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A mobile support system for collaborative multi-vendor sales processes
|Association for Information Systems -AIS-:|
14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008. CD-ROM : Learning from the past & charting the future of the discipline; Proceedings; Toronto, Ontario, 14-17 August 2008
Madison, Wisconsin: Omnipress, 2008
|Americas Conference on Infomation Systems (AMCIS) <14, 2008, Toronto>|
| Conference Paper|
|Fraunhofer IAO ()|
Vendors that foster their customer relationships via internal sales agents can choose from a broad range of customer relationship management systems. Independent sales agencies on the other hand do not have such a choice. The results from two studies presented in this paper indicate that these sales agencies would benefit from mobile applications with end-to-end multi-vendor support. Especially the areas of customer care, product choice support, customer requests and order tracking could benefit. In this paper a system is proposed that meets the needs of sales agents on the road and in the back office, as well as the needs of the vendors. It provides seamless process integration, with direct mobile access to important information and enables post processing and commission tracking in the back office. The system consists of a web-based server application and mobile clients connected via web-services, thereby realizing a mobile service oriented architecture.