Outbid Partners with Kaazing to Create Online Auction Service
Outbid, an online auction website that provides users live auctions on the web or via mobile device, has announced that to create their next generation service they’re utilizing Kaazing’s HTML5 Edition 3.5.
Outbid combines “theatre and transparency of live event auctions with the best of what the web can offer,” stating that its service offers convenient accessibility, global reach, and social and gaming interactivity. Like a live in-person auction, Outbid incorporates an auctioneer chosen by the seller and provides users a lobby to mingle and review auction items, chat, and bid.
“We chose Kaazing because they pioneered HTML5 WebSocket,” said Bob Lee, Chief Product Officer, Outbid.com. “We were impressed with its customer base and enterprise-level features including security, emulation, API libraries, and more. We knew if we were to create a next-generation live auction experience, we needed next-generation software to support instant bidding, rapid transactions, and live chat. Kaazing was the ideal solution.”
Kaazing’s HTML5 3.5 edition delivers dynamic data to and from the web and mobile devices and utilizes enterprise-level security to provide high performance services.
“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Outbid.com to enable its live bidding and chat experiences,” said John Donnelly III, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Kaazing. “This innovative leader is changing the way commerce is done on the web today, going beyond ‘transactional’ to a truly superior buying experience combining interactivity, gaming, social, and the thrill of outbidding your opponents. Our clients like Outbid have raised the bar when it comes to user experiences from real-time bidding, trading, monitoring, tracking, notifications, and gaming.”
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.