Selecting a mobile solution for you organization is exciting but it can also be overwhelming. There are hundreds of mobile hardware devices from a cell phone to a laptop. There are many operating systems that can be used including Google’s Android, Windows CE, VB, Java etc. Then you must decide how the system will talk to your backend systems. There are real-time (always connected), off-line (always disconnected) and hybrid (store and forward) approaches to data connectivity. Some already integrate with a backend system but most will need custom integration. And, of course, there are security factors that need to be addressed when using public cellular networks, public Wi-Fi networks or other network infrastructures. The task of building or selecting a mobile solution can be daunting given the many technology choices and implementation approaches.
We at Sophos believe that process efficiency and ease of use should be the driving factors behind any mobile solution. After all if the solution does not improve worker efficiency and data gathering or it’s too cumbersome to use or it’s too complex to integrate with your backend systems; it will become shelfware.
Most clients initially want everything in a mobile solution and the project becomes overly complex to the point that it becomes out of reach and the project sits on hold indefinitely. Don’t let this happen to you. Let us help you build the functional requirements which will narrow down the possible hardware, software and architectures. We will guide to through the entire process and work within your functional, budgetary and schedule requirements to help you set realistic goals and ultimately achieve success. We have helped many clients define, design, develop/purchase and implement mobile applications for their field staff. Some of our clients include:
- Citrus Heights Water District
- Sacramento Suburban Water District
- Elk Grove Water District
- City of Riverside, Ca
Give us a call and see how we can help you navigate the complexities of mobile computing.