Three Ways Mobile Data Capture is Like Fishing

If you have never experienced the joy of fishing, August is a great time to try it out. And if you have been fishing before, you realize there are aspects of the sport that apply to numerous other activities – such as mobile data capture.

How is mobile data capture like fishing? Discover three important similarities below.

1. Structure – Experienced fishermen know that in fresh water, the best fish are often found in the vicinity of structure. Structure can include natural changes in the bottom of a lake, pond or stream, or even man-made features such as pilings or large collections of debris. A large part of the success of a freshwater fishing expedition depends on the presence of structure.

Similarly, success in mobile data capture requires a structured approach. Barcode scans need to be fully integrated into existing workflows. Once captured, data from barcodes and other optical sources needs to be automatically stored and distributed to the necessary stakeholders. Capturing data without structure is like capturing fish without structure – a random and frustrating task.

2. Equipment – There is no single correct rod, bait or lure for all types of fish. However, it is safe to say that outdated, awkward equipment which was all the rage 20 or 30 years ago is not up to the standard of modern gear.

In mobile data capture, there is no one right solution. But dedicated barcode scanners that have not seen significant design improvements since the 1990s are no longer the optimal equipment choice. Modern, cloud-based software that lets organizations efficiently and affordably capture data from a variety of smart devices is a much better alternative. Depending on the specific data capture scenario, enterprises may want to use smartphones, tablets, wearables, or even drones or robots to “reel in” data.

3. Patience – Fishing is not a pastime for the impatient. Catching a fish correctly can be a painstaking effort, even for the most skilled aficionado.

Implementing a mobile data capture program also requires patience. For many organizations, it will be a gradual procedure, with mobile devices gradually replacing dedicated scanners as they reach obsolescence. Enterprises also may want to stagger the introduction of mobile data capture by use case, focusing first on higher-volume scan areas such as inventory management or shipping and receiving.

During these final few weeks of summer, set some time aside to fish. Also set some time aside to contact a Scandit Solutions Consultant to find out how Scandit mobile data capture technology can increase the quality and quantity of your enterprise data catch. Click here to download our white paper on deploying mobile data capture in the enterprise.

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