SINGAPORE, 13 SEPTEMBER 2011 - Fuji Xerox is currently running a pilot programme for a mobile document management platform based on iPads in Singapore.
Some 10 SME-sized organisations, including a school and a utility company, have been equipped with 3G-enabled iPads, as well as Fuji Xerox's printers and support services.
One trial user, a construction company, has been using the iPads to replace paper-based job orders for their sales staff, according to Willie Lim, senior manager, Go Green Evangelist, Business Alliance & Consulting Services, Fuji Xerox Singapore.
"Previously, the sales staff travelled to multiple outdoor locations, taking down orders and taking site photos. They could manually submit the information only when they reached office at the end of the day," said Lim.
Now, the employees are able to send orders and pictures electronically straight from their iPads and back to the office.
This is made possible by an app called Mobile Document Connector, which acts as a management tool for documents. Adopting an interface similar to the File Explorer program found in Microsoft Windows, users are able to view and edit files from the office server while on the road. The iPad can also be used as a remote controller to print documents off Fuji Xerox printers.
The idea of running document management on an iPad came from Lim and his team in Singapore last year. "We already have the perfect device in the market," said Lim on the iPad. The Fuji Xerox R&D team, based in Yokohama, Japan, was receptive towards Lim's proposal and took less than three months to come up with the application.
According to Lim, future iterations of the Mobile Document Connector will allow users to key in data that directly connects into the organisation's workflow processes like leave applications or purchase orders.
But right now, Fuji Xerox is taking a slow and steady approach, starting with document management, said Lim.
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