Mi-Corporation http://www.mi-corporation.com Mobile Information Solutions for Mission-Critical Processes Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:27:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Securing Mobile Sales, Service Efficiency http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/securing-mobile-sales-service-efficiency/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/securing-mobile-sales-service-efficiency/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:08:49 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=17001 In 2014, Mi-Corporation worked with Rochester, NY-based Doyle Security Systems on implementing a Mi-Forms mobile forms solution for their sales order entry process. Mi-Forms was able to integrate with Doyle's security automation platform, as well as the company's SedonaOffice accounting and Read More

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In 2014, Mi-Corporation worked with Rochester, NY-based Doyle Security Systems on implementing a Mi-Forms mobile forms solution for their sales order entry process.

Mi-Forms was able to integrate with Doyle's security automation platform, as well as the company's SedonaOffice accounting and service software. "We were able to build workflows within the tool," said Devon Ritch, Director of Information Technology at Doyle Security Systems. "They did more than just automate the forms."

Doyle Security Systems was recently featured in an article by Field Technologies Online about their experience and results gained from switching from a paper-based data collection process to a Mi-Forms mobile forms solution.

Field Technologies Online

Magazine Article | July 24, 2015

Securing Mobile Sales, Service Efficiency

By Brian Albright

Mobile forms have helped Doyle Security speed invoicing by 25% and drive efficiency gains that increased margins.

Doyle Security Systems is well known for helping its customers keep their homes and businesses safe, but paper-­based, manual contracting processes produced unnecessary delays between the time the company’s clients signed up for service and when the alarm systems went live. A new digital sales order entry system has helped the company improve contracting efficiency and even led to an 11 percent increase in profit margins through improved processes.

Rochester, NY-­based Doyle provides commercial, residential, and medical alarm systems to thousands of customers in New York and Erie, PA. As part of the process of signing up new customers, Doyle’s sales representatives had to create multipage contracts, have them signed by the customer, and then circulate those documents across multiple departments before service could begin.

The paper­based system required manual rekeying of customer data collection when new sales orders were created. This led to lost order or contract forms, inaccurate data entry, and delayed sale and service activation.

The multipart forms were handled by sales, internal operations, accounting, the central security station call center, and the technicians installing the equipment and then were routed again after installation through accounting and the call center. The system was inefficient and error­prone and extended the amount of time it took for Doyle to get new customers online and bill them.

“It really hurt our efficiency,” says Devon Ritch, director of information technology at Doyle Security Systems. “Everybody needs a piece of that information, but passing it through departments often sent the documents into a black hole. It took several days for the process to happen. We wanted to automate that process.”

The mobile forms solution was able to both eliminate paper documents and accelerate all of the associated contract processes. “Now, once a contract is signed, everyone has the information within the hour,” Ritch says. “We can get a new customer online in two or three hours.”

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Related

>> Mobility Success Story: Doyle Security Systems

>> Doyle Security Systems, Inc. Sees Productivity  & Expense Control Improvements with Mobile Sales Solution on Tablets

>> Choosing a Mobile Data Solution: 8 Risks & How to Avoid Them (Webinar On-Demand)

 

 

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An Intern Perspective – Summer 2015 http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/an-intern-perspective-summer-2015/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/an-intern-perspective-summer-2015/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:20:10 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16920 Over the past four months of my time as a marketing intern at Mi-Corporation, I've had the pleasure of working with the great team at Mi-Corporation. I've had the great opportunity to work across multiple projects and I've been lucky Read More

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Over the past four months of my time as a marketing intern at Mi-Corporation, I've had the pleasure of working with the great team at Mi-Corporation. I've had the great opportunity to work across multiple projects and I've been lucky enough to have been given the chance to leave my mark on each of them.

Coming in I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I wanted to make a positive impact and help promote and support Mi-Corporation in any small way that I could. Over the many tasks I was given - from working with the Youtube channel, to social media outreach channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, even to direct posts on the site, I was given a lot of power and responsibility in working with these platforms from a marketing perspective. And not only did I get to work with a lot of great people and projects, but I learned a lot about Mi-Corporation, and gained some insight into mobile enterprise, and mobile app solutions as well.

As my internship draws to a close, I'm proud to say that I think I've left my mark here. Hopefully the projects that I completed while I was here have had both immediate and positive impacts on Mi-Corporation and will continue to have a big impact and positive effect going into the future.

Jenny

 

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To see available internship opportunities at Mi-Corporation, please visit our Careers Page.

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MSFT Partner of the Year Award Video Reel http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/msft-partner-of-the-year-award-video-reel/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/msft-partner-of-the-year-award-video-reel/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:44:13 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16852 In June we announced that Microsoft would be paying us a visit for an on-site video shoot to commemorate our 2015 Public Sector: Government Partner of the Year Award - and it's finally out! Get a peek behind the scenes Read More

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In June we announced that Microsoft would be paying us a visit for an on-site video shoot to commemorate our 2015 Public Sector: Government Partner of the Year Award - and it's finally out!

Get a peek behind the scenes at Mi-Corporation's headquarters in Durham, NC.

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Mi-Corporation Makes 2015 Inc. 5000 List http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-corporation-makes-2015-inc-5000-list/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-corporation-makes-2015-inc-5000-list/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:30:57 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16858 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2015   Inc. Magazine Unveils 34th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000     Mi-Corporation Ranks No. 2362 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 161%       DURHAM, Read More

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Mi-Corporation Makes Inc 5000 List for 2015

 

Inc. Magazine Unveils 34th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

 

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Mi-Corporation Ranks No. 2362 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 161%

 

 

 

DURHAM, NC, August 12, 2015Inc. magazine today ranked Mi-Corporation NO. 2362 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

"It is a great honor for Mi-Corporation to be included on Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000 list for the second year in a row,” said Mi-Corporation CEO Greg Clary. “The team at Mi-Corporation is customer-focused and is dedicated to helping customers make a positive impact on the world with our mobile business process software solutions. For example, when a government agency chooses to optimize their business operations and increase data accuracy, it creates significant cost savings for tax payers—and that’s a win for everyone.”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the lit achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 21 through 23, 2015 in Orlando. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC show “The Profit,” Robert Herjavec, one of the main “sharks” on ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank,” KIND Founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky, and Co-Founder of Goodshop.com JJ Ramberg.

About Mi-Corporation:

Mi-Corporation, the 15-year-old industry leader in mobilizing mission-critical business processes, offers enterprise-class applications that quicken business cycles, drive productivity, and increase revenues. Their mobile solutions support the use of Windows 10 Tablets, the Digital Pen, iOS devices, Android devices, and other mobile devices across diverse industries. Organizations like Eli Lilly, Transport for London, Lightower Fiber Networks, the NC Department of Agriculture, the United Nations, The US Dept. of Transportation, and many others use Mi-Corporation’s mobile forms app, mobile app development middleware, and reporting products.

 

CONTACT:

Michaela Hares

mhares@mi-corporation.com

919-485-4819

 

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 13,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

 

Related

- Mi-Corporation Awards & Certifications

- Mi-Corporation Selected as Microsoft's 2015 Public Sector: Govt. Partner of the Year

- Mi-Corporation Partners with Esri

 

 

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Mobile Sales Solutions: Streamlining Sales Processes http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/mobile-sales-solutions-streamlining-sales-processes/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/mobile-sales-solutions-streamlining-sales-processes/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:48:30 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16649 Most organizations that have a field salesforce care about making this workgroup more effective and productive, to ultimately impact their top line revenue growth. Mobile solutions can have a significant impact on these aspects of a field salesforce. To examine this further, Read More

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Most organizations that have a field salesforce care about making this workgroup more effective and productive, to ultimately impact their top line revenue growth. Mobile solutions can have a significant impact on these aspects of a field salesforce. To examine this further, let's take a look at two examples.

1. Streamlining Content Delivery

Streamlining Content Delivery

Organizations frequently struggle to control what their sales reps are saying, showing & consuming--presentation decks are often updated, new messaging frequently slips through the cracks among other issues. A series of vendors have taken on the challenge of making sure the latest, professional content can be pushed out to sales reps using Tablets & Smartphones. Using these mobile solutions, organizations can track customer engagement with that content, salesforce can use the content in presentations, the messages going to the customer can be optimized, and KPIs of sales performance/messaging can be measured.

Vendors like Seismic, Showpad, Veeva and others have produced powerful solutions in this space. In the Pharmaceutical industry, especially, the messages and content delivered by salespeople have to be carefully calibrated per regulatory requirements. In another vertical, this Showpad case study featuring manufacturing giant, Schneider Electric, is a good example of the impact of such solutions. The solution drove a 300% increase in salesperson activity compared to when all such content was stored in a way that sales reps had to go back and forth to check. It also enabled them to quickly send customers the right content from mobile devices, on the go, and then track their engagement--thus creating wins for everyone.

2. Streamlining Sales Order Entry Processes

Mobile Sales Order Entry Process

In a Mi-Corporation case study featuring Doyle Security Systems (DSS), a leading regional security systems company in the Northeast, the impact mobile sales solution can have on more than just content control/delivery becomes apparent. Previously, a rather cumbersome and slow process was involved in estimating prices for DSS customers’ security systems: generating a contract, getting it signed, and then billing customers. With a Mi-Forms mobile forms solution from Mi-Corporation, the paper process was transitioned into a digital process on iPads carried by salespersons, with integrations to a CRM and billing system. This mobile data collection solution led to 11% higher profit margins, 25% faster invoicing rates, more accountability for DSS management to track the status of their contracts, and presented a more professional face to their customers, which customers noticed.

Even as far back as 2013, this Salesforce.com report suggests that 90% of sales organizations have invested in Tablets as their newest sales tools, with over 70% saying they are already achieving a positive return on investment (ROI). If you haven’t considered mobile sales solutions to help your field salesforce boost productivity, efficiency and ultimately top and bottom lines, time to jump in right away! Happy selling!

 

Author:

Gautham Pandiyan

VP of Sales & Marketing

 

 

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Enterprise-grade Mobility to Lower Your TCO http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/enterprise-grade-mobility-to-lower-your-tco/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/enterprise-grade-mobility-to-lower-your-tco/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:42:49 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16468 If the internet heralded the age of information, then mobile devices are bringing around an age of mobility. With tablets, smart phones and laptops, the technology required to become fully mobile is now readily available at our fingertips. Given the Read More

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If the internet heralded the age of information, then mobile devices are bringing around an age of mobility.

With tablets, smart phones and laptops, the technology required to become fully mobile is now readily available at our fingertips. Given the right hardware and software technology, workers both at home and in the field can be more productive, more efficient, and more accurate with data capture.

A survey of 300 federal managers by AOL Government found that mobility greatly improves productivity, and recent research from Aberdeen Group found that 82% of field service organizations consider mobility as a strategic initiative for their operations.

A recent whitepaper published by Panasonic highlights next steps to take in your mobile initiative to further maximize your mobility benefits and decrease your TCO.

Total Cost Of Ownership - TCO:

The purchase price of an asset plus the costs of operation. When choosing among alternatives in a purchasing decision, buyers should look not just at an item's short-term price, which is its purchase price, but also at its long-term price, which is its total cost of ownership. The item with the lower total cost of ownership will be the better value in the long run - via Investopedia

One means of decreasing TCO is to bypass consumer-grade tablets in favor of enterprise-grade devices. By acquiring dependable, rugged computing technology--that can withstand the rigors of field work--you decrease the risk of hardware failure that can disrupt workflow and lower productivity.

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Enterprise-grade tablets that are both rugged and functional can provide highly mobile solutions while having the capability to survive extreme conditions.  In a field environment, many consumer grade tablets cannot hold up to the same standards as enterprise-grade tablets, and once they break or stop functioning, they become little more than paperweights and can seriously slow and hinder the workflow process.

Together, a robust enterprise-grade tablet and the right mobile software solution can meet all your business needs and give you superior levels of performance, data capture, security, operational efficiency and maximize workflow--all to help you realize a lower total cost of ownership and improve your business.

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Access the Panasonic whitepaper, "Maximizing TCO For Electronic (or Tablet-Based) Field Inspections" to learn more.

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Mi-Co Supports Microsoft Windows 10 http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-co-supports-microsoft-windows-10/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-co-supports-microsoft-windows-10/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:41:13 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16422 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2015   Mi-Corporation Announces Support for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Operating System  Enterprise Mobile Data Collection Solutions To Support Windows 10   DURHAM, NC – Mi-Corporation, the 15-year-old industry leader in enterprise-class mobile information solutions, today Read More

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Mi-Corporation Announces Support for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Operating System

 Enterprise Mobile Data Collection Solutions To Support Windows 10

 

DURHAM, NC – Mi-Corporation, the 15-year-old industry leader in enterprise-class mobile information solutions, today announced its support for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, which was officially released to consumers today.

The highly anticipated Windows 10 operating system boasts many new, yet familiar features such as: Universal Apps, design once and deploy to all types of devices from tablets to smartphones and more; Enhanced handwriting support, for a natural inking workflows for users such as field inspectors, using tablets; and Cortana Voice Assistant, for deeper use of voice commands and controls, for hands-free use.

We are excited about the launch of Windows 10, offering a unified platform for all types of devices, and a number of other benefits for our enterprise customers,” said Chris DiPierro, Mi-Corporation’s CTO.

Mi-Corporation continues to expand upon its strong partnership with Microsoft, from its support for Windows 10 and participation in Microsoft’s #UpgradeYourWorld global charity campaign, to its 2015 Microsoft Public Sector: Government Partner of the Year award.

Additionally, Mi-Corporation’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, presented during the Windows 10 session at this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference highlighting the business case for Mobile Solutions for agencies.

“Gautham highlighted the business case for Mobile Solutions for agencies, with the example of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, who saved ~$220,000 in taxpayer dollars and turned a 4-week process into a 1-day process to provide better citizen service with a tablet solution and mobile forms,” said Greg Clary, Mi-Corporation’s CEO and Co-Founder.

Current Mi-Corporation customers can upgrade directly to Windows 10 while continuing to use their Mi-Forms mobile forms software, and can contact Mi-Corporation’s Customer Support Team if they wish, to discuss ramifications to their existing Mi-Corporation mobile solutions.

To learn more about Mi-Corporation’s leading mobile applications, please visit www.mi-corporation.com or contact info@mi-corporation.com, 001-919-485-4819.

 

About Mi-Corporation:

Mi-Corporation, the 15-year-old industry leader in mobilizing mission-critical business processes, offers enterprise-class applications that quicken business cycles, drive productivity, and increase revenues. Their mobile solutions support the use of Windows 10 Tablets, the Digital Pen, iOS devices, Android devices, and other mobile devices across diverse industries. Organizations like Eli Lilly, Transport for London, Lightower Fiber Networks, the NC Department of Agriculture, the United Nations, The US Dept. of Transportation, and many others use Mi- Corporation’s mobile forms app, mobile app development middleware, and reporting products.

 

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Top 5 Takeaways from Microsoft’s 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/top-5-takeaways-from-microsofts-2015-worldwide-partner-conference/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/top-5-takeaways-from-microsofts-2015-worldwide-partner-conference/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:36:09 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16395 This past week Mi-Corporation's CEO, Greg Clary, and VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, ventured to Orlando, FL for Microsoft's 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference. While the entire conference was inspiring, informative, and a huge success, read on for their top Read More

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This past week Mi-Corporation's CEO, Greg Clary, and VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, ventured to Orlando, FL for Microsoft's 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference. While the entire conference was inspiring, informative, and a huge success, read on for their top 5 highlights from the event.

1. Making a Positive Impact

Satya Nadella WPC 15

Hearing CEO Satya Nadella's Vision Keynote on Day 1 of WPC15, talk about "impact" and "making a difference" energized us. We are delighted to see that Microsoft shares our deepest core belief at Mi-Corporation that mobile information positively impacts the world.

"Together with our partners we are transforming the business world for the next era." - Satya Nadella

 

2. Upgrade Your World

Upgrade Your World

At WPC there was a lot of buzz around the upcoming Windows 10 release, including the launch of Microsoft's #UpgradeYourWorld global charity campaign.

When Windows 10 officially rolls out on Wednesday, July 29, Microsoft will also launch the Upgrade Your World campaign, where they will partner with 10 global and 100 local nonprofits to help them support their missions and promote awareness of their causes.

Additionally, Microsoft will also start a crowdsource-based nomination process for 10 more nonprofit groups each in 10 countries. Mi-Corporation is proud to support this campaign through our own charitable work with local nonprofits such as the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, Sharefish, Healing Place of Wake County, and Communities in Schools of Wake County.

 

3. Windows 10

Windows 10

Mi-Corporation's own Gautham Pandiyan gave a fantastic speech during the Windows 10 session.

Gautham highlighted the business case for Mobile Solutions for agencies, with the example of NC Department of Agriculture, who saved ~$220,000 in taxpayer dollars and turned a 4-week process into a 1-day process to provide better citizen service with a tablet solution and mobile forms. He also discussed what we find most appealing about Windows 10 as a leading Mobile Solutions provider:

  • Universal apps -- design once and deploy to all types of devices from tablets to smartphones and more
  • Enhanced handwriting entry support -- for that natural inking and workflow of field inspectors on clipboards

 

4. Simplicity + Innovation

Microsoft Hololens

Microsoft is simplifying their marketing message from Azure to Windows 10 to Office--and we dig it. Not only is their new messaging more simplistic, but it is interlaced with the promise of innovative technologies such as HoloLens, Windows 10 Universal Apps, and Cortana Analytics.

 

5. Unprecedented Networking Opportunities

Networking at WPC 15

WPC 2015 was a fantastic opportunity to meet key Microsoft executives and sales representatives from around the globe. As the 2015 Public Sector: Government Partner of the Year, it is essential for us to work with Microsoft to understand how we can make a difference to their business, and how they can make a difference to ours.

 

We look forward to continuing to make a transformative impact for organizations with mobile solutions and to upgrade our world with all of you!

Author:

Greg Clary, PhD

Mi-Corporation CEO & Co-Founder

 

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Top 5 Takeaways from Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2015 http://www.mi-corporation.com/resources/top-5-takeaways-from-microsofts-worldwide-partner-conference-2015/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/resources/top-5-takeaways-from-microsofts-worldwide-partner-conference-2015/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:26:45 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16371 This past week Mi-Corporation's CEO, Greg Clary, and VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, ventured to Orlando, FL for Microsoft's 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference. While the entire conference was inspiring, informative, and a huge success, read on for their top Read More

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This past week Mi-Corporation's CEO, Greg Clary, and VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, ventured to Orlando, FL for Microsoft's 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference. While the entire conference was inspiring, informative, and a huge success, read on for their top 5 highlights from the event.

1. Making a Positive Impact

Satya Nadella WPC 15

Hearing CEO Satya Nadella's Vision Keynote on Day 1 of WPC15, talk about "impact" and "making a difference" energized us. We are delighted to see that Microsoft shares our deepest core belief at Mi-Corporation that mobile information positively impacts the world.

"Together with our partners we are transforming the business world for the next era." - Satya Nadella

 

2. Upgrade Your World

Upgrade Your World

At WPC there was a lot of buzz around the upcoming Windows 10 release, including the launch of Microsoft's #UpgradeYourWorld global charity campaign.

When Windows 10 officially rolls out on Wednesday, July 29, Microsoft will also launch the Upgrade Your World campaign, where they will partner with 10 global and 100 local nonprofits to help them support their missions and promote awareness of their causes.

Additionally, Microsoft will also start a crowdsource-based nomination process for 10 more nonprofit groups each in 10 countries. Mi-Corporation is proud to support this campaign through our own charitable work with local nonprofits such as the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, Sharefish, Healing Place of Wake County, and Communities in Schools of Wake County.

 

3. Windows 10

Windows 10

Mi-Corporation's own Gautham Pandiyan gave a fantastic speech during the Windows 10 session.

Gautham highlighted the business case for Mobile Solutions for agencies, with the example of NC Department of Agriculture, who saved ~$220,000 in taxpayer dollars and turned a 4-week process into a 1-day process to provide better citizen service with a tablet solution and mobile forms. He also discussed what we find most appealing about Windows 10 as a leading Mobile Solutions provider:

  • Universal apps -- design once and deploy to all types of devices from tablets to smartphones and more
  • Enhanced handwriting entry support -- for that natural inking and workflow of field inspectors on clipboards

 

4. Simplicity + Innovation

Microsoft Hololens

Microsoft is simplifying their marketing message from Azure to Windows 10 to Office--and we dig it. Not only is their new messaging more simplistic, but it is interlaced with the promise of innovative technologies such as HoloLens, Windows 10 Universal Apps, and Cortana Analytics.

 

5. Unprecedented Networking Opportunities

Networking at WPC 15

WPC 2015 was a fantastic opportunity to meet key Microsoft executives and sales representatives from around the globe. As the 2015 Public Sector: Government Partner of the Year, it is essential for us to work with Microsoft to understand how we can make a difference to their business, and how they can make a difference to ours.

 

We look forward to continuing to make a transformative impact for organizations with mobile solutions and to upgrade our world with all of you!

 

Author:

Greg Clary, PhD

Mi-Corporation CEO & Co-Founder

 

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Colorado Dept. of Water Resources Selects Mi-Forms to Automate Field Inspections http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/colorado-dept-of-water-resources-selects-mi-forms-to-automate-field-inspections/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/colorado-dept-of-water-resources-selects-mi-forms-to-automate-field-inspections/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:48:14 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=16372 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2015  Colorado Department of Water Resources Selects Mi-Forms Mobile Forms Software to Automate Forms Used by Field Inspectors  Paper and electronic forms to be optimized for use on mobile devices for use in the dam Read More

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Colorado Department of Water Resources Selects Mi-Forms Colorado Department of Water Resources Selects Mi-Forms Mobile Forms Software to Automate Forms Used by Field Inspectors

 Paper and electronic forms to be optimized for use on mobile devices for use in the dam inspections.

DURHAM, NC, and Denver, CO– Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced that it was selected by Colorado Department of Water Resources (Denver, CO) to provide an enterprise inspection software platform with its Mi-Forms mobile forms software. The project entails evaluating the platforms ability to digitize paper and electronic forms used in the dam inspection.

 Each day inspectors from the Colorado Department of Water Resources evaluate the structural stability of the dams throughout the state, of which there are over 1,900. During each visit, inspectors record information such as which elements of the dam are not up to code and what needs to be done to fix these issues.

Under the current system, inspectors either take notes in a field book or bring paper forms to the inspection site. Many times, these paper forms get lost, wet, dirty, or ripped. Upon completing the paper form by hand, the inspector will enter the data into a database once back in the office and transmit it to the branch chief via email. This process was susceptible to data inaccuracies, and delays in data recording. With the “inspection forms automation” provided by Mi-Forms mobile data capture software, this process may change.

Functionality Requirements

The forms platform was required to support mobile data collection and deliver the ability to convert the existing paper forms into mobile forms that could be filled out on a tablet device and handle data entry via handwriting recognition and, optionally, speech to text recognition. The software will also provide workflow management by routing forms to a supervisor who will review the forms for accuracy and then either approve or deny the form.

 Colorado Department of Water Resources selected Mi-Forms mobile forms software due to its ability to meet the project’s core requirements – automating processes, providing handwriting functionality, and integrating forms rules. Just as important was the ease with which remote workers or field inspectors could access the daily status report form to capture, store, and manage inspection and comment history, in a way that allows them to select specific projects and date ranges from which to view comments.

Accurate reporting of details is essential to project planning. The new system works whether the inspector is on or offline and will store the daily status report data in a relational database allowing the department to export the data to a “project tracking” system on a daily basis. The new solution will export the data from the daily status report and save the file on a network file share when the inspection supervisor approves the report. At the completion of a project, the system will generate a PDF report containing the inspection history from the daily reports.

Additional requirements for the forms automation solution included:

  • Offline use of forms where an Internet connection is required only for data transfer to the database for handoff to “project tracking”
  • Ability to capture and store job site pictures and signatures
  • Ability to retrieve “header” information such as site address, contractor name, project number, inspector assigned, etc.
  • An easy-to-use interface that includes a “home page” that gives the inspector the ability to select specific forms to complete
  • Configuration of forms to include drop-down boxes, mandatory fields and date pickers

 According to Mi-Corporation’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, “The ability to meet the requirements of the Colorado Department of Water Resources demonstrates our ability to deliver the most flexible, robust technology that meets the unique needs of our customers who rely on the accurate collection, management, and filling of mobile forms & apps on Tablets even in remote disconnected areas.”

To learn more about Mi-Corporation’s leading software platforms or mobility experience, please visit www.mi-corporation.com or contact info@mi-corporation.com, 001-919-485-4819.

 

About Mi-Corporation:

Mi-Corporation, a 15-year industry leader in mobilizing mission-critical business processes, offers enterprise-class applications that quicken business cycles, drive productivity, and increase revenues. Their mobile solutions support the use of Windows 8 Tablets, the Digital Pen, iOS Devices, Android devices, and other mobile devices across diverse industries. Organizations like Eli Lilly, Transport for London, Lightower Fiber Networks, the NC Department of Agriculture, the United Nations, The US Dept. of Transportation, and many others use Mi-Corporation mobile forms, mobile applications, and reporting products. For more information on Mi-Co, please visit www.mi-corporation.com.

 

Media Contact:

Michaela Hares, Marketing Manager

mhares@mi-corporation.com

919-485-4819 x1617

 

 

 

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