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Gartner predicts that “…..by 2017, 50 percent of today’s deployed mobile enterprise applications will be completely rewritten or replaced.”
By Derek at MobileDemand.
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Any similarities to a field service team you may know is purely coincidental.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the last few months we have added some extra features to the xTablet T1600 feature list:
Get 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get in touch to learn more about using a windows tablet on a forklift.
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.
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.”
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 !
It’s a spreadsheet right, so it cannot be that difficult to gather data and mange ?
MobileWorxs 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…!
Read the press release.
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, said “This 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.
Get in touch to book a meeting or webinar to learn more about “write once deploy anywhere” enterprise grade apps.