Thursday, January 23, 2014

Siemens Brazil Leverages HP Anywhere to Deliver Applications Better to More Mobile Devices

Transcript of a sponsored BriefingsDirect podcast on how a major energy engineering company is delivering mobile capability to its managers in Brazil.

Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Download the transcript. Sponsor: HP.

Dana Gardner: Hello, and welcome to the next edition of the HP Discover Podcast Series. I’m Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, your host and moderator for this ongoing sponsored discussion on IT innovation and how it’s making an impact on people’s lives.

Gardner
Once again, we’re focusing on how companies are adapting to the new style of IT to improve IT performance and deliver better user experiences and business results. This time, we’re coming to you directly from the recent HP Discover 2013 Conference in Barcelona.

Our task: To learn directly from IT and business leaders alike how big data, mobile, and cloud -- powered by converged infrastructure -- are all supporting their business goals in new and interesting ways.

Our next innovation case study interview highlights how Siemens Brazil is using HP Anywhere to improve how they deliver applications to users with mobile devices. Here to tell us how they’re making progress is Alexandre Padeti, IT Consultant and Applications Integration Technician with Siemens Brazil in São Paulo. Welcome.

Alexandre Padeti: Hi, Dana.

Gardner: Tell us a little bit about what Siemens Brazil. Then let's learn about your transition to mobile applications.

Padeti: Siemens Brazil is an engineering company in Brazil, mainly responsible for 50 percent of the energy transmission in Brazil. With the mobility scenario within Siemens Brazil, we’re just starting right now to implement HP Anywhere in our field applications.

Padeti
Gardner: Why didn’t you just make these applications, customize them, host them, and deliver them? What was missing from your being able to do this yourselves?

Padeti: In the beginning, we were looking for a tool that gave us the freedom to develop for any device. That's the main reason that we chose HP Anywhere. We have the freedom now to choose -- or give the freedom to the users to choose -- the device.

Gardner: What types of applications have you targeted first for moving out to the mobile tier?

Padeti: The main applications that we are working with at the moment is Workflow Approval, which integrates with our back-end SAP ERP system. With HP Anywhere, we’re trying to give the managers mobility, the option to make their approval on daily basis in a different way.

Real-time basis

Gardner: So it's more important to have workflow approved and managed on a real-time basis, wherever these individuals are and whatever device they happen to be using?

Padeti: Yes. These are the main points of the solution. We’re trying to give this especially to our managers, who are used to being in meetings or moving from one place to another. They gain the ability to make this kind of approval on the go.

https://hpln.hp.com/group/hp-anywhereGardner: Tell us a little bit about the process of adoption. You've had a proof of concept (POC) phase?

Padeti: Initially we had a POC with HP Anywhere together with HP Brazil and a local partner. From the beginning, it was well-suited. So we decided to go with HP Anywhere in production, and now we’re running a project that will cover nearly 200 users by the end of January.

Gardner: Do you think this will lead to more applications and more mobile users? Does this seem to be a larger undertaking with movement toward even more mobility?
We’re quite sure that 90 percent of the devices will be running on Android and a small percentage on iOS.

Padeti: Yes, that's for sure. This will become bigger in Siemens Brazil, because it's a change of the mindset of the users. They will begin to change the way they’re thinking about requesting solutions from the IT department. In the future, I believe that we’ll have a lot of requirements to develop more such mobile applications.

Gardner: Alexandre, do you have a sense yet what will be the majority of these mobile devices? Which are most popular among these 200 initial users there?

Padeti: The standard for Siemens Brazil is based on Android. So we’re quite sure that 90 percent of the devices will be running on Android and a small percentage on iOS.

Gardner: As you've gone through this process, are there any lessons learned that you could share for other organizations? What lessons have you learned, or what advice could you offer them?

Small processes

Padeti: The first one would be to think first about smaller processes. At Siemens Brazil, we’re starting with a not-so-big process. We’re using a not-so-complex one to start. This is a good thing to engage the users and allow them to be comfortable, and furnish proof of use on the solution.

The next one would be to talk a lot with the users, because in our case we have requirements that the user could not think of before. We're learning constantly about what is possible with mobility.
When you give to them the freedom with the mobility, new ideas will come up.

I really advise you to talk with the users and know what they want, because most of the times they don’t come up with an idea until they use mobile, because they’re only thinking initially of desktop or notebook PCs. So when you give to them freedom with mobility, new ideas come up.

Gardner: Well, very good. I’m afraid we will have to leave it there. We've been talking about how Siemens Brazil has been moving to more mobile applications delivery for its workers, in this case workflow applications to managers. Our guest has been Alexandre Padeti, IT Consultant and Applications Integration Technician at Siemens Brazil in São Paulo. Thank you so much.

Padeti: Thank you, Dana.

Gardner: And I like to thank our audience as well for joining us for the special new style of IT discussion coming to you from the recent HP Discover 2013 Conference in Barcelona. I’m Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, your host for this ongoing series of HP-sponsored discussions.  Thanks again for listening, and come back next time.

Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Download the transcript. Sponsor: HP.

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