Ready to Implement New Technology into Your Agency? How to Find the Right IT Solutions Provider to Solve Your Business Problems!

When you are ready to implement new IT systems into your department, really spend the time to select the proper partner who truly understands your IT ecosystem.

We are all aware of the large concern administrators face when trying to implement new technology solutions into their organization or agency. Many problems arise such as short on capital, project creeping inevitably ensues, and the technology does not perform as expected. Now for the difficult part — finding a vendor who will listen to your needs, understand your project timeline and requirements, while still providing a solution to obtain your desired results, and yet in the end, performs as promised. Some might say that is almost impossible to find, do you find this to be true?

Implementing the right technology is not always about the “best of breed” but it is always about delivery. Everyone has worked with vendors who pursue based on dollars and do not understand the or care to understand your actual needs. There are key differentiators between an integrator and a solutions provider, these levels of support are crucial to successful technology rollouts. What do you look for when selecting a vendor? The increased complexity across the technology ecosystem, combined with the continual emergence of new trends and offerings, has made it extremely challenging for most agencies to effectively design and manage their IT systems. Finding a partner who will act as a complete solutions provider to listen, design, implement and manage the entire system is a big deal today and more and more agencies are searching for this model. After all, who has the time, resources and patience to manage multiple IT vendors?

Here are a few things to consider when searching for your next IT solutions provider:

  • Look for a company who makes meaningful connections with their customers and has a high level of client referrals.
  • Companies who invite perspective and innovation — working together to bring the best possible solution to clients no matter what.
  • A one-stop-shop value proposition: a multi-partner approach with strong product manufacturer relationships and distribution partners to service a global portfolio of IT solutions that make the most sense for your specific IT environment.
  • Look for an organization who understands complex licensing requirements, who understands how to optimize agency usage and compliance management.
  • Find a vendor with custom client portals which enhance the user experience, manage customized purchasing, and allow for a view of hardware warranties and software licenses. Furthermore, streamline procurement and processes through a self-service online tool available in the client portal.
  • Find a partner with scalable service and solutions offerings — select a vendor who helps organizations of all sizes and has well-developed services capabilities focused on managed, technical and professional services that integrate hardware to provide end-to-end solutions to meet your individualized agency needs.
  • Find a company with strong cash flow with the resources necessary to invest in sales, technology, training, engineering and leadership. By doing so, this vendor will deliver the promised leading edge technology solutions.
  • Choose a company who is efficient, with high-volume and cost effective direct sales and marketing models to allow for the most competitive prices. By having a choice of multiple partners, you will be provided a variety of product solutions to address your specific department needs.
  • Look for a company with a vendor-agnostic approach, who will assist you in choosing the best IT systems to meet your needs, not based on what product they are trying to promote or push.
  • Vendors who currently hold a significant number of cooperative purchasing contracts are a wise choice and offer a variety of viable options.
  • Choose a partner who begins with either an assessment or planning and design session. Technical specialists and field solution architects are experts in many areas including unified communications, networking, wireless, network and physical security and server/storage solution. Make sure this partner has a trusted team of advisors to protect your investment.
  • Decide on a partner whose services offerings include assisting agencies with onsite help desk and technical support services. These services will provide skilled, temporary staffing to assist with IT challenges that will arise.
  • Several engineers and project managers, paired with configuration capabilities, allows a company to handle any rollout project that agencies may have. Choose a company capable of delivering on your investment.
  • Installation services can include installing and deploying new systems, moving existing equipment, assessing systems and testing installed equipment, and advanced IT support. Staging options are also important, should you need to complete the installation in several rollouts — selecting a company capable of deployment services is a must.

Bottom line, when you are ready to implement new IT systems into your department, really spend the time to select the proper partner who truly understands your IT ecosystem. It is easy to find a reseller who will order boxes of hardware and deliver them to your door. Choosing the right partner not only ensures a successful implementation but a partner who will be present and available for the life of your project. Select a company who cares to align a complete consultation to understand your budget, timeline and project details — that is how you achieve a true return on investment. Contact one of Group Mobile’s public safety technology experts today to discuss how your IT rollout can be a seamless project from beginning to end.

Did you know Group Mobile has inventory on Getac rugged devices and can ship out in 48 hours? Three different Getac devices are in stock and ready to ship, the Getac V110 convertible laptop, F110 rugged tablet and S410 semi-rugged laptop. These rugged computers are three of the most popular computers manufactured by Getac with the most popular custom features on the market.

Group Mobile Launches New Microsite Dedicated to Xplore Products!

The Xplore powered by Group Mobile microsite also offers pages dedicated to vertical market industries that require rugged mobile computing solutions. 

Group Mobile has launched a new microsite dedicated to Xplore Technologies maker of industrial rugged tablets for customers in Energy, Utilities, Manufacturing and Distribution, Public Safety, Field Services, Transportation, and Military sectors for more than 20 years. This microsite will provide Xplore customers with a faster and more flexible way to shop for Xplore rugged tablets and accessories online. The Xplore powered by Group Mobile microsite also offers pages dedicated to vertical market industries that require rugged mobile computing solutions.

Visit and enjoy a limited-time 15% discount on XSLATE R12 award winning, fully rugged tablet! The Xplore XSLATE R12 is a highly mobile, extremely flexible and always resilient tablet PC. The transformational two-in-one device gives you all the high performance capabilities and complete computing functions you need in a single platform. You’ll have the right connectivity and ergonomics for a quick transition from the field to a full desktop computing experience – and the most conveniently stored rugged keyboard on the market. With a highly responsive pen and touch input capabilities, magnetically-attached Companion Keyboard, adaptable form factor, and customized mounting options, this powerful rugged XSLATE R12 tablet gives all of your workers the flexibility to quickly and comfortably complete any task at hand no matter what working condition they face.

See why people are talking about this award winning Xplore XSLATE R12 tablet.

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Check Out the Newly Redesigned Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 — Improved Performance, Communication, and Long Battery Life!

The enhanced Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet features a more powerful Skylake processor, longer battery life, and ships standard with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro platform for improved communications, providing and even more powerful tool for mobile professionals in public sector, utilities, food services, enterprise, and field service environments. 
The newly updated Toughpad FZ-G1 features integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU for improved graphics performance with the ability to document photos in the field with superior clarity, and support graphic intensive applications. What about the improved battery life for workers in the field? The Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet has almost doubled the standard battery operating life, now capable of operating 14 hours, with the optional long life battery pack delivering 28 hours of working activity. 

Another new update on the Toughpad FZ-G1 is the improved connectivity, the FZ-G1 has WiFi, Ethernet, twin USB ports, legacy serial port, Bluetooth 4.1, and an optional LTE mobile broadband module. Users can take advantage of Microsoft’s touch-enabled operating system with the capacitive 10-finger multi-touch display, and waterproof digitizer pen. To learn more and order the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 visit here… 

RuggON Rugged Tablets Now Available at Group Mobile! 

Group Mobile is a distributor and solutions provider for RuggON’s best-in-class rugged tablet portforlio. RuggON rugged tablets are designed for a variety of industries including public safety, logistics and field service. 

PX-501B – Fully Rugged Windows Tablet

This 10.1″ fully rugged Windows tablet is purpose-built with the mobile worker in mind. The RuggON PX-501B has a lightweight form factor and features the very latest in wireless connectivity including I/O ports such as Ethernet, HDMI, RJ45 and optional RS-232 for dedicated applications. For precise positioning, faster processing, broader coverage and more stable data transfer the PX-501B includes the latest and most complete communication technology including GNSS, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE. The PX-501B fully rugged tablet is rated IP65 for dust and water protection, ensuring maximum up-time throughout the day in harsh environments and the powerful Intel i5 CPU gives users more than the typical consumer desktop performance. Learn more about the PX-501B here… 

PM-311B – Rugged Tablet with Snap-on MRZ+MSR Reader – Public Safety Tablet
The RuggON PX-311B combines a clear and bright 7″ display, advanced security options and the availability of various data collection options including an MRZ + MSR reader that can read up to 3 lines of MRZ data, all of which are much needed for public safety professionals. Designed to be ready for always-connected duty, the PM-311 rugged tablet features embedded GPS, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth v4.0, as well as 4G LTE mobile broadband. While many tablets offer mag stripe reading, the PM-311B goes a step beyond with a combined snap-on MRX+MRZ reader which can be used in documents such as passports, drivers licenses, ID cards and travel documents.  Learn more about the PM-311B here…

VM-521 – Ultra-Rugged Vehicle Mount Computer
The RuggON VM-521 is a leading-class vehicle mount computer featuring a 1000nit truly sunlight readable display even in direct sunlight. The VM-521 tablet comes with hyper dimming technology to meet dim-to-black requirements, ideal for day and night operations. With gigabit LAN, USB, digital I/O, COM and CAN ports, the RuggON VM-521 is truly designed for field operators. The isolated ports protect VM-521 from ground loop and improve system reliability in the field. Learn more about the VM-521 here…

PM-521 Rugged Tablet with Operating System Options
The RuggON PM-521 10.1″ rugged Windows tablet offers exceptional screen real estate and computing power for virtually any Windows application, enough ruggedness for outdoor deployment, and an impressive roster of accessories and add-on modules. Customers can specify optional integrated NFC and industrial-grade 2D barcode reader, and a magstripe reader and smartcard reader can be added via bolt-on modules. For wireless communication, the PM-521 rugged tablet includes Bluetooth 4.0 Class II, fast 802.11ac WiFi, and GNSS. Optionally available is 3.5G or 4G LTE mobile broadband capability. The PM-521 tablet’s gyroscope, G-sensor, E-compass and ambient light sensor can be used for innovative functionality in system software and applications. An impressive 5-foot drop spec, IP65 sealing for protection from dust and water, and a wide operating temperature range of -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit make this fully rugged PM-521 tablet ideal for the toughest workflows. Learn more about the PM-521 here…

New! – Xplore XSLATE R12 Available at Group Mobile! XSLATE R12 

The new Xplore XSLATE R12 rugged tablet design delivers a powerful and reliable computing solution for manufacturing, utility, insurance, and construction industry professionals alike with a direct emphasis on public safety workflows. The Xplore XSLATE R12 tablet PC is designed for the worker who moves from the field to the vehicle to the office.

The detachable XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PC redefines the ease in which a device transforms from a tablet, to a notebook or desktop. The XSLATE R12 is also available with multiple internal configurations, including a 7th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor with Windows® 10 and 6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 with Windows® 7, 8.1 or Windows® 10. Many industries require advanced security which is why the XSLATE R12 rugged tablet enables multi-factor authentication capabilities for enterprise environments through a combination of TPM 2.0, an integrated fingerprint scanner and an optional Smart Card/CAC reader for advanced security measures.

Supported by a complete lineup of accessories, the XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PC is sure to provide a seamless transition from desktop-to-tablet transition. These accessories include a desktop docking station, Secure Mobile Dock which improves driver safety, and Work Anywhere Kit featuring a carrying case and tablet kickstand.

Learn more about the XSLATE R12 rugged tablet here…