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New Apple Video prominently features the ProntoForms solution

March 17, 2014

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Watch the TGM Apple video

ProntoForms is pleased to be featured in a new Apple iPad in Business video that showcases how mobile devices can speed up business processes. The video profiles TGM Ltd., a commercial roof and drainage maintenance firm in the UK. The ProntoForms application helped TGM to eliminate high volumes of paper forms in the field, putting all forms, including ISO documents, on Apple iPads for field workers. As a result, TGM has raised business process productivity.

“We use ProntoForms that have replaced all of our paper forms in a digital format,” explained one TGM manager in the Apple business profile.

“ProntoForms is proud to have been chosen as one of the feature mobile solutions in this influential Apple video. It underscores our position as market leaders and it accurately portrays just how effective and simple it is to deploy ProntoForms on mobile devices to improve any business process,” said Alvaro Pombo, ProntoForms CEO and Founder.

Watch the TGM Apple video

 

Ingersoll Rand saves thousands a year with our business App – ProntoForms

January 31, 2014

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Ingersoll Rand, a well known UK firm that manages 14,000 assets, decided to implement ProntoForms mobile forms into its business processes to improve productivity and save on operational costs. The results have been astounding.

According to UK firm ILG Business, Ingersoll Rand is saving £48,818 a year with ProntoForms. In U.S. dollar terms, that’s over $75,000 a year!

Ingersoll Rand has completely eliminated the manual data entry component of its business processes, while giving its over 60 engineers on the go a more streamlined way of collecting and reporting on their field work.

Currently, Ingersoll Rand is deploying several types of mobile forms from ProntoForms.

To check out the full Ingersoll Rand ProntoForms case study, click here.

Our Business App, ProntoForms, wins Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership

January 10, 2014

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Today, Frost & Sullivan announced that ProntoForms has been recognized with the 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award for Mobile Forms. This best practices validation is a testament to the tremendous success that ProntoForms has had in mobilizing business processes, both big and small.

It’s a statement

The prestigious award win lets the business world know that mobile forms can play an integral role in speeding up workflows and saving on operation costs, and that ProntoForms is the premiere mobile form option.

“We’re honored to receive this award. It acknowledges the size and opportunity of the mobile forms market, and identifies mobile forms as a real solution to automate any size business process. This distinction also recognizes the simplicity of the ProntoForms product as a key contributor to our status as market leader,” said Alvaro Pombo, ProntoForms CEO and Founder.

In their own words

“ProntoForms is designed to be quickly understood and easily utilized by both the service workers in the field and the administrators who actually design the forms needed by their companies. The number of clicks required to achieve a function are kept to a minimum,” said Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Jeanine Sterling.

“In a unique approach, the user’s vertical industry is identified during the trial registration process and ProntoForms auto loads forms relevant to that industry. As a result, the customer receives a more ‘customized’ trial experience, which quickly increases the perceived value of the mobile forms.”

The criteria

According to Frost & Sullivan, this award won by ProntoForms is presented annually to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers and improve the ROI from their product or service.

Five Mobile App Questions Board Members Should Ask The CIO

October 11, 2013

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Introduction to my article published in Forbes – October 9, 2013 & The Chicago Tribune October 10, 2013. Read the full article here

Written by Mark Scott, CEO of Northern Pixels

When it comes to implementing technology solutions within an enterprise, the CIO is the authority on the matter; however board members need to sometimes test just how solid the CIO’s plan really is.

As it relates to significant mobile technology cost expenditures, board members of a corporation should ask questions and take an interest in the process. There’s nothing wrong with healthy discourse. After all, the CIO should be prepared to defend his/her decisions.

With that being said, here are five mobile app questions that board members should ask the CIO.

1. Which business processes are of highest priority for transitioning to mobile devices and apps?

Enterprises can have hundreds, sometimes thousands of business processes, some with a higher potential for saving on productivity and cost-saving than others. How is the CIO prioritizing which business process will be mobilized first? In other words, what’s the plan and what business data is it based on.

Moreover, unbeknownst to the CIO, sometimes business process owners have already taken it upon themselves and implemented mobile solutions. It’s important that the CIO know and understand these ground-up mobile initiatives, identify what can be learned “from the trenches” and find out just how these actions will impact future company decisions – good or bad.

2. Where is the CIO choosing custom mobile solutions or packaged mobile solutions, and why?

Custom App builds are frequently required in business, such as a customer-facing branded app. However, today the majority of field business processes for data collection and dispatching can be handled by off-the-shelf mobile solutions.

Considering the complexity and variety of device operating systems, and factoring in multiple screen sizes and functionality, if a custom build is still being undertaken, what is the business case for replicating the capabilities of an available off-the-shelf mobile solution?

Furthermore, it’s perfectly legitimate to raise the track record of the enterprise in developing, releasing and maintaining custom solutions. What have been the associated costs in past custom developments? Is there a track record of employees adopting and using these custom solutions?

3. How are we using SaaS solutions to extend our mobile employees?

Complimentary external solutions can play a significant role in mobilizing employees and ensuring that enterprises are getting the most out of their employees in the field. Inform yourself as to what SaaS solutions the enterprise is commonly using today. Salesforce is a broadly used example, but multiple cloud solutions are creeping into every department within the enterprise.

Ask what the strategy is to connect and leverage SaaS solutions to the mobile strategy to improve business processes. Again, try and learn what you can from business process owners who have deployed “non-sanctioned” solutions to improve their department’s business productivity, and where they should fit in the new mobile strategy.

4. How will the new deluge of mobile data be used to improve the business?

The more mobile we go, the more data we generate. With the new deluge of mobile data coming into the enterprise, how will it be leveraged to improve productivity, and how will the data connect to the Enterprise analytics and CRM to improve business processes?

Moreover, what about all of the new rich data that mobile empowered employees will bring to the enterprise (photos, videos, bar & QR codes, customer signatures, GPS tagging, voice memos, etc.)? How will it be stored, searchable and valuable, versus causing a case of useless data bloat?

Introduction to my article published in Forbes – October 9, 2013 & The Chicago Tribune October 10, 2013. Read the full article here

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Panasonic Toughpad and mobile business apps – Productivity on the go.

Our latest white paper. Special thanks to Antoine Jothy (creative) and Matthew Ross (co-author) – great team effort.

Excerpt from the White Paper – read the full white paper here

Introduction

We are in the midst of the age of business consumerization, where advancements in mobile technology and the proliferation of consumer applications have forever changed how businesses view their workflows and processes. It seems that there’s an App for everything these days, including for every type of in-the-field business purpose and requirement.

As more and more companies seek to take advantage of the game-changing mobile devices, cloud services and aforementioned business applications that steadily hit the marketplace, the needs and expectations of mobile workers continue to change. As the speed of business goes, so do the necessities of mobile business.

This consumerization of enterprise-supporting mobile technology is pushing big business into spaces it has never been. Gone are the days of in-house only technological solutions. Today’s CIO now has many packaged yet customized choices to consider, when adding to his/her solution arsenal.

Moreover, with the increased possibilities for today’s devices and applications in the field, mobile workers are daring to apply these new technologies to industries that were traditionally never before thought of as consumer device compatible. In other words, mobile devices are boldly going where they’ve never gone before.

However, as businesses began pushing the mobile technology envelope in the field, the need for a high-performing yet durable device arose. Since consumer type devices were never intended for the most rugged of job sites, certain limitations and fears crept in.

Thus, as the risk of devices breaking, falling or losing connectivity rises, the effectiveness and ROI of deployed consumer type devices and Apps falls. The more rugged the industry, the less viable and effective consumer type devices become.

Enter the Panasonic Toughpad tablet. Specifically designed and geared to excel in the most rugged, adverse job settings, the Toughpad was created with the most challenging enterprise, government and institution worker conditions in mind. The Toughpad is the most complete rugged mobile device ever built. It is single-handedly allowing companies in rugged industries to go mobile where they previously would not dare.

The combination of the ProntoForms application and platform, teamed with the Panasonic Toughpad tablet, is a prime example of the capability of today’s mobile technology for business. When you deploy a mobile form App that can collect data and real-time send it back to the office, on a user-friendly device that can operate under adverse conditions, the potential for becoming more efficient and productive in the field is almost limitless.

Simply put, mobile technology’s biggest contribution is in helping companies to go paperless and to digitize workflows and processes.

Excerpt from the White Paper – read the full white here

White Paper: Panasonic Toughpad

September 27, 2013

ProntoForms customer Shell to present our mobile solution at Big Data Oil and Gas conference

September 23, 2013

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Next month, ProntoForms will participate in the inaugural Big Data Analytics for Oil and Gas conference, put on by IQPC. Taking place on October 17 and 18 in Houston, Texas, the event examines and presents challenges and solutions related to data management in the demanding oil and gas industry.

Speaking on the merits of ProntoForms

Speaking on the ProntoForms solution will be Dwayne Williams, a UNC Wells HSE – West Supervisor for Shell Oil Company. Dwayne and his team have successfully deployed ProntoForms in his Shell business processes.

The mobile form topics to cover

In his event presentation, Dwayne will talk about how ProntoForms helps Shell get real-time data from the field to corporate analytics, improving field productivity and reducing various risks. He’ll also cover:

  • Using mobile devices and mobile form Apps to improve field HSSE data collection and connecting this data to the corporate analytics system
  • Utilization of mobile devices and apps to speed up reporting processes, improve site and employee safety and raise productivity
  • Implementation of lean and consistent data collection processes across job sites to effortlessly track, filter and analyze data, and ensure data integrity and quality
  • Facilitation of rapid executive decision-making on the principle of learn fast and share fast: Collection of large volumes of critical field data and subsequent real-time data implementation into analytics platforms

The ProntoForms team will also demo our mobile solution on the Panasonic Toughpad, an Android-powered device designed for use in rugged conditions.

Also scheduled to speak at the event are representatives from such oil and gas firms as BP, Haliburton, Hess and Riss Energy.

For more information on the event, including on how to attend, visit www.bigdataoilandgas.com.

Improving railway safety with mobile devices and apps.

Roadway Workers Training of St. Augustine Florida, featured in a Panasonic Toughpad video with our top selling AT&T business App – ProntoForms

Panasonic Toughpad Video — featuring our business App

September 5, 2013

Rex Electric is a large commercial electrician organization in Chicago. They have deployed ProntoForms to help improve field worker productivity and reduce operations costs.

Panasonic Toughpad Video – featuring our business App

August 12, 2013

TBI Airports, a division of Abertis, one of the world’s largest airport management companies, uses our App for facility management and tarmac services.

Panasonic Toughpad Video – Featuring our business App

July 17, 2013

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