Cloud solutions Vs Thick Client Platform – Support

Cloud solutions Vs Thick Client Platform – Support

Motorola PDA with Mobile App
.NET devices still have a lot to offer

When comparing Cloud solutions Vs Thick Client Platform .NET platform solutions, cost is usually the first starting point for businesses as a cloud solution means the applications can run on less expensive devices such as Android handhelds, which can be the starting point for thoughts about BOYD. But, how do you support a roll-out with mixed operating systems?

Devices have been covered in a previous blog so here I will focus on the software issues, both local and server. Yes Android, Blackberry, iPhone iPad devices can be considerably cheaper then Microsoft .NET devices but this also means you’ll need to support several platforms rather than one. What will that do to your total cost of ownership?

Updates for the multiple Smartphone platforms are never scheduled at the same time. This means on day one all the Android devices may update to the latest OS version, the next day all the Blackberry devices may update. There is no guarantee devices will still continue to work with the application after an update and finding a fix for each platform can be very different and therefore difficult.

When HTML 5 applications are being developed, they are developed for specific OS API’s, i.e. Android 3.0. When the Smartphone is updated to the latest version 4.1, a or a new device is purchased, the application will need to use the 4.1 API. In the best case scenario the application will have to be re-built, tested, and re-deployed. This is a major task in itself as cloud based solutions do not incorporate development and application & data synchronisation as standard. In the worst case scenario the application code will have to be edited. This is a very lengthy process in which the mobile application is out of action.

Using a thick client based mobile application development platform with Windows Mobile devices the applications are fully backwards compatible and any platform updates are issued by the administrator not the network provider. This provides a hassle free deployment with simple support as all devices are using the Microsoft .NET framework. It also means access to a wide variety of devices such as

The thick client has the ability to lockdown the unit so the user cannot access important system files, or spend hours playing games. The device is there for a purpose and can only perform the tasks the application allows. How do you lock down a personal Smartphone belonging to your employees? In short you can’t. You can provide the facility to access a web based application (if they have an internet connection) but you can’t guarantee they are not texting, playing games or surfing the internet.

The last point to touch on here is how the application can be updated. The application for the HTML 5 platform requires coding, a lot of testing for each OS, compiling, and then deployed to a central server location. The coding could take days or weeks depending on the update. In the thick client platform the update can be made in minutes to hours and deployed instantly. Yes the HTML 5 application has a slight advantage here as once deployed to the server location it is live. The thick client device must synchronise to download the latest application. This in itself is negligible since the application is downloaded in the background while the current application is in use, or when the device is back in the cradle charging for the night.

The key question is: As time and costs increase supporting Smartphone devices each time the business applications change, is the initial saving worthwhile as future development wipe-out any short term benefits?

Learn more about the options you have with Cloud solutions Vs Thick Client Platform as part of the mobile application development phase of your enterprise mobility project contact us today.

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iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

 

iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

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iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

Wondering about iPhone screen rendering for enterprise mobile apps ? Or if you have created apps for iPhone you are likely aware that the iPhone 5 has introduced some radical changes to the screen. Leaving most developers scrambling to update their apps.

 

With MobileFrame v5.1 Intelligent Rendering means your apps will re-size to properly fit the iPhone 5 screen without requiring any work on your part. Ensuring your apps work flawlessly whether on a iPhone 5, 4/4S Android or .NET device of any screen dimensions is as simple as setting up anchoring and letting our intelligent rendering handle the rest. Write once, deploy anywhere…

To view a demo book a consultation or a visit get in touch.

How can we do this? think of our platform like PowerPoint; You buy PowerPoint once and you create as many presentations as you like. Our solution is the same. Buy once and create as many flexible mobile applications as required a great total cost of ownership model for your business:

  • Build flexible applications that exactly match your business needs.
  • Enterprise grade work flows rules and processes without coding.
  • Code-free seamless integration with back-end systems.
  • Build applications in days rather than months.
  • Change applications instantly in real-time.

For more information on anchoring and intelligent screen rendering click here.

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Introducing the Handheld Algiz 10X

Introducing the Handheld Algiz 10X

Rugged 10" tablet PC
New Algix 10x Rugged Tablet PC

The New Handheld Algiz 10X Rugged Tablet PC uses sophisticated and well proven technology that help it withstand harsh weather conditions and rough handling.

The perfect match for today’s mobile workforce.

 

 

Running your existing or process specific applications is easy as the 10X operates on a powerful Intel® Atom™ N2800 dual-core processor. It has either a 64 or 128 GB SSD, expandable via microSD™ and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, offering top-of-the-line computing capability and massive storage capacity. It runs Windows 7 Ultimate, and is ready for Windows 8.

With a starting price of under £2,000, the Handheld Algiz 10X is more expensive than non-ruggedized tablets, but it’s a great return on investment and a bargain for businesses that cannot afford the downtime that breakages with consumer grade devices often cause.

Handheld Algiz 10X Durability

Even with such a portable size, the 10X rugged tablet pc is built to withstand the harsh conditions that come with all kinds of industry fieldwork. It’s IP65-rated and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards for protecting against dust, water, vibrations drops extreme temperatures and varying altitudes.

Handheld Algiz 10X Ergonomics

10X features the latest generation of MaxView™ technology, with a brilliant 10.1-inch touchscreen that’s perfect for field professionals who need a large display to handle detailed maps or other visuals. The screen’s ambient light sensor adjusts the back light automatically – so collecting data in bright sunlight is just as easy as reviewing it indoors. The 10X is also only 32mm thick and weighs in at just 1.3 kg.

Read a full review of the 10X at Rugged PC Review

At MobileWorxs we believe the Handheld Algiz 10X offers a great return on investment with a  3 year extended warranty it is available for around £62 a month on a 36 month  lease. The versatility of the 10X 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 manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.

How can NEW Handheld Algiz 10X rugged tablet PC help in your Enterprise Mobile deployment ? – try one FREE for 10 days.

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What…you didn’t get my message?

What…you didn’t get my message?

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Mobile Worker Communications is a Critical Issue

Running a mobile field service management operation can be tough especially when you need to exchange information with multiple workers at different locations in real-time.

The last thing a manager wants to say is; What…you didn’t get my message?

 

We have seen organizations try all sorts of approaches in an attempt to bridge this communication gap including:

  • Equipping mobile workers with 2-way radios.
  • Using Push to Talk on specific handsets.
  • Sending text messages to private phone numbers.
  • Calling workers directly on their own phones.

All of these are useful and have a role but they are not optimized around the principle of automating a business process onto a rugged handheld or other mobile device.

What…you didn’t get my message? Communication as a Distraction

  • Push to talk handsets provide instant feedback but what happens when a mobile worker either does not have the handset near him, its in a vehicle, he can’t hear the message or they are out of coverage?
  • Mobile phones have obvious benefits but interrupting a worker in the middle of their task with a call or text can lead to a decrease in productivity. And what happens when he misses an important call text or voicemail.
  • Most crucial of all with employee supplied devices who owns the phone? What are the health and safety implications. And where is the audit trail of sent and received messages if something goes awry and needs following up?

Improved Enterprise Mobile Instant Messaging

We have solved this problem by vastly improving the existing concept of instant messaging and optimizing it to work in an enterprise mobile enviroment.

Built right into MobileFrame v5.1 the Instant Messaging system allows for both office and mobile workers to collaborate in real-time. Messages are setup for guaranteed delivery including the ability to store and forward. They can also be posted to an application in such a way that the worker has to acknowledge read/receipt before he can carry on with the app process. We also provide a complete audit trail of all messages sent and received.

Enabling your team to communicate more effectively is just one of the many ways that we can help you eliminate the hassles associated with running your mobile workers.

Learn more about our Instant Messaging as part of the mobile application development phase of your enterprise mobility project contact us today.

 

GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project

GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project

We asked Mike Forbes at Electric Compass to explain how GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project.

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Track workers with GPS

GPS navigation is a trans formative technology for both consumer and business users. It definitely fits the statement that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” And why not? – GPS knows where you are and takes you where you’re going…just like magic.

But the real magic is in the return on investment it can bring to fleet operators.

What follows are some quick and powerful ways you can quantify the ROI magic and sell it to your business. And keep reading, the real ROI magic may not be what you think it is.

How to quantify the ROI of Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation or Tracking

There are two main areas where a fleet can benefit from deploying GPS navigation or tracking solutions.

Use less fuel and reclaiming unproductive driving time. Here, we’ll look at how you can show these savings as concrete numbers and then combine them to make a very persuasive case for GPS.

Note: We are using miles/gallons/dollars in the examples below, but these can be easily translated into KMs/liters/Euros or other currencies. Replace labour rates and current fuel costs with what you expect to see in your area.

Save Fuel

Ask colleagues how much fuel they think they’ll save by using GPS and they’ll be hard pressed to provide an answer. Odds are, they’ll agree there will be savings but have little idea of how much. Here is an approach you can use to determine what level of fuel savings a fleet customer will see:

Benchmark: 12% Fuel Savings for mix of routine and non-routine travel. Research from a large digital map supplier showed that users of GPS saved an average of 12% on fuel. If the fleet manager can provide a number of miles traveled per vehicle per week and an average miles per gallon rating for fleet vehicles, this is a pretty easy calculation. For this example, we’ll use a figure of 400 miles a week and 12 miles per gallon per vehicle.

GPS Fuel Savings Example: 250 vehicle fleet

Miles Traveled per week: 400

Miles Per Gallon per vehicle: 12

Fuel Used per vehicle: 33.33

(Miles Traveled divided by Miles per Gallon)

Fuel Cost per gallon: $ 2.66 – will be much higher in EU. Check for average prices here.

Weekly Fuel Cost per vehicle: $ 88.66

(Fuel Used multiplied by Fuel Cost)

Weekly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 10.64

(Weekly Fuel Cost multiplied by .12)

Yearly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 532

(Weekly Fuel Cost Savings multiplied by 50 weeks)

Yearly Fuel Cost Savings for 250 vehicle fleet: $ 133,000

(Yearly Fuel Cost Savings multiplied by 250)

Save Time

With enough ROI from fuel savings alone to justify GPS navigation, the real magic of GPS actually kicks in when you look at the field worker labour time you can save. Here is a way to determine what the savings per driver will be:

Benchmark: 54 Minutes Saved per day by using GPS. In research by a major mobile computer maker fleet operators reported an average savings of 54 minutes a day per field worker for a total labor savings of $5,484 per year. That works out to an hourly labor rate of about $26 an hour. If the fleet operator you are working with has a different hourly rate for its drivers/technicians, you can plug in that number instead. If you round the minutes down to 45 per day, you can show savings of $19.50 per day. How does this play out for a fleet:
GPS Labor Savings Example: 250 vehicle fleet

Hourly Labor Rate: $ 26.00 – add your rate here.

Daily Labor Savings per driver (45 minutes): $ 19.50

(Hourly Labor Rate multiplied by .75)

Weekly Labor Savings per driver: $ 97.50

(Daily Labor Savings multiplied by 5 days)

Yearly Labor Savings per driver $ 4,875.00

(Weekly Labor Savings multiplied by 50 weeks)

Yearly Labor Savings for 250 vehicle fleet: $ 1,218,750.00

(Yearly Labor Savings multiplied by 250)

Yes, that’s over a million dollars a year for 250 drivers or technicians.

Think you can’t save 45 minutes a day?. Even if the savings is only 45 minutes a week, the yearly savings are still $975 per worker and over $240,000 for a 250 vehicle fleet, representing a payback time of a matter a months.

And while time savings can translate into lower labour costs these savings could also allow fleets to schedule more stops and more customer facing activities per driver per day. For example, if an average stop takes 20 minutes based on the 54 minutes of time reclaimed an additional stop could be added to each driver’s schedule. This translates into significant savings as a leaner fleet can service the same number of stops or the current fleet can add more stops.

Add It Up

Now, let’s look at the total savings from using GPS navigation on a per-vehicle and total fleet basis:

Per Vehicle/Driver Savings

Yearly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 532

Yearly Labor Savings per worker: $ 4,875

Combined Yearly Savings: $ 5,407

Yearly Savings by Fleet Size

25 Vehicles
$ 135,175

100 Vehicles
$ 540,700

250 Vehicles
$ 1,351,750

So, this is how GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project. If you have ever had any questions about how to present the value of GPS tracking or navigation to colleagues in your business, just let the numbers speak for themselves…they are magic….!

Mike Forbes at Electric Compass

Learn more about our GPS Solutions for your existing system or build GPS right into a new application. 

 

Key Benefits of a Enterprise Mobile App Development Environment

Key Benefits of a Enterprise Mobile App Development Environment

What are the Key Benefits of a Enterprise Mobile App Development Environment? InfoWorld picked 10 Heavy-Duty Tools for Mobile App Development to highlight the tools available for those seeking to build feature rich enterprise grade apps.

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So why have these environments become so popular? In our case we have been using MobileFrame for some years to help users gain a competitive advantage by replacing inefficient and error-prone paper forms with automated mobile solutions that boost productivity and increase revenue. Our code-free enterprise mobility platform enables businesses to easily create deploy and administer sophisticated custom mobile applications. An intuitive point & click desktop eliminates time-consuming and expensive custom coding and includes all the testing and management tools necessary for a successful mobility project for your business on devices using:

  • Windows Mobile 5/6/6.5
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • HTML 5 browsers such as IE Chrome Safari and Firefox as well as for Android, BlackBerry and iOS products such as iPhone and iPad.

Get your App in the Field Faster and at Lower Cost

Our goal is to help you get ahead of your ROI return on investment and get your app created and in the field in less time with less effort and at lower cost than traditional methods. Our approach allows the creation of any number of custom process specific mobile apps that can all be tailored specifically to your business processes.

Learn more about the features and key benefits of a enterprise mobile app development environment. Get in touch to experience our apps.

New xTablet T7200 Rugged Tablet PC

New xTablet T7200 Rugged Tablet PC

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The NEW xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PC is a multi-functioning rugged handheld  with 4G LTE and 3G Gobi 3000 connectivity options and features the innovative new xView Pro™ sunlight readable display technology. It offers the functionality of a notebook full connectivity and the portability of a rugged handheld device.

 

Our objective -continue to deliver significantly superior performance and return on investment ROI over traditional PDA’s used in enterprise mobility deployments.

NEW xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PC is IP65 rated and offers a built-in numeric keypad, optional bar code scanner, 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional 4G LTE or 3G Gobi 3000 radio WWAN connectivity. Units will initially ship with Windows 7 Professional and the all new supercharged Intel® Atom processor with dual core provides 2.35 times better CPU performance and 3.93 times better disk performance to handle graphic intensive applications at a lower cost than other high-end processors. Check out the specs.

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Bright xView Pro Screen

T7200 features the new xView Pro display technology which not only significantly conserves battery life offers enhanced viewing in bright sunlight to help field workers be more productive.

Upper left: Indoors. Upper right: Shaded area outdoors. Lower left: In bright indirect sunlight. Lower right: Direct sunlight.

Read the Rugged PC Review Article

The versatility of the xTablet T7200 make it a great investment on a lease and ideal for users in any environment considering rugged handheld deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain, manufacturing, warehousing military and public sector.

T7200 has a huge range of accessories to make the rugged tablet PC easier to use in the field.

How can NEW xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PC help in your Enterprise Mobile deployment ? – try one FREE for 10 days.

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