Mobile Entree - SharePoint Mobile Application Framework by H3 Solutions

Mobile Entree - SharePoint Mobile Application Framework by H3 Solutions

 
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Mobile Entree - SharePoint Mobile Application Framework by H3 Solutions

Mobile Entrée is a browser-based collaboration tool for mobile devices that delivers the full power of SharePoint to knowledge workers no matter where they are. It delivers a rich SharePoint experience for smartphones and tablets. Whether on an intranet or public facing internet site, on-the-go users can continue to collaborate using access to SharePoint data: business workflow processes, line of business applications, Business Intelligence and web content.

Mobile Entrée extends the SharePoint Solution Feature architecture as a browser-based solution requiring no APP installation on users’ devices. ME supports all major mobile platforms, regardless of manufacturer or operating system (iOS®, Blackberry®, Windows® Phone, Android®, WebOS®, and Symbian® devices).

Equally important to our out-of-the-box solutions, Mobile Entrée expands SharePoint into a MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform) providing an API so you may build your own mobile applications. It uses Microsoft’s .net® framework allowing your developers to write a mobile web app once and be functional across all browsing platforms.

Mobile Entrée enables organizations to leverage their SharePoint investment and knowledge to extend SharePoint’s Business Intelligence (BI) solutions out to mobile devices.  Performance management is one of the highest priorities in business intelligence for any organization.  Mobile Entrée’s BI provides mobile-enabled dashboards that use Excel, PowerPivot and Excel Services to IT-developed dashboards using PerformancePoint. These provide a touch-friendly experience with easy navigation on smartphones and tablets.

 

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Great Product and Great Company to do Work With

Mobile Entree has been a great addition to my organization. We've used ME for two cases: 1) out of the box for mobile access for employees and 2) a fully branded and customized public Internet mobile solution. For both situations, ME has surpassed expectations.

For internal solutions, you can quickly deploy and configure ME for a site. For users that want a mobile interface "yesterday" (and, of course, more functional that what SharePoint provides out of the box), there is no easier way to get that done. The OOB BI surfacing is also fantastic.

For the internet solutions, ME provides a complete and functional platform for developing custom applications that easily utilize SharePoint data and functionality. Although development is recommended to get a "complete" and targeted design, once a developer figures out the pattern, it is easy to get work done.

As a side note, I've worked in IT for 10 years--4 of those years as a consultant. I've never worked with a vendor as responsive and knowledgeable as the support services for Mobile Entree. From testing, development, deployment, and licensing (yes, even when it came to $$), this organization has been more than helpful and reasonable every step of the way.

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Pros
Easy to Deploy
Out of the Box User Interface Very Functional
Great Platform for Custom Extensions and Development
Straightforward Branding
Incredibly Responsive Support
Cons
Requires Development Effort for a (Public) Internet Facing Solution
Version Reviewed
3.x
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5.0

Quick wins come easily!

As a consultant, this is possibly the easiest "sell" to an organization. For businesses becoming more and more mobile, you want to make life easier for the end user. Mobile Entrée does this without flaw and perfectly. I have yet to place a device against the product and it has not been able to serve pages just as designed.

The newest feature I have found most useful for the executives is the business intelligence. To be able to have that same mobile experience AND provide the rich BI graphs and charts that is available in SharePoint quickly and easily. The branding aspect is also sweet. The master template is extremely easy to customize and brand for the customers.

Performance is excellent. Every so often, I do notice the browser check errors (on the server logs) but the page itself is still handed to the end user's mobile device.

The price point for Mobile Entrée is good even if you only have 10 mobile devices using your SP environment.

Overall, I would recommend it for every customer. Seeing how mobile is done in SharePoint 2013, I still think Mobile Entrée has a lot easier administration than out-of-the-box SharePoint 2013.

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Pros
Easy to implement
End user experience doesn't require zooming in and out
Administration is easy for most administrators
Even worked with a Palm user
Business Intelligence for mobile
Branding capable
Cons
Office 365 is not supported for 2013 yet... but they are telling me it will be soon.
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3 and 4
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5.0

Mobile Entree is Money Well Spent

My company implemented Mobile Entrée (basic version) earlier this year (2010). Initially, we were impressed with how easy it was to install the trial version and get live in our development environment. We were able to configure our main corporate intranet sites in about a day using Mobile Entrée. Our executives were impressed with the “mobile application look” of our SharePoint environment and we went ahead and purchased the basic version. We immediately moved into beta for our corporate intranet which has been really successful.

The real value for us in terms of Mobile Entrée came when one of my developers tried the Enterprise version as a possible solution to mobile enabling our CRM solution (custom app). My developer was able to put up a proof of concept in about a week. We ultimately invested in the Enterprise Version of Mobile Entrée for all 4 of our SharePoint servers. The savings in development time more than offset the cost of Mobile Entrée Enterprise as we were able to connect it to existing CRM services. This project has been really successful for us so far. A Mobile Entrée version of our CRM is in “live-beta” and in the hands of our sales organization. This is in addition to a mobile version of our corporate intranet. So far, they have had nothing but positive comments for our initial custom CRM application and the SharePoint intranet.

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2.0
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5.0

The best investment to any SharePoint solution

I have invested plenty of money in 3rd web parts and whatever would make life easier for my SharePoint users. We've all been there; difficulties with installation, no support, explaining to the CFO why the money invested has not shown any results.

I had some difficulty installing the product. Literally, within minutes of emailing technical support I had a response. Like K Chui (another reviewer)Moblie Entree's technical support identified an error in my sharepoint configuration (probably the same reason some of my other 3rd party solutions didn't work), assisted me in correcting the issue, and I was on my to installing the product. I can honestly say they went "out of there way" to ensure I was not only ready to install Mobile Entree but also that I was employing some "SharePoint Best Practices" that I was neglecting. I have never been so pleased with the attention I received as a customer.

Taking the leap into mobile SharePoint couldn't be easier to deploy and even easier to show ROI. I was able to show a clean, rich mobile solution in 30 minutes after installation (25 minutes of that was browsing myself in amazement). The hours of IT labor saved was astounding. The Basic version of Mobile Entree gives you a clean,yet rich interface that even the most challenged user can navigate easily. Our users were not only viewing list items and documents in minutes but were also adding list items and updating document properties even before and instruction or guidance on use.

I'm really hard on 3rd party SharePoint vendors because as we all know, most talk the talk but very few execute. Mobile Entree has set the standard for 3rd Party SharePoint features in mobile development and access.

If you want to finally show what SharePoint Mobile Computing is really like; If you want to impress your corporate execs and your everyday users, Mobile Entree is how you do it.

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Fast, simple deployment
Unprecedented Customer/Technical Support
Visible return on investment
Cons
Honestly haven't seen a con (and believe me, I'd tell you if I did)
Version Reviewed
2.0
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Mobile Entrée is great right out of the box

I can confirm that the following statement is 100% true.

" an innovative and easy to use SharePoint mobile experience ... with no custom development, client-side code or separate server requirements."

Within a very short period of time, I have enabled our users to access the Sharepoint sites on Blackberries and iPhones.

The technical support is more than wonderful. They response to my emails quickly and they even spotted out mistakes in our Sharepoint Server configuration.

Highly recommend the product and the organization.

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Pros
Easy to install, clean layout, easy for the users to navigate.

and stable.
Cons
None so far.
Version Reviewed
1.1 Basic
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