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Mobilize Business Processes with Apps on Tablets and Smartphones – ProntoForms from AT&T
Mario Armstrong takes our product for a test drive with a new company to demonstrate how it can improve business efficiency
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Dallas, Texas, February 26, 2013
AT&T* continues to deliver and implement mobile solutions for business and organizations domestically and internationally with the Advanced Mobility Solutions organization experiencing strong growth and customer traction.
AT&T saw 17% growth in smartphone sales and 139% growth in tablet sales to business customers from the end of Q4 2011 to the end of Q4 2012. With more businesses purchasing connected devices, businesses are also in turn reaping the benefits of mobile applications to empower their employees on the go.
“Instead of purchasing standalone applications, companies are looking for help in developing a mobile strategy, spanning mobile device management, application creation, bring-your-own-device solutions and security,” said Chris Hill, Senior Vice President, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. “As of the end of 2012, more than 54,000 of AT&T business customers are using mobile solutions that go beyond devices and network services.”
“The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobility Services, Q1 2013” report, indicated AT&T in the Leader category noting, ‘AT&T has strong end-to-end mobility services offerings, especially for buyers in healthcare, financial services, energy, manufacturing, retail and consumer packaged goods, public sector, travel, and hospitality. As a telecommunications provider, buyers will benefit from being able to get bundled services that stretch into device and network management’.”
MDM Customer Momentum
AT&T has also experienced strong traction with its mobile device management solutions (MDM), with a 140% year over year increase in MDM deals in 2012 compared with 2011. AT&T delivers carrier-agnostic solutions for multiple device operating systems spanning mobile applications, mobile device management and mobile workspace management.
The City of Redlands Police Department located about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, California, uses AT&T MobileIron VSP (Virtual Smartphone Platform) to manage and deploy voice and data services for their mobile devices. The Department wanted to streamline communications to the field while reducing costs.
“There is no way to administer hundreds of smartphones and tablets for the department without using a management platform,” said Travis Taniguchi, Criminologist for the City of Redlands Police Department. “The AT&T MobileIron VSP platform allows us to control access to our virtual private network, deploy the correct applications, and manage system updates. We have been able to significantly increase our efficiency – tasks that previously were done at headquarters can now be completed in the field, saving hours or even days of delay.”
Avantair, an air travel company headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, introduced tablet computers equipped with ProntoForms™ from AT&T for on-board document access and data entry. Utilizing ProntoForms, the company quickly created dozens of electronic forms for pilots to use when they are on the ground. To help manage its data in a highly-secure fashion, Avantair chose MobileIron VSP from AT&T as its mobile IT platform. The tablets connect to their back-end systems, giving near real-time two-way transmission of flight information and operating updates. The solution cuts out wasted time and bulky paper piles, and it enhances the security of data while improving the invoicing workflow by weeks.
In a recent Current Analysis Global Managed Mobility Services Report, AT&T was rated a “Leader”, citing AT&T’s ability to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of service, increased momentum and market maturity, and a well thought out vision and future service/product roadmap.
 “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobility Services, Q1 2013, Analysis Of 13 Global Leaders’ Capabilities And How They Stack Up”, Forrester Research, Inc., February 15, 2013
 2013 Current Analysis Global Managed Mobility Services Report, January 2013
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Introduction to my article published in Forbes – December 30, 2012. Read the full article here
Written by Mark Scott, CEO of Northern Pixels, a mobile app business consulting firm.
1. Embrace BYOD and BYOA innovation
Enterprise CIOs everywhere continue to promote companywide mobile solutions to simplify and streamline processes. However, these projects frequently experience long delays, budget overruns, and reduced features and functionality compared to the initial scope. Often, this results in employees losing confidence, and in many cases, taking control of their own professional destiny.
Passionate employees are bringing their own devices and apps to work to be more productive. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the BYOD (bring your own device) and BYOA (bring your own app) phenomena. Even managers of workgroups under the IT radar are mobilizing teams with non-sanctioned apps. These ground-up, almost black ops solutions, have quickly become crucial work tools that are transforming enterprise processes.
While old-school CIOs stamp out these employee-driven innovations to protect their own top-down mobility strategy, the savvy ones are beginning to realize that there are valuable lessons to be learned from these creative employee solutions. Frequently, these solutions are more effective, less costly, and most importantly, are already being deployed and successfully adopted.
2. It’s not custom app versus packaged app – it’s both
The utopian (and costly) idea that the enterprise should custom build all of its mobile apps, has now been acknowledged as outdated. Custom building solutions is undeniably here to stay; but for very select and unique business requirements. CIOs now realize that a growing number of packaged but customizable business apps can meet multiple requirements of an enterprise, and for a fraction of the cost.
Moreover, deploying a packaged solution can be done swiftly and with minimal risk, as it has already been market tested by other enterprises. This provides the CIO a more powerful credibility platform to deliver wider mobile enterprise solutions.
3. RIM and the Mayans were both wrong – migrating to iOS and Android didn’t result in the end of the world
Once upon a time, the shift by the enterprise from Blackberry to iOS and Android, was considered by many IT apocalyptic doomsayers as reckless, suggesting the invariable result to be compromised security of corporate data.
Fast forward to 2013 and the world is still here. Consequently, any CIO still preaching to executive committees and board members that there is no safe alternative to BlackBerry for enterprise, is likely to experience a shorter tenure than the already limited 4.5 year CIO average.
4. Tablets – Moses was right; we must all respect them
Tablets are progressively being used in more and more business functions across the enterprise. Employees in the sales and customer care roles are experiencing the strongest growth for tablet use. Tablets are also being rapidly deployed with field services employees when larger screens are required for inspections and reports. IDC reported 27.8M global tablet unit shipments in Q3 of 2012, up almost 50% over Q3 2011. Samsung showed sizable 325% global growth of tablet sales in Q3 2012 over the same period last year, with 5.1M units shipped.
In November, Gartner stated; “Tablets will be the key accelerator to mobility. Gartner estimates that in 2012 purchases of tablets by businesses will reach 13 million units and will more than triple by 2016, to reach 53 million units.”
5. Big data is getting even bigger – with mobilized employees
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Guy Clermont Jr. of Guy Clermont Heating & Plumbing estimated the cost of printing forms, duplicate data entry back at the office and wasted fuel for unnecessary trips back to the office for truck inventory was costing him around $2,000 a year per field technician, with five people in the field. He decided to try a paperless system and looked at ProntoForms, a mobile-based business management solution for HVAC contractors.
“I knew this was a tool that would help me meet my goal of eliminating paper from my field teams,” Clermont said. “Equally important to saving time and money was organization. Paper forms were driving me crazy — too many lost forms to duplicate and manually re-enter back at the office, and many of them with missing information.”
Clermont said he considered using individual mobile apps for the various business forms his teams used, but he wanted something that he could customize and adjust to his business process and export data back to Quickbooks.
“We have developed a business system unique to us — our work orders and check lists are different than other companies — this has evolved from decades of experience. We get all of our forms on a smart phone — not someone else’s forms. Checklists, work orders and even taking pictures of a completed job or capturing a customer signature. This system makes us work smarter.”
The cost of ProntoForms is $19.95 a month per field worker. Compared to all the savings generated, it’s now one of the most effective service tools in the company’s toolbox.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:45 pm
As smart phones become smarter and tablet computers become more common, more and more oil patch companies are using these devices to speed the collection and transmittal of field data. With the right forms on board, these devices can be used to collect safety, inventory or other data, which can then be uploaded to a server.
ProntoForms, a system of mobile-based forms for a variety of industries including oil and gas, comes from Canadian firm TrueContext, which developed the idea about six years ago for use in Palm Pilots. Forms are now available for all mobile operating systems, according to Tim Moran, the company’s senior vice president of sales. Moran is based in Austin and the company has a number of clients in the Permian Basin.
Originally, the company custom-designed Palm-based forms for large corporations and, said Moran, struggled for its first five to six years of existence. Then Pombo struck upon a way to mass-produce and market those forms to mid-size and smaller companies, which is when the idea took off. In the custom-design days, the company had approximately 100 very large clients. Today TrueContext boasts more than 2,000 clients in the U.S. and in various countries around the world, with communications giant AT&T as a reseller for the forms and a presence in India, Chile, Germany and elsewhere.
Today, the average oil and gas client company has 10-20 employees, but the big companies are still on board. Oxy, BP, Shell and others are on the client list.
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Summary: Smartphones and tablets are rewriting the rules for mobile data collection and field service dispatch. Here are five solutions for getting organizes paperlessly.
TrueContext Mobile Solutions – The Canadian developer of ProntoForms has a strategic relationship with AT&T, which is distributing its software – used by more than 1,800 business customers. The application helps organizations like Link Associates in Des Moines, Iowa, coordinate delivery dispatches. “ProntoForms has saved us up to 40 hours in labor a month,” said Jim Wilkie, fleet and facilities director for Link. That’s a lot of hours for a small business. The app links with a service that starts at $19.95 per month, per user for AT&T subscribers.
The third and final Presidential debate will be held on Monday October 22nd at Lynn University in Florida. AT&T sponsored an initiative at Lynn University to survey students on how mobile access to social media impacted their views of politics and the candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election. Our App was used on Samsung Galaxy Tabs for the survey.