Wavelink Blog

Author: Jay Cichosz

What it Means to Provide for the Mobile Ecosystem

Every now and then, we have the opportunity to tell new customers and/or Partners about what it means to provide solutions for the entire mobile ecosystem, and it struck me that it might make a great topic for a blog post.

When you look at our solutions, the best way to visualize the “how do they all work together?” question is to envision an enterprise within the four walls. Let’s say that the enterprise is divided into the following “sections”, all of which come with their own needs and requirements.

In every Warehouse, applications are being run for a variety of tasks. This is where we begin our circle of mobile ecosystem solutions, via Studio and TE which allow organizations to deliver the aforementioned applications to mobile assets, such as handheld computers. From there, it’s possible that some of those applications are web-based, and therefore require an Industrial Browser or Velocity to render and properly run them. For further productivity, many companies are now looking to voice-enable these very same applications, which as you’ve seen in our Goya Foods video, our Speakeasy product  does quite well.

Let’s continue to our next “section”.

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Planning and Budgeting for MDM

Mobile Device Management is the new “hot” thing in the enterprise, especially with all the talk of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. We’ve recently posted on BYOD, as have many others. But, I think it’s important to remember that there are other important considerations to think about. Primarily, the cost consideration before you decide on a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution.

Research shows that cost is a major concern for those implementing MDM, which makes sense, because any solution has to be worth it! At the core, MDM is focused on reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of mobile assets. A huge factor in these “costs of ownership” is security. Since MDM solutions entered the space, securing information that travels to and from the device, and information that is on the device, has been crucial. If information is ever compromised, companies can lose thousands to millions of dollars. With the BYOD phenomena, the need to control this “cost” has been thrown in the limelight.

Prospects for MDM also now have new delivery options available, which can factor into the cost of a solution. We’ve written and presented extensively on how your cost considerations should match the delivery method that best suites your budget. For some, that’s a SaaS model (low monthly subscription), for others it an on-site install (more investment required up front). Either way, it’s important to know that the installation method you chose will impact costs.

If you’d like to discuss other cost considerations, feel free to email me or discuss in the comments below. Additionally, if you’re interested in TCO and the return on investment for MDM solutions, I’m happy to provide you with our Avalanche ROI Calculator. Just put your info in the “Ask the Advisor” fields to the left with “ROI Calculator” in the comment box, and I’ll follow-up with you.

 

LXE Factory enables Wavelink TE

Supplychainbrain.com article regarding Wavelink Terminal Emulaiton

http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/nc/technology-solutions/rfid-wireless-bar-code-voice/single-article-page/article/lxe-expands-connectivity-offerings-with-wavelink/

Washing a Datalogic Scanner

A link to a video of someone cleaning the dust off of a DL scanner with a garden hose.  If you have similar videos of mobile device tests please send them along.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRtUzaazP_Q

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New Free Enterprise Mobility Report From Aberdeen

“More Mobility, Same Budget”

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0574351.htm

A 3rd Party Post about Wavelink Communicator

http://mobilitygiants.blogspot.com/2010/01/wavelink-communicator-v11.html

Motorola Enters the “Headless” Voice device Arena

Some information on the new Motorola WT4090 VOW device…

http://www.retailresellernews.com/

HP Veteran Exec Jumps Ship For AIDC Vendor Intermec

Interesting times…

http://www.crn.com/it-channel/222200383;jsessionid=MTQZ2DIFE0FZJQE1GHRSKHWATMY32JVN

Android

Google’s Nexus is making a splash. Who will bring the first ruggedized barcode scanning device to market and when?

Wavelink at NRF

Wavelink will be previewing Avalanche 5.0 at the National Retail Federation Show in New York City, January 11-12.  Stop by Booth #2617 to learn more about the new web-based UI, free device mapping, PCI & Sarbanes Oxley compliance and more.  Demos of Wavelink Speakeasy and the new TE screen reformatter will also be available.