The Actual Cost of FREE Software

Don’t you love it when you determine that you need something – and then you find out that it’s free?  “Yes, we have that.  It’s included in your _________ – for free.”  Cue the happy dance. The Cost of Free More often than not, something that is “free” may…

The Challenge & Success of a Major Federal Agency Migration

HL Group recently completed the total migration of a mobile asset inventory solution for a federal agency.  The goal of the migration was to move their solution to the latest mobile devices and enhanced functionality – without loss of production.  While doing so, they needed to preserve their current…

The Balance of Does and Can

When we’re talking automation projects, I’m not sure that there are two words that have bigger impact on the success of your project than Does and Can.  There is an understanding – and balance – that really needs to be achieved when it comes to these terms. Like almost…

BIG DATA is Driving Edge Computing

Over 90% of the world’s data was generated in the last two years.  Can you believe that?  What’s more, the speed of that data harvesting is only increasing each year – and will continue that trend for our lifetime. Data, unlike manufactured goods or other tangible items, is plentiful. …

ROBBERY DENIED! – An Automation Success Story

A couple of years ago, we published a post on “The Key Components to Move a Pilot to Production” that featured fellow St. Louis technology firm, Blue Line Technology.  Blue Line has an industry-leading capability in intelligent facial recognition security solutions. One of their customers in Yakima, Washington made…

Mobile Devices, Changing Platforms & Migration

It’s inevitable. Just when you think you have everything in place – something changes. Nothing stays in place for long – especially in the world of technology. But how you approach the dynamics of these situations can have a big impact on your team, your production – and your…

Zero Tolerance for Errors – Is it Possible?

“Zero tolerance for errors.” “No room for mistakes.” While phrases like these may sound like the rally cries of a bunch of perfectionists – we’ve actually had them as requirements in solutions from some of our clients. True story. But is this even remotely achievable? Ask a recovering perfectionist,…

Windows versus Android – Which is the Better Approach?

Last week, I talked about our decision to leverage Windows 10 as our initial tablet operating system offering. We made this decision after internal research across Windows 10, Android and iOS options – and the impact to our clients and partners. Each of these operating systems (O/S) is somewhat…

Casually Connected – Is This the Best Way?

When you hear the term “casually connected”, you might think it’s a reference to social relationships. Obviously (hopefully) we’re not talking about the relationship with your spouse or significant other. When we say Casual Connection around our offices, we’re talking about the relationship between your mobile device and your…

Leveraging AIT – It all Begins with the Label

When I first got involved with Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) in 1989 as a District Manager for Intermec Technologies, my Media Specialist at the time drilled in the importance of the label (thanks Clark!) and its role on how it all works. It didn’t take long for me to…