Seven Tips For More Efficient Mobile Data Collection Surveys

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Smartphones and tablet computers simplify the process of data collection in the field and can significantly improve data accuracy and business efficiency. With the use of mobile devices in the workplace continuing to increase – a Citrix report estimates that 89% of organizations will offer mobile workstyles by 2020 – it appears that the use of smartphones and tablet computers for data collection surveys will become more and more prevalent. 

For maximum efficiency, however, it is essential for an organization to create a useful and well-designed survey that captures the essential data vital to making well-informed business decisions. Here are seven considerations that should be taken into account when your employees create a survey on a mobile device platform: [Read more…]

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DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

HIPAA Compliance Implications for Mobile Health Information Technology

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A rising trend in current healthcare is mhealth (also known as mobile health, telemedicine or ehealth). Healthcare providers using smartphones and tablet computers collect patient information and send it to physicians or other medical specialists in different locations. Mobile health information technology allows these healthcare providers to more easily and quickly diagnose and monitor the health problems of patients in remote locations. This specialized medical market is currently valued at $1.4 billion and is expected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2019. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Civil Engineering Firms Roll Out Emerging Mobile Computing Solutions

civil engineeringEngineering projects typically require a large amount of data collection and surveying. A civil engineering project such as the Channel Tunnel between England and France needed extensive reports on environmental effects, terrestrial ecology, coastal hydrology and energy consumption. Similarly, engineering disciplines such as aerospace engineering or agricultural engineering projects necessitate widespread data collection. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Workforce Management with Mobile Devices

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Spotlight On Mobile Strategies

With the use of smartphones and tablet computers gaining in popularity, they have established a growing presence in workforce management. Due to their convenience and portability, these devices help a mobile workforce to provide added value to their employers.

In the future, businesses and federal agencies will need to adapt to this changing technological environment to remain competitive in the business world. According to a SlideShare presentation by VCD Research Group, the mobile workforce represents over 1 billion workers globally and is expected to reach 1.2 billion by 2014. Only 15% of this workforce currently uses some type of mobile device, however. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Cloud Computing Trends For Business

Cloud Computing Trends For Business

Cloud Computing Trends For Business

Until the dot-com bubble peaked and burst in the early 2000s, businesses were traditionally willing to spend part of their capital in updating their software and hardware as needed. But after the dot-com meltdown, companies found themselves with less cash to spend, implemented hiring freezes and began hunting for ways to continue their operations with less staff and fewer expenditures.

For these businesses, cloud computing offered multiple solutions. It enabled businesses to reduce their capital expenditures, modernize their legacy IT and could be implemented faster and easier.

In addition, cloud computing decreased operational complexity, made the software development lifecycle run more smoothly and enabled new features or capabilities to be added to an existing system. Cloud computing soared in popularity as the demand for it increased in both business and government markets. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Computing Technology Benefits Small Businesses

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In a recent article by Winmark Business Solutions, “Survey shows small businesses using mobile technology, but want it more relevant,” a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and funded by Bank of the West provided some interesting insights into the world of mobile computing as it is used by small businesses. Harris Interactive polled a number of small businesses and found that 94% of small businesses said that marketing was the best way to use mobile technology, followed by mobile payments at 82% and customer relationship databases at 63%. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Technology’s Impact In Developing Countries

Developing CountriesThe use of mobile technology continues to rise in many countries, but its ability to be adopted in poorer countries is impeded due to economic problems. According to the U.N.-based Broadband Commission For Digital Development’s State of Broadband Report 2013, mobile broadband is growing faster than any technology in human history, but over 90% of people in the world’s 49 least developed countries remain disconnected from the Internet.

But mobile technology is unquestionably a boon to developing countries through its ability to provide information and to make personal lives and businesses function more efficiently through two-way communication. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Computing: Data Collection Tools for Oceanographic Surveys

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Comprehensive data collection surveys are a vital part of oceanographic science, in order to enable humanity better comprehend the world’s oceans and their impact on the human population, aquatic plants and marine life.

Surveys are commonly conducted on a variety of topics such as marine organisms, seawater, the effects of pollutants, the ocean floor and the geological processes that shape it, tides, currents, beach erosion and the interaction of the ocean with the atmosphere. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Computing and Supply Chain, Inventory Management

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The supply chain from manufacturers to end users requires regular management to ensure that it functions as smoothly as possible. In the typical supply chain business model, a vendor produces a product, the product travels to a warehouse through a transporter and it stays in the warehouse for a predetermined time. The product then leaves the warehouse to travel to a retail business and is purchased by an end user. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Data Collection and Supply Chain Management in the Hospitality Industry

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Collecting data on guests has long been a regular practice in the hospitality industry. For decades, hotels and motels placed comment cards in guests’ rooms for business travelers or other individuals to fill out after their stay; these cards would then be turned over to upper-level management for analysis. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.