For the week of March 10th. we’ve got Neil Sainsbury, developer of BBSmart and fellow blogger, to chat about the iPhone SDK and how it shapes up against RIM’s. Alvoro Pombo from TrueContext comes on our Exhibitor Spotlight to talk about ProntoForms, yet aanother option for mobilizing forms. As always, we cover the week’s news, including some official comments on the recent blackouts, reassurances from Indian government about BlackBerry bans, rumours about the BlackBerry 8820 on T-Mobile, and more. Take a listen, or get fed, or do your iTunes thing.
Forms are becoming a bigger and bigger market for BlackBerry, and TrueContext is no slouch in that department. They’ll be showcasing ProntoForms at WES this year. The software allows users to create inspections, timesheets, surveys, and other forms quickly and without the need for programming savvy or special skills. The forms, once completed, can be emailed on-the-fly as PDF documents, or exported as CSV files for quick entry to spreadsheets or databases. They’ll also be announcing some product and customer news, so you can look forward to that in May. If you’re interested, we hosted a Weekly Contest with ProntoForms which showed off some of the things the platform could do, and there’s a free demo, too.
It’s a pretty lax day here at BBCool HQ, with the rest of the staff off at the cottage (or for my fellow Northern Ontarians out there: “camp”) and myself heading to a BBQ-fest momentarily. However, like our Viigo post, this one deserves a little bit of attention on a quiet day. Our fellow Ottawans over at TrueContext have announced the launch of Pronto Team for BlackBerry, an on-demand field service solution designed to help teams speed up field service and billing.
With Pronto Team, BlackBerry users can now go to the web, create a free trial account, change/customize a range of sample forms, and download them to their device for immediate use. Forms (like Service Order) can be pre-filled and dispatched, and completed data is sent back to the secure Pronto portal, for viewing, printing, or exporting to Excel. Users can upgrade to Pronto Enterprise if they require deeply integrated and fully customized solutions with BlackBerry Maps, device peripherals, back-end systems, or custom form workflow/logic. Sounds pretty cool.
BlackBerry Cool is going to be keeping a close eye on this solution, so expect to hear more from us in the future. Until then, check out the free trial at the link below and post a comment to let us know what you think.