NetSuite adds iPhone access to hosted ERP service

NetSuite Inc., looking to make it easier for users on the fly to stay productive, has unveiled packaged links between its hosted ERP system and Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

San Mateo, Calif.-based NetSuite announced Thursday that it has developed tools to allow iPhone users to remotely log in and access NetSuite's applications through a role-based interface.

The link, called SuitePhone, lets users view invoice, account receivable and payroll information on the iPhone, NetSuite said. Sales personnel can tap into NetSuite's CRM functions to enter leads, file expense reports and view the sales pipeline on the Apple mobile device.

NetSuite Thursday also announced plans to add support for Apple's Safari browser to the hosted service. With NetSuite's AJAX-based Web interface, users can access drop-down menus, call up portlets and do inline editing in Safari, the vendor said.

"Apple has traditionally lacked the software applications required to address the needs of running a sophisticated business," noted Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite.

The SuitePhone service and the native Safari browser support are available now.

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