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Leapfactor Brings Cloud-Based Mobility Platform to Enterprise Customers

09/08/2010

Company Delivers Actionable Business Data to Mobile Users through Consumer-like Apps



Leapfactor today announced an enterprise-class mobility platform that companies can use to quickly and easily mobilize any business application or process and securely extend access to employees, partners and customers using the mobile device of their choice.

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Unlike traditional enterprise mobility implementations that involve on-premise software and infrastructure, complex integration efforts, long implementation cycles, high costs and a limited number of mobile users, Leapfactor's cloud-based platform eliminates the need to deploy and manage complex infrastructure and middleware, simplifies integration with backend systems and delivers actionable business data to any number of mobile users through consumer-like apps.


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"Enterprises need to enable employees, partners and customers with timely access to data so that they can respond quickly and in an informed manner, but they face a complex set of choices about how to deliver this critical information to the proliferation of smartphones and mobile devices in use today," said Lionel Carrasco, chief executive officer of Leapfactor. "By using Leapfactor's cloud-based enterprise mobility platform, businesses can easily achieve their mobility goals, while reducing operational costs and increasing business agility. Complexity is no longer a barrier to on-the-go productivity."

With Leapfactor's enterprise mobility platform, data is extracted from backend systems through light XML trading mechanisms and is delivered to the cloud through a secure and efficient data-exchange channel. Cloud computing resources are then dynamically allocated to process and forward the data to each user's mobile device, where the business content is accessed through consumer-like apps. Leapfactor's cloud-based architecture offers massive scalability and the company's security model protects data through every step of the process, whether on-premise, in the cloud or on the user's mobile device.

Leapfactor today also announced a suite of three ready-to-use micro apps that are available for immediate deployment: Business Alerts, Business Indicators and Business Approvals. The Business Alerts app cuts through the clutter of email to deliver, escalate, route, track and trace important messages useful for proper and faster decision-making. Users can acknowledge, organize and search alerts, and append voice or text notes. Business Alerts delivers alerts and notifications from virtually any backend system, from mission-critical and emergency response systems to email servers and RSS feeds.

The Business Indicators app enables the publishing and rich visualization of any business metrics to users on the go. Key performance indicators, profit and loss reports, quotas, operational data, and other indicators are presented on a highly-interactive dashboard that can be tailored to fit users' preferences. The user's ability to drill down from a high-level and consolidate indicators into granular reports, coupled with the app's ability to handle, manage and interact with more than a million records without sacrificing performance, provides users with a unique solution that truly enables them to perform on the go. Business Indicators can be integrated to the most sophisticated multi-dimensional business intelligence solutions or can simply read CSV files.

The Business Approvals app extends decision approvals or rejections to mobile users, streamlining processes, saving time and increasing productivity. The app can handle any workflow so any type of approval can be delivered, such as maintenance requests, investment options, travel expenses, purchase orders or sales agreements. Business Approvals consumes information from standard ERP system approval procedues as well as in-house process management and workflow tools.

Leapfactor's ready-to-use apps are available for download at the Apple iPhone App Store. More than 4,000 users have downloaded and test-driven these apps since their private launch in May.

Customers and partners also can build and deploy their own custom mobile apps in less than 90 days using a collection of UI libraries provided by Leapfactor that are not found in standard or native UI libraries, and a set of enterprise services specifically designed to support mobile business use cases. Both are provided at no cost to the customer or partner. Leapfactor also offers easy-to-implement methods and components-exposed as local services at the device level-that take full advantage of each device's features and functions.

All of these capabilities are available today for the iOS, Android and RIM platforms. The ability to quickly create apps enables enterprises to deploy highly productive mobile capabilities to thousands (or even millions) of users at a fraction of the cost of traditional enterprise mobility implementations.

"The true value in enterprise mobile communications lies in its customization to business' specific needs and in rapid deployment," said Chris Marsh, senior analyst with Yankee Group. "Leapfactor's innovative approach enables organizations to realize value quickly, flexibly and highly cost-effectively. With their solution, mobility can empower everyone within the organization, not just the core application software license holders."

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