Google Chrome Crushes Internet Explorer as World's Most Popular Browser
Have you noticed Internet Explorer’s latest ad campaign? It seems like IE’s sleek commercials, packaging the browser as an ultra-hip, high-powered web tool, are in constant rotation. It also seems like they doth protest too much about IE’s appeal.
It’s no secret that IE has been losing steam in recent years and recent data proves that it has fallen from its glory as the Web’s go-to browser.
StatCounter has reported that Google Chrome is now officially the Web’s most used browser, as its usage has surpassed Internet Explorer’s for the first week ever. Unsurprisingly, Firefox, Safari and Opera respectively round out the list of top five Web browsers.
Although it’s impossible to get exact numbers when it comes to Internet use, over the past year, StatCounter’s data has shown that Chrome use has been consistently and unmistakably growing. Back in March, Chrome was able to inch ahead of IE for one day, but May marked the first time it held the number one spot for over a week. Based on all of StatCounter’s May data, Chrome is actually expected to earn its month-long first place ribbon at the month’s end.
Internet Explorer has had a good run, dominating the browsing experience since its launch in 1995. But it seems that Google Chrome, which was released in 2008, has a portfolio of features and extensions that even casual Web browsers find attractive and useful. Its minimalistic interface is simple to navigate and its trailblazing combination address/search bar (or Omnibox) is a major draw.
What’s more: StatCounter has also determined that Internet Explorer is more popular on weekends than it is during the week—a trend that chips away at the popular assumption that people only use IE when they have to at work and lends credence to support of the latest version of the browser. StatCounter compared all versions of Chrome combined with the individual versions of other browsers and found that IE versions 6, 7 and 8 lose popularity during the weekend, but version 9 spikes during that time.
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.