First in construction industry to embrace multiple platforms supported by the same back-office enterprise web solution
Reston, VA June 2, 2011 – Latista, the market leader in comprehensive construction quality management and turn-over software solutions for owners and contractors, announces the availability of its new app for the Apple iPad®. The app complements Latista’s enterprise-scale web and mobile solution used by thousands of building and engineering professionals around the world. The new offering represents an industry first, making Latista the only company offering a variety of hardware clients in the field attached to the same back-office enterprise web solution.
The market for tablet computers is predicted to grow from $16B in 2010 to $46B in 2014 according to Dmitriy Molchnow, an analyst at Yankee Group. The iPad app gives Latista customers options in mobile platforms and sits alongside Latista’s award winning Windows tablet PC-based application within its enterprise framework. Latista for iPad includes the ability to access and mark up documents in the field in addition to working with punch list, QA/QC and safety, reporting and production modules that field based personnel (such as inspectors of record, project managers, or project engineers) from contractors, owners and third parties need to be successful.
The option of accessing and inputting information on both iPad or Windows devices and supporting them through the same back-office web solution balances the needs of corporate IT departments and field personnel. Latista’s first non-Windows offering allows the same back-office web solution to support multiple field platforms without compromising on scale, security, or ease of use. One defined use case consists of transitioning building information model (BIM) data from the office to the field and back, facilitating decision making around risk, productivity and cost management.
Martha Walz, editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise, highlights construction as one sector that will see major enterprise mobility uptake. In order to drive enterprise solutions into the field, Latista seamlessly supports custom QA/QC, safety, and commissioning forms on Apple iPad and Windows devices in a web-based environment. Furthermore Latista for iPad takes full advantage of the camera functionality. Images taken with the built-in camera can be used across all relevant modules, where annotations, time and location stamping, bar-coding, sign-off and more are included. The efficacy of the Latista solution is guaranteed via its unique synchronization capability that gives office personnel an analytical view of the jobsite.
Chris Ramsey, EVP, Latista says: “With our philosophy of providing easy-to-use enterprise solutions to our customers and users, and as the leader in company-wide quality management and turn-over software for large projects, it made sense to become the first provider to offer more than one mobile platform tied to the same award-winning Latista back-office web enterprise solution.”
Latista® reduces the cost of facilities construction, startup and maintenance by implementing the industry’s most comprehensive mobile construction management and turn over software solution. Latista’s customers attest that Latista’s solution produced higher quality facilities that started up sooner and experienced lower operating cost.
 small-note “In 2014 world tablet pc market will increase to us 46 billion