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Australian Field Force Automation Provider Retriever Communications Continues Global Expansion With US LaunchAn Alternative to Inflexible Point Solutions, Retriever's Flexible Platform Customizes to Fit Vendor Needs, Maximizing Productivity and Increasing Revenue for Service Providers (April 17, 2012)
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 04/17/12 -- Field Service 2012, Booth #9 - Retriever Communications, a global provider of mobile field force automation, today announced its expansion into the US market with the establishment of national headquarters in Sugar Land, Texas. An alternative to standard, inflexible field service management point solutions, Retriever's Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) has a unique write-once, deploy natively approach. This allows enterprises to deploy any device running the iOS®, Android® or Windows Mobile® operating systems, including tablets, rugged PDAs and smartphones for its mobile workforce.
While competing standard, wireless web-based apps have issues with out-of-coverage environments and achieving the workflow complexity required, Retriever addresses field workers' dynamic work environments, marrying customized solutions and broad functionality with the ability to easily switch from one mobile operating system to another. Retriever automates workflow, eliminates paperwork, reduces billing cycles and increases visibility and control over field workers, increasing revenue for service providers and improving service for the customer.
"We enter the US during a new era in mobile collaboration, when true mobile warriors can do more than ever before, but also demand better flexibility and workflow," said Mary Brittain-White, co-founder and CEO. "Our over 12 years' experience with the mobile cloud make us a fit for the US, which is terrific at innovating itself out of a recession. Heavily focused on iOS and Android, the US has an aggressive lead in adopting cloud technologies. Through our expansion, we bring our mission to improve field productivity to the US market, changing the way companies think about customer service."
Retriever is an answer to the weaknesses of HTML5, which is intuitive and a fit for B2C apps, but prohibitive in a complex field worker environment. Without a database, field workers using apps built on HTML5 have a very limited ability to work offline. By contrast, Retriever can be easily tailored by a business to enable true mobile field collaboration within vertical markets. A local GUI delivers a rich experience even when working offline. By moving field force automation tasks from the IT department to the field itself, Retriever empowers the mobile worker to do more in less time. It integrates with any back-end system and is offered in both SaaS and licensed software options.
"Today's mobile supervisor needs the option to dynamically manage his workforce from a device rather than centralizing job processing through a call center," said Robert Gunn, business development director, North America. "Since many businesses currently use applications built on Microsoft, which has recently left the business mobility market, they're sitting on applications that have no future -- and updating product will be costly and time-consuming. Retriever customers can run what they had three years ago on Android today. Recognizing that field workers are at the heart of a service vendor's business, we streamline their work, creating a better experience by all in the service chain."
Retriever's customers include BP, Emerson Power, Foster's beer, Otis Elevators and many utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing companies and risk-averse government entities worldwide. The company's new US presence will increase its sales capability and extend help line features to North America.
About Retriever Communications
Retriever Communications has been providing field force automation technology internationally since 1996. Privately-held with corporate headquarters in Sydney, Australia and North American headquarters in Houston, Texas. Retriever's wireless field solutions improve productivity and automate processes for field workers -- from scheduling to wireless in-field applications operating on rugged and consumer-grade mobile devices. Retriever supports Windows mobile, iOS and Android operating systems. Differentiated by the breadth of its product capability, scalability, reliability and high quality of service, Retriever maintains local offices in Sydney, Milan and Houston, and supports deployments in over 21 countries.
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