MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

 

 

 

 

This year FM15 is co-located with Maintec and The Health and Safety Event at the NEC Birmingham from 24th to 26th March. We will be on stand F12F showcasing our latest Enterprise Mobility solutions and products.

Highlights on our stand this year:

Devices

  • Latest intrinsically safe Android tablet devices from ecom.
  • MobileDemand’s new entry level budget Windows 8.1 xTablet Flex 10
  • Panasonic Handheld FZ-X1 in Android and Windows Embedded versions.

Software

  • Launching SOTI’s new MobiControl V12 suite for device management.
  • MobileFrame v6 – our application development platform with native Android and iOS support.
  • Electric Compass cloud based vehicle/trailer tracking.

Got questions about device management and “Android for Work” come along to our ask the expert on Thursday with Hannah Suttenwood of SOTI.

On the same day we will be at the business exchange presenting a talk called “What is Unified Endpoint Management”

“We will aim to unravel the alphabet soup of BYOD MDM EMM and UEM and help you understand the importance of Unified Endpoint Management as an approach for using mobility to refine business processes. UEM can reduce the total cost of ownership that comes from relying on mobility to deliver efficiency across an entire organisation. It is now one that can also be applied to a vast array of endpoints any device – anywhere – anytime”

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2014

Looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham..!

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2014

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2014

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2014

 

MobileWorxs will be exhibiting at Facilities Management 2014 which is taking place next month at the NEC in Birmingham.

Our stand F16B is adjacent to the BPCA Pavilion where we will be showcasing our latest Enterprise Mobility solutions and products from 11th to the 13th March.

We are focused on reducing the reliance on paper based business processes and increasing the visibility of in field operations. This allows our customers to monitor productivity and promote efficiency across their organisations.

Come along to the stand and take a look at solutions such as PestWorxs – the mobile app for Pest Control Technicians, which allows pest control teams to log calls at the office, issue jobs to field technicians and receive back up-to-date information.

FMWorxs & AssetWorxs are both field service and reporting apps specifically targeted at users in the FM building inspection and maintenance environments.

Safety and compliance have become hot topics for anyone with a fleet of vehicles. So we will be showcasing the world premier of “VisWorxs” our unique user-configurable vehicle inspection and defect reporting solution which helps ensure vehicles are roadworthy when they leave your depot.

All our systems are built on enterprise grade IT architecture, allowing you to deploy manage and integrate them into your CRM ERP or decision management systems.

Mobile solutions do need to run on something. So we will also be showcasing rugged Tablet and hand held devices utilising Windows and Android operating systems from leading manufacturers such as Panasonic MobileDemand and Intermec. As well as software from SOTI which is widely regarded as the world’s most trusted provider of Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2014Our goal is to help you scope define and finance your project in such a way that you improve your business processes and generate a meaningful return on your investment. See you at the show.

Why Barcode is Still a Great Idea For Mobile Inventory

Why Barcode is Still a Great Idea For Mobile Inventory

Why Barcode is still a Great Idea For Mobile InventoryThere cannot be many inventions that are so simple yet so effective as the humble barcode. It’s beauty lies in its simplicity, its strength lies in its flexibility. They enable quick and precise identification in all types of businesses which is why barcode is still a great idea for mobile inventory.

Just about every company and especially SME’s have had to get used to smaller profit margins and more competitive markets. Whatever your field based application be it Pest Control, Route Accounting Field Service or Facilities Management the inventory control of stock in vehicles and with workers in the field is a key area.

Getting a handle of what is in the field can be the first step to being able to control the costs of what is issued to mobile workers what they use and keeping track of what they return.  Having the right items on hand when they are needed is an excellent way to avoid the additional costs that come from not being able to do a first time fix or having to re-visit days later. Using barcodes can help promote proper mobile inventory management.

5 Great Reasons To Barcode Mobile Inventory

  1. Leverage your existing systems – scan items straight into your legacy system via a mobile app.
  2. Increase Productivity – save time do more no more re-keying.
  3. Promote Accuracy – lots of evidence that barcode data far more accurate than handwritten notes or forms.
  4. Easy to use and highly portable – point scan, information recorded what could be simpler. Make one here. Read more about mobile printing.
  5. Can be applied (!) to just about any surface, parts locations even bees!

Keeping track of things on paper is time consuming and manually entering inventory numbers on paper and then re-keying them into a database or spreadsheet is prone to error. Scanning a barcode reduces the administrative time it takes to track an item which will probably be keyed into a database system anyway. Scanning an item into stock and then moving it through the process from inventory to shipping to invoicing as well as ordering replacement stock can be automated saving time and reducing errors.

Barcodes are accurate and enhanced by positive product identification. Items cannot be misidentified by workers or customers reducing the opportunity for mix-ups or theft. Whenever there is a need to accurately identify or track something use a barcode!

Huge Upside

Using barcodes is not a new idea but one that still has huge upside for businesses with inventory deployed in remote locations or in vehicles. It is not uncommon for a service engineer to be carrying around thousands of pounds worth of spare parts on a van with little or no ability to immediately reconcile what is present or what parts are on hand to deal with a call out. Same can be true in merchandising and pest control appliactions

Key Point: The low cost of equipment and consumables generate great additional benefits and superb levels of return on investment for your enterprise mobility project.

Read more the history of the Barcode.

Why Barcode is Still a Great Idea For Mobile Inventory

There are many cost effective ways of extending your mobile system to include barcode. Get in touch to discuss the options.

MobileWorxs Named MobileDemand International Partner of the Year

MobileWorxs Named MobileDemand International Partner of the Year

MobileDemand International Partner of the Year
T1200 Rugged Tablet PC with Windows 8

MobileDemand has selected MobileWorxs as International Partner of the Year for 2012. Headquartered in the UK MobileWorxs provides enterprise mobile solutions, applications implementation and support services for the in-field enterprise worker. MobileWorxs is MobileDemand’s go to partner across Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With key wins in the UK and throughout Europe MobileWorxs is deserving of this year’s International Partner of the year award.

About MobileDemand

MobileDemand is a leading provider of rugged tablet PC products that have an excellent   Return on Investment ROI proposition when compared to conventional PDA devices. MobileDemand T7200 and T1200 xTablets are used by mobile workers in many industries including Van Sales, Facilities Management, transport and Logisitcs, Surveying, Manufacturing, Retail, Field Service, Military and Public Sector to cut operational costs and improve customer service.

MobileDemand xTablet Rugged Tablet PCs and accessories are built military rugged to withstand harsh environments. They deliver the power, reliable performance and long-term savings companies need to achieve greater efficiency and productivity in the field.

In 2012 MobileDemand earned the position of 1,034 on the 2012 Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. The company has built its success on a commitment to innovation everywhere – in product design, customer relationships and in its channel. President Matt Miller also received recognition as a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. MobileDemand. Innovation everywhere. Productivity anywhere. Additional information is available at www.RuggedTabletPC.com.

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New Motorola MC45 for Enterprise Mobility

New Motorola MC45 for Enterprise Mobility

If you are looking for a rugged handheld take a look at the Motorola MC45 for Enterprise Mobility.

Motorola MC45 for Enterprise Mobility

 

MC45 joins Motorola’s packed line up of rugged devices that use Windows Mobile 6.5 as a platform for delivering line of businss applications to field based workers.

Sheldon Safir, Director of global solutions marketing at Motorola Solutions introduced the unit by describing it as having “aggressive pricing for full functionality”

MC45 ships with all the usual components you might expect from the major manufacturer in this sector. 3,080mAH Li-Ion battery a 600MHz chip with 256MB of RAM. Wi-Fi and WWAN along with a 1D scanner and numeric keypad.

 

What is it For ?

  1. Provides the Motorola Solutions channel with a weapon to fight off the unending stream of no name brand product coming out of the far east.
  2. Motorola have shifted huge quantities of their ES400 entry level EDA since it’s launch in 2010. They have no doubt noticed that this price/performance point is a real hit with enterprise users trying to justify buying a rugged handheld instead of a smartphone. MC45 is more of the same.
  3. Most enterprise mobility deployments still use Windows Mobile so the MC45 will help keep users on side until Windows 8 shows up and Android becomes more popular in this sector.

MC45 Appeal

  1. Great total cost of ownership proposition especially when wound up with a no fault maintenace contract.
  2. Size – Compared to the rugged stalwarts of the Motorola Solutions line up MC45 is larger than an ES400 but smaller than the MC67 and MC75 this will appeal to a large number of users.
  3. Keyboard – Most line of business apps need numeric data entry, the unit comes with a numeric keyboard with shifted Alpha capability
  4. Real 1D laser scanning. Still the best option for scan intensive applications.

Motorola MC45 for Enterprise Mobility

Find out more about the MC45. Or read these comments from Rugged PC Review.

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Adding Enterprise Mobility to Your Asset Management System

Adding Enterprise Mobility to Your Asset Management System

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In many companies an asset management system or CMMS Computerized maintenance system have been an integral part of production environments for many years. There is no denying the importance and benefits of well-maintained equipment. Prolonged asset life and reductions in  downtime and operating costs have turned maintenance from being viewed as a cost of doing business into a vital part of being a profitable and admired business.

 

 

Traditional barriers to effectively managing the enterprise asset management maintenance process have been in organizing and documenting the system used. Tracking each piece of equipment by; last service date, frequency of service, scheduling of routine maintenance – all on paper – can become a full time job. Computerized maintenance management systems CMMS software such as Maximo were developed to organize this information. They quickly became not only a way of managing upkeep but also to provide a vital tool for improving maintenance performance.

Managers utilize an asset management system or CMMS to track asset inventory, increase technician productivity, increase overall equipment effectiveness and realize longer equipment life. It allows them to make more informed decisions about planned versus unplanned work resulting in better outcomes and superior return on investmant ROI.

But, the analysis used to make these decisions and increase performance is only as good as the data in the system. Paper work order systems still rely heavily on people to fill out all information on the order, return it and enter it into your asset management system in a timely manner. If any of this information is missing, erroneous or late then expensive decisions will be made without all the data.

Integrating the information of your CMMS into one of our mobile applications will help to address this. Technicians can scan equipment to request previous service records, report problems, locate parts, and close work orders – all from a mobile device such as a rugged handheld like the Motorola MC65 or a rugged tablet. This reduces response to failure times and increases the accuracy of recorded data, making your Asset Management System even better.

We can help you by adding enterprise mobility to your asset management system.

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Rugged PC Review MobileDemand xTablet T1200

Rugged PC Review MobileDemand xTablet T1200

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Rugged PC Review took a look at at the new MobileDemand xTablet T1200 that was offically introduced in October,. The T1200 is a fully Windows 8 rugged Tablet PC packing an Intel Ivy Bridge i5 chipset for professionals that don’t have the luxury of working in cozy office buildings. This tablet means business and packs a several features mobile users will appreciate.

To continue reading the full review and to see some great analysis of the T1200 please visit Rugged PC Review

Back here at MobileWorxs the xTablet T1200 offers a great return on investment ROI 3 year warranty, WWAN great screen and Intel i5 processor. Lease rates will be competitive get in touch for more details. The versatility of MobileDemand xTablet T1200 makes it ideal for users in any environment considering rugged tablet pc deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain management, manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.

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New T1200 will be available in early 2013. Please contact us to pre-register your interest and arrange a demonstration.

 

Andrew Cahill

Andrew Cahill MobileWorxs MD has 20 years of experience in the use of enterprise mobility solutions and applications to improve the performance of real life business processes.

Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment. He also likes old cars preferably with lots of chrome!

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Enterprise Mobile Project Gone Wrong Who You Gonna Call ?

Enterprise Mobile Project Gone Wrong Who You Gonna Call ?

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Calling the Fire Brigade May Not Help

We get to speak to a wide variety of organizations some of whom have already tried unsuccessfully to deploy an Enterprise Mobility project.

Reasons can be complex and certainly in some situations management buy in and adequate funding can be issues.

However on too many projects the Return on Investment  ROI calculations go straight out of the window just as the initiative gets difficult. Enterprise mobile project gone wrong ? Here are 5 common problems that we have encountered that may help to explain why this happens.

5 Common Problems

  1. Endless Development – It is very easy especially if you engage an “expert” coding house to end up with an endless cycle of software development. For instance lots of companies who think they are expert in HTML 5 know nothing about using mobile devices in mission critical projects security or host integration.  Key question; have they done this before? if not it can get very costly, complex and time consuming. The resulting app can become technically outdated be difficult to change maintain and upgrade. As this process rolls on hardware is often still sitting in a corner collecting dust.
  2. Difficult to use Development Environments – There are some well marketed “mobile application development environments” out there all claim to be easy to use. The problem is enterprise mobility can get messy. At the very least it needs to map your field based process as well as be reliable and sustainable once deployed. Making some of these environments actually come up with the app you need on the device you want can lead to lots of tinkering which means more budget burnt on professional services.
  3. Lack of Product Documentation – This is something that most people don’t think about until its too late. All of the organizations with failed implementations that we have spoken to this year said that the lack of product documentation how to’s, frequently asked questions, installer guides, etc rendered the already difficult to use development environment or custom cut code useless. All leading to increased time spent and cost incurred when the app should be deployed addressing the business problem that prompted the project in the first place. Key question; look at the user guides a vendor has put together for other customers – can you understand the material?
  4. Hidden Costs – one customer told me he thought that the provider he chose to custom develop his application was going to be the perfect fit affordable, solid, great product vision and support. However, when he needed to make a very simple change to his application he was charged with 40 hours of development time. Key question; ask up front and get the vendor to show you, how easy is it to amend an app and re-deploy it in the field and what is the cost.
  5. “We bought an off the shelf app” – Key question; Great! but does it match your business process or does it offer a transformational way of doing what you might already be doing with pen and paper at the moment? If not be ready to experience the traditional square peg round hole approach where the app can be expensive and inflexible or where the customisation needed to map your processes is eye wateringly expensive.

If any of the above describes your enterprise mobile project gone wrong  I have good news….. MobileWorxs can help! Think of our mobile enterprise application platform  environment as a means to an end. It has a bunch of great features that allow us or our customers to build great enterprise grade apps that will run on .NET Android or iOS and are solid and sustainable. We have experience in a wide variety of application areas such as field service management and facilities management so can help automate and enhance the process workflow of your mobile workers.

Challenge us, we will build your application and demo it to you live on our very first phone call.

Andrew CahillAndrew Cahill MobileWorxs MD has 20 years of experience in the use of enterprise mobility solutions and applications to improve the performance of real life business processes.

Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment.

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Mobile Enterprise Magazine Five Reasons to Choose Rugged Over Consumer Devices

Mobile Enterprise Magazine Five Reasons to Choose Rugged Over Consumer Devices

Guest Blog by By Kelly Harris, Business Development Manager at  Barcoding, Inc.

Rugged 10" tablet PC
Rugged Tablet PC

Consumer and rugged devices serve different purposes and different markets. An article published in Mobile Enterprise magazine cites five reasons to choose rugged over consumer devices and talks about how line of business devices are still preferable for many people in field based industries.

 

First major consideration Windows .NET is a more consistent platform than iOS, Android or Blackberry for long term projects that require task-specific software.

Second, Rugged devices offer ease of use — not just for the end user, but also for security, initial deployment, compliance and ongoing support personnel. Third, calculating Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reveals that IP65 enabled rugged devices can be much less expensive in the long run. Rugged devices also offer more flexibility in terms of carrier contracts and service pricing

Finally, rugged mobile devices support multiple functions and necessary accessories for a wide range of field tasks and have the long battery life to sustain this all-in-one solution.

 Read the entire article from Mobile Enterprise Magazine

Get in touch to see how we can help you with your enterprise mobility requirements for rugged handhelds a rugged tablet pc or software for mobile application development

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Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment.

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Mobile Printing in Enterprise Mobility Applications

Mobile Printing in Enterprise Mobility Applications

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Wireless Mobile Printers come in various guises

When developing a project for your remote workers one consideration is how to incorporate mobile printing in enterprise mobility applications in the first place. Is there a need to print a receipt or report for the customer contact on site? There is a big choice of rugged mobile printers all of which provide different features and most importantly can print the correct label receipt or report you require.

Most people new to the enterprise mobile apps tend to think of having to carry a huge heavy printer. In fact mobile printers can be very small like the Zebra P4T clipping onto a belt or on a shoulder strap. They can also be very large printer fixed to the inside door of a van. It all depends on the size of label receipt you want to print.

One big question to ask is does a receipt or report need to be printed on site? For this scenario think of a civil enforcement officers Fixed Penalty Notice application when the vehicle or person in question must be issued a ticket on the spot. Otherwise if you have the customers email details why not just email a .PDF. In some cases a print at the point of service is not a definite requirement such as for parcel delivery companies who handle all documentation via email or online.

Two main types of Wireless Mobile Printer Technology

Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal.

1. Thermal transfer has two main components. It uses a carbon ribbon, using heat to “transfer” the carbon onto the media (the receipt or label). The results on the printout are much crisper than the Direct Thermal but it does mean costs a greater as you’ll need to buy new ribbons and new media.

2. Direct Thermal printer uses carbon coated receipts/labels, again using heat, but this time to score an image into the media. There is only one major cost for this – buying media. The heated print head does wear out eventually as you’d expect, but it can last the life of the printer is most uses.

Both have their advantages and disadvantages. If labels/receipts are required to be hard wearing, scratch resistant, print high quality images i.e. 2D bar codes, long shelf life or in direct sunlight then Thermal Transfer is the best option. If basic layouts need to be printed, stored in plastic wallets or out of sunlight, only required for short periods, then Direct Thermal is the way to go.

Mobile Printing Media

“It all starts with the label…. “There are numerous types of media available – ranging from the very glossy, very hard wearing to the basic till receipts you get at most stores. They are available in almost every size you can think of and can be provided with pre-printed text on one side. Very useful for store return policies or payment details for a parking fine.

Wireless Mobile Printers for Direct Store Delivery and Van Sales

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Full Page Rugged Printer

Impact printing is not used a great deal in many enterprise mobility projects other than route accounting or direct store delivery as it is called in some markets. Here the requirement is to print a full page receipt in some cases with multi part paper. Most of the above considerations still ring true – but what to use? An office printer would not be rugged enough. As far as we know Intermec are still building the 6822 a behemoth of a printer but very well suited to this environment.

 

Communication

Communicating with mobile printers is done in one of three ways; Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Direct Cable.

  1. Bluetooth. Ideal for ad-hoc connections in the field, does not rely on anything else, can limited by distance and not considered the most stable connection. But this is the most popular choice for mobile printers.
  2. Wi-Fi. Fast, stable, but does require the device and printer both to be in Wi-Fi signal range.
  3. Cable connection. A direct cable connection from device to printer. This is the most reliable option but also the must inconvenient if you need to disconnect from time to time, and means something else to carry.

But defining communication medium is only half of it. The next part of the challenge is to get the printer to print the label exactly how you want it with all images/bar codes etc. For a device to talk with a printer it has to do so via the printer interface. Each manufacture has their own printer language at this point. Zebra uses ZPL (Zebra Printer Language), Intermec Printers use IPL (Intermec Printer Language), and so on.

Print commands in each of these languages can be a bit of a challenge. Most printers also have a line print option, and depending on the software can essentially print a complete printer layout that resides on the PDA device. Whatever option the device must have the drivers locally installed to communicate with the printer.

New printers on the market can now accept .csv files and similar file via print management software tool, or can print directly from notepad. In some cases new printers can call and receive from a web service meaning a device may not even be required. Obviously this has very limited operations.

Finally if carrying an extra piece of kit is a big issue maybe a mobile printer is not required. Alternatives are IP printing back to a printer in to office, PDF generation and email, back office staff printing and posting documents, or online access only for customers.

Mobile Printing in Enterprise Mobility Applications 4 Things to Think About

  1. Start with the application. Does the customer need a printed “something” at the point of service?
  2. Media. What sort of material does the receipt or label need to be made of to suit the enviroment?
  3. Hardware. What sort of wireless mobile printer will suit the process?
  4. Mobile Application Development. How can you make your rugged handheld or rugged tablet pc generate the right label at the right time containing the correct information? On our platform the built in print layout designer takes a lot of the hassle out of cutting code.

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Cloud Solution or Thick Client Platform 3G

Cloud solution or Thick Client Platform 3G

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Android is gaining market share in Enterprise Mobility

Having defined the business requirements the next choice is deciding if the mobile application should run as a cloud solution or thick client platform 3G solution whilst considering the connectivity needed from device to server.

A cloud based thin client solution is an application accessed over a web browser. There is no application or data stored locally and all processing is performed on a central server just like a normal website. A thick client solution uses a locally installed application which sits on the device along with all data required. There are many pro’s and con’s with each and a number of questions need answering to decide which would suit. There is no ‘best’ option as all requirements are different.

Cost does play a factor in this for devices they will run on. Most people nowadays have a Smartphone, be it an iPhone, Android or Blackberry. These are all capable of running as a thin client. This means the business has no or little outlay for the devices if employees use their current units, BYOD. But tied to this comes issues with connectivity, speed of the application, and data costs. All major return on investment considerations.

If the application is used in areas of poor or no signal then a thin client solution would not be recommended. If there is no data connection a thin client application cannot work. A thick client would be recommended to enable the user to work offline as all the work orders would have been downloaded to the device over Wi-Fi or 3G prior to going on site.

A thick client can also connect to backend systems as standard to receive new work orders, send completed work orders back to a server, or request data in real-time. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘Smart Client’. Connecting to backend system when in the field depends on the quality of 3G signal. When the signal is good a thick client can synchronise data to receive an updated jobs list and send back all saved results.

A strong 3G signal or over Wi-Fi will mean a Thin client can access the web service easily and quickly, but should this drop out the user cannot continue. Some thin client services can download temporary data so the user can continue to use a thin client to a point. But beyond the temporary data the user is stuck. A poor signal results in a slow lagging thin client application. This can be very frustrating for the user.

Location is another factor to be taken into consideration – Where will the application be used specifically? If the application is required to check boilers or air-con units in basements and cellars then again it is very doubtful there will be any signal. Likewise if going to rural areas away from towns and cities.

In a lot of built up areas signal is now generally very good although congestion can be the real problem. This is very good news for thin clients. Likewise when working in Wi-Fi hotspots or buildings/warehouses with very good Wi-Fi coverage. This is still not to say in this instance a thick client should be discounted.

When in the mobile application development phase it is worth thinking about where data needs to be stored. As a rule .NET thick clients are generally much quicker than thin clients. As all data is stored locally all business logic is performed on the device rather than a web server. Granted if there is a vast amount of logic to calculate a PDA may be slightly slow. This is where a rugged tablet PC with a much faster processor i5 can be used in place.

3G data costs are another area to consider, especially if the users are providing their own devices. A thin client will use much more data than a thick client. This is because a thin client requests everything to be displayed whereas a thick client only requests new data and sends results. A thick client solution can even do away with 3G connection all together in some cases. All the jobs could be downloaded in the morning or day before over Wi-Fi, removing the need to request new jobs through the day.

The key question is: In the Cloud Solution or Thick Client Platform 3G debate without guaranteeing a connection over 3G or Wi-Fi is a Thin Client solution really sustainable?

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How long to build an enterprise mobile app ?

How long to build an enterprise mobile app ?

So really how long to build an enterprise mobile app ? The short answer is hours or days depending on the complexity of the process. Find out how long…

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How long to build an enterprise mobile app ?

The longer answer is that this question usually follows a realisation that a mobile worker based process in your business is not as it should be. Part of how to address this is how long will it take to build an app. The question is always sure to generate lots of discussion and opinions about approaches to development and mobile device platforms and OS’s. Often you end up with all the   ingredients for enterprise mobility but no recipe!

 

Mobile Application Development

Mobile application development can take many forms including cutting code from scratch or using an off the shelf canned module that came with your ERP or decision management system. In the smart phone era this Time-Money-Quality equation is becoming more significant as Andrew Till discusses in a recent Forbes article.

In our world mobile application development needs to be tailored to the process of the business and must directly address the issues that have been identified.  Our approach uses a methodology that involves techniques like iterative development and software prototyping. Using the MobileFrame v5.1 mobile development platform it is a style that favors incremental development with constant feedback and involvement from the end user. This process can be repeated until the application has been perfected and meets the needs of the user.

All of this can happen very quickly allowing you to get an app deployed far quicker than through traditional methods. And the quicker the app gets deployed the faster your process deficiency can be corrected and your return on investment can begin.

 10 Mobile Development Platform Features

  1. Drag and Drop Screen Design – Design your mobile application logic once and deploy to multiple different operating systems including .NET Android or iOS.
  2. Drag and Drop Print Designer – Create mobile label and reciept print layouts in minutes and not weeks.
  3. Printer Driver Bundling – Printer Drivers are bundled in no need to pick a specific printer.
  4. Device Driver Auto Recognition – We are plug and play across a wide variety of different devices, and can support mixed device deployments.
  5. User Administration – Users can authenticate against their current usernames / passwords and IT can lock down the device to keep the network safe.
  6. Peripheral Integration – We Support RFID, GPS, 1D and 2D Barcode Magnetic Stripe Scanning, Photo Capture, Photo Annotation, Drawing, Speech to Text, Digital Signature Capture, Printing Barcode Printing and RFID.
  7. Backend System Integration – Out of the box integration into any ODBC or OLEDB compliant data source including.
  8. Synchronization Management – Fail proof sync engine prioritize which networks you would like to sync over first.
  9. Mobile Device Management – Remote Device Management out in the field with the ability to take administrative control.
  10. Enterprise Application Management – Update Applications Client Software and third party applications over the air no need to collect the device from the field.

From our experience with these MobileFrame features we can create an app often in hours and in many cases go from  Design/Scope to deployment is 3-4 weeks. This includes integration with different back-end systems. With this kind of turnaround many of our customers end up adding further applications to address other requirements far quicker than they had originally envisaged.

Key point; when looking at a mobile worker project and the inevitable question of how long to build an enterprise mobile app consider your options carefully. Think about how your approach should enable you to really involve your own staff in the design process and be able to  add functionality in the future.

Learn more about mobile application development phase of your enterprise mobility project contact us today.

Andrew CahillAndrew Cahill MobileWorxs MD has 20 years of experience in the use of enterprise mobility solutions and applications to improve the performance of real life business processes.

 

Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment. He also likes old cars preferably with lots of chrome!

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