Cloud computing has ushered in a new era of how companies can operate and support a mobile workforce. Employees are no longer restricted to working with corporate documents at the office, thanks to the cloud’s greater accessibility. Now, personnel can use NetSuite OpenAir on smartphones and tablets to remain productive anywhere.
NetSuite, a leader in cloud-based ERP solutions, has realized the importance of keeping employees active by releasing its OpenAir Mobile platform to support the Android operating system. The company explained that the systems will help firms manage their time tracking and expenses through the world’s most popular smartphone OS.
Ed Marshall, general manager of NetSuite Services Vertical, noted that the reliance on smartphones and tablets continues to increase, especially for service professionals looking for ways to access OpenAir.
“This new mobile app for Android puts the power of the cloud in the palm of their hand to perform more efficiently and speed time and expense reporting and approvals,” Marshall said.
Cloud, mobility impacting global IT
It should not be surprising that cloud computing and enterprise mobility are two of the most influential technologies on the IT market. Firms leveraging these solutions are participating in the transition toward the 3rd Platform, which also includes big data and social networking, according to an IDC report.
The market research firm noted that the growing popularity of the 3rd Platform will result in a global IT industry worth more than $2 trillion in 2013, increasing 5.7 percent from 2012. Organizations hesitant to implement these options may end up regretting it, because they will be responsible for much of the innovation throughout IT moving forward.
“The IT industry as a whole is moving toward the mobile/social/cloud/big data world of the 3rd Platform much more quickly than many realize: from 2013 through 2020, these technologies will drive around 90 percent of all the growth in the IT market,” said IDC Senior Vice President Frank Gens.
Cloud computing and mobility appear to be a perfect match in many respects, which may result in more service providers optimizing their solutions to support both technologies. As devices like smartphones and tablets continue to be purchased at record levels, the cloud will likely be users’ platform of choice when accessing content like documents, email, music, videos and other items.