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3 mobile app development trends disrupting enterprise mobility [Video]

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Developing a mobile app isn’t as cut and dried as some may think, since this sector is influenced by numerous factors and trends.

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As more organizations hop aboard the mobility bandwagon, three specific trends have appeared, and if businesses don’t heed these best practices, then mobility investments could fail.

One: Cloud services are the standard in mobile application development and support. As Tech.Co reported, cloud environments keep back-end systems connected to front-end apps with simplicity, making it easier to develop and support more apps in less time.

Two: Rapid development is required. With the popularity of mobility in all industries, from equipment rentals to construction, organizations can expect all employees to demand apps for their workflows. Rapid development platforms make it possible to meet those needs.

Three: Development platforms are popular. This year alone, 35 percent of large enterprises will use mobile app development platforms to create mobile workflow solutions. These tools allow for less coding and quicker deployment.

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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.

Mobile app requirements push businesses to rapid development solutions [Video]

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According to a new 451 Research report, over 50 percent of businesses plan to deploy 10 or more mobile apps in the next 10 years.

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Clearly, the demand for business-to-employee mobile workflow apps is high right now, as staff members clamor for new solutions to work on the go and send data in real-time.

Industries with the most interest in mobile workflow apps include health care, sales and retail.

However, these organizations and their IT teams cannot keep up with mobile app development demands.

As a result, more businesses are looking for rapid development platforms and help from external partners.

The report noted that companies that require numerous mobile workflow apps were liable to deploy mobile-backend-as-a-service solutions and mobile app development platforms.

This is the only way to keep up with the high volume of mobile apps required nowadays.

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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.

With capacity concerns reaching the tipping point, logistics firms need to find a cutting-edge method for managing inventory on the road and back at headquarters.

State of Logistics report highlights areas where mobility can help

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Between Amazon’s promises of same-day delivery, the hype surrounding delivery drones and the amount of trucks we see on the roads every day, you think it would be hard to argue that the logistics industry is about to experience a rapid increase in costs. After all, the past decade was one of the most successful periods for this sector.

However, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ annual State of Logistics report paints a different picture. The Wall Street Journal reported that the steady increase in demand for products and goods as well as the growth of industrial manufacturing have caused shipping volumes to skyrocket, and as a result, the logistics industry will face capacity problems.

Further compounding problems in logistics, a driver shortage is currently underway, and the source noted that when the Federal Reserve raises the benchmark rate, logistics businesses will struggle to hold onto inventory as it becomes more costly to store and procure necessary equipment. So while in the past, devoting a budget to storage wouldn’t be much of an issue, now, there aren’t enough employees to deliver products and capacity problems will have a larger impact on monthly and yearly revenues. Therefore, logistics firms must come up with a solution or risk riding the trending curve downward with their competitors in 2015.

“The logistics industry will face capacity problems in 2015.

Amazon’s last hope
And so, with impending budget deficits and capacity problems on the horizon for logistics companies, it should come as no surprise that some organizations take bold steps. Amazon, for example, recently introduced a new delivery service – similar to Uber, but for packages, not people – Forbes reported. This is the business’s contingency plan for driver and truck shortages, and it relies on a mobile app. Time will tell if Amazon’s solution pays off for the company, but Forbes’ point was clear: With capacity concerns reaching the tipping point, logistics firms need to find a cutting-edge method for managing inventory on the road and back at headquarters.

Mobility’s role
Logistics mobile apps are exactly the solution that the industry needs. For one, with a tour planning app or a task management app, drivers can become more efficient, covering more ground with less gas utilization and making up for a shortage of employees. Logistics companies can cut spending while improving their delivery efficiency, and all it takes is a mobile app or two. However, over time, and as capacity costs really start to hurt organizations, they will obviously need new mobile solutions – and that’s where Mobilengine’s rapid development platform comes in.

After experiencing success with turn-by-turn navigation apps, task management apps and the like, logistics companies can deploy more mobile solutions that allow drivers to collect invoices and send them back to headquarters in real-time. These proof of delivery and freight task management apps will be critical to managing capacity in the coming months and years.

Managing a warehouse is just as important as overseeing deliveries.Managing a warehouse is just as important as overseeing deliveries.

Back at headquarters
Of course, mobile apps will also help shore up any inefficiencies back at headquarters as well, especially since driver shortages aren’t the only problem.

“Warehouse utilization rates are north of 95 percent right,” Walter Kemmsies, chief economist at Moffat & Nichol Inc., told The Wall Street Journal.

With a history of saving clients as much as 30 percent on their logistics and the ability to reduce back office administration by up to 60 percent, Mobilengine’s freight management apps and other customized mobile apps can help administrators and managers gain a better, more complete outlook on current stock and capacity limits. It will be critical in the coming months to ensure full visibility on all inventory, as well as guarantee that trucks are taking the right products and goods from the warehouse.

Mobility has the capability to reinvent logistics and Mobilengine can help, providing both truck drivers and back-office administrators with enough mobile apps to reduce capacity costs and improve delivery efficiency.

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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.

Mobile app-based fleet tracking systems cuts construction costs [Video]

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Thanks to the ubiquitous nature of GPS-enabled mobile devices and modern networking capabilities, tracking fleets in the construction industry has never been more cost-effective.

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Fleet tracking solutions continue to evolve, and now with mobile devices in every employee’s hands, construction firms are integrating mobile apps with these systems and seeing savings appear everywhere.

From safety and vehicle inspection apps to site stock management and resource allocation apps, construction workers and managers can prevent transportation breakdowns, provide project status updates and supervise equipment. And once construction teams hit the road, navigation apps and site induction apps ensure that employees get to sites on time and already informed.

This directly results in cost cutting. Businesses that use fleet tracking systems can reduce labor and fuel costs by up to 20 percent, according to Construction Executive. This means that the ROI on mobile app projects is achievable in just under a month.

With Mobilengine’s solutions, construction firms can start on the road to mobility and begin reducing fleet tracking costs.

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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.

Businesses can get started with a mobile app development platform easily by signing up for Mobilengine, but what are the tangible benefits of adopting an enterprise mobility strategy in the security and guarding services industry?

Why is the security services industry going mobile?

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With a worldwide focus on improving cybersecurity strategies and solutions, it should come as no surprise that the manned security services industry is similarly expanding rapidly. A report from Daedal Research found that on a global scale, business is booming, while an industry forecast about this sector in the U.K, – conducted by Apex Insight – discovered similar data indicating an increasing reliance on private protection. New technologies make security and guarding easier than before, but rapid expansion isn’t necessarily a good thing for some security firms.

The immense increase in security services spending is leading to competition. Apex Insights’ report noted that market consolidation of smaller security firms caused larger enterprises in this sector to steal a big portion of customers. Security service providers need to set themselves apart from the competition. This calls for more productive employees, error elimination, enhanced security measures and cost reduction.

In fact, many businesses in the security services industry are turning to mobility in order to improve their company at the foundation, as indicated in a Group 4 Securicor case study. After all, employees are the organizations, and if they have the ability to perform their jobs and tasks more efficiently with less errors and at a lower cost, customers will be more satisfied and better protected.

“Enterprise mobility has the potential to reinvent the way guards work.”

Enterprise mobility in the security services sector has the potential to reinvent the way employees work, and it all starts with creating mobile workflow applications based on existing daily tasks and jobs. Businesses can get started with a mobile app development platform easily by signing up for Mobilengine, but what are the tangible benefits of adopting an enterprise mobility strategy in the security and guarding services industry? And furthermore, why would a security firm need mobile apps?

Improving productivity in real time
In the security services and cash management industry, employees are often out and about and away from computers and other technologies. So, when they return back to the office or headquarters, they need to manually enter information and tasks into their respective applications and systems. Administrative duties, therefore, make up a large portion of the work completed every day.

Obviously, with a mobile device and workflow app, those staff members can enter data from their current location. With a platform like Mobilengine, security and guarding service providers can empower their employees to even work offline. These capabilities alone will reduce field administration by up to 60 percent while mitigating the need to perform as much as 40 percent of back-office jobs.

The key is the real-time communication capabilities of mobile workflow apps hosted by Mobilengine such as security tour planning apps and cash management apps. As soon as employees in the field submit data, that information makes its way back to headquarters, mission-critical databases and applications. This saves employees from having to manually enter data and allows administrators to work in real time and stay in-sync with guards and security personnel who are on the job.

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Eliminating errors
Without mobile devices, security professionals and guards rely on manual, handwritten data collection; long, task-filled checklists and obtuse sets of rules. Those aspects of working without mobility can lead to errors in information, employees could complete jobs incorrectly, and some staff members can forget certain steps when securing locations and equipment.

The Mobilengine platform eliminates the chance of making an error on-site. For example, a security tour planning app provides employees with their tasks for the day as well as areas to input specific data, ensuring that the appropriate information is collected at every ATM stop. In fact, with Mobilengine, security and guarding professionals reduced errors by up to 70 percent.

Enhancing security
In the security and cash management services, employees must protect assets at all costs. It is quite clear that paper documents provide a minimal amount of security compared to digital solutions, as all it takes is simply misplacing a piece of paper and a company can become compromised.

Cash in transit monitoring apps grant an extra layer of security to already secure practices, as administrators can track activities in real time. ATM visit apps are equally secure.Take G4S​, for instance. If a guard must assess ATMs, Mobilengine allows businesses to implement unique PINs for each unit or worker. With this solution, organizations can ensure collected data matches internal records in real time, as well as keep unwanted eyes from accessing certain workflows or forms.

“Data transmits over secure channels to the Mobilengine cloud.”

Furthermore, Computing, U.K.’s leading business technology publication, explained that mobile backend-as-a-service models – such as the one provided with Mobilengine – employees can securely connect to backend systems without any additional coding or infrastructure. Data transmits over secure channels to the Mobilengine cloud, then travels to business applications. The source noted that this singular entry point is the key to being secure.

Cutting costs
Cost is perhaps the most important aspect of mobility in the eyes of business leaders. After all, going mobile shouldn’t put a drain on IT budgets, but rather improve productivity, reduce overall spending and therefore boost revenue.

With mobile workflow apps that allow these companies to track assets and employees, security and guarding service providers were able to lower the cost of their insurance plans by as much as 40 percent. Furthermore, with employees working harder, getting more done and saving time in the process, earnings will improve, and security worksheet apps ensure that no one works overtime.

However, businesses also need to reduce costs related to mobile app development in order to see a good return. Mobilengine can enable security firms to lower their total spending by between 10 percent and 30 percent.

Security professionals need mobile devices to improve the way they work. With Mobilengine, these organizations can take mobility to the next level with a complete platform-as-a-service solution that covers everything from development, backend infrastructure and management.

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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.

Nurses are leading the drive for a mobile health care industry, as these tools improve the quality of care they can deliver to patients. But what mobile workflow apps are they using?

Nurses love mobile apps

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Mobility has taken the health care industry by storm, as medical professionals quickly discovered that the miniature computer in their pockets and attached to their belts could improve the quality of care when mobile health care apps are installed. Now, demand for mobile workflow apps has exploded.

MIT Technology Review reported that at its EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jeannette Tighe, from the HealthTech Advisory practice at Sagentia, explained that by the end of 2015, there will be 500 million smartphone users taking advantage of health care-related mobile apps. In addition, the market for those apps will be worth around $26 billion in 2017, as the world’s aging population demands cutting-edge medical care. However, with the ICD-10 implementation deadline on its way in only a few short months, doctors don’t have the time to devote to look at mobile workflow solutions.

The good news is that nurses are picking up the slack, and they are truly inspiring the health care industry to take more advantage of mobile apps. According to a recent report from InCrowd, 88 percent of resident nurses use smartphone apps on a daily basis to complete nursing work, while only 67 percent of medical residents used mobile apps for clinical care.

“88% of nurses use smartphone apps daily for nursing work.”

Simply put, nurses are leading the drive for a mobile health care industry, as these tools improve the quality of care they can deliver to patients. But what mobile workflow apps are they using? Let’s take a look at four of the most critical mobile health care apps.

1. Ward round apps

Patients often joke that they see their nurses more frequently than doctors, but there is good reason for this: RNs need to ensure that patients are always monitored.

Perhaps this is why mobile ward round apps have become such a critical part of nurses’ daily work routines. With this type of solution, RNs can record patients’ statuses, diagnoses and procedures, so when the doctor does come around, he or she will be ready to provide quality care.

Ward round apps also make nurses more productive. Mobilengine’s client Worcestershire NHS Trust managed to reduce the time RNs took to complete ward rounds by half with its mobile solution.

2. Patient admission and discharge apps

Traditional paper processes have made patient admissions and discharges lengthy and complex. This is why nurses love mobile apps that solve this problem, as they can easily access all necessary patient care information without taking their eyes off patients.

Armed with a solution for patient admission and discharge, RNs can ensure that every patient is suited to be admitted or discharged, without worrying about missing any critical steps or procedures.

Mobile health care apps make nurses jobs easier, resulting in higher quality of care and more productive staff members.Mobile health care apps make nurses’ jobs easier, resulting in higher quality of care and more productive staff members.

3. Procedure management apps

The health care sector is stressful and fast-paced, giving nurses little to no time to question actions or pause to make decisions. This has lead 52 percent of RNs to use their smartphones instead of asking a question of a nursing colleague, and 32 percent consult their mobile apps rather than bothering a doctor, according to InCrowd.

With procedure management apps, nurses can ensure that they are following procedures to the letter, reducing the chance of errors, saving precious time and improving their productivity in the process.

4. Patient feeding apps

Nurses are flooded with a wealth of patient information every minute, making it difficult to discern what’s critical and what’s fluff. Patient feeding data falls into the former category, as RNs must ensure that patients are always healthy by providing them with food and beverages accordingly. Prior to the development of mobile workflow solutions, keeping track of this information was difficult at best. However, thanks to patient feeding apps, nurses can quickly and easily identify which patients need nutrients before leaving the kitchen.

Health care professionals and mobile workflow apps belong together, and perhaps with the number of nurses using these solutions, doctors will slowly come around to adopting mobility – but maybe after ICD-10 is implemented.

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Independent Review of Mobilengine Developer Documentation

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This week we are happy to present writer and developer John Xenakis’s independent review of our developer documentation and SDK. John created an in-depth review which we want to share with our readers.

Over the years I’ve worked on over 100 different software applications and I’ve used many development tools (such as Mobilengine). As a part-time technology journalist, particularly for ten years as Technology Editor of CFO Magazine, I’ve written over a thousand articles; I’ve also interviewed thousands of CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, software development managers, and programmers. In addition, as a personal project, I’ve been developing an Android app called “Professional Debt Calculator”. One question that went through my mind as I started is whether your documentation provides me with enough information so that I could implement ProDebtCalc using Mobilengine.

There’s a lot of sophisticated material in this tutorial manual. One thing that should be considered is converting it to a couple of in-class courses, one introductory course, and one advanced course.

Tutorial – “Sandbox View”
Tutorial – Advanced Capabilities
Scripting and Computations
The Big Picture

Tutorial – “Sandbox View”

The tutorial puts you right into the sandbox, where you start playing with the tools and creating simple applications. I found the explanations clear and easy to follow. The pattern consistently followed in the document was, “Here’s what we’ve done; next, you’ll want to do that; here’s how you do that.” That worked very well throughout the document.

An issue is that you’re starting out right in the sandbox, and you’re always in the sandbox. The reader never has an opportunity to get out of the sandbox and get the big picture. I’ll suggest several possibilities as I go along. As I was reading through the manual, I was thinking about my ProDebtCalc program, and wondering how much of it I could implement using Mobilengine. As I developed my program, the UI evolved into a three-level infrastructure: dataItems (interest rate, start date, interest assessment rule, etc.), dataBlocks (collections of related dataItems), and tabData (collections of dataBlocks on a single tab, allowing the user to select different tabs).

Tutorial – Advanced Capabilities

One of the problems of writing a tutorial manual for Mobilengine is that Mobilengine itself violates the Principle of Least Astonishment in some ways, especially for a newbie who may have never seen anything like this before. I’m going to suggest additional some additional explanatory material that you may wish to consider.

I mentioned that I’ve taught programming courses in procedural languages like Java, but I’ve never done so for a language that’s XML-based, so I don’t know how difficult it would be, but I think many newbies approaching this tutorial manual will be confused because they’ve never seen anything like this before.

I think some introductory material on the pros and cons for procedural vs xml-based languages would be very helpful for the “big picture,” because otherwise when you’re just thrown into the sandbox, it takes a while to figure out what’s going on. This is where a user story will be extremely useful – a user explaining how he sees the differences, the pros and cons, between a procedural language and an xml-based language. Actually, several user stories explaining it in different ways would be most credible.

I taught programming courses over three decades in different procedural languages, and I discovered something that really surprised me, once I figured out what was going on. Students could understand assignment statements like “a=5; b=6; x=a+b;” and know what’s going on. In addition, when the variables were changed from numeric to string, and the operator was concatenation, they had no trouble dealing with that as well.

However, when the value of the variable was a pointer to another variable, as in “p=addr(x); p->x = p->x + 1;”, I would lose about 1/3 of the class, no matter how many times I explained. My conclusion was that pointers were simply too abstract a concept for many programmers. This is similar to the situation where a student in geometry class might be able to apply the formula to compute the area of an isosceles triangle, but could not even begin to understand how to prove something, such as that a triangle with two equal sides has two equal angles.

In advanced programming courses, where I described in class how to implement a linked list, sorting a linked list, adding a new element to a linked list, or removing an element, even programmers who had years of programming experience were simply unable to understand this example, or solve the homework problems related to it. Once again, my conclusion was that even for experienced programmers, use of pointers was simply too abstract to understand. This is similar to a calculus student who can mechanically apply the formula to differentiate a function, but has no understanding of how to derive that formula.

In languages like C++, Java, C#, Python, etc., this problem is simplified by providing a collection of data structures (linked lists, maps, adjustable arrays, hash tables, sorted sets, etc.) The programmer can mechanically use the APIs for these data structures, even if he’s incapable of understanding how any of them are implemented.

Many readers of your manual are going to have similar difficulties trying to understand how data tables work. I noticed that you provided a link to an sqllite tutorial, but you might consider inserting a chapter on the use of tables in Mobilengine. This chapter doesn’t need to follow the pattern of adding one feature after another to the Rocky Jupiter application. It could be a chapter to help the newbie overcome his inability to understand the concept of a data table. The objective would be to provide enough examples so that the user can apply the examples mechanically, without needing to understand how the tables are implemented.

Another major issue has to do with synchronizing updates to the database in a multi-user environment. I know from a number of experiences that many long-time programmers really have no clue how large multi-threaded systems work, and how to synchronize multiple threads. This requires a level of abstraction that goes well beyond even pointers and data structures, and beyond the capabilities of perhaps 75+% of programmers. I noticed that you provided some excellent examples of data synchronization. I just want to make the point that a large number of your readers will not have a clue what’s going on, but probably what you’ve done is as good as can be done.

Scripting and Computations

When I was reading about the scripting language, I immediately wondered how much capability it had compared to, say, Perl or JavaScript. The documented examples seem to suggest that the capabilities are extremely limited, and I couldn’t find any additional documentation online. Whatever the capabilities, the scripting language needs at least a full reference summary.

My ProDebtCalc app performs brief computations in several places, and a very big computation at the end to do the amortization. I was wondering how I would do these computations in a Mobilengine implementation.

The scripting language does not seem capable of even simple computations, as would be required, for example, in an e-commerce app that needs computations to configure a product. So how, I wondered, would I implement the computations in my app, particularly the amortization computation, which currently runs on my mobile phone in 8000 lines of Java code?

The manual seemed to provide only one workaround: Do the computation on my own computational server somewhere, then request a computation from the app by going through the Mobilengine server:

App <> MBE-Server <> Endpoint My-Computational-Server

The computational server would provide the results as back to the Mobilengine server in the form of a series of tables. The above would work, but could take a long time for each request, and require two sets of large data transfers, since the amortization table can be thousands of lines long.

Perhaps there’s an “escape mechanism” in the scripting language that lets the app make a procedure call to a compiled program on the mobile device. Even then, the mortization table data apparently would have to be transmitted to the Mobilengine server, and then bring the data back again to display in the user interface. This is an important issue.

In other words, there are a lot of issues here having to do with computations. It may be that Mobilengine doesn’t support apps that do a lot of computations, or it may be that there are workarounds that I’m not aware of (or that I missed in my reading). In any case, there should be a chapter of the manual describing this whole subject.

The Big Picture

From what I’ve read on the internet, Mobilengine has a very good story to tell about the big picture, and some of that story should be included in the manual.

I’ve already discussed some of the issues that the developer is going to be concerned about, how an xml-based language works, how to do dynamic forms, and how to do computations.

There are also issues that the development manager / CIO / CFO should concern themselves with. I understand that Mobilengine has thousands of users in Europe, so there’s a positive story to tell. It would be great if the reader can be told this story in the introduction to the manual, and should be reminded of this in other places by referring to the large number of users. Another issue CIOs are concerned about is how well the tool is supported. This can also be handled with user stories.

Also, an issue for CIOs is “brick walls.” I’ve discussed a number of possible issues (doing computations, etc.), so the concern for the CIO will be whether something will need to be done, but it can’t be done using this tool, and there’s no workaround to get it done. I think that the best way to handle this issue is to be honest about it, and talk to your users about problems they’ve had.

Another issue is data security. This is a serious issue for a lot of companies, and in some cases (when health or financial information is involved), there may be strict regulatory requirements. The CIO needs to know that company data is protected, and the development programmer needs to know what he has to do in the code to make sure that data is protected.

Related to data security is malware and hacking. The entire security issue is very important, and should be thoroughly addressed in the documentation at all levels, from coder to CIO.

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John J. Xenakis is a Senior Software Engineer who has decades of experience developing everything from embedded systems to web sites to complex enterprise-wide systems.

Rising cost of safety leads logistics firms to mobile apps [Video]

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The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals recently released the 26th annual “State of Logistics Report,” and all signs point to a costly 2014.

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This year’s “State of Logistics Report” from the CSCMP noted some trucking industry highs and low, and it seems that mobility can solve one of 2014’s biggest issues.

The report revealed that the total cost of U.S. business logistics rose 3.1 percent in 2014 compared to the year prior, with a majority of trucking companies citing spending related to new federal safety regulations.

The good news is that mobile logistics apps from Mobilengine can cut those costs and improve security.

The vehicle inspection app, for example, allows truck drivers to check on the quality of their transportation every day without hindering productivity, while a proof of delivery app can lower the cost of package insurance. Then there’s the navigation workflow app that ensures drivers always take the right routes, improving the safety of employees on the road.

Using smartphones to enter data, take photos or scan NFC chips will guarantee tasks are completed, which gives logistics firms peace of mind.

That’s all for today! Check back with Mobilengine for more mobility news and tips!

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.

Mobile fever is catching on, and now many health care professionals demand access to mobile devices and apps.

How can health care providers meet doctors’ demand for mobile apps?

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Doctors and nurses have been using technology for decades, but health care providers have yet to truly embrace the 21st century. At many hospitals and clinics, health care professionals rely on desktop computers and large immovable equipment. As a result, doctors and nurses must always return to a station or PC, collecting information on the next patient in their rounds tour before repeating the processes over and over again.

The good news is that mobile fever is catching on, and now many health care professionals demand access to mobile devices and apps. According to Research Now, only 16 percent of doctors, nurses and other health care employees currently use mobile health apps, but 46 percent of these individuals plan on using these technologies to provide better care in the next five years. It seems that medical professionals aren’t the ones that need convincing.

A demand and no capacity to meet it

Instead, health care providers are hesitant about developing their own mobile apps in house due to the sheer demand. Gartner reported that by the end of 2017, the demand for mobile apps will be five times bigger than internal IT teams’ ability to create new solutions for employees.

“Mobile app demand will be 5 times bigger than IT teams development capabilities.”

Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow explained that the cost to hire developers is only one hurdle that organizations must clear, with others ranging from the difficulty to create mobile health care apps to a lack of strategic planning when it comes to development. Compouding the issue is the demand for apps for every possible task. Nurses want ward round apps, administrators crave mobile patient admission apps, staff members need patient feeding and calories apps and doctors demand ICU/ITU apps.

The challenges to developing mobile health care apps has resulted in some organizations releasing no mobile apps at all.

“This is an indication of the nascent state of mobility in most organizations, with many organizations questioning how to start app development in terms of tools, vendors, architectures or platforms, let alone being able to scale up to releasing 100 apps or more,” said Leow.

Working with professionals

Health care providers can overcome their confusion in the initial phases of developing a mobility strategy. It just takes a little guidance and some help from mobile app development platform providers like Mobilengine.

As explained by Gartner, rapid mobile app development tools provide a great way to “bridge the gap between mobile app demand and supply,” as those in business roles can use these platforms to create solutions to actual problems in their organizations. For example, health care providers can take the time to determine what workflows can be supported by mobile apps. Tasks such as patient admission and discharge are perfect for mobile devices, while nurses will definitely demand a ward round app. Taking stock of what apps which employees want is a challenge in itself, let alone developing everything from ICU apps to early warning scoring apps.

Whether doctors and nurses want to use tablets or smartphones doesn't matter with Mobilengine's native mobile apps.Whether doctors and nurses want to use tablets or smartphones doesn’t matter with Mobilengine’s native mobile apps.

Developing those mobile apps in house is time-consuming and costly, but with support from Mobilengine, development will be more efficient and focused on improving core tasks in a hospital or clinic. Gartner noted that 55 percent of organizations work with companies like Mobilengine in a process called “mixed sourcing.” This is the best way to meet the demand of health care professionals, as the IT team has many other aspects of their internal systems to worry about. So, instead of spending a month developing a patient admission app, providers can spend a month working with Mobilengine’s experience developers and strategists to create a mobile health care app for every role.

Convincing the providers

It’s clear that doctors and nurses demand mobile apps, and solutions like Mobilengine’s make the development process for dozens of different health care tools possible to begin with. But health care providers need to see the value in allowing their employees to use mobile patient admission apps, ward round apps and many others that make their jobs easier.

So, let’s leave it at this: According to Research Now, 96 percent of health care professionals and mobile health app users agree that these solutions improve the quality of life – isn’t that what health care is about in the first place?

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.

Security services: 2 Sides to the mobile productivity coin [Video]

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Mobility and productivity go hand in hand, but did you know that the benefits of going mobile in security and cash management impact more than just employees in the field?

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With more businesses opting for private security and guarding services in recent years, these firms are busier than ever.

To improve the productivity of employees and therefore do more in less time, the world’s largest security company G4S gave their staff members Android tablets and workflow apps for cash management, ATM audit processes and cash-in-transit monitoring.

The days of performing manual data entry are over, and inefficient processes are put to rest. Thanks to Mobilengine’s 100 percent offline capabilities and backend integration, security firms can reduce field administration by up to 60 percent, as employees collect data, take photos and check tourplans on their mobile devices.

But that isn’t the only benefit of mobile workflow apps. When employees can send data directly into corporate apps and databases, businesses can cut 40 percent of back-office administration duties.

With mobile app platform-as-a-service solutions such as Mobilengine, cash management firms save time and improve operational efficiency while in the office or out in the field.

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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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