Mobile working: what you need to know

Workforces can now fill in forms and share them using mobile devices, which can eliminate the potential for error and improve effectiveness in the field. But, as Vaughan O’Grady finds out, the transition to cloud-supported mobile form apps requires careful planning

Here’s a problem that may sound familiar to readers of a certain age. “Agents working in the field were manually collecting data from inspections, audits or even while filling out work reports; but the entire process was slow, not to mention error-prone. Paperwork often arrived very late (frequently due to international travel from the field to the office), was lost, was discovered to have been filled out incorrectly upon reaching the office or was simply never filled out.”

This, says Nancy Vodicka, VP marketing at Device Magic, a company that offers a mobile forms solution to improve mobile productivity and data capture for workers in the field, is why its co-founders came up with a product that, as she puts it, “enables quick and easy data collection, even without an internet connection, and introduces efficient data transfer. It also provides for quality and compliance checks, the ability to verify a work product immediately and a reliable record.”

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