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DRIVE FOR EFFICIENCY, SECURITY
Another factor pushing warehouses to consider upgrading
their mobile devices is the relentless drive for greater efficiency in the DC, said Steve Bemis, vice president of mobile
productivity at Ivanti Software Inc., a South Jordan, Utah-based IT management services provider.
Warehouse operators are increasingly looking to upgrade
their mobile devices as a way to satisfy demands to rev up
productivity while reining in costs, Bemis said. And because
current mobile operating systems will be out of service
soon, managers must minimize disruption while making
In a recent survey on the market for mobile warehouse
devices conducted with VDC, Ivanti found that the number
one pressure driving investment in mobile solutions was
customer demand for faster orders ( 55. 7 percent), followed
by replacing older systems that were incapable of keeping
up with these orders ( 42. 1 percent), and the high cost of
labor ( 37. 5 percent). The survey polled 107 high-ranking
professionals across North America and Europe who are
responsible for selecting mobile solutions for use in warehouses and distribution centers.
As for what they’re looking for when choosing a new OS,
the survey indicated that security was top of mind for many.
When respondents were asked about their selection criteria,
IT security emerged as the number one consideration ( 55. 1
percent), followed by the ability to customize ( 34. 8 percent)
and a modern user interface ( 30. 3 percent).
In fact, one of the benefits of upgrading mobile warehouse devices is that it typically helps strengthen a company’s defenses against hackers and viruses. Computer
security in the supply chain is a hot issue, highlighted by
recent events like the “Petya” bug that triggered a global IT
meltdown in June and froze operations at shipping giant
Maersk, and the “WannaCry” virus that hit 150 countries
in May, locking up thousands of computers and shutting
down a Honda car manufacturing plant for a day. Even
though mobile computers inside a DC are typically disconnected from the Internet in order to minimize distractions
for workers, clever hackers have shown a knack for disrupting enterprise systems.
“I’m shocked that more people aren’t talking about [secu-rity], especially with the WannaCry virus a few months ago.
Being on old systems that do not have security updates
is a risky thing,” said Ron Kubera, senior vice president
and chief marketing officer at mobile technology specialist
Lucas Systems. “I want people to start planning, because
it’s two and a half years away. That’s not a long time; if
you don’t do it this year, you’re going to be down to the
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