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On January 14, 2020, Microsoft support for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 (also known as Win Mobile) hit End of Life.  Win Mobile is the foundation operating system for the majority of the industrial handhelds that are currently in production use.

But just because Win Mobile reached EOL doesn’t signal an emergency or should it cause organizations to a rush to unnecessary expenses.

 

Long Life

One of the biggest issues in this situation is that the mobile hardware devices that leverage this operating system (O/S) have been built for ruggedness and durability.  That translates into a long life for the device regardless of the O/S.  We actually have many customers that have exceeded ten years on these devices.  But getting more life out of the devices doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a plan.

 

Strategic Migration

HL Group has been migrating our older mobilePLUS clients to the newer mobile device options.  Our goal in this process is to complete the migration to newer and better functionality while minimizing cost.

There are a few different ways to navigate this process.  You may be interested to know that mobilePLUS actually can play a pivotal role in this migration – and assist in maximizing those existing hardware investments.

Allowing organizations different paths to upgrade their asset and controlled item audits with planned purchases and intelligent hardware management has been extremely beneficial.  This approach offers the ability to have a common solution capability across new and old devices, making acquisitions based on need, not on the EOL!

 

Get the White Paper

For a better understanding of how we accomplish this, download our whitepaper on:

Navigating Mobile Devices & OS Migration

 

HL Group has been delivering AIT-based solutions for the Supply Chain and Assets markets for over two decades.  We have had many of our customers for well over ten years.  This success has been achieved with a combination of personal effort & commitment, coupled with making each investment our clients make as sound as possible.

Any investment for an organization has to produce strong financial results – as quickly as possible for as long as possible.  One of the ways we accomplish those results in our solutions is by creating the capability for smart device investment expenditures.

Whether you need a mobile audit solution for your ERP (Workday, PeopleSoft, Oracle, SAP, DPAS, AIMS, etc.) assets or just a versatile tracking solution, mobilePLUS may prove to be a viable option for you.  We would welcome the opportunity to work with you to examine this question together.

 

Wes Haubein
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