To better enable the mobile workforce, Accenture has made its Accenture CAS software available on Windows 8.1 devices, starting with tablets and followed by mobile phones, providing clients with access to a single platform that spans sales processes and operations for integrated and efficient management – all from their mobile devices.

Successful consumer goods companies harness technology to create a bond between their field teams and core business. By extending the functionality of Accenture CAS to include devices powered by Windows 8.1, the sales team is equipped with a single device that can meet day-to-day needs. Accenture CAS allows for all aspects of sales – including retail execution and direct store delivery – to be managed through the same interface on a mobile device, helping to optimize performance and minimize costs. Specific functionality for Windows 8.1 devices includes full interoperation with Microsoft Office and maintaining the native interface of the device. This extends the strategy of Accenture CAS, already available on iOS® and Android® devices, to provide a mobile workforce with a software platform that spans sales processes and operations.

With a single universal repository for all devices, Accenture CAS is based on a “write once, deploy to many” model that accelerates deployment of programs to multiple mobile devices. This can free up time and resources that would be spent on writing numerous versions of the same programs, helping to lower total cost of ownership.

“Today’s workforce needs technology to work from anywhere, at any time, without any loss of performance,” said Henning Fromme, managing director, Accenture CAS. “Expanding Accenture CAS to interoperate with Windows 8.1 devices will allow our consumer goods clients to harness the capabilities of an end-to-end sales platform on their mobile devices, increasing flexibility and efficiency.”

“Accenture CAS on Windows 8.1 will enable consumer goods companies to provide sales teams with the ability to stay connected, collaborate with team members and customers – and perform all necessary functions more securely from mobile devices,” said Doug Caywood, director, Worldwide Consumer Goods at Microsoft Corp. “The interoperation with Microsoft Office delivers the enterprise-grade capabilities clients need to empower a mobile workforce.”

Accenture CAS with Accenture NewsPage is a leading integrated sales platform for the consumer goods industry with a suite of retail execution, trade promotion management and distributor management software, including direct store delivery, field service and trade promotion optimization. Both are part of the Accenture Software portfolio of products.

Accenture CAS is also a key component within Accenture Route to Market Services, a business service that helps companies increase sales and margins through an end-to-end offering of management consulting, technology, and business process outsourcing that improves interactions with customers, channels, and consumers through innovative analytical, multi-channel and operational capabilities.