May 19, 2020

Android apps are a tech advantage for your company

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Business
Canada
Dave Thomas
3 min
Android apps are a tech advantage for your company

Android Apps Are a Tech Advantage for Your Company

Running a company today involves myriad of responsibilities.

Along with providing stellar customer service and managing your employees, you need to be up to speed on the latest advancements in technology that will have an impact on your business.

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For some business owners, they stay cognizant of their technological needs. Others, however, fail to keep up with their technology requirements, sometimes leading to them falling behind their competitors.

So, is your company where it needs to be when it comes to technology, notably apps?

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In taking stock of your technological needs, your first line of duty is having the pulse of consumers and what they are using and/or requesting of businesses.

According to a report from Smashingmagazine.com, today’s consumers have little or no patience when it comes to apps that ultimately compromise their user experience. That makes sense; would you deal with products or services that take forever to work, be it through delays or regular breakdowns?

With that in mind, finding the right Android development company is paramount for your company’s app experience.

Among the things to look for and how to do this, you should:

Do diligent research – First thing you need to do as a business owner is research the various Android app developers out there, finding the one that best suits your company’s needs. You want an app that provides consumers with an engaging user experience, simply put, an experience which is second to none. Look at the different app providers you are considering and their company website, approach to customer service (see more below), social media outreach (this is a good means to see how they interact with the public, demonstrating whether or not they provide solutions to questions and problems in a timely manner;

Customer service – Your chosen Android app developer must provide solid customer service so that you in turn can offer that to your customers. Is your app developer available 24/7? Do they look to solve an issue instead of creating more of them? Lastly, what types of guarantees do they provide their clients in the form of warranties and more? Make sure you read the “fine print” before tasking a developer with being your company’s Android app provider, including the costs involved to get the app up and running.

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Examples matter – Make sure the Android app developer you’re considering can provide examples of apps they have developed for other customers. This way you can gauge their skill-level, time it took to develop the app, and if the customer was ultimately satisfied;

Adding on – Finally, will the Android app have room for add-ons and/or changes? There may well come a time when you want to place some additions on the app, additions that your customers are seeking to make their user experiences better. You don’t want these add-ons to come at a significant price increase or hassle when all is said and done.

When you have the right Android app developer working with your company, you stand to benefit both financially and in terms of good public relations with many of your customers.

As a business owner, what has been your experience with Android apps?

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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