I believe Mobile capture will be the default data entry mode for many a corporate applications to come and it is actually for the better.
Why? Ever increasing sales of mobile devices and BYOD mean we are able to use our hot new mobile computing devices everywhere even when we could use a desktop device.
Face it. Latest Phablet or a tablet PC device with additional features is far more attractive than perhaps a comparatively powerful traditional desktop. We are always looking for slim, shiny, attractive devices with the latest of technology and the vendors are constantly working to quench our thirst.
This trend will change the way corporate applications are designed. Building a so called mobile app that fits into a smaller screen real estate of a device is just not enough anymore.
Apps need to work on the go, with coverage black spots, interferences and on low power modes. This will mean smart use of features like local caching, encryption, storage, GPS, camera, etc is mandatory.
There are a lot of applications available on a typical smart device. An app that is able to leverage other apps, services and any useful native capability of the device will get used more often.
Usability is a key requirement for corporations to streamline their business processes through applications.
Mobile capture as a way to efficiently gather data of all sorts is an excellent opportunity awaiting to be exploited on smart devices by corporate apps.
Think about it. A smart device automatically knows the location of the user, It can snap photos at a rapid speed, record audio & video, execute searches and allow for touch input through simple gestures and say finger printing.
It also has a number of other sensors that can record many measurements directly and through other auxiliary devices. Example would be smart watch or a wearable such as FitBit.
Using mobile capture as the default data entry mean many data input requirements will become simplified. Simplicity is a good thing especially on a device for a mobile user.
Using cameras on the device, an app could rapidly snap pictures of required evidence for a process. It can be processed on the device or in the cloud and stored away.
Draft mode data input supported by a native app means input can be captured progressively and submitted during phases instead of the traditional, fill a long form and hit submit method of data capture.
All this is changing the face of apps to come and making Mobile capture a very important consideration. We at jEyLaBs are partnering with Kodak to bring in some interesting app scenarios to enterprises. Exciting times ahead.