Business intelligence (BI) software firm Phocas has launched a browser-based version of its Professional Suite, designed to give users access to the BI toolset on the move.
Phocas Xpress has the ability to generate BI reports and dashboards, and run queries and alerts. As the software is browser based, it works on all smartphones and is accessible without the need for IT support, claimed the firm.
The software can be installed as a standalone product or as an add-on to the Phocas Professional suite, benefiting the increasing numbers of workers who need access to such data on the move, according to Paul Magee, group managing director of Phocas.
"Databases can be created within a day, and Phocas software provides the ability to define questions because of the transparency of the database. This is what differentiates the tool from other BI products," he said.
"Users will be able to access and analyse data by drilling laterally and upward, as and when required."
The product offers password protected log-in using Microsoft SQL server and Microsoft IIS server technology. Everything is verified at the central server, and a data tracker monitors how and when the software is used, Magee said.
Phocas Xpress is not tied to a specific enterprise resource planning or customer relationship management (CRM) system, and can work with products from other vendors, according to the firm.
The software has been trialled successfully by 400 to 500 end users in the US at 10 customers, he added.
Phocas Xpress is available on a rental basis and pricing depends on the number of licences. The cost for 10 licences would be between £15 and £17 per month.
Phocas is not the only firm acknowledging the importance of providing mobile access to BI and enterprise software. Vendors across the board are increasingly recognising mobile access requirements for end users.
Sage recently launched its Sage 200 2010 suite in conjunction with RIM to provide access to BI, CRM and financial data on the move.
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