Office in the Outback – Using Office 365 as a Service for Field Mobility Applications

Office in the Outback – Using Office 365 as a Service for Field Mobility Applications
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This session will peer into the development of a suite of award-winning field mobility applications created for Decmil Australia’s remote field workers. These field worker applications were designed for use in the rugged Australian outback, where network connectivity is sparse and navigation between remote sites is often across hundreds of miles on unmarked dirt roads, making Azure Mobile Services Offline Sync a key enabler for productivity on the road. A compelling suite of applications enables the field workers to navigate to remote construction sites, access up to date land access rules and regulations, monitor and log hazards on route, edit forms and documents on the road, and report daily progress; all without the extensive paper-based process required previously.    In this session we cover the journey from user design to maintaining disconnected applications suites in operations on the field.

We will discuss:

  • Patterns for user-centric mobile application design
  • Benefits of early prototyping and agile development methodology for mobile field worker applications
  • Utilising Office 365 features as a service from Mobile Applications
  • Strategies for architecting, developing and maintaining common Azure Mobile Services back-end across multiple apps and Office 365 Tenants.

Our journey ends at deployment and maintenance in challenging network conditions, utilising devices that contain confidential data, and which has to be managed while traveling thousands of kilometres every day in the Australian outback.

Veli-Matti Vanamo

VeliMattiVeli-Matti specialises in designing, developing and deploying enterprise content management and collaboration solutions based on Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, HP Autonomy Information Governance products and the Microsoft Unified Communications and Collaboration technology stack.

Working in the Information Management field for almost two decades, Veli-Matti has implemented solutions for major global customers since the release of Tahoe Beta 2 in 2000. Veli-Matti has worked with the Microsoft SharePoint technology stack and as the Lead Technical Architect at HP and was responsible for the internal HP Services Global Knowledge Management Systems and deployment of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server architecture for HP’s 200,000 users. Veli-Matti also coordinated the HP SharePoint TAP (Technical Adoption Program) program for SharePoint 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Frequently invited to speak at industry conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, TechReady, Connections, Microsoft TechNet and MSD2D Web Casts, Veli-Matti has also co-authored three books on Microsoft SharePoint and has been a member of several Technical Review Boards, including the Microsoft Developer Advisory Council for SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.