How Tablets Can Boost Your Business
Written by Joe Linford
Business professionals used to always be seen with a laptop slung over their shoulders, but things have changed immeasurably ever since the Apple iPad launched a couple of years ago. Spend any amount of time traveling these days and you’ll soon see that business people at airports and the like are often clutching one of these devices instead.
That’s not really surprising; for starters, the Apple iPad and other tablet computing devices that have come to market since, are cool looking gadgets. What’s more, they’re often easily able to cope with the rigors of professional business needs and, in many cases, have more than enough computing power to keep you productive in any location.
Connectivity adds to the appeal of the tablet computer. If you spend some extra money and get both a wireless and mobile broadband network enabled device, then you’ll have a portable workstation that can be used to conduct business from pretty much anywhere. There’s also the added benefit of beefier battery life than that found on many laptops, which can often fail you at the most inconvenient moment during the working day.
A New Way Forward
There’s no doubt that the tablet computer is here to stay, even more so when it comes to keeping business professionals productive on the move. Of course, consumers are often attracted to a tablet's hardware, and for this the options are pretty much unlimited now that new models come in all shapes, sizes and operating system variations. However, adding an extra appeal to the whole tablet scenario is the ability to boost productivity even further using apps.
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Software apps have now become big news for professionals who need custom made tools for just about every kind of job imaginable. While some apps offer basic computing embellishments to the app landscape, others are powerful tools that do everything from computing complex spreadsheets to helping you produce your killer presentation for the board meeting next week.
Better still, their cost is cheap compared to the many software options that are available for standard laptop and netbook computers, while the ability to simply download one that takes your fancy while you’re on the go is another boon to the mobile businessman. Add all of these factors together and it’s easy to see why the tablet computer will be at the top of any productivity shopping list over the next few months.
While the Apple iPad is admittedly a premium product, there are still plenty of other options out there in the tablet marketplace that can get the job done almost as well. A wealth of Google Android powered devices are often able to deliver many of the same options, although the apps aren’t quite as extensive as those found in the Apple App Store.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking to stay productive and go more mobile with your business activities this year, then a tablet is certainly one of the best ways to ensure you meet your goal.
About the author: Joe Linford writes on behalf of Broadband Genie, an online comparison site for broadband, smartphones and Tablet PC information.
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.