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Thanks to the magic of apps, tablets and smartphones are now cash registers, kiosks, demo stations, public calendars, and more. Thanks to the magic of management, that tablet or smartphone in your organization could be mine, yours, or some company’s.
And now, for the first time, they can all be managed from one iPhone.
“Mobile is just fundamentally different than the PC world was,” Tom Karren, the CEO of MokiMobility, told me this morning. “We’re seeing that mission critical apps need to be delivered where there’s no ownership of the device.”
That’s popularly called BYOD, or bring your own device, but reality is more complicated than that.
In fact, what MokiMobility sees is a world in which sometimes a company owns all of the devices it needs, sometimes its employees, agents, or affiliates own them all, and everything in between. That means that if you want to manage multiple devices for mobile cash registers, sign-up consoles, kiosks, or customer relationship management systems, you probably need a solution that handles all the alternatives.
And on both major mobile platforms.
“If you have iPads or if you have Android tablets, you can use the Moki system,” Karren said. “If you have a mix you can use the Moki system … and we have the capability to run the app-level controls and device-level controls separately.”
In other words, you can now manage your company’s cash register on your employee’s iPad at the app level, or manage your company’s cash register on your company’s Galaxy Tab at the device level.
Or vice versa — your pick.
The app-level control is not only important for companies but also for organizations and nonprofits that might have volunteers running events or promotions. While the nonprofit will likely never get to the point where it can offer devices to all its volunteers, now the participants can simply download the organization’s app, accept a few permissions, and be a part of the official team, with full managed access to the organization’s data inputs and outputs.
MokiMobility is a multitenant software-as-a-service app which has been available online for some time. What’s new today is an iPhone app that enables you to manage your mobile mob right from your own device.
That means that from comfort and accessibility of your own smartphone, you can add profiles for new users, monitor usage, check network connectivity status for remote workers, refresh or reset apps or even full devices, and manage security for all devices simultaneously, or separate devices individually. All without worrying about whether the devices are yours or not.
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“We’re seeing that mission-critical apps need to be delivered where there’s no ownership of the device, so we have a solution that works both ways,” Karren told me. “You can have complete control, full stack, or you can do it at the app level.”
MokiMobility says that its new iPhone app is the first device management mobile app for iPhone.
“Given the importance of securing and monitoring mission-critical deployments, we wanted to provide administrators the right tool to be able to respond immediately to issues with their devices,” Ty Allen, MokiMobility’s president, said in a statement. “Now administrators can reconfigure a device quickly from digital signage to an mPOS device with a few taps.”
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