MWM in Australia has some particular characteristics that relate to the weather conditions and demographics of the workforces. The sun, heat and remoteness experienced in many parts of Australia make it challenging. The MWM software and hardware used needs to be built to withstand these conditions.
Mobile device screens need to have good contrast to be seen in the bright sunlight. Users shouldn’t be required to put their device on maximise brightness to be able to see the screen outdoors. If they do then it is going to drain the battery pretty quickly and they are not going to be happy.
Mobile applications need to be able to work offline as mobile coverage can’t be assumed. This is especially the case in remote areas but even in the larger cities like Sydney, mobile coverage can patchy at the best times. Using web-based applications just doesn’t cut it in most cases. You need something native.
Mobile Workforces in certain industries in Australia are dominated by males over 40 with often literacy issues. These workers also haven’t grown up using Smartphones so can sometimes be slow to adopt new technologies. For these reasons, it is imperative that the mobile applications are easy to use and they match the workflow that the users follow.