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Are inadequate off-the-shelf applications preventing you from going mobile?

Posted by DecisionPoint Team on Aug 27, 2013 10:11:04 AM

While Google and Apple advertise the availability of tens of thousands of mobile applications ready for download, the reality is these applications are not intended for nor meet the requirements of business users. Business ready or “Enterprise class” mobile applications remain the domain of specialized software development companies that focus on specific vertical markets and business processes. While the number and reach of these software development firms is growing, there still remain a very large number of customers that simply cannot use off-the-shelf mobile applications. Whether it is due to a lack of availability or because general purpose applications cannot support all of the unique business processes that give your company its competitive edge, the result is the same. The lack of a mobile application means that the company will not be able to take advantage of the benefits mobile computing can provide.

Luckily there is a solution. In addition to off-the-shelf mobile applications there are also a number of software development firms that provide custom development of mobile applications. In fact, custom applications are responsible for the mobile movement that we enjoy today. Custom mobile applications are exactly what they sound like; they are mobile applications that are specifically designed and built to meet the unique business requirements of their intended audience. As such, no two applications are identical. While this might sound risky, in fact, a properly designed and executed custom application often gains greater user acceptance, faster deployment and achieves a better ROI than off-the-shelf applications. The greatest reason for this is that off-the-shelf applications rarely meet all of your business needs and as a result, compromises for process or performance are necessary or application changes are required.

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The Secret to Effective Content Delivery to your Field Workers

Posted by DecisionPoint Team on Aug 20, 2013 10:37:57 AM

Many mobile workers have difficulty accessing to up-to-date content. Typically, mobile workers do not have a convenient way to access corporate content in the field. Because of this, they usually keep a copy of the content with them at all times. The problem is, content is constantly changing, therefore it is hard for mobile workers to ensure they’re carrying the latest spec sheet or pricing model in the field. What you end up having is 10 mobile workers carrying 10 different versions of your content – what a nightmare! Not only that, but they are carrying around laptops, 3-ring binders and stacks of collateral. Talk about inconvenient. That is why having a content management application on a tablet is a convenient way for your mobile workers to stay up to date with your corporate content.

With a mobile content delivery application, you can simplify the management and delivery of mobile content and organize this content so it’s easy for mobile users to access and utilize. That way, you can ensure that your mobile workers have the most up-to-date collateral right at their fingertips. A mobile content delivery application also provides huge savings on printing and shipping costs. It’s a win-win situation! DecisionPoint offers a mobile content delivery application called ContentSentral that runs on tablet computers and equips your workforce with relevant information. For more information on ContentSentral, its features and use cases, watch a live recording of our webinar here: Webinar Recording: Mobilize Your Corporate Content

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