Oracle unleashes business apps for iPhone

23 Sep 2008

Business software giant Oracle has revealed it is to release an iPhone version of its Business Approvals applications.

Oracle will make two versions of its Business Approvals applications available – one for managers and one for sales managers – that deliver targeted and task-oriented information to help managers make informed decision and take action securely from their iPhone.

The managers version enables managers to view actions pending on expenses, as well as HR vacancies and job offers, while the sales manager tool allows managers to evaluate and approve pending sales quotes from their iPhone.

Oracle’s Business Approvals applications consists of a native iPhone application free from Apple’s Apps Store, and a connector licensed on a per-use model from Oracle that integrates with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications.

Data will be protected using SSL encryption protocol and Oracle’s identity management software.

“Organisations are increasingly demanding anywhere, anytime applications to empower decision-makers with mission-critical information at their fingertips,” said Oracle senior vice-president of Application Development, Ed Abbo.

“Oracle continues to meet this demand with robust and powerful applications tailored to mobile devices,” Abbo said.

In related news, research firm Piper Jaffray estimates that the number of iPhone 3G devices sold in the current quarter has exceeded five million, up from the first one million claimed by Apple after the first month of sales.

By John Kennedy

Pictured: a version of Oracle’s Business Approvals application is to be made available for the Apple iPhone

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years