Ericom Software, a global leader in application access and virtualization solutions, and Cloud Sherpas, the world's leading Google Apps cloud service provider, today announced that Quality Distribution (QDI) has chosen Ericom's HTML5-based application and desktop virtualization software (PowerTerm WebConnect and AccessNow) to enable successful implementation of Google Chromebooks and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), throughout its organization.
The Google and Ericom joint solution, implemented by Cloud Sherpas, comprises an application access and collaboration infrastructure that empowers QDI's thousands of employees, from more than 125 locations across North America, with access to both Google Apps and legacy Windows applications and desktops, on their Chromebook or personal choice of mobile or tablet device (iPad / iPhone, Android, RIM Blackberry and Playbook), without heavy IT involvement. The solution holds the promise to improve mobility, collaboration, increase productivity and save QDI thousands of dollars and hours year over year on IT costs.
Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect and AccessNow provide QDI's employees with easy access to Windows applications and desktops, including Office 2007 (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word), logistics applications (TMW PowerSuite, Rand McNally MileMaker, Xata Turnpike, and other proprietary applications), and Internet Explorer, as well as to Google Apps, all through the Chrome browser and any other HTML5-compatible browser. As a true RDP zero client, AccessNow does not require Java, Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX or any other underlying technology on end-user devices.
Said QDI VP of IT, Cliff Dixon, "Working with Cloud Sherpas and Ericom is allowing us to achieve everything we set out to accomplish with Chromebooks, including greater mobility and easy access for our employees to all the applications they need – both Google and Windows-based. Ericom was the first company to provide an HTML5 remote access solution, which finally made Chromebooks a viable option." Dixon explained, "Many QDI documents were created in Microsoft Word, Excel and other proprietary document formats that have not been moved to Google Docs." Dixon continued, "Ericom AccessNow is allowing our drivers to continue working on the legacy Windows applications they've grown used to, while also working with Google Docs, whether they're connecting from a Chromebook, iPad, Blackberry, or other device." Dixon added, "Cloud Sherpas has provided us a Chrome extension to AccessNow which allows our employees to open a new browser tab and launch a session that automatically loads a Microsoft file received via Gmail."
"Ericom is delighted to partner with Cloud Sherpas, a world class Google partner and service provider, in extending Chromebook access for QDI and other Chromebook customers," said Brian Berns, President & Chief Operating Office at Ericom. "Ericom AccessNow, an innovative and advanced HTML5 technology, provides a cost-effective and flexible solution for transportation companies who want to empower their users with browser-based access to Windows applications and desktops from Chromebooks as well as from any HTML5-enabled device or modern browser, from virtually any device and from any location –on the road, from home or in the driver's regional office."
"Chromebook, Chromebox and Google Apps adoption is facilitated by enabling user access to all of an organization's key assets. Ericom's WebConnect and AccessNow software allows us to provide our customers with access from any device through a browser or native client," said Eran Gil, SVP, Global Business Development, Cloud Sherpas. "We are engaged with several organizations looking to transition to Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Google Apps, and require Windows access from any device including Windows, Mac and mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry."