Leopard systems changes its spots with mobile app

In-house software replaced

To more effectively support its customer base, Leopard Systems has replaced its in-house device management software with a new off-the-shelf solution.

The mobile device management provider will deploy Sybase's recently acquired device management application Afaria later this month utilising both the hardware and software offerings including mobile managers, barcode verifiers and warehousing systems.

The Web-based system can track, update and encrypt mobile devices from a central browser and will be used by Leopard Systems' customer base.

Leopard Systems managing director Alex Koumaras said the software becomes more useful as the number of mobile devices in use increases.

"Device management becomes crucial when you picture the scale of some hardware deployments; some organisations deploy $1.3 million worth of mobile devices so you obviously wouldn't want to update them manually or have them stolen," Koumaras said.

"When we deploy hundreds or thousands of portable devices in an implementation, we want to ensure that there are minimal reasons to bring a device back to a central point but remain confident its location and current state are known,

"Because it is an off-the-shelf solution it can handle multiple operating systems while still administering software deployment, security, backup and configuration to devices in the field."

Sybase Australia and New Zealand director channels and alliances Steve Dolan said the application will support the growth of Leopard Systems.

"[Afaria] will extend Leopard Systems' footprint in vertical markets such as transport logistics, retail and healthcare," Dolan said.

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