Ford Motor Company has expanded its US deployment of the AvantGo Enterprise software to enable its executives to use handheld devices to wirelessly communicate with the corporate intranet from anywhere in the world, writes Eric Doyle.
"Our business is more competitive than ever," says Jim Yost, Ford's vice-president and chief information officer. "We are deploying additional seats of AvantGo Enterprise because it is a solution that gives us a time-to-market competitive advantage by putting critical information right at our fingertips."
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AvantGo is used by Ford to supply crucial information relating to suppliers, sales figures, and other important business information to its mobile workforce wherever and whenever they need it.
The data comes directly from the car manufacturer's corporate intranet to handheld computers or Internet and wireless application protocol-enabled phones as though the devices were directly connected to Ford's wide area network.
Richard Owen, AvantGo's chief executive, sees the increased deployment at Ford as confirmation of AvantGo's ability to not only deliver key metrics but to turn it into a real business asset.