Mi-Corporation http://www.mi-corporation.com Mobile Information Solutions for Mission-Critical Processes Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:57:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 WasteStrategies Builds Industry’s First Paperless Compliance Management System on Mobile Data Capture Technology Developed by Mi-Corporation http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/press/wastestrategies-builds-industrys-first-paperless-compliance-management-system-mobile-data-capture-technology-developed-mi-corporation/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/press/wastestrategies-builds-industrys-first-paperless-compliance-management-system-mobile-data-capture-technology-developed-mi-corporation/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:30:17 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12554 DURHAM, NC–(Marketwired – Aug 12, 2014) – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced that WasteStrategies has built its proprietary compliance management system — WS AuditPRO — for managing EPA, OSHA, and other safety and compliance issues on the Mi-Forms Read More

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DURHAM, NC–(Marketwired – Aug 12, 2014) – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced that WasteStrategies has built its proprietary compliance management system — WS AuditPRO — for managing EPA, OSHA, and other safety and compliance issues on the Mi-Forms mobile forms software platform.

Built with years of environmental-related consulting expertise, WasteStrategies created a web-based compliance system that enables comprehensive self-directed compliance and reporting activities to ensure thorough, accurate, and professional audits. WS AuditPRO simplifies, improves, and expedites the compliance audit process by intuitively guiding an organization’s audit team, room by room, through state-specific protocols for OSHA and EPA.

We built an indispensable compliance management system for complex organizations where compliance with EPA, OSHA and other safety standards is a concern,” said John Nicklin, managing member of WasteStrategies. “This is the only web-based platform on the market that offers automated management and assessment for audits and on-the-spot inspections. Providing staff with easy access to a compliance guidelines library, and a web portal designed to give senior management a real-time, visual dashboard assessment of compliance vulnerabilities, and corrective and preventive actions has allowed us to engage our clients at a much deeper and more strategic level when it comes to compliance adherence.”

This intuitive, turnkey interactive tool combines smart protocols with actionable findings and corrective recommendations, all contained within an easy-to-use mobile platform. Users can easily perform a comprehensive compliance audit or conduct regular, no-cost spot inspections with data collection, reporting, and management capabilities that require no additional staff.

With the intuitive paper-like electronic format provided by Mi-Forms mobile forms software, WS AuditPRO incorporates handwriting recognition, integrated photo capture capabilities, and intelligent logic to simplify training, reduce errors, and ensure a thorough audit. Users also save time and money by keeping overhead down, better understanding risks, increasing productivity in the management of compliance mandates, and supporting efforts to instill a culture of compliance.

AuditPRO software is updated automatically to reflect the latest compliance protocols at the start of any new audit. As the program guides users through the audit process, collected data is uploaded in real-time to a secure proprietary database from which a company’s audit team can deliver final reports

According to Mi-Corporation’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, “We worked closely with WasteStrategies to customize a mobile data capture solution that allows its clients to easily capture, report, and analyze critical information essential to conducting EPA and OSHA compliance audits. Typically, a complex and often-unwieldy process, we automated the processes into an intuitive systematic process that essentially makes the entire audit process simple and requires no additional overhead or specialized audit training or certification.”

Nicklin recently shared the benefits of deploying Mi-Co’s mobile data capture technology along with other customers who attended and presented at Mi-Co’s Annual Mobility Summit. To learn more about WS AuditPRO visit http://www.wastestrategies.com/view-auditpro-action. Video testimonials from the Annual Mobility Summit appear online at the Mi-Corporation YouTube Channel.

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 WasteStrategies
Founded in 2010 and based in Annapolis, Maryland, WasteStrategies is a full service environmental management company, dedicated to helping organizations achieve aggressive pollution prevention measures and reducing exposure by demonstrating regulatory compliance. The company’s flagship product, WS AuditPRO provides the ideal, low-cost solution in situations where compliance with EPA, OSHA, and/or fire safety standards are a concern. It combines smart protocols with actionable findings and corrective recommendations, all contained within an easy to use, mobile tablet. For more information on WasteStrategies, please visit www.wastestrategies.com.

About Mi-Corporation (Mi-Co):
Mi-Co, a 14-year industry leader in mobilizing mission-critical business processes, offers enterprise-class solutions 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, 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.

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Mobility in the Energy Sector: Oil & Gas Need Mobile Solutions http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/mobility-energy/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/mobility-energy/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:55:28 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12504   The North American energy sector has been driving huge economic gains in the last few years. In some Energy hot beds like North Dakota, there are huge labor shortages, and Oil & Gas companies are struggling to find enough Read More

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The North American energy sector has been driving huge economic gains in the last few years. In some Energy hot beds like North Dakota, there are huge labor shortages, and Oil & Gas companies are struggling to find enough qualified workers for the jobs that lie open. There are also a number of experienced veterans close to retirement and the need for productivity, efficiency & doing more with less is high.

 

In this context, Enterprise Mobility solutions make perfect sense for the Oil & Gas sector to help boost productivity, efficiency, and obtain more real-time data to inform business decision-making. According to a recent survey by Oil & Gas IQ, by 2015, $8 billion will be spent on Oil & Gas mobile apps designed to achieve some of these objectives. The same survey also highlighted that mobile technology was #2 on the list of IT priorities of Oil & Gas CIOs, and 55% felt that such solutions would greatly enhance their operations. However, only 16% have employed a mobility strategy so far, indicating the extent of the road ahead for this sector.

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Accenture has also published a nice article with SAP titled “Mobile Solutions for Oil & Gas Companies,” that looks at the types of mobile solutions most prioritized by Oil & Gas companies and other related factors. Executives surveyed indicated that Mobile Technology will have more of a positive impact on their businesses over the next 5 years than BI technology, Cloud & Social Media. MDM, Workflow & Asset Management solutions seem to be the top areas of mobile technology investments in the near future, and Enterprise Mobility can not only boost productivity of current processes, but also enable new business models & enhance revenue with current processes as well in Upstream, Oil-Field Service & Downstream parts of the sector.

 

A Mi-Corporation industry case study, “Oil & Gas – Improving Field Productivity,” looks at the various Upstream, Midstream & Downstream business processes that can be mobilized from forms-based data collection processes to inspection processes in the field. Field Inspectors who would spend 1-1.5 hours/day processing paperwork are now completing 20 more field inspections implementing mobile solutions according to the case study. User adoption is a key challenge to overcome in reaching successful implementations. Most end-users are not comfortable with technology, operate in some remote, offline locations, and have unpredictable daily routines, making user-friendly technology, the right training programs/incentives, and robust, flexible technology that works well offline key elements in a successful implementation. In the years to come we will surely see several mobile solutions in the Oil & Gas sector that help make up for the shortage in labor and drive more money to the bottom line in this hugely successful industry.

 

 

-Gautham Pandiyan

VP, Sales & Marketing

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Mi-Corporation Announces Mobile Data Capture Software Platform, Mi-Forms v10 http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/news/mi-corporation-announces-mobile-data-capture-software-platform-mi-forms-v10/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/news/mi-corporation-announces-mobile-data-capture-software-platform-mi-forms-v10/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:27:54 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12469   DURHAM, NC–(Marketwired – Jul 31, 2014) – Mi-Corporation, the leading provider of the most flexible, enterprise-class mobile data capture software platform — Mi-Forms — today announces that the latest version of its mobile forms product, Mi-Forms v10, is now Read More

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DURHAM, NC–(Marketwired – Jul 31, 2014) – Mi-Corporation, the leading provider of the most flexible, enterprise-class mobile data capture software platform — Mi-Forms — today announces that the latest version of its mobile forms product, Mi-Forms v10, is now generally available to customers and partners to help them address their Enterprise Mobility challenges.

Mi-Forms v10 is a flexible, robust enterprise mobile data capture platform built upon 14 years of flexible technology, protected by 10 issued US patents and 2 pending US patents, and shows Mi-Corporation’s ability to lead the marketplace with continued innovation to serve its customers and partners.

In addition, Mi-Corporation continues to make enhancements to its industry leading Mi-Forms mobile forms software platform with the imminent release of Mi-Forms v10. This latest release provides further enhancements and features requested by customers and partners, and continues to allow the capture of any data, on any device and its export anywhere. A short summary of a few of the enhancements include:

  • Enhanced touch & multimode support for switching between inking/touch/keyboarding input
  • Flexible mobile user interface (UI) options between paper-like displays & HTML/columnar layouts
  • Official support for Mi-Forms iPhone & Android phone apps
  • Enhanced encryption technology
  • Enhanced JavaScript scripting editor in the Mi-Forms Designer

According to Mi-Corporation CTO, Chris DiPierro, “We are proud of our latest release of our core product, Mi-Forms mobile forms software, version 10. This is the culmination of a 14+ year journey with customer feedback, innovation and the belief that maximal flexibility and robustness are critical for our customers and their mission critical processes.

To learn more, visit www.mi-corporation.com or contact Mi-Corporation at info@mi-corporation.com to try an evaluation version of Mi-Forms v10 today.

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Mi-Forms Release Notes for v10.0.02 http://www.mi-corporation.com/resources/brochures-and-data-sheets/mi-forms-v10-0-02/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/resources/brochures-and-data-sheets/mi-forms-v10-0-02/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:22:09 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12434 On July 28, 2014 , Mi-Corporation released Mi-Forms v10.0.02. Please click here for details: 10.0.2 Release Notes

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On July 28, 2014 , Mi-Corporation released Mi-Forms v10.0.02.

Please click here for details: 10.0.2 Release Notes

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Mi-Corporation Releases Mi-Forms v10 http://www.mi-corporation.com/resources/brochures-and-data-sheets/mi-corporation-releases-mi-forms-v10/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/resources/brochures-and-data-sheets/mi-corporation-releases-mi-forms-v10/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:14:39 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12432 Mi-Forms Version 10 is a major evolution to the Mi-Forms mobile forms platform, already one of the most flexible enterprise-class mobile data capture solutions available. V10 provides support for iPhone and Android phones while improving the functionality and user experience on iPad, Read More

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Mi-Forms Version 10 is a major evolution to the Mi-Forms mobile forms platform, already one of the most flexible enterprise-class mobile data capture solutions available. V10 provides support for iPhone and Android phones while improving the functionality and user experience on iPad, Android and Windows tablets, and adds a variety of other features that leverage the power & flexibility of the Mi-Forms system—reaffirming Mi-Forms as the best solution for capturing any data, on any device and integrating that data anywhere!

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Mi-Forms Version 10 is a major evolution to the Mi-Forms mobile forms platform, already one of the most flexible enterprise-class mobile data capture solutions available. V10 provides support for iPhone and Android phones while improving the functionality and user experience on iPad, Android and Windows tablets, and adds a variety of other features that leverage the power & flexibility of the Mi-Forms system—reaffirming Mi-Forms as the best solution for capturing any data, on any device and integrating that data anywhere!

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An Intern Perspective http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/intern-perspective/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/intern-perspective/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:03:14 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12396 On Tuesday, July 22, Mi-Co welcomed our out-of-town Sales and Marketing team members from across the country to our Durham home office. Throughout the day, our team had the opportunity to listen to several speakers and participate in team building Read More

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On Tuesday, July 22, Mi-Co welcomed our out-of-town Sales and Marketing team members from across the country to our Durham home office. Throughout the day, our team had the opportunity to listen to several speakers and participate in team building exercises. One of the most meaningful presentations came from Greg Clary, CEO of Mi-Corporation. He presented the history of Mi-Co over the last 14 years, detailing how the company has handled both achievements—in pen, form, and mobile data computing—and setbacks, such as the 2008 recession.

Greg taught about the key partners Mi-Co has worked with over the past 14 years, and how we have been able to maximize the impact of their organizations. From city governments to federal agencies, small businesses to multinational corporations, Mi-Co has been and remains committed to mobilizing business processes and disseminating the most accurate and groundbreaking mobile information.

Throughout the presentation, a common theme quickly emerged – the company’s firm commitment to both its customers and its goals. As an intern working with both the technical operation and the sales and marketing sides of the organization, I have witnessed first-hand the high level of thought and care put into every support question that arises. From simple installation questions to large-scale product feature tweaks, both the Marketing and Tech teams convey their passion for making a positive impact on the world through mobile information.

All of these achievements stem from the company’s mission and belief that mobile information can make the world a better place. When reflecting on the path the company has taken over the past decade and on my own time with the company this summer, I definitely have seen the pride everyone here at Mi-Co takes in their work, as well as the satisfaction that comes with a job well done.

As Mi-Co moves forward with tremendous growth over the next few years, I’m excited to see what other positive impacts the company can have on the world.

 

 

Ben Lee

Sales and Marketing Associate Intern

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No Connection? No problem: Offline Mobile Data Solutions http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/events/connection-problem-offline-mobile-data-solutions/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/events/connection-problem-offline-mobile-data-solutions/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:20:06 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12094 No Connection? No Problem: Offline Mobile Data Solutions Join us July 25 at 11 a.m. ET Work doesn’t always happen in a connected environment; in the field, many mobile information users find themselves without a network connection. In this month’s Read More

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No Connection? No Problem: Offline Mobile Data Solutions
Join us July 25 at 11 a.m. ET

Work doesn’t always happen in a connected environment; in the field, many mobile information users find themselves without a network connection.

In this month’s webinar, Mi-Co’s Gautham Pandiyan will discuss:

  • Why offline capabilities are essential to the success of mission-critical processes
  • How offline information capture and data repositories work
  • How Mi-Co’s solutions respond to offline needs

 

REGISTER HERE

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Mi-Corporation Sees Significant Growth in Life Sciences Customers using Tablets for Data Capture http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-corporation-sees-significant-growth-life-sciences-customers-using-tablets-data-capture/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-corporation-sees-significant-growth-life-sciences-customers-using-tablets-data-capture/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:05:54 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12087 DURHAM, NC, July 7, 2014 – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced significant growth in its life sciences customer base with new customers, and existing customers expanding their use of Mi-Forms mobile forms to streamline the process and accuracy Read More

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DURHAM, NC, July 7, 2014 – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced significant growth in its life sciences customer base with new customers, and existing customers expanding their use of Mi-Forms mobile forms to streamline the process and accuracy of data capture for mission-critical business operations. The company also honored Zimmer, Inc. with the “Mi-Corporation User of the Year” award for its innovative use of Mi-Forms Mobile Forms Software.

Mi-Corporation has recently added several organizations in the life sciences industry to its client roster that includes among others:

Zimmer, Inc., a world leader in musculosketal care that has used Mi-Forms mobile forms technology on Tablets, reduced data entry time by 50 percent and enhanced data accuracy. This successful implementation of Mi-Forms mobile forms earned the company the “Mi-Corporation User of the Year” award. Mi-Corporation business partner, Optiform Imaging Systems also won the “Mi-Corporation Business Partner of the Year” award for expanding Mi-Forms usage at Zimmer, Inc.

According to Mi-Corporation’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, “In life sciences, essential requirements for success include the ability to reduce queries and redundant data-entry while speeding trial completion. With Mi-Forms and the automation of e-source data collection, our life sciences customers now realize greater accuracy and near real-time availability of clinical data, as well as improved efficiency and lower overall costs.

 

Benefits to Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, and Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturers

Life sciences organizations realize a host of benefits from Mi-Forms mobile forms software, including improved efficiency, lower costs, higher accuracy, and better availability of data for:

  • Electronic case report forms (eCRFs)
  • Site monitoring and visit reports
  • Electronic Patient-reporting outcomes (ePRO)
  • Serious adverse events reporting (SARs)
  • Direct eSource generation
  • Adaptive trials

The technology’s real-time handwriting recognition, touch, and business logic capabilities let users easily and naturally collect data electronically – online or offline – at the source of data generation. In near real-time the data is available to existing backend clinical trial management systems (CTMS) and electronic data capture (EDC) systems. Mi-Forms software is setup for validation per FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance, and Mi-Co has passed audits by several global life sciences companies.

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-Co):

Mi-Co, a 14-year industry leader in mobilizing mission-critical business processes, offers enterprise-class solutions that quicken business cycles, drive productivity, and increase revenues. Their mobile solutions support the use of Windows 8 Tablets, the Digital Pen, iPads, Android Slates, and other mobile devices across diverse industries. Organizations like Eli Lilly, 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.

 

 

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AWS Cloud Computing Astonishment http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/amazon-cloud-computing/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/amazon-cloud-computing/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:27:40 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12074     Everyone uses Amazon. Like me, a lot of people have Amazon Prime, which makes quick home delivery of just about any product you need a reality. But, even if you’ve managed to avoid that temptation, you’re still using Read More

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Everyone uses Amazon.

Like me, a lot of people have Amazon Prime, which makes quick home delivery of just about any product you need a reality. But, even if you’ve managed to avoid that temptation, you’re still using Amazon; you just might not realize it. Amazon’s “AWS” cloud computing products launched in 2006, and you’d be hard pressed to use the Internet now without running into it somewhere. Amazon’s own case studies list Expedia, Pinterest, Netflix, Adobe, NASA, and that’s just scratching the surface.

Even if you are familiar with Amazon’s offerings in the space, what you might not be aware of is just how cost-effective cloud computing has become. Recently while conducting some performance testing on the application server that backs our mobile forms platform Mi-Forms, I had the opportunity to explore some of the larger and more exotic offerings. Going into these tests, I basically knew the pricing of a 2 core system with 8GB of memory. That’s the sort of machine we have set up both as our own cloud servers and for our customers. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how much computing resources were available.

Amazon’s EC2 has several tiers of computing resources available, and the system falls squarely in its general purpose computing, costing about 26 cents per hour (~$190/month without any commitment. But what if you want 32 cores and 60 GB of memory? This is the type of resource that in the not-so-distant past was only available to universities and huge corporations. Well, it turns out Amazon can spool up one of those for $3 per hour (~$2160/month), again without commitment. That may sound expensive, but think about what you could do with a machine that–by Amazon’s calculations–is equivalent to over 16 of the typical server machines I previously mentioned.

That type of machine is, of course, overkill for most applications. It  ran through our performance tests in times never seen before either with locally-hosted or cloud-based systems, and if we’re being honest, our test clients couldn’t keep up with the capacity it provided. From some creative searching and looking through references, it seems that this machine is on par from a raw processing power perspective of the Cray X-MP/48, which cost $15 million in 1984.

And of course pricing declines don’t only apply to CPU and memory resources. If you want to provision a quick terabyte of storage, that will only run you $50/month at the most expensive level. Want to throw in load balancing? No problem there either, as even a reasonably high volume site won’t cost more than about $20/month.

With what seems to be a “race to the bottom” in computing resource pricing, cloud computing options are becoming the norm rather than the exception. It’s a challenge to find a good reason to create a complex internal infrastructure rather than taking advantage of one provided for you. Amazon isn’t the only game in town either. Similar computing resources are available from Microsoft Azure for equal or lower cost. Mobile information collection and analysis solutions from Mi-Corporation benefit from resources available in the cloud from and may very well be the right solution to run your business more efficiently.

By Chris DiPierro, CTO
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