LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Webalo, Inc. announced today the general availability of its cloud-based enterprise mobility service that makes it fast and easy to create secure, bi-directional, transactional mobile connections to the enterprise applications and data that employees rely on to do their jobs.
With today's launch of Webalo, The App for Enterprise, complexity, time, and cost are no longer obstacles to enterprise mobility. Los Angeles-based Webalo, Inc. has made it possible to learn its technology and then configure and deploy enterprise-to-mobile tasks and workflows, all in under an hour. Customers sign up online at www.webalo.com for a free Webalo Cloud account and then sign in to learn how Webalo works and to configure connections to enterprise resources. As soon as a configuration is deployed, users can sign on to use it on Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows smartphones and tablets.
Webalo delivers enterprise mobility more than 100x faster than traditional mobile application development methods. It also reduces the burden on IT by lowering development overhead and minimizing reliance on internal IT resources. The result is on-demand mobility that helps employees increase business efficiency and productivity.
"We are pleased to have selected Webalo for the mobility tools we need to more efficiently manage our inventory. Mobile solutions are increasingly critical to meet the ongoing replenishment demands of our Home Depot customer in more than 150 store locations across seven states," said Joe Perret, Vice President, Systems and Technology of Bell Nursery, one of the nation's largest greenhouse growers with growing operations in Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio. "We selected Webalo because the service is easy to deploy and configure on a variety of mobile platforms, and will scale quickly and cost effectively as our business continues to grow."
"Through our partnership with Webalo, an approved associate can initiate sophisticated search queries on his/her mobile device as easily as they can on a laptop. This capability can put information at the fingertips of decision makers wherever and whenever they need it." said John Ozsvath, Vice President – Information Services of Anixter, a global distributor of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components. "Webalo is so easy to deploy that we were able to roll out numerous customized mobile applications throughout the company without overburdening the IT department."
"Traditional approaches to mobile application development don't reflect the speed and simplicity that people have come to expect from mobility," said Webalo CEO, Peter Price. "The time and cost involved force employees to wait in line for weeks or months while requirements are written, prototypes are created, apps are tested, and users are trained. In the time it takes for a mobile app kick-off meeting, Webalo customers can create and deploy extremely sophisticated long-tail mobile capabilities – the lookups, data entry, updates, approvals, and countless other workflows that they now have to perform on desktops and laptops. In today's all-mobile-all-the-time environment small businesses will require dozens of mobile apps, mid-market businesses hundreds, and Fortune-ranked businesses thousands. At Webalo we've built an economically scalable service that will enable these companies to meet their mobile requirements for pennies an app and do it in a fraction of the usual time. It's mobility the way people want it to be – fast, easy, and affordable."
Analysts understand the impact of mobility, the shift to BYOD and how traditional software development processes don't apply in today's mobile world. "The rise of 'bring your own device' programs is the single most radical shift in the economics of client computing for business since PCs invaded the workplace," said David Willis, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Research. "Mobile innovation is now driven more by consumer markets than by business markets. Affordability is not only putting very powerful technology in the hands of consumers, but those consumers are also upgrading at a much-faster rate. Thus, organizations may keep up with mobile technology advancements more effectively by aligning to the consumer, rather than maintaining the much-slower pace of business technology adoption, with its long cycle of detailed requirements analysis, established refresh rates and centralized procurement heritage."*
Webalo offers three versions of its product to meet the specific mobility needs of its customers:
ABOUT WEBALO CLOUD
Webalo Cloud is a free service that provides Enterprise Mobility in Minutes for up to three users. It lets them create any number of secure enterprise-to-mobile connections for direct, bi-directional, transactional access between enterprise databases and reports and Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows smartphones and tablets. Webalo Cloud accommodates multiple IT or non-IT administrators who can quickly and easily implement user-specific enterprise mobility while reducing the time, cost, and complexity associated with traditional mobile application development, maintenance and updates.
ABOUT WEBALO PRO CLOUD
Webalo Pro Cloud is a subscription-based service that, for a simple per-user annual fee, enables Enterprise Mobility in Minutes for any number of mobile users. It lets them create unlimited secure enterprise-to-mobile connections that provide direct, bi-directional, transactional access between the enterprise databases and reports they rely on and their Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows smartphones and tablets. Webalo Pro Cloud accommodates multiple IT or non-IT administrators who can quickly and easily implement user-specific enterprise mobility while reducing the time, cost, and complexity associated with traditional mobile application development, maintenance and updates. Webalo Pro Cloud includes Webalo Gateway.
Webalo Gateway provides maximum security for Webalo Pro Cloud customers. It is installed inside the firewall and functions as a Webalo Administrator-controlled checkpoint between Webalo's cloud-based servers and the customer's enterprise resources, securely managing communications between the two. Webalo Gateway ensures that users have permission to perform those interactions before processing them and returning information to Webalo Pro Cloud for access by the authorized user.
ABOUT WEBALO PRO APPLIANCE
Webalo Pro Appliance is an on-premise subscription-based service that, for a simple per-user annual fee, enables Enterprise Mobility in Minutes for any number of mobile users. It lets them create unlimited secure enterprise-to-mobile connections that provide direct, bi-directional, transactional access between the enterprise databases, reports and applications they rely on and their Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows smartphones and tablets. Webalo Pro Appliance accommodates multiple IT or non-IT administrators who can quickly and easily implement user-specific enterprise mobility while reducing the time, cost, and complexity associated with traditional mobile application development, maintenance and updates.
Webalo Pro Appliance is delivered as a virtual machine image and runs on all leading virtualization platforms (hypervisors) that support 64-bit guest operating systems, including Xen® and VMware®, and Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V.
Webalo is enterprise mobility the way it's meant to be – easy, fast, and affordable. It can be configured in minutes to deliver secure, interactive, bi-directional, transactional mobile access to the enterprise applications and data employees rely on to do their jobs – all for pennies an app. It's 100x faster than traditional mobile application development, a fraction of the cost, and simple enough for anyone to master. Webalo reduces the burden on IT, lowers overhead (by eliminating development software, coding, consultants, and technologies for managing and distributing mobile apps), extends the value of enterprise applications, and leverages the power of smartphones and tablets.
*Gartner, Inc., Bring Your Own Device: New Opportunities, New Challenges, David A. Willis, August 16, 2012.