MultiValue Goes Mobile with BlueFinity's mv.NET
BlueFinity International has extended its reach to enable applications running on any flavor of MultiValue database to be deployed across any of the wide range of today's interface devices - tablets, handhelds, phones and other mobile devices.
"From our personal lives to how we do business, there is no doubt that modern technology has changed the way we do just about everything," explains Pete Loveless, CEO of BlueFinity International. "There is a rapidly growing trend, fuelled by the rapid uptake of smartphone and tablet devices, for IT strategy to be driven by end-user expectation. Ultimately, it's all about being able to deliver solutions that address the evolving needs and expectations of users and customers. Using mv.NET, it is possible to take your tried and trusted MultiValue applications to new heights by creating powerful mobile solutions that address these needs quickly and cost effectively."
Many BlueFinity customers have already taken MultiValue on the move and are reaping the benefits today. The largest US distributor of aluminium sheet products is using mv.NET to deliver their MultiValue application on mobile phones to enable real time information access and updates for their sales and management teams while in the field.
"Taking our application mobile greatly improves the productivity of our sales force as it enables them to retrieve and input information about their customers while the information is fresh in their minds rather than having to update the database at a later time," says Cliff Ponce, Systems Development Manager at Eastern Metal Supply . "Our general managers are able to access real-time reports and our IT team can diagnose and resolve problems - all from their phones. We were able to maximize on the investment we've already made in our MultiValue application to meet the needs of today's modern business, and mv.NET made the move to mobile easier than we even expected."
UK-based applications provider to the office supplies industry, Calidore Computer Systems , has also given their MultiValue application wings and enhanced the sequence of their order delivery process to provide electronic, seamless proof of delivery to their back office MultiValue system on a Windows 7 Phone.
"The idea of a proof of delivery application isn't new, but purchasing a new system of this type is extremely expensive," explains Richard Olds, Director at Calidore. "mv.NET allows us to record signatures and delivery information on a Windows 7 phone and automatically update the order history in the back office system with an image of the signature and even enables automatic emailing of the invoice and delivery note to the customer all by simply pressing a button on the phone."
.NET developers don't even need MultiValue knowledge to produce applications. "The development cycle was very short - astonishingly short, actually! We were able to use our in house developers who had no knowledge of mv.NET or MultiValue. The application was developed entirely using industry standard technology in Visual Studio 2010," explains Olds.
Because BlueFinity provides all of the 'plumbing' and framework to support the application creation process, developers can save valuable time and money as well as reduce the inherent risks of developing their own framework in getting the application implemented and ready to launch.
"Using mv.NET's powerful, automatic web service generation capabilities, developers are able to create industry standard web services to populate user interfaces with MultiValue resident data in a fraction of the time normally taken to build this type of infrastructure," explains David Cooper, Lead Developer at BlueFinity. "This, combined with the fact that by using mv.NET you are not tying your solution to a particular MultiValue implementation makes mv.NET an attractive proposition for MultiValue developers needing to deliver modern user interfaces for their existing applications."
Loveless concludes: "Over the past few years, the significant rise of mobile device usage and the huge advances in mobile technology have brought about a number of opportunities for businesses to connect with consumers and increase sales. BlueFinity's goal is to allow the MultiValue community to be in the forefront of this exciting opportunity. Enhancements to the product are continuing and some exciting announcements will be made as we approach the third quarter of this year. Watch this space!"