From Paperless to Wireless

elcom mobilizes their eMobileLink initiative

NORWOOD, MASS.  BUSINESS WIRE  January 29, 2001  Ever been on vacation, or about to tee off, when you get a hankering to order some Post-Its and White-Out for your office? No? Well, if you ever do, with the emergence of wireless procurement systems, now you can.

Now on the wireless e-procurement scene: elcom, the procurement and marketplace subsidiary of Elcom International. The company recently announced they will be delivering their e-procurement solutions on wireless devices such as Personal Data Assistants (PDAs) running on Windows CE and Palm OS and later to Internet-enabled cellular phones. The elcom wireless initiatives plan to enable users of its remotely-hosted e-procurement solutions to receive e-mail notifications of approval requests and approve them directly from their wireless device.

Robert Crowell, Elcom International's CEO, said, We believe that our eMobileLink wireless platform represents another step in B2B e-commerce as we give our customers access to our e-procurement systems to review and approve orders while traveling, using wireless devices. We view support for wireless devices as strategic to our efforts to give our customers access to time-critical procurement activities.

Aberdeen sees an increasing need for business information and applications, such as e-procurement, to be accessible via mobile devices, said Tim Minahan, managing director of Aberdeen's e-SCM and e-procurement practice. Workers of all types  from executives to sales personnel to maintenance workers  are conducting an increasing amount of their daily activities in areas where PCs and Internet connections are not readily available. By enabling authorized employees to place, authorize and track orders via mobile devices, elcom will free employees up to make purchasing decisions anytime and anywhere.

elcom will offer two wireless solutions. The first is their PECOS Internet Procurement Manager, a remotely-hosted solution that automates the procurement process. The second is their PECOS Internet Exchange Manager, a remotely-hosted e-marketplace solution that enables B2B commerce and trading partner collaboration.