IFS Enterprise Apps to Work with Wearables




IFS Labs, the innovation division (a think tank that tinkers with emerging technologies) of global enterprise applications company IFS, has created a proof of concept that shows how users of business applications can leverage wearable technology, such as the recently launched Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch. This is a further commitment by IFS to mobility, which was hinted at during the IFS World Conference 2013.
 
Using Samsung’s application programming interfaces (APIs) for notification alerts, connected components of IFS enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM), and field service management (FSM) systems can send alerts regarding certain processes to wearable gadgets. For example, field service managers could be alerted when important items are shipped, key projects are started or completed, or when invoices are paid.
 
CCS Insight predicts that there will be up to 100 million “smartphone companions” (e.g., smartwatches) by 2017. There was no mention of the general availability of this software solution by IFS, but that commercialization date should not be too far in the future.
 
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