In September we attended SOTI SYNC in Niagara Falls, Canada where SOTI hosted their third consecutive customer and partner conference under the theme “Disrupt or be Disrupted”. Carl Rodrigues, President & CEO of SOTI opened the conference focusing on enterprise mobility and pointing to a clear shift to “mobile-first”, an era of disruptive technologies sure to change traditional operations.
Simplifying mobility management for field solutions
At the event, SOTI introduced add-ons to the company’s SOTI ONE solutions, including the 14th version of its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution MobiControl, SOTI Snap and SOTI Central.
SOTI MobiControl 14 is the first EMM solution to combine mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) management, with the introduction of remote support of Linux-based devices, machines, and intelligent IoT endpoints. MobiControl 14 also comes with a re-designed administration console that simplifies the management of complex mobility and IoT deployments. It improves the management of Google Android, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows devices.
SOTI Snap zaps the app gap
Would you like to build your own app, but don’t think you have the skills to do so? Welcome to SOTI Snap, a speedy mobile applications development tool, that integrates with the SOTI ONE solutions and allows businesses to create user-friendly apps without prior experience in complex coding. SOTI Snap lets the user build cross-platform apps by simply drag and drop components, which means that anyone can be a developer and businesses can deploy a new app in just one day.
Connect, communicate, collaborate
SOTI also announced an online community and marketplace; SOTI Central, which will be available on 31 October 2017 and will bring partners and customers a new channel to connect, communicate and collaborate around the SOTI ONE solutions. The SOTI Central Marketplace is also an online resource for SOTI partners to showcase their solutions, including SOTI-certified hardware.
Android in the enterprise
The conference provided lots of innovative mobile technology information not only from SOTI executives but also from external industry speakers, including Google Android Enterprise Director, David Still, who discussed Android in the enterprise and mobile trends for the next generation of workers.
Make sure that your rugged device has GMS certification
David Still said that the demand for rugged Android devices is increasing. By 2020, 72% of the US workforce will do some work from a mobile location. He stressed the importance of choosing rugged enterprise devices that have GMS certification. Google GMS is important for several reasons:
- It allows full access to Google Play store and all Android apps.
- Google Play Protect that scans all apps and keep the worker’s device, data, and apps safe.
- Android system updates make sure your device is always up to date.
A great event for meeting industry colleagues
The three-day event, where Handheld was a sponsor, was for attendees from across the globe to engage and network with mobility industry experts, SOTI executives, and world-leading partners. It was a great opportunity to meet and interact with industry colleagues from around the world.