SAN JOSE: NetSuite has revealed it is developing apps for the Apple Watch and the upcoming Windows 10 operating system that will offer access to the full functionality of the firm’s business applications.
At the SuiteWorld user event in San Jose, NetSuite CTO and founder Evan Goldberg announced the firm’s latest plans around mobile.
The firm already has an iPhone app available in the Apple Store and this will be enhanced later this year for the Apple Watch, Goldberg told delegates.
NetSuite will also be working with Microsoft to create an app for the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. This app is slated for release in 2016.
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This follows the announcement at SuiteWorld that the two firms have teamed up to connect Office 365 and NetSuite ERP, and that NetSuite is ditching Amazon Web Services in favour of Azure as its preferred cloud platform internally and for developers.
As well as the two app releases for the Apple Watch and Windows 10, Goldberg announced an updated NetSuite for Android app, which offers the full range of cloud-based ERP, CRM and e-commerce functionality for users of the Google mobile platform.
“NetSuite’s always understood the importance of mobility, we released our first iPhone app six years ago,” Goldberg noted.
“Now we’re taking that a step further, we’re innovating and transforming ERP by combining mobile with ERP on all different types of devices. NetSuite mobile allows you to be agile, act quickly to run your business really truly any time anywhere.
“We already have a great Android app for tracking expenses and time. We’re excited to announce a new full-featured Android app covering much of the functionality of the suite for the world’s most popular mobile platform.”
Goldberg gave various examples of how the updated app will benefit firms. The current version, which was released last December and focused on cloud ERP, already lets users take a photo of a receipt using their Android device’s camera to record expenses, for example. They can then add information to that image so the amount gets logged correctly in their expense report.
With the new version, users will be able to view their open purchase orders from their Android device, drill down into this data and then edit an order from their mobile phone.
Once the app becomes available for the Apple Watch later this year, other users will be able to see a notification about the edited purchase order and approve it from their smartwatch.
Other features of the expanded Android app include full record support so users can create, edit, delete and view leads, customers, sales orders, invoices and expense reports; calendar management to let users view other employees’ calendars; and complete time and expense management.
The fully-featured NetSuite Android App will be available later in May via the Google Play store.
NetSuite has also expanded its SuiteCommerce system this week with an in-store option that lets retailers use the same data they have for their e-commerce sites on the shop floor.
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