Introductions are in Order – Please Meet Velocity

I am pleased to announce that today we released Wavelink Velocity, our next-generation industrial-grade browser.  With Velocity, customers can easily and securely deploy their mission-critical web-based applications to all their mobile workers with connection persistence and rich and consistent HTML rendering, across mobile ecosystem.

What is Velocity?

Velocity is engineered to address key traditional browser shortcomings such as poor performance, connection interruptions, lack of scanner support and narrow OS platform support. It also introduces a new set of features to enhance web application performance. With industry-leading performance and connection persistence, Velocity is built to overcome traditional browser difficulties and limitations and performs in the most challenging environments. Velocity is designed for scanning intensive applications and is optimized for mobile workers.

How does Velocity work?

Velocity is a server-side web browser paired with a client-side viewing application. The Velocity server interacts with a web server and performs most of the browser functions. It processes the pages using a browser engine and then sends it to the client in a lightweight format. Users receive all the benefits of a fast browser without waiting for the processing to take place on the client.

Hopefully that gives you just enough about the new product, but I encourage you to check out the Velocity product page for more info, or view the webinar we recently held to see more.

Thanks!

The POS Can Be A Pain In The… To Manage

It used to be that to buy something the consumer would just walk up to the cashier to get the items scanned and then pay. With the rise of mobile it’s becoming more common for the cashier to be roaming the store in search of a customer ready to check out all in the name of streamlining the customer’s experience.

Last holiday season Urban Outfitters used more than 300 iPod Touch devices as point-of-sale (POS) systems, and anticipates in the future that 80 percent of Urban Outfitter staffers will carry them to help with transactions.

While the emergence of mobile devices as POS systems creates convenience for shoppers and employees as well as less costs going into cash register acquisitions, it spells a problem in the form of managing the devices.

Earlier this year, beauty product retailer Sephora followed Apple’s lead by ditching its traditional POSes in favor of iPod Touches. With a list of retailers implementing pilots in an effort to reduce customer wait times the worry is if those devices need to be managed, and how is that going to be done?

The trend of mobile devices replacing cash registers isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, especially if you believe Square’s report of their volume last year. Mobile Payments Today published an infographic (also posted below) centered on mobile payments and stated that a mobile device as a credit card processor as one of the second-most hyped forms of mobile payments.

Companies need to make sure a policy is in place to manage all these devices and a central location to wipe them if they turn up missing.


The most important mobile payment infographic. Ever.

The most important mobile payment infographic. Ever.

Compliments of MobilePaymentsToday.com

MAM, MDM, BYOD, MEAP… Alphabet Soup and a Dose of Confusion

I participated in a discussion of the Enterprise Mobility Group on LinkedIn (which you can link to from our discussion on our own board). It’s addressed towards CIOs, and centers around the growth of Mobile Application Management and it’s impact on Mobile Device Management. Reviewing those comments, and observing the explosive growth of LinkedIn groups targeted at “Enterprise Mobility”, I got thinking about something I’ve noticed for quite a while. 

The market specialists have always seemed very confused when it comes to device management (MDM), mobile application development, and many other areas of mobility. There has always been a tendency to lump multiple technologies together when they really should not be connected. As one example, there has been a tendency for years for media publications to lump “cell phone management” in as part of MDM. Cellular carriers and their channel have always had their own management issues. However, they’re not the same issues a WMS manager has controlling barcode scanners, mobile printers, etc. Yet most industry reports (until very recently), have tended to lump cellular phones, and a whole host of other devices all together when talking “MDM”.

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Voice Enabled Applications – Speakeasy and Goya Video Case Study

We are excited to share our Speakeasy and Goya Foods video case study. Luis and his team are doing amazing things with their applications, and this video has some excellent insight into the ways voice-enabling their Manhattan Associates WMS has really improved operations. Take a peek and let us know what you think!

You can view all of our videos at our YouTube page, here.

Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms and Your Rugged Devices

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Anyone who has used a rugged mobile device knows how valuable the devices are to any enterprise. Their efficiency and speed make them one of the keys to retail and warehouse business processes. But, does your organization have a solid mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) to make mobile applications and workers as productive as possible?  

According to a SearchConsumerization article written by Michael Brandenburg, “Mobile enterprise application platforms provide an environment where enterprises can develop an application once and run it on any mobile OS. This approach is essential to enterprises that support a mix of devices, especially those that allow end users to run mobile enterprise applications on personal devices.”

Velocity was built to do exactly that, and is built and optimized for ruggedized mobile devices where traditional browsers are not. In the past, enterprises were forced to run Web applications across a variety of different versions of Windows, Pocket IE, etc. This led to inconsistent and unreliable user experience. Velocity stabilizes user experience regarding this issue.

As more and more companies see the value in moving toward web applications, it’s critical that they have a browser that is capable of meeting new needs and requirements. If your organization is looking at moving towards browser-based applications, it’s important to remember a few things: 1) Ensure that the application will be rendered properly across many different device types/sizes. 2) Will it work across multi-OS platforms, common in the rugged space? 3) Will connection be maintained if the device moves in and out of RF coverage?

Make sure you know the answers to these questions, and if you feel we’ve missed any, feel free to post them in the comments below.

Speakeasy and the Next Evolution of Voice Implementation

The Voice market is changing. The traditional, legacy, providers are seeing the market  expand and enterprises are finding that adding voice to their web applications no longer requires being held “hostage.” With long implementation cycles, costly brand-new hardware and extensive training, enterprises are shelling out big money to add Voice. This begs the question; when does ROI actually kick in? Isn’t Voice supposed to streamline operations, therefore saving you money?

It isn’t to say that these traditional providers don’t eventually save organizations money, but with tight budgets and staff often wearing multiple hats it is even more important for enterprises to see an early return, not only on the financial side, but also on the implementation side.

At our “Voice in 30 Days!” webinar, we talked about many of these topics, and how Speakeasy answers these challenges. For enterprises adding Voice just got a whole lot simpler.

Don’t have the resources or time to dedicate to a Speakeasy implementation? At the webinar, we announced the new Speakeasy Professional Services team that is available to get voice applications up and running as fast as possible. Our highly qualified group of field implementation engineers serves as an extension to your organization by ensuring that your specific objectives are met and that Speakeasy is deployed correctly. Additionally, with close relationships with strategic WMS providers and support for enterprise applications such as SAP and Oracle mean customers who were once limited to voice options, now – so to say – have a voice! We’d love to hear your voice success stories in the comments below!

Additional Considerations For Remote Service Connectivity – Don’t Forget The Device!!

Good afternoon everyone! Wanted to share something on remote service connectivity. Aberdeen Group’s research report, “The Real-Time Service Enterprise: Leveraging Remote Connectivity to Drive Service Performance,” lists the key items that differentiate Best-in-Class service providers from the Average and Laggard providers. In particular, the report points out the aggressive growth of remote connectivity technology that Best-in-Class service providers are leveraging to, A) stay better connected to their remote assets, which in turn helps them to, B) provide better customer service at lower costs.

What is interesting to note, (that is not really addressed in the report), is the additional and/or modified management requirements necessary to control all these new remotely connected technologies. In other words, it’s great to have a lot of new technology closely connecting field service to the home office in real-time. However, the emergence of these new devices and technology bring with them an added requirement for additional monitoring and management of the devices themselves (My smart-device allows the home office to monitor inventory control in real-time. But…. who’s monitoring the smart-device??).

As companies move forward with real-time, remote-management of field service assets they (and their management partners), would be well-advised to focus on remote management of the field-service technology as well. The ability to remote control into a field-service device (as an example), ensures maximum uptime and usage of that device, which only enhances the real-time aspect of the total field service.

MDM Market Report Highlights Wavelink: Guest Blog From Galvin Consulting

The post below comes from Carolyn Galvin of Galvin Consulting, and is her exclusive contribution regarding Wavelink and the recent “Key Consideration in Evaluating & Selecting a MDM Solution” study. Hope you enjoy it!

Hello everyone! My name is Carolyn Galvin and I founded the market research firm Galvin Consulting. We are a global network of analysts and researchers specializing in market research, competitive research, and customer satisfaction research. The reason I’m writing this post for you today is because we recently released our latest mobility study on the Mobile Device Management market entitled “Key Considerations in Evaluating & Selecting a MDM Solution.” Our study includes key findings from in-depth interviews with chairmen, SVPs and EVPs at top-tier MDM vendors, including Wavelink. Together, Wavelink and I thought it would be helpful to give you a flavor for what’s in the study, so let’s dive in.

The report highlights how BYOD and the Consumerization of IT have transformed the mobility market and impacted organizations’ reliance on mobile device management solutions, particularly in highly regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, and among large organizations with geographically dispersed employee populations. 

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The Future of Mobile Web Applications – Webinar Recap

Last week, we wrapped up our “Next Generation of Mobile Web Applications” webinar, which introduced you to Wavelink Velocity. In the coming month, you’ll hear plenty about how, with Velocity, we are primarily giving enterprises the ability to do three things:

  • Increase the speed of wireless applications
  • Provide a consistent UI of the web application to a diverse environment of devices (Datalogic, Motorola, Honeywell, etc)
  • Improving the efficiency of mobile workers by enabling them to complete web applications faster.

I encourage you to view the recorded webinar and see for yourself. What benefits can you see if you could run your mobile web applications faster than before? How much do you feel you could save in productivity costs?

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.