What’s your vision for the future? What are you looking to achieve with mobility? Are your business processes taking you there or holding you back?
In areas such as retail, e-commerce, warehousing, distribution, and transport and logistics, these are crucial questions when weighing up any investment in hardware or software.
Companies might be equipping a greenfield site with rugged device. Or rolling out a platform across existing sites to push digital transformation into all corners of the business. (It’s surprising how many companies still rely on paper-based processes, eg getting a customer to physically sign for a delivery.) Either way, it’s a 5-7 year investment and the business needs to feel confident it will pay off.
So, what are businesses looking to achieve?
High on the list are cutting operational costs and driving efficiency savings, hence the earlier question about processes. To take the distribution centre (DC) as an example, 80% of DC managers need to make cost savings of 19% from their current operation. To remain competitive, many businesses are having to accommodate omnichannel order fulfilment. And today’s online shopper expects prompt delivery. Web orders received by 2pm typically require fulfilment and shipping the same day. This demands ruthless efficiency at every touchpoint. Fail on that – deliver the wrong item or delivery late – and customers will shop elsewhere.
This is where it’s easy to see that outdated technology costs businesses money. But there are more costs, such as the time and effort required to manage the estate of mobile devices. For many businesses, this is complex and time-consuming. IT is under pressure to keep every device up to date with patches and operating perfectly, while the spectre of end of life for support for Windows CE and Embedded Handheld OS is ever present.
The five year vision
Looking five years ahead, many CIOs would say their vision for the future is an estate of devices running on Android. But getting from where they are now to that moment isn’t without concerns. Many decision-makers are still nervous about migrating to Android. The biggest concerns are around short OS life cycles and security.
Over that same five-year timescale, COOs would be envisaging a powerful, joined up solution that delivered end-to-end efficiency, provided insight and connected every worker. And IT managers are looking forward to the day where they can validate once and deploy everywhere.
The power couple, ready to take things forward
Holding on to old technology is like holding onto a rising balloon. But with Honeywell Mobility Edge Platform and Movilizer, letting go can be liberating, not scary. Mobility Edge is the dynamic hardware-and-software platform that powers Honeywell’s latest Android-based devices and streamlines the way mobile solutions are delivered across the business.
IT managers will welcome the new powers that Mobility Edge gives them (which will be up and running in weeks, not years). It simplifies the provisioning, certification, and deployment of multiple mobile solutions across the entire business through a rapid provisioning suite and versatile out-of-the-box capabilities. The time and effort savings are huge. Crucially, Mobility Edge brings reassurance about Android. The platform is built on Android and delivers enterprise-level reliability, continuing to support older versions of Android beyond Google’s usual three-years, providing patches and keeping devices secure. This gives apps longevity and extends the device lifecycle, reducing TCO.
But that’s only half the story.
Movilizer – a byword for the connected workforce
To fully realise the potential of mobility, businesses need to push real-time connectivity right the edges of their operation. This is what it takes to improve customer service, drive profitability and increase opportunities. And this is where Movilizer – the other half of our power couple – comes in. Described as ‘the cloud for field operations’ Movilizer makes the vision of a fully interconnected mobile workforce a reality. Whether it’s a delivery driver, a field engineer or a sales assistant, Movilizer connects them securely to business applications and backend systems. In fact, Movilizer connects people, processes, systems and machines. This is cloud collaboration at its best, offering a 360O view and cross-function collaboration. No more silos or blind spots. It means businesses can implement strategies in the field – when and where it counts most.
And it’s this outer edge that many businesses are struggling with today. For many, it’s the next stage on their digital transformation roadmap, but they’re not sure which technology to invest in to move forward. Movilizer alongside Mobility Edge devices will be a strong answer for many. Sales and distribution, service and maintenance, and track and trace – Movilizer can bring the latest mobile technologies to all these operations. It connect seamlessly with SAP, IBM, Salesforce and others. What’s more, it offers plenty of pre-made apps that are ready to go. It’s trusted by global giants like Coca Cola and GE, so scalability is another strength.
Businesses don’t have to use Movilizer with Mobility Edge devices, but they mesh so cleverly and provide such a comprehensive solution to future-proof mobility, opting for both will be a natural choice for many companies. After all, the average distribution centre could save $459k* a year through process re-engineering and mobile technologies, so the initial investment could soon pay for itself.
Hands-on at the sharp end
So, there’s plenty to recommend Honeywell to stakeholders on the higher floors, but what about workers on the ground who will use Honeywell’s devices every day? They want user-friendly, high-performance rugged tools that make their working day easier, and that’s exactly what they get. Ideal for forklifts, the VM1A is a mid-size, Android-based Vehicle-Mount Computer, designed to meet the daily challenges of a demanding work environment. With a large, colour touchscreen, an optional keyboard for faster data input and reliable wireless connectivity, the VM1A maximises efficiency in the warehouse.
Another enterprise-class device built on Android™ and the Mobility Edge Platform is the Dolphin™ CN80. Designed improve speed and accuracy, this powerful handheld computer has a bright colour touchscreen as well as proper keys for fast data entry, making it a futureproof choice. The CN80 is rugged enough for the toughest environments. And as an Android Enterprise Recommended device, it comes with support for five versions of the Android OS, giving it cost-saving longevity. Add to this, unparalleled scanning performance and long-lasting battery, and it’s clear to see this being a very popular device as the world moves to Android. What’s more, the range of Mobility Edge devices is set to grow, so look out for new additions in 2019.
So, to return to the questions we asked at the start – about a vision for the future of mobility – Honeywell Mobility Edge Platform and Movilizer are certainly ready for the most ambitious answers.
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*Giving Your Distribution Center the Competitive Edge infographic, Honeywell https://www.honeywellaidc.com