Strategic Insights into Selecting An Operating System

Strategic Insights into Selecting An Operating System

Gartner predicts that “… 2017, 50 percent of today’s deployed mobile enterprise applications will be completely rewritten or replaced.”

Strategic Insights into Selecting An Operating System


Strategic Insights into Selecting An Operating SystemAlthough they seem to forget Windows 8.1 and 10 the guys at Honeywell make some good points about choosing a mobile OS for Enterprise Mobility.

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Halloween Zombie Windows Rugged Tablet

Halloween Zombie Windows Rugged Tablet

By Derek at MobileDemand.

No Zombies were harmed in the production of this video.

Any similarities to a field service team you may know is purely coincidental.

Halloween Zombie Windows Rugged TabletAbout a Halloween zombie Windows rugged tablet or anything else to do with an enterprise mobile project you may be working on.

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Benefits of a Mobile Workforce Solution

Benefits of a Mobile Workforce Solution

Before you ask the benefits of a mobile workforce solution can be far removed from just giving someone a smartphone a SIM card and an email account. A mobile workforce solution goes to the heart of what can still be a paper based process.

Benefits of a Mobile Workforce Solution


 Mobile Workforce Solution Impact Areas

  1. Boost productivity by keeping employees in contact with staff vendors and customers.
  2. Close sales, solve problems and respond to urgent requests more effectively by enabling employees to work virtually anywhere.
  3. Improve service and satisfaction by interacting with customers in real time.
  4. Control IT and equipment costs and safeguard corporate data and apps.


Mobile application development time – our enterprise mobility grade development platform enables the creation of apps in days rather than weeks. Devise as many applications as required and update applications instantly as business processes change.

  • Remote workers jobs performed, clients visited or customer care tasks completed.
  • Time spent in the field by eliminating the need to return to the office to complete paperwork.
  • Responsiveness and service to your customers – tasks dispatched instantly to remote workers in the field.

Eliminate and Reduce

  • Cost – Manual data entry errors and back office costs.
  • Invoice billing cycle and accounts receivable lag time – completed job data received back from remote works in real-time.
  • Reliance on expensive custom coding as a method of producing and updating applications.

Provide – Competitive Advantage

  • A complete unified enterprise grade solution for developing, testing, deploying, maintaining and updating cross platform applications..
  • Real-time access to data in the field so workers have the information they need when they need it.
  • Create native Microsoft Android iOS and HTML  layouts from the same application.
  • Out of box integration with your existing legacy and ERP back end systems.
  • The ability to deploy and manage from a single screen a variety of applications to multiple device types.
  • Post data directly to the web for review by back office staff managers workers or customers.

In Summary

A compelling way to quantify the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a project. We can either build an application for you or teach you how to manage the whole process yourself using a single skill set.

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T1600 Rugged Windows Tablet Update

T1600 Rugged Windows Tablet Update

Since launch xTablet T1600 has been positioned as a powerful Intel i5 based rugged tablet computer for those who need Microsoft Windows in the field. The device has become a favorite with those looking for a bigger brighter screen than most consumer tablets in an attractive package that can handle drops bumps and the elements without a drama.

T1600 Rugged Windows Tablet Update

8 New T1600 Features

Over the last few months we have added some extra features to the xTablet T1600 feature list:

  1. Display – T1600 has a huge 11.6″ screen 1366 x 768 pixel resolution 135 dpi. The screen uses capacative multi touch technology on three versions. Standard is rated at 400 nits with an outdoor readable version at 730 nits. A new active digitizer  is a good option to have for anyone who likes to draw or annotate, or need extra precision more than is available via just finger touch.
  2. Integral Scanning – Honeywell Intermec EA31 2D CMOS imager module gives great scanning performance and low device power consumption.
  3. Drive – T1600 is now shipping with 128GB M2-SATA SSD as standard.
  4. Battery – T1600 has one Replaceable 45.8 watt-hour Li-Ion rated for around 7 hours of operation. A new optional: high-capacity 78.4 watt-hour Li-Polymer battery will be available in November.
  5. Windows OS – Choose Windows 8.1 Professional and now Windows 10 Professional.
  6. WWAN – T1600 has always been available with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as standard. The unit now has optional: GPS, 4G LTE WWAN, NFC/RFID reader and mag stripe options.
  7. Vehicle Dock – New powered cradle for road vehicles and fork lifts.
  8. Carry case – All T1600’s come with a back of hand strap and carry handle, a carry case is now available in a number of configurations.

T1600 Rugged Windows Tablet UpdateGet in touch to learn more about the T1600 rugged Windows tablet update book a 10 day trial or read the review in Rugged Tablet Review

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Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to Remember

Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to Remember

Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to Remember

Go to any event about enterprise mobility and be prepared to be blown away with a huge amount of material on security device management integration etc etc.

It’s all good stuff but when it comes to setting up your project in the first place what are 4 practical enterprise mobility things to remember.


1. Map the Process.

You are investing in this technology to generate a positive business impact. Likely the process or workflow is either paper based or using an earlier form of mobile tech perhaps on defunct or unsupportable systems. The important thing is does this process map either how the organisation does this task now or how they intend that it should work. The scope for process re-engineering does not come along very often, make sure you take the opportunity to question the norm.

2. Test.

Once your app has been built test it on your selected devices – A step easily forgotten but it’s important. Not all enterprise mobility apps and deployment scenarios are suited to a smartphone. If you are using line of business devices they all behave slightly differently, how does your app run? How do users get on with devices ergonomically? What are  comms like in the locales where the devices will be used?

A large retail stock control project we were recently involved in rejected one device as the scan trigger was considered badly positioned, not something to find out the morning you deploy 100’s of devices.

3. Feedback.

Ask for feedback from the people who will actually be using the mobile application. It does not matter what the app does if the mobile worker is not able to use it successfully. Keep it simple, going from a paper based process to a mobile device is a paradigm shift so plan ahead and do not do the project in isolation.

4. Familiarise.

Take the time to train your team and familiarise them with how the apps and devices work. User experience is paramount. Not everyone is as familiar with technology as we like to think. Task a project member to help others understand how to operate their new device. You know how to turn it on when to charge it and how to flip from numeric to alpha keyboard but does everyone? Host a workshop or create a user guide.

Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to RememberKey Point, No matter how bang up to date your app, deployment or integration, user adoption is critical to project success.


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Using A Windows Tablet On A Forklift

Using A Windows Tablet On A Forklift

Using A Windows Tablet On A Forklift

Vintage Janus J2050 Forklift Terminal Mid 90’s

Vehicle Mount computers or terminals have been around the warehouse for many years. Typically they have been used for pick and put away of palletised product in warehouses and docking environments. The operator often using a tethered barcode scanner to record locations and products into an inventory or WMS application.

So why are clients looking at using a windows tablet on a forklift instead?



Dedicated large screen fork lift terminals or vehicle mount computers allows users to view data or run a terminal emulation session usually into a warehouse management system. But they tend to be expensive somewhat one dimensional and some still run proprietary operating systems and can have smaller screens than might be expected.

Rugged Tablet Alternative

  • Larger screens – take advantage of sealed rugged designs using solid state drives up to 11.6″ diagonal screen in an enclosure built for rugged use.
  • Broad range of tablet form factors in the MobileDemand range from budget xTablet Flex 10 to ultra rugged T1200.
  • Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 OS – making for easier integration into warehouse management systems (WMS) and other legacy solutions.
  • Integral 2D scanning for situations where the operator can detach the tablet and start scanning items while on foot.
  • Wide range of mount options including powered and powered cradles with or without tethered scanning for long range use.
  • Enabling ROI through the creation of more flexible shift patterns for stock check  by using devices on or off the forklift.
  • Sign on screen allows an internal POD to transport staff.
  • Integral cameras allow warehouse staff to snap a picture of damaged product straight away.

Windows Tablet Forklift Mount Ideas

Using a Windows Tablet On A Forklift


Step Mount




Using a Windows Tablet On A Forklift


Front Mount




Using a Windows Tablet On A Forklift


Top Mount




Users are finding that in a number of  scenarios forklift staff are now being asked to carry out multiple roles making the ability to walk around with a multi purpose device all the more attractive. Which makes using a rugged tablet a viable alternative to a dedicated forklift mount computer.
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The Problem With Spreadsheets For Enterprise Mobility

The Problem With Spreadsheets For Enterprise Mobility

The Problem With Spreadsheets For Enterprise Mobility

Pic: CraigMoulding/Flickr

A blog post inspired by a conversation with Nick Hession at MobileFrame

Spreadsheets are everywhere, in every business of every size and in all manner of situations. In one business I worked in the joke was that if it cost $1 to open an excel file the corporation would be bankrupt.

Along with word processing spreadsheets became one of the first killer apps for early IBM compatible and Apple II machines in the late seventies and early eighties.  Although not the first VisiCalc sold over a million copies throughout its history. This ended practically overnight when in 1983 Lotus launched 1-2-3 . They ended up buying what was left of VisiCalc and closing it down.

So What’s The Problem With Spreadsheets For Enterprise Mobility

Adding up, creating a report or easy to view chart of simple row and column data is straightforward. For those managing mobile workers where schedules, parts, invoicing, addresses deliveries and a host of other variables exist coping with all the data is more of a challenge.

There is a point at which productivity is the primary reason a spreadsheet becomes the most effective way to manage a set of data rather than a manual ledger. Beyond this there is another stage when more people get involved the file is passed around edited posted in a folder and then re-edited. Frustration takes over when errors start to creep in and time gets burnt finding and correcting mistakes.

Peter Schroer CEO of Aras wrote in Wired.

“As rapidly as business needs change, so too must the data / process models and business rules that support them. Defining a static data model and writing programs against it no longer works because as soon as IT delivers it the system is out of date and needs to be changed again. IT can’t deliver, so what do end-users do? They create the work-around, a.k.a. the Excel spreadsheet. It’s the corporate cure-all.”

Four Common Spreadsheet Problems

  • Erroneous data entry.
  • Anyone can easily change data and formulas.
  • Spreadsheets do not scale well.
  • Compliance problems for inspection and audit.
  • No support for unstructured data.

According to new research commissioned by ClusterSeven. More than half of accountants said that the frequency of errors found on spreadsheets is either “very high” or “fairly high”, while almost three quarters ranked “spreadsheet risk” as a major business risk. Two thirds believe it is likely that over the next two years a large company in the UK will suffer financial and potential reputation loss due to spreadsheet based process  failure.

From our discussions with managers managing remote workers we estimate that on average someone in the organisation is likely to be spending 12 hours per month consolidating modifying and correcting spreadsheets. That’s around a day and a half per month or 5 to 10 percent of their time just maintaining these spreadsheets. Spreadsheet denial is a big issue for many.

So when many are coming to us looking to justify a mobility deployment on a 20% efficiency saving this has just identified half of it. That’s before the mobile worker processes themselves have been reviewed !

Two Solutions

It’s a spreadsheet right, so it cannot be that difficult to gather data and mange ?

  1. Find employees that are better at using spreadsheets than your current staff and will do it instantly at no cost and with zero impact on their current workload.
  2. Abandon the spreadsheets and convert them into data driven mobile apps using MobileFrame. This approach will allow the creation and management of apps that map your workflow have a “write once, deploy anywhere” theme and handle data integration with other back-end solutions and cut reports automatically on industry standard SQL or Oracle databases.

The Problem With Spreadsheets For Enterprise MobilityBook a meeting or webinar about how we can help reduce the burden of spreadsheets on the management of mobile workers. Each attendee gets a “I heart spreadsheets mug”

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MobileWorxs Release MobileFrame V6

MobileWorxs Release MobileFrame V6

MobileWorxs Release MobileFrame V6MobileWorxs release MobileFrame V6 in the UK, the class leading enterprise grade mobility app development environment.

Running a project for mobility apps ? Avoid the agony of over-hyped IDEs and glorified SDKs.

Most mobile application development platforms MADP’s or MEAP’s provide a jumbled set of “parts” for developers to cobble together with custom code, leading to time-consuming and costly development projects that rarely succeed.

MobileFrame’s code-free platform ensures your mobile apps follow best practices, avoid pitfalls specific to mobility, and achieve an unmatched rate of success without writing a single line of code. Or we can do it for you…!

MobileWorxs Release MobileFrame V6

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How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

Unless you have been living under a rock, or on holiday you could not have failed to notice the launch of Microsoft Windows 10 earlier this month.  The objective is to have the same OS across a myriad of devices and finally have something to compete with and beat Android. At a practical level it’s worth pondering how Windows 10 home is different to Windows 10 pro. This is a key question for enterprise mobility projects with a preference for Windows considering a BYOD deployment.

What version of Windows 10 you are looking at will be optimised for smaller screen sizes allowing apps to look the same and sync across mobile and desktop devices instantly.

In the enterprise this effectively means the end of the .NET based Windows Mobile 6.5 which has for many years been the stalwart line of business OS for the PDA format. Windows 10 mobile is due to be made available at the end of 2015 and will have all the new ingredients of Windows 10 including the Edge browser but not IE. Given the right device hardware you will be able to plug into a display and utilise the Continuum interface.


If you are already on a previous Windows version and upgrade those running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will move to Windows 10 Home Edition. Windows 10 Pro replaces Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 Pro. Even Home Edition gets the Edge browser Cortana voice controlled assistant and biometric login.

Windows 10 Pro will be the OS of choice for those businesses looking for more compatibility and security. Home Edition will be just fine for those looking to leverage the Edge browser managing media and doing rudimentary Office functions.

If you are unsure that your machine is up to it get some advice, read this first or buy a book

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro


Key Features of Windows 10 Home Edition

  • Focus on the consumer – Lower price to compete with  Android Chrome and iOS.
  • Cortana virtual assistant.
  • Edge browser.
  • Continuum the tablet mode makes the taskbar and the Start menu way simpler than with Windows 8.1.
  • Apps from the App store will run on any Windows 10 device.

Why will some Enterprise Mobility Users adopt Windows 10 Professional Instead.

  • Ability to join a Windows domain.
  • Azure Active Directory for single sign on to cloud services.
  • Hyper-V for virtualisation
  • Enterprise mode Internet Explorer.
  • Remote Desktop.
  • A version of the Windows Store for your own business.
  • Enterprise Data Protection containers – coming at the end of 2015.
  • Company Policy.
  • Security and Management.
  • Bitlocker and EFS for file encryption and protection.
  • Custom applications loading and management.

Other Versions

Windows 10 Enterprise is aimed at larger companies with volume licensing, no free upgrade.

Windows 10 Education aimed at educational establishments and BYOD scenarios.

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

A new OS across a multitude of devices, a perfect companion to our “write once deploy anywhere” mobile apps. Get in touch to learn more.

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Create Write Once Deploy Anywhere Enterprise Apps

Create Write Once Deploy Anywhere Enterprise Apps

Create Write Once Deploy Anywhere Enterprise Apps

MobileWorxs will soon be announcing the UK release of MobileFrame version 6.0, the class leading write once deploy anywhere enterprise grade mobility app development environment.

This new version allows users to create, deploy, and manage sophisticated enterprise grade apps across iOS, Android and Windows devices as native, web or hybrid applications.

This platform includes all the tools for a successful fully-integrated mobile deployment such as, application development, device management, data management, robust synchronisation, a fully native client so your users can work even in areas with poor network coverage, GPS tracking, project admin tools, security, an integration wizard, scalable server options and on or off premise hosting.

Andrew Cahill, MobileWorxs MD, saidThis new release of MobileFrame provides all the tools to allow robust enterprise grade solutions for a market steadily moving focus from the traditional Windows Mobile to iOS and Android

Powered by the patented, code- free “write once deploy anywhere” mobile ERP platform approach, enterprises can design, build, configure test and manage custom apps across the enterprise from a single platform with no coding required.

The scope for apps to automate field based processes is vast both on and off premise and commonly includes field service, delivery, merchandising, inspections, van sales, vehicle inspection and inventory management. But remember! a great enterprise mobility deployment starts with a good management mind set and project plan.

Learn More (22)We can help you come up with an approach to enterprise mobility apps that is well thought through simple to use and has a positive impact on your business.

Get in touch to book a meeting or webinar to learn more about “write once deploy anywhere” enterprise grade apps.

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