Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L), a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, today announced that its business process management and intelligent electronic forms solutions provide support for corporate users of the Apple iPhone.
This marks the latest addition to the company's extensive list of user-facing mediums for securely collecting, presenting and automating information related to business processes based on the meaning of the content, including HTML, PDF, BlackBerry and paper-based forms and documents.
According to a recent survey conducted by ChangeWave with 1,947 respondents involved with IT spending in their organizations, "Apple...continues to show considerable momentum in terms of corporate planned purchases - up 4-pts from previous. In short, while recent ChangeWave consumer surveys have shown the 3G iPhone having a huge impact on consumer demand, the current results show the iPhone is beginning to gain real traction in the corporate market as well."
Autonomy delivers seamless integration with the Apple iPhone, providing advanced capabilities including fully auditable and secure digital signatures, approval workflow, information collection, business activity monitoring, analytics and collaboration to global enterprises. With this solution, IT administrators can also be ensured of rapid and seamless integration with their existing infrastructure, such as LDAP, VPN, corporate information sources, virtualization and authentication.
One of the major challenges for organizations pursuing business process improvement initiatives is the dependence on human interactions. With the proliferation of mobile devices such as smart phones and mobile e-mail devices, many organizations rely heavily on ad-hoc e-mail-based interactions to drive key business processes, such as procurement approvals. This is convenient from an access perspective; however, pursuing this path introduces significant risks and issues related to information security, lack of process visibility, significant process delays, and even compliance violations.
"Autonomy embraces the human element of business processes and turns the variability of human behavior into compliant and tangible business advantages," said Mark Seamans, CEO of Autonomy Cardiff. "Autonomy's support of the Apple iPhone brings the ability to initiate, route, approve, track and even digitally sign key business processes using an intuitive iPhone-based interface. This enables field and mobile-based employees and users to effectively participate in business processes as though they were in their office environment."
The Autonomy Business Process Management and Intelligent Document suite automates all aspects of paper-based, mobile and Web-based human-centric business processes. This technology forms an understanding of the content and purpose of information in the organization and uses that understanding to guide people throughout the process lifecycle, providing them with the right information and right user interface, whether web, mobile, paper, email or voice, needed to complete tasks quickly and accurately. It delivers significant cost reduction, accelerated processes and an improved customer experience by taking formerly static documents and enabling them to 'process themselves' through the introduction of embedded intelligence.