Kingfisher extends successful mobile project

Retail group Kingfisher, the owner of high-street chains Comet and B&Q, is planning a companywide portal implementation that will...

Retail group Kingfisher, the owner of high-street chains Comet and B&Q, is planning a companywide portal implementation that will allow managers to access company information from any location.

The move follows the success of a mobile e-mail software rollout, which has allowed Kingfisher managers to access e-mail, diary, contact and tasks information with a personal digital assistant, dispensing with the need to carry a laptop around.

The software, from supplier OpenHand, integrates into Kingfisher’s Microsoft Exchange environment, allowing users to view files from the company server. This speeds up download times and increasing security - often cited as problems with using PDAs.

Hugh Jones, head of corporate IT at Kingfisher, said speed of delivery and accessibility from any location have been key benefits. “Kingfisher has been able to react faster and employees' time is used more efficiently,” he said.

“OpenHand allows our senior managers to react in a fast and professional manner when they are on the move.”

Kingfisher, which employs more than 90,000 people in nearly 1,400 stores across 17 countries, will extend the project. “OpenHand has opened our eyes to the potential of mobile computing – we are now extending the project to incorporate a unique portal to our comprehensive intranet system,” Jones said.

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