Open Text launched a new mobile strategy today with an ambitious roadmap and new applications designed to empower mobile workers by helping to boost productivity.
The enterprise content management giant quoted new figures from analyst firm IDC predicting that the number of mobile workers accessing enterprise systems worldwide will top one billion this year.
Open Text also cited recent data from Forrester Research suggesting that huge potential productivity and efficiency gains can be made by accessing applications via BlackBerry devices.
"Statistics like those are hard for senior management to ignore as they look to grow their business with shrinking budgets," said Open Text chief technology officer Eugene Roman.
"Business doesn't stop when we leave the desktop or the laptop. It's time to unleash business content, processes and applications to go wherever employees need them on a smartphone."
With this in mind, Open Text has launched its Open Text Everywhere programme with a mission to enable chief information officers to "extend the productivity power of mobility across their business".
The first set of apps, which will be available in May on the BlackBerry platform, will allow users to browse and manage email and other content stored in the Open Text ECM Suite, as well as initiate, approve and reject workflows, and exploit the firm's social and collaboration tools.
Open Text said that mobile web site content management capabilities and mobile apps for its eDOCS document management solution for the mid-market will arrive later this year and early 2011.
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