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Mobile Applications Considerations

The capability to create mobile applications may be more in reach than you think. The availability of software tools to help create native or hybrid applications on mobile platforms (iPhone, Android) is huge and rapidly expanding. Building Business-To-Business or Business-To-Consumer mobile applications has never been more affordable.

Most business owners may think that custom mobile applications are out of their reach – too complex or costly. Today, this is just not the case. There are endless possibilities for leveraging mobile platforms to create value at an affordable price. Business Use Cases involving Inventory, sales orders, data tracking, field services, etc. can be created in a matter of days. The only limit is your imagination.

Developers now have the tools to create mobile applications which can expand your back office systems such as accounting or custom line of business applications to mobile users, whether employees, customers or vendors. For instance, SYSPRO, a World Class ERP Solution has an out of the box mobile platform called Espresso to make SYSPRO features available to mobile users, anytime, anywhere. There is even an App Store for pre-built solutions based on Espresso. This capability drives time to market up and cost down.

For existing line of business custom software, developers can also develop mobile extensions by creating custom APIs or “Application Program Interfaces” which create a “bridge” from the mobile application to the database so that data can be shared and updated in real-time.

Orion Group offers mobile application development support and assists our customers in its design, build and implementation. To learn more, contact us today!

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