Mobile adoption has accelerated in the past five years, achieving several milestones in the mobile space in 2012:
Source: All About Apps Infographic, Mobile Future
From a higher education perspective, students are demanding an ever-increasing amount of access to their school’s student information systems.
This trend is validated at Educause — an annual higher education conference held in November 2012 — where a survey showed the #2 IT issue for institutions is supporting the trend towards “bring your own device” among students.
In addition, mobile requirements are evolving from read-only services (data is viewed but not edited) to those which allow the user to update or insert data in the destination system. Some examples of these services include the following:
To meet these requirements, organizations can consider several solutions when developing mobile applications for ERP, including the following platforms, apps or mobile websites:
However, before your institution can start executing your mobile strategy to extend existing ERP applications, you’ll first need to define your mobile strategy with these key steps:
We will be presenting Deloitte’s ERP applications for student information systems at the Higher Education User Group Alliance conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from March 17 to March 20.
Our presentation “Portable PeopleSoft – Addressing the need to access mobile PeopleSoft applications in higher education” will focus on how institutions, currently using PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, can leverage Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile to extend their ERP applications towards mobile devices and provide students the ability to access both “push” and “pull” services at their institution.
Aaron Williams, Lead, is an Oracle Certified technical resource for full-suite PeopleSoft implementations for the higher education and public sectors. Aaron has participated in several major implementations for Oracle Campus Solutions.
Gurdhanpreet Sohi, Business Technology Analyst, is also a member of the higher education practice based in Halifax and has a vast experience in developing cross-platform mobile applications using different web technologies.