Looking for portable device to do bids and coordinate jobs from Job sites

Posted on 2012-03-22
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have a client that does general contracting. They are looking for some sort of portable devices to do bids and access invoices and such from on the road or at job sites. I've heard of such thing but are not sure what they are called to even do a decent Google search. Can anyone point me in the right direction.
Question by:Axis52401
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ID: 37756553
Not to be a total dick, but a laptop or tablet is what he's after. There might be iPhone / Android apps for it, but I can't see working up a bid on a tiny (relatively) screen.

Author Comment

ID: 37758257
Yea I figured that, I was wondering if anyone know of any specific Apps for doing something like that.
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MidnightOne earned 500 total points
ID: 37759428
Is this a single guy and his pickup or a company with a centralized database for bids and such? You're not giving anywhere near enough information to give you an idea which way to go.

Author Comment

ID: 37766758
Its a small operation with 3 PC's and 4 crews at various sites but could grow. AT this point it wouldn't need to be very complicated even if it was just a way of sharing files between a central PC and the portable devices over the Internet. If an Ipad has some sort of app to allow this that would be fine too.
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ID: 37767922
They might be a candidate for a Windows 2008 R2 Terminal server (TS) with 5 CALs. This will allow them - once they have a RDP connection to the server, preferably through an ad-hoc VPN tunnel - to have all the processing power of the server regardless of device used.

TS is a finicky beast to set up initially; things have a proper order for configuration and if it's not followed the problems can be truly bizarre.

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