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So what databases can ViziApps mobile apps work with?

Databases including SQL Server, MySQL, 35 other SQL databases, and QuickBase, and even Intuit QuickBooks, Google Sheets and Salesforce can all connect to your mobile apps built with ViziApps with no coding.

So, why this is important?

Databases are where all of your key business process information is updated and stored. But most databases (even SaaS databases) are not very mobile friendly. With mobile changing the way your workforce, partners, and customers do business, it is vital for you to connect to these databases in your business mobile apps.

Now, with mobile apps, there are some functions that can only be performed by the phone (e.g. taking a photo of a damaged product). Without ViziApps, if you need to store that photo as a database record, you need to write code to the API for the database. The beauty of ViziApps is that it has already created the connection between your mobile app and the record in the database with no coding. Just take the photo, and it will be there in your database.

Now, you might be a company that is in that hybrid phase, where some information is in the SaaS environment and some critical information in an on-premise Oracle database. Wouldn’t it be great if you could connect the two databases together via the ViziApps mobile app – keeping all of the information required in their respective places but sharing it too? An example of this, say you have to maintain a vacation calendar of you employees so that you can pay them accordingly. In QuickBase, there is an app that allows for an employee to update their vacation dates. In Oracle, on premise database stores all of the PII and pay information. That needs to be updated when an employee requests time-off. QuickBase and Oracle are not connected. Wouldn’t it be great that an employee could just enter their info on a mobile app that updates the calendar in QuickBase and then that updates the info in Oracle, as well? With ViziApps you can do that. Create an app that points to QuickBase info. When info in the QuickBase connected app is updated, it triggers a sequence of events that tells another app in Oracle to update the vacation dates. All of this connectivity and the triggering are done by ViziApps.

As always, the ViziApps Visual Rapid Mobile App Dev Platform gives you the User Experience flexibility, security, database support, and ease of customization to make your mobile apps a big success with your users.

ViziApps makes it work. Give it a try!

Maribel Lopez of Lopez Research just posted a great article in Tech Target outlining four ways a mobility project can transform your business. Here’s a quick summary of her key points:

To truly embrace mobility, rethink the way organizations do business. A well-planned mobility project can help companies increase revenue and make employees more productive. Virtually all business leaders recognize that change is important and necessary. That's why a successful mobile project transforms business processes.

Winning mobile strategies don't simply replicate existing processes for new form factors. The best mobile experiences change the way your employees work and the way customers experience your brand.

To improve business processes, some companies embrace built-in device features such as location-based services and the camera. Others use sensors and wearables to gather information and feed new insight into workflows. [Hey, Think about ViziApps and AT&T M2X IoT for that!]

That's why a successful mobile project transforms business processes. Maribel highlights the four ways as:

> Create strong user experiences that increase revenue

> Digitize workflows to increase employee productivity

> Improve communications

> Collect new data for new insight

See the full article at:http://bit.ly/1Un40qf

AT&T M2X (https://m2x.att.com/) provides time-series data storage, device management, message brokering, event triggering, alarming, geo-fencing, and data visualization for Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) products and services. ViziApps has worked with AT&T to integrate ViziApps with M2X to provide Visual Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) for industrial IoT. Check out the Tutorial AT&T just posted in the AT&T M2X blog: https://m2x.att.com/developer/tutorials/viziapps

What does Offline Data Sync mean in a mobile app?

Offline data allows a user of the mobile app to view, add, delete or modify data in the mobile app with no connection to the internet or network. All of the changes the user makes will be automatically synced with the main backend database, once the mobile app user comes back into online network connectivity.

So, why this is important?

Well, for starters, this is a requirement for all many enterprise-type mobile apps. If the app does not work where the user is, they will not use it. Users can keep working on their scheduled tasks in their mobile apps without having to worry about intermittent network connectivity issues. This impacts many industries and mobile app use cases. Here are just four examples:

Distribution Teams in a large e-commerce warehouse. The mobile app user has 10 items to go pick up from various bin locations to fulfill customer orders. The mobile app has listed 10 items + bin locations for customer orders. Connectivity in these warehouses can be pretty bad. Up to now, the old way use paper check-off lists, then manually update the orders on their mobile apps when they have network connectivity. Extremely Unproductive!

Now, with Viziapps Offline Sync, the mobile app has downloaded all of the items + bin locations for customer orders on their mobile device. The user picks order items from bins and updates the mobile app. As each user heads back to their base station, all of the offline data is automatically synced with the main database as soon as network connectivity is available.

Sales teams on the road generating increased revenue. Let your sales team create new opportunities or update existing accounts information offline, as they meet with each account whether there’s connectivity, or not. Then, when they come online over secure communication lines, the ViziApps mobile app synchronizes all the information with your sales backend database.

Technicians servicing refrigeration systems in steel frame buildings. Often, equipment needing service is in the basement, or so-called “bowels” of the building where Internet connectivity is non-existent. With ViziApps Offline Sync, service techs can use their mobile apps to read system component bar cades, reference IoT (Internet of Things) data from PTC ThingWorx or AT&T M2X, take and store photos of broken parts, and capture customer signatures for work-order signoff. Then, automatically sync with the backend database when they return to connectivity.

Sales teams selling supplies and services into hospitals. Hospitals often have poor Internet connectivity because of their steel frame construction, but often by systems and policies restricting wireless access. With iPad and Android Tablet mobile apps with Offline Sync, sales teams can enter order info and capture order approval signatures, then automatically sync when they return to connectivity.

In the cases above, it doesn’t matter if multiple mobile app users are using and updating data from the same backend database. Viziapps Offline Sync handles that to provide the latest information.

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