Tools & Technologies

Monday's Mobility Report, Jun 5

We, the people, are no longer tied to our desks to get our work done. We have to go and visit the people we do business with and for. We enjoy getting away from the office and catching up with friends at Starbucks or some other coffee-oriented establishment. We have family responsibilities that see us taking children to sports events during the day. And we have friends that are mobile too, and we want to keep in contact with them. Monday’s Mobility Report focuses on the tools, the technologies, and the services that enable us to be people that fully communicate while being constantly mobile. Enjoy.

Motorola Q
Motorola released the Q, a mobile device to compete for mindshare and market share with the BlackBerry range of wireless email devices. Works on high speed wireless networks, includes a full QWERTY keyboard, and runs Windows Mobile 5 smartphone edition. BusinessWeek’s Stephen Wildstrom tested one out and concluded:

If you are looking for a handheld that approaches the utility of a laptop when you are on the go, you will probably be happier with a Treo, BlackBerry, or a Pocket PC. But if you just want a better way to handle mobile e-mail than you can get on any phone with a standard dial pad, the Q’s low price — half the cost of a Treo — and slender frame that slides easily into a pocket could make it a very attractive alternative.

Action: If you run Microsoft Exchange and Outlook, test the Motorola Q with an eye toward rolling them out for the people within your business that need a good cell phone with infrequent mobile email requirements, ie, not heavy users.
Source: BusinessWeek
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SEVEN Email for Symbian OS 9
SEVEN released its push email client for Symbian OS v9 devices, such as the Nokia E61 (includes a QWERTY keyboard), E50, and more. Provides wireless access to email, contact and calendar information from mass market devices.

Action: If SEVEN has an agreement with a carrier in your area, and if you can get one of the Eseries devices, evaluate the offering for fitness to purpose.
Source: SEVEN
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Sync Google Calendar with Mobile Devices
CompanionLink introduced CompanionLink for Google Calendar, a bi-directional desktop synchronization solution for sync’ing data in Google Calendar with a range of mobile and wireless devices. Works in conjunction with Outlook, Notes, GroupWise or the Palm Desktop.

Action: If the lack of mobile device synchronization was a no-go decision factor in your evaluation of Google Calendar, re-visit your earlier decision.
Source: CompanionLink
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Case Studies of Mobile Applications
Two recent write ups of successful mobile application implementations:

  • North Carolina’s Department of Transportation developed a wireless mobile application to help its bridge inspectors share field data and coordinate their efforts. The “Mobile Inspector” application works on Tablet PCs, synchronizes files for everyone to access, and works over a variety of networks.
  • The Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield MA implemented PatientKeeper for its highly mobile clinicians. The application works on Palm and Windows Mobile PDAs, and provides the entire patient record to the clinician whilst they are with the patient. The business case stood on the greater ability to capture charges for procedures and interventions, which replaced a previously manual process.

Action: Spend 30 minutes thinking about the types of mobile workers you have at your enterprise, and how to enable them to do their work most effectively with a mobilized application. And then seek some of these people out and start talking to them about their needs.
Source: Federal Computer Weekly, ComputerWorld
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