Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FMS 6.1 Introduces Offline Support for Cross-Platform Mobility and Increased Developer Flexibility

Company announces the general availability of the Field Mobility System, version 6.1.

AUSTIN, TX - July 25, 2012 - @hand announced today an important release of its mobile software with version 6.1 of the Field Mobility System (FMS). This product version completes the vision of FMS 6 as a cross-platform mobility framework with support for online and offline use cases, as well as an open architecture.

In mission-critical mobility scenarios, mobile workers often execute tasks in work environments with limited or unreliable network connectivity. Examples include work that occurs in remote geographies, secure government facilities, and mining environments, as well as plants, warehouses, and hospitals with incomplete wireless coverage. With FMS 6.1, @hand can deploy cross-platform, HTML5-based mobile applications to users while ensuring a consistent experience, even when the device is offline.

“FMS 6.1 represents an important milestone for the product and for the company,” according to Mike Loos, Chief Technology Officer for @hand. “Offline support and data synchronization services are core values in our software approach, and we are thrilled to expand the value of FMS to many of the smartphones and tablets that enterprises continue to adopt.”

@hand is also aligning with market demand by providing an open architecture and a new JavaScript-based API that provides programmatic access to @hand’s patented mobile data architecture. With this API, @hand can work with its customers to incorporate the appropriate development and integration tools, whether from @hand or from third parties.

“As with all @hand product innovations, they exist to deliver customer success,” said John Cannington, @hand CEO. “We already have FMS 6.1 in market with early adopters, and a leading life sciences company has recently deployed a mission-critical iPad-based solution for their sales organization. Expect @hand to continue to innovate both in our products and our solutions as we continue to deliver success to our customers.”

About @hand
@hand provides enterprise mobility solutions for mission-critical work processes, such as asset management, supply chain, and field service. With patented software and a comprehensive set of solution services, @hand offers over a decade of experience in the successful delivery of strategic solutions for the mobile enterprise. To learn more, visit

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Questions to Ask Your Mobile Solution Provider

In the enterprise today, mobile technologies can empower workers with powerful computing capabilities through an increasingly diverse spectrum of smartphones, handhelds, tablets, and mobile PCs. By unleashing enterprise data from core business systems, organizations can streamline mobile work processes, improve data integrity, and promote total work visibility.  
As an organizational decision maker, how do you get there? Is it as simple as purchasing mobile hardware and directing internal IT resources to "go mobile." Can you rely on your existing enterprise software vendors to effectively "extend" their systems to the field? 
It is hard not to consider these incremental strategies to encourage mobile adoption. But, incremental measures often produce incremental results, and the mobile opportunity is anything but incremental... it's transformative. And transformation requires new technology, new applications, and new expertise. Many enterprise buyers recognize this reality and find themselves in a search for a mobile solution provider who can integrate the various convergent technologies and processes and deliver successful solutions. 
To support this process, we have identified 5 core questions for mobile solution providers. 
  1. How does your platform handle device diversity and respond to the BYOD phenomenon?
  2. Do you offer a proven integration framework, to connect to my back-end systems? 
  3. How do you incorporate and support customer-specific workflows into mobile applications? 
  4. For changes implemented in back-end systems, how disruptive are those changes to your mobile solutions? 
  5. Do you own significant intellectual property (IP) and/or patents to protect your mobile technology? 
In future blog posts, we will expand these questions and offer more insight into the options available to organizations today. In the meantime, read more about @hand's unique configure-to-order approach to mobile solution delivery.


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