Why Choose SOTI Mobile Device Management

Why Choose SOTI Mobile Device Management

Soti Mobile Device Management

The number of businesses and corporations employing mobile devices on a daily-basis for their activity and performance has grown dramatically increased in the last decade. The Enterprise Management Association estimated that mobile device users perform business tasks on mobile devices 56% of the time.  Business professional are accessing company resources via their smartphones 23% on the time tablets 9% and PC’s 68% of the time. Clearly employees are boosting their job performance as a result of completing their job with the help of a mobile device of some sort. But with growth comes great responsibility, and this is exactly why a need for a more controlled and secure way to perform mobile device management.

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10 Facts about the Cruise 1 Rugged Smartphone That Will Amaze you!

10 Facts about the Cruise 1 Rugged Smartphone That Will Amaze you!

10 Facts about the Cruise 1 Rugged Smartphone That Will Amaze you!

Calling mobile workers in all marketplaces here are 10 facts about the Cruise 1 Rugged Smartphone logistics, transport, shipping…! Ever wondered how much easier it would be to work with your own personal smartphone? The latest addition to the MobileWorxs array of handheld devices, Cruise 1, is the closest thing to working with a Smartphone; only with 3 slight differences: it is tougher, more powerful and long-lasting. The folks at SEUIC – leading suppliers of mobile data, terminal devices, services and solutions – have outdone themselves with this one! A remarkably robust, sealed, rugged device. So what are the 10 facts about the cruise 1 rugged smartphone.

Cruise 1 The Work Smartphone Reimagined

  1. Utilizes Android 5.1, soon to be on Android 7.0
  2. It has a gross weight below 220g, and a thickness of 12.8mm. A perfect size for workers on the go…!
  3. High Quality 5.2” 1080P Full HD Screen.
  4. Honeywell scanning technology allows users to read barcodes that are stained, damaged barcodes in bubble wrap and those on screens.
  5. Contains a New Virtual Scanning Key Design with the ability to suspend the scan key on the screen which makes for more convenient operation.
  6. Rather than having the NFC reader on the back of the terminal, Cruise 1 has the reader at the front making scanning easier for the operator.
  7. 3 in 1 Positioning Module GPS. BEIDOU and GLONASS.
  8. Comms – 4G, dual sim card dual standby 802.11a/b/g/n/ac meets the need for high volume Wi-Fi throughout in Healthcare Hospitality and Retail.5-mode dual-band WIFI with unique signal amplification technique, high performance anti-interference and seamless roaming.
  9. Advanced electronics automatically reduces the impact of background noise and enhances voice quality.
  10. Rugged, with IP67 sealing rating and a drop resistance of 1.5m, and 50kg pressure on screen

Ok it’s that impressive here are 5 More….

  1. A 4500mAh battery (removable from July) with rapid charging, low power consumption and long-lasting for a 12 hour shift.
  2. Advanced fingerprint module improves abrasion resistance.
  3. Removable cover for the battery compartment helps extend the life of the Cruise 1 in real life deployments.
  4. Uses water-resistant Type C connector for worry free plugging in rated at being used 10,000 times.
  5. Out of box 12 month warranty, Lifetime helpdesk & 36 Month payment plan helps you spread the cost of your investment.

10 facts about the Cruise 1 Rugged Smartphone that will amaze you!  seuic cruise 1

After reading 10-facts-about-the-cruise-1-rugged-smartphone we hope it will definitely hit the spot for your mobility project.

What is Unified Endpoint Management

So What is Unified Endpoint Management

If you could not make it to Facilities Management show in Birmingham today here is the presentation we did with Hannah from SOTI “So What is Unified Endpoint Management”

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SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control helps your enterprise by ensuring drivers are not using their devices while the vehicle is in motion. It can help minimise distracted driving and uphold your driver safety compliance guidance.

Brake, the Road safety charity says that “A study of in-vehicle video footage estimated that 22% of crashes could be caused, at least in part, by driver distraction. It also showed that drivers who perform a secondary task at the wheel are two to three times more likely to crash. Other studies have found that more complex secondary tasks, like talking on a mobile phone or texting, increase crash risk even more” Read More

In addition to speed control SOTI MobiControl has 5 key attributes:

  1. A self-service portal for users to manage their devices
  2. Enterprise application store
  3. Expense management
  4. Lockdown/kiosk mode support
  5. Geofencing

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl v12 will be available early in 2015. Latest release notes. Get in touch to arrange an evaluation.

 

MobileWorxs Joins the SOTI Reseller Community

MobileWorxs Joins the SOTI Reseller Community

Worcester, UK – MobileWorxs announced today that it has joined forces with SOTI to resell the award winning Enterprise Mobility Management software, SOTI® MobiControl®

MobileWorxs Joins the SOTI Reseller CommunityMobiControl allows companies to manage, support and secure their mobile field force using a web-based management console.  With MobiControl, enterprises can control, access and secure mobile devices remotely, saving time, labour and money. Mobile administrators can locate, gather and track information and lockdown GPS enabled devices, enable security protocols and provide mobile application and document management capabilities. The system tracks hardware and software assets effortlessly.

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Now You Can Access Your Mobile Apps Through A Desktop

Now You Can Access Your Mobile Apps Through A Desktop

Now You Can Access Your Mobile Apps Through A DesktopHaving decided on your mobile application to replace paper forms and pep up the performance of your field based workers the other equally important consideration is the back office software non mobile staff use.

The mobile app is often thought to be the first and only consideration in an enterprise mobility project.

 

But having the ability to access your mobile apps through a desktop can add value to the remote workforce and can help the business move away from the rudimentary Excel or paper based systems in the back office that are so common.

The back office system is usually the hub of a business. Without it office staff cannot enter customer orders, find customer information, check the status of jobs in or assigned out to the field, manage users, view reports send invoices and edit stock. Even with the rise of mobile products and apps it is likely that people are still going to be sitting at a desk doing business oriented tasks for some time to come.

Traditionally Back Office Systems Are:

1. Paper based forms.
2. A database built locally made up of Excel sheets or in MS Access.
3. Billing/Account system like Sage.
4. CRM/ERP i.e. SAP and MS Dynamics

Many companies still run their businesses on reams of paper or may have progressed to using Excel or Access. So building a mobile app to increase the effectiveness of remote staff is a real opportunity to think about the back office in a new way.

An accounting application such as Sage is very good at accounting but has no real functionality to create jobs assign them to a mobile worker or create a PDF report on job completion.

Similarly if a customer has spent ten’s of thousands on a large ERP system it will contain all the backend features/data required so only integration between the mobile app and ERP system is required. In some scenarios further data processing is required before it is transmitted into the ERP system. A desktop app/batch process can be developed to create this functionality. The issue with custom development within a CRM or ERP system is simply cost. It can be very expensive to have a custom function developed and any further changes are very expensive.

Desktop Portal Benefits

Even when accounting or CRM/ERP systems exist a specific desktop app as in our Pest Control product will allow a user in the office to enter new customer details straight into the desktop and using a built in scheduler deploy it to the most suitable worker at the appropriate time slot and manage changes dynamically. The management of ongoing activities and production of reports can also be managed through this desktop portal.

In just about every case the ability to access your mobile apps and critical business data  through a desktop portal on the mobile side can prove just as useful as having mobile devices in the first place. It also ties in well with managing permissions for mobile device management MDM.

How to Build it ?

As ever there are a few options. A software house can custom make an office solution you could buy off the shelf or if you have the skills and patience go DIY. The other option is to use the platform being used for the mobility project.

After all it uses the same approach to data management and the reports will be derived from the data being generated in the field anyway. With these tools the provider can quickly develop applications for PDA and desktop pulling from the same resources. Applications can be viewed on a desktop via a native OS client or browser based.

Now You Can Access Your Mobile Apps Through a Desktop Portal

Whatever your application we can show you examples of how you can access your mobile apps through a desktop portal.

 

Video Blog: T1200 Rugged Tablet PC with Windows 8

T1200 Rugged Tablet PC with Windows 8

A 10.4″ rugged tablet pc with Windows 8 Intel i5 Chipset built for   Knowledge Speed and Enterprise

Everything you need in a rugged tablet PC to get more done, faster.

Rugged Tablet PC with Windows 8

The high-performance, all-light readable xTablet T1200 bolsters productivity for mobile users who work in demanding environments.

This fully rugged tablet provides long-term savings over non-rugged devices with near 100% up time in mission critical line of business applications.

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Photos Using Your Entire Enterprise Mobile Data Plan?

Photos Using Your Entire Enterprise Mobile Data Plan?

Guest Post by Timothy C B Cox with some great advice on getting the best out of your enterprise mobile data plan.

Are Photos Using Your Entire Enterprise Mobile Data Plan?

Fact: Network providers want to sell you their most expensive data plan.

Fact: Network providers like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Vine and other apps that push photos into their cloud with the best quality image.  But your enterprise photos need to get back into your system as fast as possible to be of value.

 

Uploading images to your cloud can make up a high percentage of your data plan. So understanding this better can help reduce your data plan and reduce costs!

So why send an 8 megapixel image when a 1mp image (or less) will do the job!

Your enterprise mobile photos need to be of good enough quality to do the job but small enough to avoid long upload times and excessive data plan usage.  There is no need to use the highest resolution photo available.

A single transaction typically involves more than one photo, so the problem is compounded by the need to complete the work and being about to transmit all the information in a timely manner.

Make sure the image fits the space on users screen.

Capturing the information is only the start.  Once the image (and other data) has hit your cloud or other systems the image will need to be viewed by others who are using different systems.

These different systems may need to display the image in different ways. Be sure to establish the best common width and height of your photo.  This will reduce the need for post-processing of the image and any subsequent problems displaying the image for other users on different Windows Mobile Android or iOS devices.

Make sure you have the handle on picture quality.

There are many image types you can use, but without prior consideration you may choose a format not best suited for your solution.

There are many formats with JPEG being the most common image, but if you want to take photos of forms or drawings may not be suitable. Which one ?

How much quality do you want to retain?

You can take the photo at the maximum resolution the mobile device is capable of then reduce the image size and perhaps change the file format for transmitting.  You can then retain the high quality image on your mobile device if it is needed later.

Note: You will need to purchase extra flash storage for these full size images.

Make sure you control the image size

Key Point: Images are an important part of your mobile system especially if being used to enforce compliance. Once you have decided on the image size you will need to stop anyone from changing your settings.  Buy software to perform MDM Mobile Device Management and lock down your mobile devices preventing users from changing all of your device settings.

Photos Using Your Entire Enterprise Mobile Data Plan?

Timothy C B Cox Mobile Workforce Strategy Consultant based in Dubai. Get in touch with Tim through Linkedin

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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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Motorola Solutions Launch MC40 for Retail Enterprise Mobility

Motorola Solutions Launch MC40 for Retail Enterprise Mobility

The availability of Android based devices for line of business applications continues as Motorola launch the MC40 for retail enterprise mobility.

MC40 joins the Handheld X1 and the Honeywell 70e in what was until recently a category that the major enterprise mobility manufacturers had always populated with .NET product.

Motorola MC40
Motorola MC40

 

MC40 comes with  a 4.1″ 300 NIT capacitive screen running Android 2.3 and all the other bells and whistles we have already learnt to expect from a device in this category

Options include a  Magnetic Stripe Reader and an interesting assortment of charging accessories and cradles.

It is also available in various groovy colours !

Check out the MC40 Specification Sheet for complete details.

 

 

What is it For ?

Motorola Solutions have been talking about this unit for sometime so no surprise that they chose the NRF retail exhibition in New York to introduce it as:

“MC40 is the first multi-purpose mobile computer for retail that incorporates inventory management with collaboration and line busting mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) capabilities in a compelling form factor”

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MC40 Appeal Beyond Retail

It is likely that this category of product will start to be seen a lot more in enterprise mobility projects outside the retail as major projects are already asking for Android based rugged handhelds. Users will easily adopt this form factor as it has become so familiar in the consumer area. The MC40 comes with a relatively high list price but do not expect huge discounts unless you have a huge order to place.

Other than Android why else will it appeal to projects outside retail:

  1. Product Longevity – likely to be a lot longer in production than consumer brands which helps make sense of managing the life cycle of a large deployment.
  2. Built for High Frequency use – the enterprise mobility manufacturers know a thing or two about building rugged products that will see many bumps drops and scrapes.
  3. Break Fix and Total Cost of Ownership – Having a rugged handheld in the field is in part based on the premise that in the event of a fault the facility exists to repair it rather than send it for scrap. Manufacturers like Motorola have a lot of their business invested in repair services so expect this to be a big TCO value added dimension for the MC40.
  4. Accessories – I know boring! but having docking cradles spare battery chargers etc can really make all the difference to the usability of any mobile computer.
  5. Like the X1 and the 70e the MC40 could be susceptible to theft so best to revise employee procedures and load up with MDM software.
  6. Bring Your Own Device – The MC40 will make an attractive 3 Year BYOD bundle when combined with finance, support airtime and a process specific app.

MobileWorxs can help you navigate your way through the device selection process and help you deliver an enterprise mobility project that adds value to your business.

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Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2013

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2013

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2013

It’s that time of year again when industry pundits stick their neck out and predict what IT trends will be hot in the next twelve months. Our footprint is mobile computing in business so our seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2013 are a tad more prosaic than 3D printing foldable screens and High Def smart televisions. But this stuff is important as trying to balance the never ending march of technology with achieving a return on investment is where the rubber meets the road for a mobile deployment.

1. Mobility in the Enterprise

To paraphrase Bill Clinton “It’s Mobile, Stupid..” Smart companies in the enterprise have been enjoying the productivity benefits of enterprise mobility for years and many of them are on their second or third refresh. However not many expected the explosion of mobility driven apps that have come from the huge adoption of smart phones and the rise of Android and iOS.  In some cases employees are now more mobile savvy than their IT departments.

The message for Finance Operations and IT leaders in any industry vertical is simple, get with it or lose out to competitors who adopt enterprise mobility apps to streamline remote worker processes improve productivity and reduce admin cycle times.  We don’t expect all the new adopters to adopt a strategic to this but we can hope…

2. More, Not Less Hardware Choices

The rugged hardware device industry long tail will continue. Motorola and Honeywell have acquired companies to maintain their volume position in the enterprise mobility market. But a never ending supply of no name white label handheld and tablet devices will come out of China and Taiwan offering lower price points and non-conventional ways to market. Expect the products and service offerings to become better.

3. Security and Mobile Device Management

According to a report issued by Dark Reading 47 percent of enterprises are predicting a bigger budget for security in 2013.  This has become a key area so expect Mobile Device Management MDM products such as Soti and ways of securing the apps infrastructure to mop up more IT spend.

4. Integration

Will simply become more important than ever. More mobile apps means more integration with existing ERP CRM and decision management systems.

5. Mobile Payments

In the consumer space 2013 may well be the year that consumers in stores start using the mobile wallet and contact less payment seriously.

Products such as Square that enable payments for Android and iOS and the Motorola MPM-100 will allow payment to be transacted at the point of delivery rather than at the end of an invoice paper chase. Expect this to enable more field based customer service activities in many applications such as retail dining home delivery and field service areas such as pest control.

6. Multiple OS Platform Support

Windows .NET is not going away just yet but the advance of Android and iOS into the enterprise space will compel solution providers to support apps on various platforms. Expect the Native Vs Web app debate to become more partisan in tone.

“I see an accelerated entry of Android into the marketplace, especially among companies who are integrating “hard” and “soft” workforces and deploying BYOD solutions”  Said Michael Forbes, Vice President of Marketing at axxun

7. The Cloud means BYOD right ?

Well maybe… Enterprises must come to terms with the fact that according to Forrester in excess of 66% of employees bring two devices to work. For Bring Your Own Device to work the need to separate private and business data will become…interesting.

Even if BYOD is not the approach of choice more enterprises are adopting some sort of cloud computing which means the prospect of an app being hosted outside the traditional in house network and paid for on a per use basis vs a perpetual model may well start to become the norm in 2013.

The Wildcards

Our seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2013 are factors we can already see at work. Both of our wildcards have generated a lot of press lately but are perhaps just over the horizon in terms of impact this year for enterprise mobility.

4G LTE

For sure more agile feature rich apps to increase data capture of  images videos and telemetry would be a great addition in many circumstances. How relevant this is to the typical enterprise mobility deployment will depend in part on the availability of a network and devices to exploit a super fast connection. Expect buyers to want to future-proof devices by specifying 4G LTE this year even if they don’t actually use it.

Ubuntu

Although the OS has been around a while the Ubuntu phone is a as Simon Phipps explains an intriguing addition to the mobility landscape.  It supports HTML5 so provides an alternative platform for existing web apps rather than creating another “native” approach.

We can help you wade through the options with your Enterprise Mobility project.

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