Today we’re excited to begin a new blog post series which will look at the emerging market of ruggedized smartphones and techniques for ruggedizing consumer smartphone devices. As stipulated by our recent Enterprise Barcode Scanner Comparison, incredible cost savings are up for grabs for those companies willing to replace traditional mobile hardware with smartphone-based apps. Today we’ll provide an overview of each aspect to consider when developing a ruggedization strategy. Check...

Today we’re going to explore another usage scenario which captures how smartphone-based barcode scanning is transforming the enterprise.  To continue the discussion, we’ll look at how smartphones can be utilized by technicians in the field to improve customer service. Peas in a Pod: Traditional Field Service and Barcode Scanning Since the beginnings of industry, retailers and manufacturers have had to provide service and maintenance to products and equipment in the field. In...

Over the past decade mobile technology and in particular the advent of smartphones has completely transformed the way many of us live our lives. Similarly, smartphones are transforming the way business is done on a global scale. Today we’re going to explore how current trends in enterprise mobile technology are shaping the business environments of the future. The Mobile App Ecosystem is Shifting Recently IDC and Appcelerator surveyed over 6,000 mobile developers...

Over the past few months we’ve taken a close look at the retail industry, the healthcare industry and many other industries—focusing on a vast variety of usage scenarios contained within. Today we’ll continue the conversation by exploring health and fitness apps. New Opportunities for Health Product Retailers and Manufacturers Consumers around the globe have always strived to be a part of the latest and greatest health trends, engaging in timeless fascination with...

Today we’re going to explore a movement in enterprise IT known as the “consumerization of IT.” Basically, the “consumerization of IT” represents a shift in the enterprise where IT departments are beginning to allow and incorporate consumer devices and simpler, more design-focused applications in the workplace. From using their own consumer-grade smart devices, employees are beginning to expect the same focus on design and simple user experience from enterprise applications...

Howdy! Exactly one year ago at the VentureBeat MobileBeat 2012 conference we launched completely new community and enterprise editions of our popular mobile barcode scanning technology. Over the past 12 months our new offerings have gained enormous traction and, by popularizing the use of smartphone-based barcode scanning within the enterprise, have initiated and accelerated the disruption of the traditional barcode scanning industry which relies on dedicated scanner hardware.   A Growing Community:...

Today we’re going to discuss another usage scenario which explores how smartphone-based barcode scanning is being used in the enterprise.  To continue the discussion, we’ll look at how smartphones can be utilized as barcode scanners for asset management and tracking. Barcode Scanning for Asset Management and Tracking Assets can range from product components to buildings to IT hardware, and enterprise companies have always had to design systems to track of these assets....

Many people have the misconception that barcodes are boring. Many barcodes also think people are boring too. How do we know this? We spend all our time with barcodes, that’s how. Today we want to shift perspectives by sharing little glimpses of barcode beauty through the traditional poetry form of the Haiku. We’ve dubbed these barcode poems “Haikodes” and we feature a new one each Friday on our Twitter account....