Thursday, September 27, 2012

Transforming the Mobile Enterprise

If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld next week in San Francisco, be sure to drop by Booth #634 where we'll be taking entry forms for an iPad drawing. As a Gold Sponsor of Oracle, we're looking forward to OpenWorld once again. Mobility is changing the game across all industries - including yours. For over a decade, we've provided a game-changing advantage for Oracle ERP customers by leveraging adaptable, powerful mobility solutions on the @hand Field Mobility System (FMS) platform - across the enterprise. If developing an enterprise-wide mobility strategy is critical to you, visit us at Booth #634 to speak with one of our mobility experts who will be on hand to bring you up to speed on strategies that rock your enterprise.
Monday, September 24, 2012

BYOD is About Software, Not Just Devices

The rise of BYOD has been heralded for so many years now, it’s almost a cliché. But there’s no denying that BYOD has reached a tipping point, rapidly becoming the norm rather than the exception. In fact, a study completed by Global Information Inc. found that a full 65% of global companies polled will put in place at least limited BYOD policies by the end of the year.

Still, while the potential benefits of BYOD are clear when it comes to convenience and productivity, many of the old CIO and IT concerns about security and data integration remain. To allay these concerns, the move to BYOD should really be a two-fold shift that considers not just the devices themselves but also the software framework on which employees will do the majority of their work. This is where companies can retain control, funneling data into a few select systems, making full use of the cloud, and combining IT’s security efforts with that of software companies tasked with the sole purpose of doing just that.

With this dual policy in place, companies will have a much more integrated and secure transition into BYOD.
Friday, September 21, 2012

Meet with an @hand Mobility Expert at Oracle OpenWorld

Mobile solutions are on the minds of IT executives in every industry. For over a decade, @hand has provided fully-functional mobile solutions that align with Oracle EBS and enable customers to extract new value on our patented FMS (Field Mobility System) platform from their Oracle investments. FMS has also been tested and approved as an Oracle Validated Integration. Our mobility experts will be on hand at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 from October 1 through October 3 in San Francisco so come by Booth #634 and chat with us to learn more about mobile solutions that transform your Oracle EBS experience. Free passes to the expo are still available, so contact us at marketing@hand.com by Sept 28, 2012 to get your free pass and reserve your on-the-spot meeting with an @hand mobility expert.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Countdown to GOMAXIMO 2012 – one week away

As a Gold Sponsor of GOMAXIMO 2012 (Global Maximo Oil & Gas Users Group) taking place in Houston, Texas next week from Sept 26-28, 2012, we’ll be sharing insight at the conference into initiatives we've spearheaded to deliver game-changing, transformative mobile solutions that enable IBM Maximo customers to gain a competitive edge in the market with the @hand FMS platform. At the Mobile Symposium during the conference, we’ll be offering four free sessions designed to get companies up to speed quickly on developing a winning enterprise mobile strategy. Mobile Symposium attendees will also be entered into the iPad drawing! Mobility is significantly changing the game for companies across all industries - from Utilities to Manufacturing to Oil & Gas. If developing a mobility strategy is critical to your company, visit us at the GOMAXIMO conference and mobile symposium (Booth #003) or contact us at marketing@hand.com.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

We're sponsoring Oracle OpenWorld 2012 – Sept 30-Oct 4

Continuing our commitment to the Oracle community as a Gold Sponsor and Oracle Validated Integration, our Enterprise Mobility Team will be showcasing our mobility software solutions at OpenWorld in San Francisco, California from September 30-October 4 in Booth #634. Wanna be a mobile rockstar? Get transformative, adaptable mobile applications that rock. Be sure to visit us at Oracle OpenWorld, and enter the drawing to win a free iPad. Contact us at marketing@hand.com if you need a free pass to the expo or music festival. Limited quantity remaining
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Empowering the Mobile Worker

A recent Gartner report indicates that 48% of IT executives and CIOs surveyed at enterprises spanning multiple sectors believe their companies can achieve a market leadership position in their sectors by fully adopting innovative mobile solutions that boost their efficiency and productivity.  By embracing the BYOD trend, organizations are discovering they must change the way they think about building and deploying mobile applications to enable a positive user experience for employees and increase adoption. To stay in the game, organizations are forced to seek better ways to provide improved user interfaces for older, less productive business applications.  Consumerization of IT isn't just about the mobile device - it's also about how applications influence change.

As stated by CIO in the recent article “The Right Way to Empower the Mobile Worker”, companies need to respond by being agile and adaptable, even to unprecedented events. "Businesses have to establish best practices that transition as the market transitions," says Ken Dulaney, vice president for mobile computing research at Gartner.  Mobile solution providers who can demonstrate adapability to the changing business trends to align with the organization’s best practices and enable transformative results for them will likely be the best bet to partner with.

Friday, September 7, 2012

"I'll have a side salad with my mobile app"

According to Wall Street Journal’s recent Technology Journal Report, 36 billion mobile apps will be downloaded to mobile devices in 2012 and that number is expected to almost quadruple in the next 5 years. By the end of this year, the average smartphone user will download over three dozen apps to their phones. At last count, over 600,000 apps are available through the Google Play store and 650,000 in the Apple app store. How many have you downloaded in just the last 2 months? Mobile apps exist today for making everyday activities more efficient or automated for nearly everything we can imagine as a consumer. But for the business world, especially for energy and manufacturing companies with complex field environments, off-the-shelf apps that model unique workflows don’t readily exist, and can’t be used simply out of the box. But it sure would enable companies to get higher productivity levels and secure a competitive advantage by leveraging the global mobile apps trend.  

Mobile apps aren’t just for the consumer world. How do these companies take advantage of the trend? Ask your mobile solution provider about how they mirror your business processes and operational workflows in mobile apps. Providers that approach it from a deep understanding of your unique business processes are the ones that know that mobility is a must-have value for the enterprise, not just a nice-to-have collection of apps.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Navigating complex, high-stakes enterprise mobility initiatives

A leading natural gas pipeline operator based in Houston, Texas, recently leveraged their @hand enterprise mobility solution as a point of stability for field users during the process of replacing the back-end ERP system of record from IBM Maximo to SAP.  @hand’s software design and flexible architecture allows for a smooth transition to reduce any required downtime and provides a unique competitive advantage to enable customers to adapt quickly to changes in technology and/or process. In just the first eight hours after the transition was completed, over 5,600 transactions were successfully processed by @hand’s enterprise mobile server.

For over a decade, @hand’s solution approach has prioritized end user needs and business objectives first, and then work from that perspective to incorporate the right technology. Applying this consultative approach is extraordinarily valuable and critical for customers while navigating complex, high-stakes initiatives. By working closely with the customer to accomplish a smooth, uninterrupted transition for the entire organization, @hand helps enterprises achieve transformative results that increase competitive advantage and organizational efficiency.

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