Many leading-edge companies are integrating their accounting system with mobile applications — creating a need that specialist firms are springing up, ready to fill.
Amtrax, for example, specialises in developing mobile applications that tie in with accounting systems. Its customers include:
- a nationwide car delivery company, which lets third-party car dealers track the delivery status of cars ordered by customers
- a timber company, allowing sales reps to check stock and place orders
- a concrete cutting company, which takes orders over the phone and immediately “refreshes” the GPRS phones of the contractors with the new orders, while the job database is advised when a contractor flags the job as complete. In addition, the phone “time-stamps” the job with the start and finish times, which updates the payroll system and the invoicing system for calculation of the customers’ charges.
IT Link’s Oliver Huggins says the company’s mobile application interfaces to about nine New Zealand accounting systems.
“The idea is to make the accounting system mobile. We grab the information out of an accounting system and put it into a Palm Pilot. A sales rep can take that with them and then send data back into the accounting system,” he says.
- Auckland-based national toy distributor KB Toys, whose sales representatives send information via modem to the company’s Prophet accounting system
- Christchurch men’s clothing store Munns Menswear, which has linked its StockLink stocktake system to its Synergy accounting system
- fastening supplies company Anzor Fasteners, which uses SalesLink to scan and sell warehouse shelves and links to the accounting system NZA Gold
- New Plymouth food distributor Top Taste Distributors, which has SalesLink interfacing to Profax.