Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Liz McMillan, Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White

News Feed Item

"Ostara Mobile" - A Workforce Management Application That Really is Mobile

MILTON KEYNES, England, February 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Ostara Systems is proud to announce the release of its "new" workforce solution - "Ostara Mobile"

Most organisations who have internal resource that are working remotely have to make difficult decisions about the value added of any system that could be used to manage and assist these individuals. One of the first considerations may well be the device to be used… The eternal debate still goes on as to whether the ruggedised devices are an essential choice? Increasingly businesses are acknowledging that the incremental cost of these devices does not allow for an ROI that will achieve board approval. However, an increasing number of devices are now available that can be accompanied with screen covers and cases for their protection, not to mention comprehensive and affordable insurance. With this in mind the choice of mobile device is growing. Businesses are faced with an ever increasing choice on three main operating systems; iOS (Apple), Android and Windows 8. Although there are other Operating Systems, the sales of handsets in the 2nd quarter of 2013 show a clear top three:

                                     Windows
                                   Mobile/Phone   BlackBerry    Bada      Symbian
    Android (Google)  iOS (Apple)  (Microsoft)      (RIM)     (Samsung)   (Nokia)
         177.9           31.9          7.4           6.2        .838       .631



 

(Source: Gartner)

For this reason the Ostara Mobile Application is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows 8, giving businesses greater flexibility.

Another important element is the differentiation between "remote access systems" that use web browser technology to gain access to data remotely and "mobile applications". Although not official terms, these differing ways of working have fundamental effects on usability and operations. In essence a mobile application is something that can be used on the mobile phone or tablet whether there is access to the internet or not. For engineers, who often will work in the centre of, or in the basement of buildings which then render an internet connection impossible, it is important for them to continue to have access to data to carry out their work and record updates on the device in real time. An application will synchronise any data recorded while "offline" back to the server/CAFM system as soon as a connection is available again. The "Ostara Mobile" solution is such an application, which in addition to providing "offline" capability, is also able to use the functionalities of the phone or tablet to capture not only photos but also signatures that may be required for client confirmation of work completion.

The "Ostara Mobile" solution is not only an operational application that provides the ability to update work being undertaken but is also a quality control platform for the completion of personalised audits that can be completed for any number of reasons, from H&S and technical data collection to customer satisfaction and cleaning audits. "Ostara Mobile" makes use of the latest QR code technology for functionality such as signing into a building to provide confirmation of attendance at a specific site.

"Ostara Mobile" is the workforce management tool that sits alongside the Ostara CAFM system. The Ostara CAFM system is a highly reliable hosted (SaaS) system which leaves you free to concentrate on your core business rather than having to worry about managing servers and systems.

The quality data provided by the system enables powerful, targeted reporting based on real time activities in addition to trend analysis which facilitates intelligent, informed decision-making. This all leads to maximisation of budgets, minimisation of costs and accurate forecasting.

If you feel your business could benefit from a CAFM system that is both flexible and scalable and would like to work with a supplier that has extensive experience in the management of Facilities and maintenance, then take a look at our website for more information - http://www.ostarasystems.com or call us on 0844-332-1225.

SOURCE Ostara Systems Ltd

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

CloudEXPO Stories
With more than 30 Kubernetes solutions in the marketplace, it's tempting to think Kubernetes and the vendor ecosystem has solved the problem of operationalizing containers at scale or of automatically managing the elasticity of the underlying infrastructure that these solutions need to be truly scalable. Far from it. There are at least six major pain points that companies experience when they try to deploy and run Kubernetes in their complex environments. In this presentation, the speaker will detail these pain points and explain how cloud can address them.
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-centric compute for the most data-intensive applications. Hyperconverged systems already in place can be revitalized with vendor-agnostic, PCIe-deployed, disaggregated approach to composable, maximizing the value of previous investments.
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it's important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. "Fly two mistakes high" is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed how this same philosophy can be applied to highly scaled applications, and can dramatically increase your resilience to failure.
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by sharing information within the building and with outside city infrastructure via real time shared cloud capabilities.
As Cybric's Chief Technology Officer, Mike D. Kail is responsible for the strategic vision and technical direction of the platform. Prior to founding Cybric, Mike was Yahoo's CIO and SVP of Infrastructure, where he led the IT and Data Center functions for the company. He has more than 24 years of IT Operations experience with a focus on highly-scalable architectures.