Social, mobile, analytics and business processes are all very popular these days, of course. And what makes SPAs unique is how they bring all four of these fields together.
Think of the ways data is tracked and compiled by the websites we visit. Now think of the efficiencies achieved by the enterprise applications we use. SPAs are a new breed of application that merges the two, using analytics similar to what we see in the former to boost the benefits of the latter. By layering on to existing systems, they’re an invaluable link between the tools people use — email, scanners, multifunction products, smartphones, desktop productivity software and more — and systems of record such as ERP, ECM, CRM and other line-of-business applications.
Take reporting your travel expenses, for example. If you’re like me, saving your paper receipts and later on, manually entering them into your company’s expense reporting system is something you dread even more than security checks and rushed itineraries. It takes time and energy, for one thing, but also it leaves open a lot of room for error — what if I lose a receipt?
When your employer implements SPAs for expense reporting however, those worries and inconveniences disappear. The moment you obtain a receipt, you can take a picture with your smartphone, initiating an automated accounts payable process that updates your company’s enterprise accounting systems, archives the image and ultimately, triggers a reimbursement.
In addition to removing hassle on your end, this smarter process also helps your colleagues in the accounting department. The SPA’s analytics allow accountants to look at travel and expense data by virtually any conceivable dimension, including employee name, time period, state or flight distance, and cost.