By Alpa Agarwal
At the 2010 Mobile World Congress, Samsung recognized Formotus as one of its Premium Solution Partners while Formotus demonstrated its mobile business forms running on Windows Phones as well as Android. Microsoft, Motorola, Intermec and Pacific-iD in the U.S. to AlpSoft in Singapore, Mobilise IT in Australia, Refined Logic in Canada, and Avansys and Tiestro in Mexico, have all signed up to support Formotus’ enterprise mobile services.
Formotus automates mobile workflow and data collection. Using Formotus Software + Services, mobile workers can be dispatched to job sites, retrieve and submit data in real time, and collaborate with people back in the office. Field service workers - inspectors, interviewers, surveyors, mobile health care workers and others - can collect all kinds of data on the go - signatures, drawings, photos, GPS positions, bar codes, time stamps – and transmit the information directly and securely back to headquarters.
Formotus uses Microsoft Office InfoPath-compatible based forms to connect to data stored either on a company’s own Microsoft SharePoint server or on a hosted SharePoint service in the cloud. No server-side installation is required and the rich client application is installed on the phone over-the-air. Custom forms can be created easily without writing code and deployed rapidly to many kinds of mobile phones through the Formotus Management Console service on the Formotus site.
Formotus mobile forms offer significant advantages over browser-based equivalents. Multiple forms can be saved and completed offline for later submission so mobile workers, working with more than one form at once, can handle complex workflows and do not require a constant connection to remain productive in the field. With a pay-as-you-go subscription model, Formotus minimizes the startup cost for its customers, making its solutions even more appealing to companies whose people are going places.