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Integration Guide added to Mobilengine Developer Docs

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The Mobilengine Developer Documentation has been expanded once again, and now includes a complete and up-to-date reference guide on data transfer between the Mobilengine Cloud and external systems (a.k.a. integration).

Whether you want to use the Mobilengine Cloud as middleware to push the data submitted by mobile users to your own CMS, or selectively sync company reference data to mobile users, the guide has got you covered.

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Balázs Bujna has been documenting machinery for technicians and contact center infrastructure for IT engineers before joining Mobilengine as technical writer.

Built with speed, built to last: Rapid mobile application development (OR) Building the best mobile applications in construction

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The construction industry is rapidly evolving. Once a sector that required hammers and nails, it now demands mobile applications.

According to a report from JB Knowledge, in 2012, 41 percent of construction professionals stated that mobile tech is “not very important,” but only two years later, almost half of surveyed contractors, builders and managers indicated that mobility is important and 31 percent said it was “very important.” It’s clear that mobile applications are now a necessity in the construction industry, and this means that Mobilengine is absolutely required.

In fact, Mobilengine’s backend- and platform-as-service solution is the definitive standard when it comes to construction mobility. It is the only mobile application development system that is capable of supporting a wide variety of tasks and business needs while also providing a wealth of benefits – from improving safety to reducing errors – thanks to Mobilengine​’s features and capabilities.

There’s a Mobilengine workflow solution for that

Construction firms adopt enterprise mobility strategies because many jobs around worksites can benefit from mobile capabilities. While many mobile applications are created or downloaded for a specific need, Mobilengine provides construction companies with the building blocks and backend systems to develop and support a mobile workflow application for any task.

Mobilengine will securely integrate existing enterprise software and systems with mobile workflow applications, ensuring that current processes remain. After all, applications need to be created with these workflows in mind, not the other way around, and with other solutions developing, making a unique tool for every task would take years. With Mobilengine, construction firms are given 90 percent of the code and supporting systems, meaning that IT teams can customize the remaining 10 percent of the application for each and every job on a worksite.

This is why Mobilengine is such a powerful tool for construction firms: They can develop and deploy dozens of different mobile applications, each catered exactly to a specific job – whether it’s for equipment inspections, permit orders, site induction, resource allocation, site stock management, safety auditing or fleet tracking. Mobilengine is the de facto mobile application development platform for construction because provides a solution for everything, and the company has already demonstrated this capability.

Providing actual benefits: The construction industry knows all too well that mobility has its fair share of benefits, but in order to actually see a return on mobile application investments, these business will need Mobilengine’s BaaS and PaaS solutions.

Improving safety: Between Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements and local legislation, construction companies must accurately keep track of inspections, repairs and guidelines if they want to avoid fines and fees. Mobilengine performs in this regard because it can be customized to meet all standards and include any important safety steps.

Boosting productivity: Mobilengine has the ability to reduce field administration by up to 40 percent and cut down on back office administration by as much as 50 percent. This means that firms can save about 40 percent of their productivity costs with customized mobile applications based on Mobilengine’s native application technology.

Scaling for the future: Whether a company grows or adopts new technologies, Mobilengine will remain the best mobile application development solution. Thanks to the cloud, more mobile applications can be rapidly developed and deployed when necessary, and if more employees are required, hardware can scale. Additionally, with support for NFC, RFID and mobile devices capabilities, Mobilengine is the only MADP that firms need for years to come.

The choice is obvious for construction companies looking to adopt mobility strategies that can actually make an operational difference. For more information on Mobilengine, check out its website and stick around for more news on mobile applications, mobility and industry solutions.

Adam Dalnoki, Mobilengine’s CEO, brings IT and telecommunications expertise as an ex BCG consultant. He made a previous exit in a mobile payment start up and has held sales executive positions at Provimi and Kraft Foods.

Mobility and equipment rental just go together.

Mobility transforms the equipment rental industry

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As more businesses realize that owning equipment only to keep it in storage is a waste of revenue and space, the equipment rental sector across industries is booming. CNBC reported that in construction alone, the rental market rakes in around $40 billion per year, while Rental Equipment Register noted that that the Rental Sentiment Index indicated that it's a great environment for growth. The bottom line is that these firms need to support their expansion with new technologies, and in that regard, the equipment rental industry is a perfect candidate for mobile app-enabled productivity.

Mobility and equipment rental just go together. These businesses rely on field workers to track tools and machinery, to perform safety and quality inspections, and to collect financial information. However, with traditional methods for gathering data, employees only bring this information back to headquarters once or twice a day, and this means that administrators lack visibility into events, let alone the ability to collect data in real time. And those are just a few of the hundreds of use cases for mobile app-based workflows, and thanks to new mobile device capabilities such as RFID and NFC scanning and reading, there are hundreds more that could be listed. In fact, mobile capabilities have the power to reduce daily sales outstandings (DSOs), as employees scan RFIDs, collect photographs of signatures, making mobility more than just a productivity play.

Variety and volume of apps
The problem is that there isn't an app for that – or at least a particular one that addresses many different equipment rental needs. There aren't any mobile apps that cater to the industry at all, and that's because one mobile app won't ensure productivity gains across organizations. Instead of buying specific mobile apps, these businesses can embrace enterprise mobility with mobile app development platforms. In that regard, Mobilengine is the absolute best solution for equipment rental companies.

Using paper in the equipment rental sector is an outdated practice, and it needs to end.Using paper in the equipment rental sector is an outdated practice, and it needs to end.

Having already demonstrated the value of Mobilengine in other industries – partners and customers include enterprises such as 3M, T-Systems, McGee and many more – businesses in the equipment rental industry know they can depend on Mobilengine's platform and backend-as-a-service solutions for rapid mobile app development and support of those mobile workflow solutions at scale.

Develop at scale, with speed and for any task
Instead of developing dozens of mobile apps for a variety of jobs, equipment rental companies can use the Mobilengine MADP to customize workflows based on business needs, corporate requirements and employee demands. These firms only need to adapt around 10 percent of a workflows code to create a unique and empowering mobile productivity app and to connect that app to existing IT systems. Any task can have a mobile solution, and Mobilengine enables that possibility by providing tools to easily develop and integrate mobile apps. Furthermore, Mobilengine lives in the cloud, allowing equipment rental businesses to scale backend systems without breaking the bank or hiring infrastructure experts.

The key to mobility in the equipment rental industry is to support every in-the-field task with a mobile workflow solution, and other mobile app development tools and platforms just don't provide the easy-to-develop capabilities that Mobilengine offers. Therefore, these businesses have a simple choice to make when looking to empower their employees with native mobile apps: Mobilengine.

Adam Dalnoki, Mobilengine’s CEO, brings IT and telecommunications expertise as an ex BCG consultant. He made a previous exit in a mobile payment start up and has held sales executive positions at Provimi and Kraft Foods.

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