October 5, 2012 – Datacert, Inc. has announced its upcoming release of Passport®, Datacert's patent-pending technology platform, which allows Datacert's legal and claims department clients to extend their use of Passport's suite of applications to their mobile devices. Mobile users will be able to utilize the full capabilities (including customizations) of their Passport solutions, such as matter management and legal spend management, via a dynamic and rich user interface that has been carefully designed and optimized for the smaller screens of tablets and mobile phones. Clients can also use the Passport Designer Toolkit to create new mobile-only screens for unique, on-the-go data capture needs.
Datacert's approach to delivering a mobile Passport solution continues the strong focus the company placed on usability when first developing Passport, which has been widely recognized for its industry-leading design and usability. Many vendors develop device-specific mobile apps that greatly limit functionality (e.g., only allowing users to approve invoices) or simply port their standard software user interface to cumbersome mobile browsers. In contrast, Datacert's approach is device-agnostic, mobile-optimized, and provides mobile Passport users with a rich and unlimited experience that utilizes the full capabilities of their mobile devices. The Passport mobile solution supports the full range of the desktop application's capabilities, including customizations clients have made to their Passport solutions, allowing clients to use their mobile devices to perform essential job functions and collaborate effectively outside of the office. Users will be able to perform common tasks, such as:
The entire user experience is optimized for the smaller screens of tablets and cell phones and made even more intuitive by the utilization of native operating system widgets, such as the iOS spinning date picker, designed to enhance usability on mobile Apple® devices. Users will be able to easily interact with and manipulate graphical dashboard reports, ensuring the latest real-time KPI data is always accessible, even when out of the office.
Screen auto-reformat capabilities ensure content rendering is optimized based on the size and orientation of the screen. Users will also be able to very easily set any page of the application as their "homepage," allowing quick access to most commonly used features. For example, casual users who just need to quickly approve invoices on their mobile devices can set the My Invoices to Approve screen as their homepage. This user-selected homepage setting will automatically carry across all of the user's mobile devices.
As a technology platform, Passport enables new application development using the Passport Designer Toolkit, which Datacert's internal development team utilized to develop the mobile solution. The use of HTML5 for Datacert's mobile solution greatly simplifies maintenance as it allows for a single code base for all mobile devices and requires no redeployment to mobile devices when new releases of the client's Passport Server are deployed. Rather, the mobile version automatically stays in sync with the latest version of Passport, including any customizations the client makes to the solution. In addition, clients can utilize the Passport Designer Toolkit to create custom screens for use only on mobile devices. This allows clients to support unique, on-the-go data capture needs, such as retailers that want their store managers to quickly and easily capture information about in-store incidents (e.g., slip-and-falls) that may turn into legal matters. This ability to capture incident information on-the-spot right in Passport greatly streamlines processes.
The initial release of the Passport mobile solution will support Apple and AndroidTM tablets and cell phones, with support for other mobile platforms in subsequent releases.