The software applications are designed for any Windows Phone 7 handset, which are typically low cost and high function, and combined with cloud-server technology they reduce the need for organisations to make large capital outlays for storage technology or enterprise-orientated devices.
The new crop of mobile software applications from TAAP include: face to face fundraising, property maintenance/inventory, vehicle inspections, and vehicle deliveries. These enable users to collect, transfer, and store rich data such as free text, pre-defined drop-down options, photographs, annotation, diagrams, and electronic signatures.
TAAP’s clients benefit from having access to new applications which have been upgraded from the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system, and will be able to use new ‘iPhone style’ interfaces on a range of devices from hardware manufacturers such as Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Motorola and so on.
Windows Phone 7 offers a stable platform for applications to run on, which is crucial if organisations are using it as part of a system to manage business-critical operational tasks, such as field service visits, deliveries, capturing data etc.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud-based server solution designed so that organisations can store and access their data via the web. TAAP’s applications link seamlessly with Azure to provide comprehensive systems covering front line mobile operations through to back-office storage. TAAP provides secure customised web portals which allow organisations to view and use their data which is accessed from secure servers.
Steve Higgon, Product Architect explained “The combination of Windows Phone 7 devices loaded with TAAP’s mobile software applications, and the Microsoft Azure server capability, means we can offer clients a relatively inexpensive way to mobilise their workforce. Clients have the management information that they require to run their operations efficiently, available in real-time, and they can achieve this with minimal outlay compared to the purchase of often expensive hardware purchases.”