In my travels locally and far away, I see iPad (and iPhone) users creating lots of data. I am one of them. Apparently analysts and talking heads haven’t crossed paths with the same people I’ve seen. They are still on the “iPad is a content consumption device” compass heading. The reality is that iPad is rapidly becoming a hyper-producer of digital information. Mike Elgan (Computerworld) gets it and many other “experts” are starting to realize their incorrect assessments of the iPad’s weren’t limited to just the sales forecasts.
“The cultural gabbers knew their “unboxing” was an epic fail. But they didn’t seem to realize that the conversation about the tablet that ensued was an even bigger failure. They accepted as fact the false idea that the iPad is for content consumption only …”
The analysis and pundits are right about one thing though – the virtual keyboard is not likely to be used for high-volume content creation. But another element of the content creation assessment for iPad that they didn’t anticipate (and few have), is the touch interface discussed a little more here – The Future of Gesture-based Text Creation on iPad. It’s possible to create a highly streamlined user interface for capturing data quickly, more accurately, and almost all of it with gestures. This is the future of mobile content production for databases, field observations, communications, and every imaginable mode of information creation.
iFormBuilder is a good example of the future of data capture. It embraces the touch screen to provide serious opportunities to shape field apps in ways that eliminate typing.
And while database solutions such as iFormBuilder provide very significant advantages for businesses and simultaneously shorten an app’s “time-to-enterprise”, integrating mobile data caps this tasty cupcake with a thick and rich layer of operational frosting. When I first looked at iFormBuilder, the most exciting feature I saw [ironically] can’t be touched, it has no UI, and it isn’t actually designed for humans.
It’s the XML API.
Zerion Software’s foresight and pursuit of open standards allows us to put the frosting on everything mobile. With well-crafted integration approaches we can create real-time dashboards, automated reporting solutions, magically updating workflows, and pretty much anything you can image as long as it’s based on a flavor of modern web services and open standards.
I recently launched a new professional services practice at Vizyx – we help businesses create simple and effective dashboards like this. It’s so new, it’s not even on the website yet (we’re focused on building the interface libraries to help keep the costs down).
As you probably know, there are significant competitive and operational advantages that can be achieved by capturing data in the field. Utilizing it instantly or visually, or both creates a far greater desire to see the information. This quick video demonstrates the iForm app that drives the dashboard shown above and its ability to perform near-real-time updates from the field.
Mobile information solutions coupled with key integrations demonstrate how thoroughly valuable a good mobile information strategy can be to your organization. If you’re already an iForm-lover, it’s time to explore the higher possibilities.
I like iFormBuilder a lot. But I like it’s XML interface almost as much as a good cupcake piled high with frosting. ;-)