ADP recently launched RUN, a slick-looking mobile version of its popular payroll application. The app integrates with the desktop version of ADP's software and enables fiscal staff to: review and enter payroll, edit hours and pay rates, manage direct deposits, enter vacation and other time off, calculate taxes and more. Interestingly, ADP chose to release this for iOS before BlackBerry, but ADP is planning BlackBerry and Android versions by the end of the year. The free app may herald the future of enterprise computing dominated by mobile applications instead of desktop software.Chalk another one up for the post-PC era:
Matthew McKenzie at Enterprise Efficiency points to an IBM survey that found that the majority of the 2,000 enterprise IT professionals responding thought "within the next five years, more developers will be working on mobile applications and cloud-based architecture than traditional computing platforms for enterprise."
McKenzie notes, "It's not a group I would consider vulnerable to hype-mongering, especially when this is the sort of trend that promises to turn their careers upside down in a very short time."
Forrester reported recently that business tasks other than e-mail, contacts and calendar are still fairly rare on mobile devices. But we're seeing more and more specialized software coming to mobiles. For example, LeapFactor's SAP-based expense approval app. The new mobile version of Adobe's LiveCycle is also geared towards created simple, mobile apps for common business tasks like expense approval.