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.

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.

Rugged Tablet PC Keyboard Options

Rugged Tablet PC Keyboard Options

Application designers should always aim to provide field workers with drop down and multiple choice menus for data entry. However where a process requires that a narrative should be added to a record using a keyboard is often unavoidable. As these devices are intended to be used on the move plugging in a desktop keyboard is not always practical. So in cases like this it’s good to know that there are some mobile rugged tablet PC keyboard options.

But first! re-read our blog about screen types.

Built in Numeric and Function Keypad

Users of rugged tablets are often stuck with using the on screen keyboard when the most ergonomic route may well be a numeric keypad, especially in high volume scenarios like surveying van sales and merchandising.

Rugged Tablet PC Keyboard Options
Built in Keypad with Nav Keys and Scanner Trigger

Both our T7200 and T1200 products feature an integrated numeric backlit and tactile numeric keypad that include programmable keys as well as Enter, up / down / left / right navigation, tab, escape,Security, rotate display, function key barcode scan and suspend/power Full Stop!

Also included is a built in decimal point/full stop key. Very useful where surveying and measurements are being recorded.

Windows 7 on Screen

Rugged Tablet PC Keyboard Options
Windows 7 On Screen with Stylus

In some situations a process may require an amount of data entry beyond numbers. Where narrative text needs to be inputted into a standard Windows product like Excel or a custom made app it is possible to use the on screen pop up keyboard that is part of Windows 7. Pecking out letters to transcribe lots of text can be a chore, the handwriting recognition software works fine but does take some getting used to. Best approach is to have your app designer adopt drop down value menus.

Resistive Multi-Touch with on Screen Keyboard Windows 8

Rugged Tablet PC Keyboard Options
Windows 8 Metro Interface

The “Metro” interface of Windows 8 works best with multi-touch, but the capacitive touch technology used in consumer media tablets does not work with gloves or in the rain. So for the T1200 resistive multi-touch is used which means the device can be used in any operating condition. An on screen soft keyboard is supported and legacy applications with small screen elements and user check boxes can be precisely operated with a stylus. A built in keypad allows for direct entry of numeric data.

 

Snap On QWERTY Keyboard

Rugged Tablet PC Keyboard Options
Snap On Backlit QWERTY Keyboard

 

snap on keyboard that attaches to the bottom of a tablet can be a solution where text entry on the move is a major part of a process but using the on screen keyboard is not ergonomic.  The addition is backlit and includes a number of extra ports. The snap on can be used in conjunction with a vehicle dock.

 

 

 In Vehicle Cradle with Full Size PC Keyboard

Rugged Tablet PC Keyboard Options
In Vehicle Cradle with Full Size PC Keyboard

 

Where an employee works out of a vehicle and they return to it to enter data a full size keyboard can be attached to the vehicle cradle. The unit can be adjusted to maximise ease of use for the operator.

 

 

 

 

 

Key Point; which input method will suit the application and the circumstances of the user?

Contact UsTo discuss how a Rugged Tablet PC can help enhance your mobile business processes.

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