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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


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.

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White Paper: Panasonic Toughpad

September 27, 2013

Our latest white paper for CIOs developed on the topic of Mobility Enterprise Application Platforms – Packaged versus custom built

Special thanks to the research and writing team Steve Woodward, Matthew Ross and to the Creative Brand talents of Antoine Jothy

Excerpt from the White Paper – read the full white here

Introduction – The Great Debate

At present, one of the biggest technology debates within enterprises is how to best deploy mobile solutions into the field. Should these solutions be built and maintained in-house, or are pre-built, packaged mobile solutions the way to go?

Mobile solution capabilities for business continue to develop at a feverish rate. Seemingly growing by the month, device makers and the brands behind the major operating systems are arming mobile workers with more and more tools and access for smartphones and tablets. This
has left enterprises scrambling with how best to maximize what their workforce can do in the field.

The challenge for every enterprise is clear – provide workers on the go with the very best and most efficient mobile tools possible. If not, almost certainly, for every enterprise thinking about deploying a mobile solution, there are competing firms contemplating the very same decisions.

However, it’s important to differentiate between the mobile solutions we’re considering. As mobility solutions continue their rap- id expansion across businesses, multiple unique requirements can be defined. While smaller businesses may require only one solution, sophisticated enterprises may require multiple unique, packaged and custom-built solutions, including mobile Apps for brand marketing and retention.

This white paper is focused on productivity solutions for businesses, and compares the buy versus build costs of a multi-platform, fully integrated mobile solution, for data shared and dispatched to enterprise field workers, and for data collected in the field and real-time shared with the office and other team members.

For CIOs and big business executives alike, the pros and cons of
buying versus building must be heavily weighed. Pressure on CIOs is
coming from below, with employees complaining of how much more
productive they can be with their own smart device, and from above
- boardroom expectations of a clear and deployed mobile strategy.
For a multitude of reasons, speed of deployment in today’s competitive business environment is paramount – 18 to 24-month development and deployment projects can frequently outlast many team members, strategies and even the CIO altogether.

What compounds the challenge of the mobile strategy, and the ongoing debate of buy versus build, is the importance of interconnecting office data to the field and field data to the office. The mobile App cannot work alone; it must be connected to the office to maximize business productivity.

Invariably, at the end of the day, it will always come down to projected ROI – how much time and money is an enterprise investing and what kind of results will it yield?

Enlisting the help of an independent ICT expert with 20 years in the industry, we examine how packaged, customizable applications such as mobile forms solution ProntoForms, fare against similarly in-house built applications.

Steven Woodward is a leading international expert in ICT estimation and cloud computing governance. He has over 20 years experience in software estimation, benchmarking, valuation and governance. A Certified Function Point Specialist since 1994, and a Certified Software Quality Analyst since 1995, Woodward was asked to independently analyze buy versus build scenarios, involving ProntoForms and general industry examples.

In 2010, Woodward was elected as Director of International Software Measurement Analysis conferences and education, in conjunction with the International Function Point Users Group, custodians of the ISO/ IEC 20926 functional sizing standards. This standard is used to consistently quantify and categorize software functionality to establish realistic commitments, monitor progress and clarify support costs of software solutions.

Woodward is also a published author on effective project measurement and cloud computing measurement.

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Mobilizing Enterprise Workflows – Buy versus Build

October 19, 2012

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A white paper developed for Rogers on the topic of mobilizing field workers with smartphones and apps.

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About the white paper:

Any company with workers in the field has to be as agile and as real-time as possible when it comes to relaying data and information. Businesses in the Field Services industry must take advantage of the latest and greatest advances in mobile data capture and technology in order to stay ahead of the curve. This White Paper speaks to how applications like ProntoForms can seamlessly integrate into existing Field Services business workflows and really make a difference.

Rogers – Mobilizing Field Service Teams

September 11, 2012

The following White Paper was developed for AT&T for Mobile Application Marketing and Sales.

Introduction – read the full AT&T Mobility Application white paper here

On an ongoing basis, companies continue to wrestle with the constantly evolving practices and new technological pace of today’s global and local business landscapes. This elevated technological pace is being driven by three powerful business game-changers – Mobile Devices (tablets and smartphones), Cloud Services, and now a relatively new phenomenon, Mobile Business Applications.

Together, these elements have ushered in the age of digital-only business workflows, rendering paper-driven practices nearly obsolete. Reducing administration costs and man hours associated with transcribing paper reporting into back office systems has helped businesses become leaner and more efficient.

Smartphone and tablet hardware capabilities have grown leaps and bounds over the last few years, enabling businesses to utilize mobile devices for more and more company activities. Advances in smartphone and tablet hardware have dramatically improved mobile usability, as it relates to speed, tools, data processing and storage, allowing for the age of digital-only business to truly take shape.

Cloud services have also advanced the digital workflow movement, letting workers in the field store, access and share large amounts of data and work-related documents. Synchronizing company data with several de- vices has proven to be a real time-saver and leg up for businesses practicing good cloud management. It’s made firms with mobile workers lighter, increasingly agile and more cohesive as a team. Now more than ever, thanks in large part to cloud services, having workers in the field no longer slows down team collaboration.

Concurrent with advances in mobile device hardware and cloud services, has been the absolute explosion in consumer application development across multiple platforms, particularly on Android and Apple OS platforms. Produced for the masses, these Apps have made consumers’ lives simpler and more convenient.

However, there are limitations as to what most consumer Apps can do. Consequently, the mobile business application market has now seen its own share of incredible growth. More sophisticated and designed to handle SMB and Enterprise needs, business mobile applications are capturing the imagination of business and technology managers alike. Mobile business applications are changing how companies think about their processes, including the integration of and customized connectivity to cloud services.

The main challenge for companies is to find business Apps that can handle more than just individual users or uses. Rather, business Apps must support multiple groups (teams), be secure, fully manageable, and capable of adapting to company growth, while not losing the simplicity and power that have made personal mobile Apps a part of our everyday lives. We now operate in a near limitless mobile business environment, where workers are no longer chained to their desktops – or even their laptops.

Chief among these powerful new business Apps is the ProntoForms solution.More than a simple App, ProntoForms is a business workflow solution, able to dispatch office data to and collect data from the field, as well as connect to back office systems and route data to and or through cloud services.

Further evidence of increased business digital workflow on the go is aplenty. For example, research firm TechnoMetrica’s 2011 findings revealed that nearly 50 percent of small businesses use smartphones as part of their processes. Moreover, according to Morgan Stanley Research, sales of smartphones are expected to exceed those of PCs in 2012. Both research results only confirm the increasing business role that Mobile Device Hard- ware, Cloud Services and Applications are going to continue to play – and how ProntoForms is well positioned to continue to be a leading mobile business solution.

Read the full AT&T Mobility Application white paper here

December 24, 2011

The following White Paper was developed for Samsung USA to promote Business Mobility Solutions.

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With Facebook reaching a billion users in August 2012 (iCrossing) and Twitter surpassing 500 million users in February 2012 (Media Bistro), it’s clear that the majority of the workforce is very comfortable utilizing these two social media platforms.

As it pertains to the use of social media, mobile business solutions are now incorporating more connectivity options with these platforms. In the case of ProntoForms, the mobile solution lets users rely on Facebook and Twitter (as well as conventional email) as a team notification service for various field updates and data submissions, right to and from any mobile device.

“Twitter is a part of our team notification process and it has really enabled us to turn around and rent out our equipment faster, sometimes as much as seven days quicker,” says J.P. MClain, Product Sales and Support Manager for the half-century old ROMCO Equipment Company in Texas.

After undergoing an audit of its processes, ROMCO, sellers and renters of heavy construction equipment, decided to implement ProtoForms and deployed Samsung Galaxy tablets at each of its eight locations.

December 22, 2011

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Applications are changing the game

Mobile applications must either serve a specific business purpose or be high performance in order to make the grade with any business team. Firms can certainly make use of an Apple App such as Find My iPhone, ensuring that companies safeguard their mobile assets and always know their whereabouts.

But for high business performance, an App must be user-friendly, process information and tasks in a speedy fashion, and have two-way connectivity with the office.

Such are the characteristics of ProntoForms, a mobile application known for the variety of tasks it can accomplish. While its name suggests a concentration on efficient form usage, it’s the robust nature of these customizable forms that makes the mobile business solution unique.

An important non-profit organization in Des Moines, Iowa, the transportation services of Link Associates are a vital part of the everyday lives of the families that it serves. With roughly 1,200 individuals that count heavily on Link associates, Fleet and Facilities Director Jim Wilkie wanted to tighten up its processes and better serve its clientele. He instituted ProntoForms on iPhone devices in the field and it has been a tremendous upgrade in how the organization goes about its business.

“We have roughly 7,000 trips a month to document and invoice on, so we were looking to simplify the process. ProntoForms has saved us up to 40 hours in labor a month. Before using ProntoForms, we were employing additional office staff to go through paper billing and enter the data electronically.”

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December 21, 2011