Thursday, August 30, 2012

This Just In...Field Consignment Inventory on iPads

Leveraging our deep experience in asset and inventory management, @hand recently expanded its mobile applications offering with a field consignment inventory solution. In the area of field consignment inventory, a global manufacturer in the life sciences industry selected @hand to implement a solution for its field sales and service organization. With support for online and offline use, the mobile solution is deployed to Apple iPads and provides a variety of compelling high-value order management and consignment features.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mobile Strategies for the Federal Sector

In June, we surveyed IT organizations focused on the federal government to gain some key insights regarding the adoption and perception of mobile solutions. The results are enlightening. Even as federal agencies continue to cut IT budgets, respondents overwhelmingly viewed mobility as one of the most significant and important growth areas for the federal sector.  Over 95% of respondents said that mobile applications were a critical part of their solution offerings. But almost 25% identified a lack of expertise in-house for planning or executing a mobile strategy.  
These data points confirm a trend that we see in 2012. As mobility emerges as an increasingly high priority, many government organizations and contractors still struggle to find the right partner to deliver successful mobile solutions. While there is an abundant market of vendors that promote mobility as a competency, we know that government buyers are sensitive to pragmatic realities, such as the specifics of contract vehicles, security credentials, and intellectual property controls. 
From the survey results, it is clear that the federal market places a premium on solution providers with proven technology and a track record of federal government success. For over a decade, @hand has delivered successful mobile solutions within a variety of federal environments, including the defense department and civilian agencies. To learn more, contact @hand or continue to read about our solutions for government.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Battle of the Mobile Devices - The Results are In!

Last month we asked readers of The Mobile Report to participate in a poll to provide insight into their adoption and plans for mobile hardware platforms. Readers span a broad spectrum across industries, such as oil & gas, manufacturing, and utilities.  Apple took the lead in our poll - 70% of respondents indicated the presence of, or plans for, iPads and/or iPhones in their workplace. Android-based phones and tablets (which include the Samsug Galaxy, Google Nexus and others) took second place with 48%. Windows-based devices followed at about 22% with Blackberry trailing close behind at 17%. 
One observation in our poll is a potential reduction in the interest for rugged mobile hardware. While the rugged category scored in the 30% range, this figure is perhaps lower than would have been discovered in years past. Many enterprises have discovered that smartphones and professional tablets represent a readily-available and cost-effective option for a wide variety of mobile applications. Consider this Forbes article - one of many reporting of iPad adoption in the enterprise.  
The emergence of the iPad and other "pro-sumer" devices provides a great example of how quickly the mobile technology landscape can shift. How many market analysts in 2008-2010 predicted the rapid decline of BlackBerry? These examples highlight the importance of selecting mobile solutions with an eye towards investment protection. It's easy to why so many businesses have placed a premium on enterprise-grade mobile solutions that can balance cross-platform qualities without sacrificing the user experience that is so critical to success with mobility. Click here to learn more about cross-platform enterprise mobility solutions from @hand.

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