Top Business Apps To Increase Productivity and Efficiency
In a world that is inundated with smartphone users and business people on the go, mobile business apps can help create an efficiently run company. We have rounded up some of the best apps for you and your smartphone to increase effectiveness and help you become more organized with the tap of your screen. Don’t be “App”rehensive about trying these easy-to-use apps!
- Dropbox: As a kid you are told to get your head out of the clouds, but with Dropbox you can keep your head in the clouds as long as possible. This user-friendly app uses cloud-based storage, which allows your employees to easily share photos, documents and many other types of files with just one click. Dropbox is an excellent tool for file storage, and helps with the collaborative process within your business.
- Square: Going back to square one doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, at least when referring to this fun app. Square is an easy-to-use app that utilizes a quarter-sized card reader that plugs right into your smartphone to take credit card payments on the go.
- Addappt: Addappt continually updates your iOS address book as well as updating your contacts when personal information changes. This automatic, and convenient, feature is great for the fast-paced business world, allowing you to focus on more important business tasks.
- Neverlate: Throw Post-It notes in the trash and turn your reminders off, there’s a new app in town. Neverlate reminds you of your next appointment time and even updates you on what time you should leave based on traffic so you arrive on time. The app is also integrated with LinkedIn and Evernote.
- Expensify: We all know trackingyour business expenses can be quite the headache, but the app world has created the “Advil” for this problem. With Expensify, you can document your expenses, keep track of your mileage and even scan your receipts by simply taking a photo of the receipts on your smartphone. The app syncs directly with your bank accounts and credit cards so you can monitor your expenses in real time.
- Asana: Are you always in the dark when it comes to the status of current projects? There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel? Asana lets you constantly monitor multiple projects at your company with real-time tracking to help keep projects aligned and on time.
- Bump: In the business world, exchanging contact information is a very important tool for networking, and now there’s an even more efficient way to share this information. Throw away your business cards and take out your smartphones! Bump allows you to simply touch your smartphone with another smartphone to exchange business information. Go green and get techy!
- Evernote: Is your desk cluttered with hand-written notes and to-do lists? Start employingEvernote! This convenient app gives you the ability to sync all your notes, lists and reminders across any platform to one place. You’ll never forget to pick the kids up from soccer practice or that important meeting again with Evernote reminding your smartphone, computer and tablet.
- BLACKSOCKS: BLACKSOCKS has an app for keeping your sock sorted. Smart Socks matches your socks, records to sock purchase and makes sure the color stays crisp! Seems silly, but if you think about how many socks you’ve found missing over the years you may re-think this new app.
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.