May 19, 2020

Apple and Salesforce announce strategic partnership to develop iOS-optimized business apps

Tim Cook
iOS
CRM
Salesforce
erptre fusion
2 min
Apple and Salesforce announce strategic partnership to develop iOS-optimized business apps
Apple announced via a press release on 24 September that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Salesforce to develop a range of powerful new business apps
 
According to Apple’s statement, the partnership has three initial areas of focus: native Salesforce apps for business, empowering Salesforce developers on iOS, and accelerating developer learning and career growth.
 
The move “brings together the number one customer relationship management platform and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system” to enable Salesforce developers to create powerful native apps while Apple benefits from iOS-specific business applications.
 
An iOS app development program has been also made available on Salesforce’s free training platform, Trailhead.
 
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Salesforce, with assistance from Apple, is redesigning its Salesforce Mobile App “to give customers rich experiences exclusively on iOS, with unique Apple capabilities such as Siri Shortcuts, Face ID, Business Chat and more”.
 
As Salesforce’s CRM platform is the global market leader, with 19.6% of the market in 2017 according to Bloomberg, the deal is a coup for Apple as it continues to differentiate itself from Android-based competition in Samsung and Huawei, as well as rival Windows-based systems.
 
According to Reuters, the move is also an exhibition of Apple’s drive into the business applications market which has thus far seen other deals struck with IBM, Cisco, and Accenture.

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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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