FLM for Mobile Devices Now Available for Forms-Based Business Processes Everywhere
MADRID, Nov. 8, 2011
MADRID , Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Arch (www.arch-global.com), a market leader in forms management solutions for use with SAP® Interactive Forms software by Adobe, today announced the general availability of its Forms Lifecycle Manager (FLM™) with support for HTML-based forms on mobile devices, in addition to PDF-based forms. Arch will showcase FLM – an SAP-endorsed business solution – in booth # 932 at the SAPPHIRE® NOW and SAP TechEd 2011 conferences, in Madrid, Spain , Nov. 8-10 .
With today's launch of FLM version 295 service pack 3, Arch expands its award-winning solution from managing PDF-based forms to also include managing HTML-based forms. This latest version of FLM extends forms-driven business processes to mobile devices, including iPads, iPhones, Blackberries and Androids, enabling improved communication and workflow-driven approvals by mobile employees.
Customers Benefit from FLM Integrated With SAP Solutions
Customers EDF Energy, Northern Gas Networks and Transport of London have experienced increased efficiencies and benefits through the use of FLM and SAP solutions.
EDF Energy. EDF Energy has implemented an overtime and holiday/absence form. A phased rollout of FLM has been undertaken as part of a wider project to migrate EDF Energy's Nuclear Generation business to SAP Business Suite software from an Oracle platform. Arch has been working with EDF Energy to define how SAP Interactive Forms can best complement standard employee self-service functionality in SAP ERP.
“The new e-forms have been implemented efficiently and adopted quickly by our users with few issues,” said Christopher Dale , head of Performance and Improvement, HR Shared Services, EDF Energy. “We are planning to use FLM in many other business areas in the future.”
Northern Gas Networks. Gas pipeline owner Northern Gas Networks has implemented a range of HR forms in advance of a roll-out of SAP Business Suite. The FLM forms are offline and will assist the migration from a legacy system to SAP Business Suite.
“The e-forms developed by Arch replace a custom-built system that has now been decommissioned,” said Tom Bell , head of IS, Northern Gas Networks. “The forms have been designed to replicate the old user interface and are a great way to collect data in a format ready for updating in the SAP solutions. We look forward to extending our use of FLM in the future.”
Transport for London (TfL). Transport for London , which runs London 's transportation system, has more than 40,000 employees who initiate service and support requests using FLM and SAP Interactive Forms. FLM helped TfL manage both human capital management and financial processes with one central framework. TfL's vision of utilizing more than 200 forms-based processes and its interest in accessing forms on new devices led the organization to participate in an HTML forms “proof of concept” testing with Arch and SAP earlier this year.
“At Transport for London , we require our diverse workforce, which uses multiple devices, to have easy and timely forms-based access to data and workflow integrated with our SAP solutions,” said Christian Hauser , operations and reporting manager, HR Services Operations, Transport for London. “The new FLM functionality provides a powerful means to further leverage our investment in SAP Interactive Forms and extend our SAP business processes to our employees using devices including Blackberries and other mobile devices.”
FLM dramatically accelerates forms-process development, since all the forms-serving infrastructure and monitoring tools are delivered out-of-the-box. Using FLM, customers can configure and develop their forms processes using familiar, standard SAP tools and techniques. Now they can choose whether to deploy those forms using a PDF template, HTML template or a combination of both. The same business logic can be applied regardless of which forms user-interface technology is being used, and the end-to-end process is managed within the security of SAP solutions.
“Companies want to leverage the ubiquity of mobile devices while greatly increasing access to their forms-based business processes,” said Henry Blythe , CEO, Arch. “With FLM, we wanted to ensure that users have a great experience with forms, regardless of the device on which they use it. As demonstrated by one of our key customers, a large multi-national oil company, companies can realize increased process-efficiency benefits with FLM as well as expand their forms processes to multiple devices. FLM is a key component of SAP's vision of e-forms everywhere, and we are committed to further extending our mobile capabilities to leverage the Sybase Unwired Platform in the near future.”
“The use of the mobile capabilities in the new version of FLM together with SAP solutions will further enable our customers to improve employee productivity and streamline existing business processes,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, senior vice president, Business Development and Strategic Alliances, SAP. “By teaming with Arch and other partners, we continue to offer customers increased choice and flexibility through our vibrant global partner ecosystem. FLM integrated with SAP Interactive Forms will enable customers to accelerate their return on investments in SAP solutions and lower their total cost of ownership.”
Arch is an Adobe Enterprise Partner and an SAP software solution partner. The company has also been recognized by Gartner as “Cool Vendor 2011” in the SAP ecosystem* as innovative, impactful and intriguing.
Founded in 1996, Arch is a software provider specializing in enterprise-class forms management solutions for use with SAP solutions. Its Forms Lifecycle Manager (FLM) solution is a market-leading, SAP-endorsed business solution. Arch is also the creator of Aquiller, the document and contract generation system for SAP. The company is privately owned and headquartered in the U.K.
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