for accessing and sharing important documentation from the user’s device of choice, and Employee Files, an app that facilitates efficient employee search developed by DinERP. In the future, IFS might even deliver a mobile software development kit (SDK) for end users to develop their own apps, but nothing has been decided yet in that regard.
 
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