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To learn more about all of the new features, check out our CompWALK 3.2 Launched post. For those of you who walk the walk and talk the talk in the technical world, we wanted to break down some interesting features of the new CompWALK 3.2 release straight from our Technical Director, Jarred, himself.
First, a little background. Jarred is a skilled leader in the Microsoft development community. He has extensive experience using C#, PHP and SQL in a wide variety of applications in the full software development life cycle, including architecting complex large scale multi-threaded applications in both traditional as well as mobile development environments. To see more of what he and our development team have been up to, check out the NextLOGiK GitHub account.
Why Windows 10?
Jarred attended the Windows Build Conference at the end of April this year where the concept of developing once and deploying to all was key. He knew building a native Windows application, though more demanding to develop, would pay off in the long run. The notion of developing one instance of CompWALK that works on tablets, laptops, and desktops was the driving factor for putting so much time and effort into this Windows 10 application.
Some companies don’t invest the time and resources into native apps, because of how much longer it takes, and opt for HTML5 applications or a Hybrid approach when creating their platforms. Here at NextLOGiK, we want our CompWALK customers to experience the highest level of quality and performance. After all, we are a software solution preaching the importance of quality in organizations daily.
Our developers are dedicated to delivering CompWALK as a universal Windows applications that responds and interacts with consumers, it’s not one size fits all. This way, when the final versions of Windows 10 are released to Windows phones and Xbox one, CompWALK will automatically work on those platforms. Who doesn’t want to play some Halo then knock out an audit report!?
Our biggest feature added to the Windows 10 platform is the ability to conduct audits and inspections offline. Your audit is not interrupted and you do not lose any data if you lose an internet connection. What is great about this functionality is there is no need to sync the information you have collected once you regain a connection, it only takes a half a second once you have internet to upload all of the files, pictures, information etc. that you recorded.
So how is this possible? Every transaction within the system goes out to local storage and every request gets a unique identifier, creating encrypted at rest files. This information is cached so if you lose your internet connection, your data is backed up. The system constantly updates and overwrites old cached data so you always have the latest and greatest information stored.
To reduce the amount of bandwidth used, all communication is first zipped in JSON, sent to the intended destination, and then unzipped. This results in a 50% reduction in file size meaning you can download the data twice as fast. With all of these transactions, it was important to ensure that the data being shared would not muddle the business logic that drives the commands for CompWALK. To do this, the program was outlined based on a three tier software development.
Bing maps was added to the release to provide driving directions and GPS data for workers on-the-go. Microsoft makes it extremely easy for developers to integrate Bing maps into programs through their Microsoft Speech API so we rolled this out with the 3.2 release.
- Windows 10 functionality delivered to Apple and Android devices
- GPS – Gain insight into how long each audit takes per location, helping to fine tune time allotment for scheduling
- Voice to text for Windows desktop (already provided on Apple products)