AppOnboard acquires code-less game design platform Buildbox
The global gaming industry is expected to reach US$180bn in 2021, growing by over 30% from the $137.9bn reported last year. According to a 2018 report, at $70.3bn, the mobile gaming industry accounted for more than half of the global gaming revenue last year.
In order to further capitalize on the global demand for gaming content, and lower barriers to entry for aspiring game creators, the ‘no-code’ movement advocates for simpler, more intuitive forms of game design.
AppOnboard, the leading no-code mobile app design and development platform, announced today the acquisition of Buildbox, the global leader in no-code mobile game development. Buildbox’s suite of tools has been used to create and power more than 45,000 unique games in 2018 alone and has driven over 3 billion estimated downloads in the app stores to-date.
“AppOnboard and Buildbox have long shared the mission of enabling makers, creatives, designers, artists, and anyone else to become creators of mobile apps and games,” announced Trey Smith, CEO of Buildbox. “Today, we are excited to join forces with AppOnboard and double-down on the no-code movement to empower the Maker Generation to bring their ideas to life and eliminate the technical barriers to entry in mobile game and app development.”
“Buildbox is the most successful no-code game platform in the world. The Buildbox team’s attention to detail and the user experience is unlike anything I have seen in my career, even going back to our founding team who built 14 of the first 100 games on the App Store. We are thrilled to join forces with the Buildbox team to accelerate the mobile no-code movement and continue to build upon the massive success that many Buildbox creators have already experienced across the globe,” proclaimed Jonathan Zweig, CEO of AppOnboard. "AppOnboard is investing significantly in the Buildbox platform and development software to launch new features faster than ever before.”
“We built Color Switch using Buildbox in about a week, which became one of the most successful viral hits with 250M downloads,” said David Reichelt, creator of Color Switch. “We can’t wait to see how AppOnboard and Buildbox will push the software even further, enabling more app makers to bring their vision to life and onto the app stores.”
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“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.