Auckland-based mobile application specialist Parochus has integrated its platform with exo-net 6’s financials software, initially to serve the needs of one client.
The customer, which is in the food business, cannot yet be named, says Parochus chief executive Jason Swain, because the deal has not been completely signed off. The company was planning to shift its accounts to exo-net 6’s applications, but wanted a mobile interface for its travelling sales force.
It approached Parochus, which went to exo-net 6, a New Zealand-founded company that is now a subsidiary of Australia’s Solution 6, to tie in the applications. The task was easy, Swain says, because Parochus has spent a year building a comprehensive software platform for mobile applications, including server software and integration software for a number of fixed-base and mobile clients.
Parochus, which was fostered at AUT’s technology park, develops mobile applications in an XML-based language, MobileML, which it says offers low-cost, flexible solutions that run across several platforms. For the exo-net 6000 application, Parochus integrated mobile sales force automation features including product catalogue, customer details, order entry and order history.
More features are planned, to take advantage of other parts of the exo-net applications’ functionality.
Exo-net 6’s general manager Steve Rieger agrees about the ease of implementation. “I was impressed by the fact that the integration took just four days and required only one phone call to our team.”
The food company’s mobile staff will be using Compaq iPaq handhelds, with a small number of desktops at head office communicating with the same network.
The package orientation of the mobile platform means integration costs are far lower than usual, Swain claims, so the solution becomes practical for very small companies.
“We’ve signed another client who only has two [mobile] users.” There, the Parochus platform is linked to a different financial suite.