Taking advantage of the spotlight afforded by its OpenWorld 2014 event in San Francisco, Oracle announced the launch of 14 mobile applications for Oracle E-Business Suite on Wednesday, as well as new services for its Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud portfolio, a new design system for developers.
The OpenWorld event is the first with Mark Hurd at the helm as co-CEO after founder and now CTO Larry Ellison stepped down last week. The annual event is expected to draw around 60,000 people as Oracle partners from 145 countries are forecast to attend.
Mobile Expenses and Approvals Apps
The new apps are focused on providing access to functions such as approvals, expenses, timecards, and employee requisitions, as well as role-based line of business functions for sales orders, procurement, product information, inventory, project management, manufacturing, maintenance, and field service, according to Oracle.
Some apps are designed to be used by a wide range of employees. The mobile approvals app, for example, will allow managers to respond to requests for things such as expenses, requisitions and purchase orders. The mobile expenses app, meanwhile, allows staff members to record expenses as they are incurred.
Other apps are designed to support more specific use cases. The mobile sales order app provides sales staff with real-time information on customer sales orders, including order and line status, pricing, adjustments, holds, back orders, and shipping. Similarly, the mobile project manager app allows project managers to monitor the status, budget, and open payables and receivables of their projects.
The smartphone apps announced today will be available at no cost to existing licensed users, the company said. The applications will be compatible with both Oracle’s E-Business Suite 12.1.3 and 12.2, allowing users to take advantage of the apps without having to upgrade their software. The apps are currently available for iOS devices and will eventually be made available for Android devices.
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