Samsung Electronics changed its internal Global Enterprise Resource Planning (G-ERP) user interface (UI) to be web standards compliant, and therefore compatible with all browsers. The purpose is to become less dependent on Internet Explorer, while allowing diverse web environments for its employees around the world, in an attempt to enhance corporate productivity.
According to industry sources, Samsung Electronics completed the process on November 15 in five of its business units, including the service center. A web standards-compliant UI can be defined as a UI supporting different browsers and multiple platforms without needing to install virus-prone Internet Explorer-only features such as ActiveX.
The company had already applied the Web standard UI to four of its divisions last year. The employees of the divisions where the process is completed can use the G-ERP system on any browser, such as Chrome and Safari, as well as IE.
Samsung Electronics started the G-ERP project in 2009 in order to integrate its ERP systems across the world. Most of the business units in Korea used IE, and thus the web standard issue posed little problem for them. However, the number of users of Chrome, Safari, Opera, and the like were increasing abroad, and Samsung needed a new UI for them.
Under the circumstances, Samsung conducted Proof of Concept (PoC) and benchmark tests with local and foreign UI developers, and selected its standard solution two years ago. Then it applied the web standard UI to its overseas business units last year, and launched the second phase in Korea this year. Samsung Electronics is expected to expand the application of the new UI throughout the internal ERP systems.
Big businesses and public organizations in Korea are predicted to follow the way of Samsung. KT, Shinhan Bank, Hyundai Heavy Industries, and many more have adopted or are mulling over adopting web standards-based sites and services.