May 19, 2020

[Video] The Game-Changing App for Executives that Could Beat LinkedIn

Leadership
apps
Businessfriend
Technology
Shane Watson
2 min
[Video] The Game-Changing App for Executives that Could Beat LinkedIn

As business executives, we are constantly looking for ways to save time, going to great lengths to improve efficiency by downloading apps, installing “solutions” software and even taking time-management courses. But is it working? Not really. Between offsite (or virtual) meetings and social media alone, efficiency is almost non-existent.  

Related: Businessfriend Offers Effective Tools to Improve Productivity 

LinkedIn may work for poaching employees; Facebook is great for stalking your ex; Twitter provides up-to-the-minute trend-focused discussions—but who has time to update all three (and more), let alone ensure that each is relevant to its respective audience?

(Let’s get serious: Your potential client does not care about the birth of your newest niece, and your friends don’t want to hear about the release of “New Software” 1.0)

Additionally, Skype might be a great (free) tool for “in-person” virtual meetings but forget about instant messaging throughout the convo unless everyone with whom you wish to speak is an iPhone (or Android) subscriber like yourself.

Bottom line: Each of these platforms serves a specific purpose but none fulfill executives’ needs—at least not entirely.

That changes now.  

Making its debut at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, the latest game-changing app, businessfriend, is a “channel for professionals that are suffering from S.C.S. (Scattered Communications Syndrome),” explains Freddie Pierce, vice president of product and co-creator of the app. 

Related: [15 Musts for 2015] Part One: Attend the International CES

Founder and CEO Glen White echoes this statement, describing businessfriend as one “complete forum that enables constant connectivity for optimal business communications. One mobile app, one desktop, any device.” 

So what, exactly, does that entail?

Pretty much anything anyone would ever need to communicate or collaborate on a professional and/or personal level (…or both—the app allows for connectivity without having to share personal contact information).

Related: Businessfriend: The New Kid on the Block

“We’re providing one place to consolidate all of your current communications, mediums and channels into one easy to use application. You’ll never have to say ‘I didn’t get that email’ or ‘where did that document go’ again,” Pierce concludes.

A few of the key (FREE!) features include:

  • Video Chat
  • Instant Messenger
  • VoIP Calls
  • Social Feed
  • 2 GBs of Cloud Storage
  • Content Sharing
  • Contact Management System, or Digidex™

….and much more! Check out the video below for a visual review.

Log on to www.businessfriend.com via your desktop, or download the app through the App Store or Google Play—just don’t be the last one to “redefine your workflow.”

 

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“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.

 

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