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Is Voice-Picking Gaining Traction?

Our good friends at BCI, a Wavelink Platinum Partner, recently shared an article on the possibilities of voice applications not having much of an impact. When asked about our thoughts, we said, “well sure.” But there is a big “but” that followed our response and I wanted to point out some very critical points when discussing voice. The biggest issue is the issue of cost, which all companies are concerned with, and this is 100% true with traditional voice systems.

“[Bill Kuipers, president of operations consultancy Spaide, Kuipers & Co] thought he was in the minority about pick-to-voice technology. “I’m not surprised based on my own observations, but I thought I was in the minority. Lots of clients consider but ultimately reject it (usually due to the cost of hardware, and the required software integration). It tends to be more expensive than comparable RF Scanning devices.

‘Plus, you almost always have to buy some sort of intermediate software system, whereas most applications already support basic bar code reading – or can easily incorporate it.’”

This is the fundamental problem with yesterday’s voice technology. It requires you to buy new devices and servers, deal with lengthy implementation times, a replacement of existing business processes, and an overhaul in training. In that case, who would want to deal with it?

And that’s where the value of a voice application like Speakeasy comes in. It doesn’t require new hardware, can be implemented in as little as 30 days, works with your existing applications, and as such, is easy for workers to learn. If you’re curious about the differences, I highly suggest checking out the recent webinar we held entitled, “Say Goodbye to Legacy Voice.”

 

Goya Foods, Speakeasy, and the Mobilizer Awards

As some of you may have seen last week, Goya Foods was recognized with a Mobilizer Award for supply chain operations by Mobile Enterprise magazine and their use of Speakeasy. The award highlights trends that we’ve seen for a while now, in that more and more companies are trying to leverage their applications while maximizing as much productivity out of them as possible. An easy way to do this is by voice-enabling applications without having to redo the entire application. Goya tapped into this and the early results are telling.

Look for us to have more and more information on the Goya example in the coming weeks and months. Additionally, if you’re looking for more information on Speakeasy and voice products, we recently held a free webinar that you can view on-demand.

Retail Asia 2011 Recap – What Can Voice do for Retail?

Retail Asia 2011 is in the rear view mirror after a successful show in Hong Kong. By now, it should be evident to all that retail and technology are intertwined very tightly, and that successful retailers need to stay in tune with the latest thinking to optimize and insure their profits.

Wavelink spotlighted Speakeasy with a live system collecting data and responding and directing workers in Mandarin Chinese. Speakeasy supports a wide range of global languages, even with regional accents or variations. Retailers are quick to understand the benefits of Speakeasy in several of the key retail functions, especially the lack of need for user specific training, speech processing functions local on the device, and the ease of integration and use. They agreed it would improve floor staff productivity and flexibility audibly guiding workers through their tasks looking at mobile device displays only when necessary.

This show also  included a lot of different electronic shopper hardware and software, it was highlighted by a number of intelligent video display panels. The panels actually watch the viewers and react by changing programming based on how many people are watching, whether they are moving closer or farther away, which direction, the viewers sex, and I even saw one where the panel evaluates the mood of the shopper. I’m told none of the data is saved due to privacy concerns, but using it on the spot allows the store to change its look and interaction with shoppers to buy what they came for, and keep ’em coming back for more. Mobile technology was well represented by several key global and local software and hardware providers and distributors. Most of the high tech hardware companies were present as were the ERP and WMS system providers in some fashion.

As I said earlier, retailers recognize the advantages provided by good, new technology and move quickly to capitalize on the benefits. They are now quickly learning the good things Wavelink Speakeasy, on top of Terminal Emulation and Wavelink Industrial Browser, can do to improve their operations and profits. Thanks for checking in!

From Hong Kong, 再见 (Zàijiàn) or goodbye!

Kelly

Oracle OpenWorld (With Videos) – Add Voice to Oracle WMS Transactions

Greetings! We’ve been on the road for the past few weeks, including our annual trip to Oracle OpenWorld. This year we were demonstrating Speakeasy, and how you can quickly and easily add voice to Oracle WMS transactions. In addition to adding voice to other common transactions, such as those currently utilizing Wavelink Terminal Emulation and SAP, enterprises using Oracle as their preferred WMS solution can now voice enable tasks. We had a chance to film a few short demo’s, which are below, as well as some photos from the show.

Check them out and tell us what you think! If you were also at Oracle, tell us what you found interesting at this years show!

 

Benvingut from Barcelona and Training Tuesday

Training Tuesday! Wavelink’s Certified Partner Training Program

Ok, ok, I know it’s not Tuesday but our blog admin was a day late getting this out. Regardless, here’s the latest look at our upcoming training classes and some pictures from Barcelona. As you know, Wavelink’s Certified Partner Training Program is designed to meet the training needs of our channel partners and blends traditional academic classroom lectures with applied learning in a lab environment.  The goal of Wavelink’s Certified Partner Training Program is to prepare the student to become an expert in utilizing one or more of Wavelink’s products.

Take a look at the upcoming courses and enjoy the pictures!

Course Date(s) Course(s) Location
04/19/2011 to 04/20/2011 Speakeasy w/ Reformatter Chicago, IL
05/17/2011 to 05/19/2011 Avalanche MC 5.0 Dallas, TX
06/07/2011 to 06/09/2011 Avalanche SE & Emulation 7.3 Bracknell, UK

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Speakeasy Video and ProMat 2011

Wavelink Team

We’re on the road again this week in Chicago attending ProMat 2011. During show hours on Monday, the folks from Warehouse IQ stopped by and filmed our very own Greg Berger demonstrating Speakeasy. We’ve posted it below as well as a few pictures from the show. If you’re at the show, stop by and see it for yourself!

Pictures From the Road

We’ve made a lot of noise about our recent partnership with InfoLogix, so I thought we’d post some pictures from the Sapphire show in Orlando. We are demo-ing multi-modal and Voice input for SAP, and below are a few snaps sent by Don Osburn, our Director of Channel Sales.

If you happen to be at the show, stop by and say hello or send us your pictures and we’ll post them here with your captions!

Wavelink and InfoLogix Partnership

Many of you have seen the recent press release announcing our partnership with InfoLogix. To sum it up, the partnership combines the voice capabilities of Wavelink Speakeasy with the expertise of InfoLogix in SAP supply chain execution solutions. You can see the combination in action next week at SAPPHIRE NOW (May 16 – 19, 2010) in Orlando.

Further, it was great to see this come across the wire this afternoon! Congrats to InfoLogix and we look forward to our partnership.

Today’s happenings

Speakeasy in action

As you may have seen, we are working on the release of our mobile device and infrastructure management solution, Avalanche 5, and things have been moving quickly around these parts!  I just had the chance to see some of the new features in action, and without getting into a sales pitch, I will just say that it is pretty neat. Stay tuned for more information on that front.

The other thing I want to point out is the upcoming Webinar on adding Voice to mobile devices. The material that is going to be shown is pretty impressive, so if you have some time on Thursday check it out. Rumor has it, there may be some free demo’s provided for those who attend!