ECR Software Corporation (ECRS) today announced plans to debut and demonstrate its Web 2.0 CATAPULT retail management platform at the upcoming Natural Products Expo East trade show and conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The first Web 2.0 CATAPULT applications to be unveiled include a new executive dashboard reporting system and an inventory, pricing, and promotion maintenance system.
This web-based, portable approach to enterprise management provides the power of ECRS’s award-winning CATAPULT retail automation solution to run on a Tablet device, such as Apple iPad or Motorola Zoom. The new CATAPULT applications will also run from within all major Internet browsers, such as Windows Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Apple Opera, and Google Chrome.
“Modern mobile devices and web technology have spread to encompass all vital areas of our lives,” said ECRS Vice President of Development, Mark Noble. “ECRS’s introduction of the Tablet-ready executive dashboard and maintenance application are only the beginning of our comprehensive Web 2.0 vision. This platform frees CATAPULT and allows our customers to work where, when, and how they choose.”
The first phase of the new platform, which is scheduled for release in December 2011, will deliver a powerful, fast, high-level executive dashboard with on-the-fly drill down capability. This CATAPULT functionality will be available to all current ECRS system users at no additional cost. ECRS’ intuitive executive dashboard displays a variety of vital metrics, as configured by the user, with extensive comparative capability. Whether the user wants to compare specific stores, departments, or items, business intelligence comes alive with visually appealing graphs and charts; providing access to a retailer’s most critical data in an easy-to-read format.
Maintenance controls will be available in subsequent versions set for release in the first and second quarters of 2012. With CATAPULT’s Web 2.0 maintenance platform, authorized users can log in and access integral back office functions, such as inventory, pricing, supplier data, and promotions via all major Tablet devices and/or Windows or Apple based personal computers.