If our experience from working with organisations within the Built Environment (BE) has taught us one thing it’s that different departments within BE organisations face very varied challenges when working away from the office. This is particularly true when applied to mobile working and mobile working requirements within purchasing and inventory management departments of an organisation.
The vast majority of ‘off-site’ procurement processes and functions still rely heavily on traditional paper-based recording and reporting methods. And with this reliance on paper, comes a range of inherent challenges for the procurement team:-
Speed of Data Processing Paper based requisitioning and approval processes typically suffer from delays in getting the relevant documents from the instigator through to the signatory and then ultimately to the purchaser. Moving these processes onto mobile computers (ie laptops) doesn’t necessarily speed up these procedures, as online access may still be required. This is compounded by . . . → Read More: Mobile Working For Procurement And Inventory Management
With the Summer well and truly in full flow, we thought it would be great idea to keep you updated on some of the mobile app projects that we’re currently working on here at CommonTime. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but does provide a brief overview of the range and variety of mobility projects that we’re bringing to market.
Shepherd Group –Construction
CommonTime is delighted to add Shepherd Group to our growing list of ‘platform’ customers. We’ve been working with the Shepherd Group for over a year now and we’ve successfully delivered a range of bespoke mobile apps for distinct processes such as:- Snagging and Defect Notification.
Shepherd Group now feel that the time is right to bring their app development program in-house. They are currently using the CommonTime mDesign platform to develop a cross-departmental app for Health and Safety . . . → Read More: CommonTime Mobile Projects Update – August 2014
In the era of mobile working, more and more employees are working out of the office and using mobile devices, such as tablets, smartphones and cloud services to perform corporate tasks.
When deciding on mobile app development strategy (as part of a broader mobile strategy), organisations have a number of approaches that could be considered:
Make It Yourself
For those organisations that require bespoke mobile software solutions, the most obvious choice for mobile app development would be a ‘do it yourself’ approach. This would be achieved by using native development methods.
For organisations with a multi-platform hardware strategy (for example, a mixture of iPads, Android smartphones and some Windows devices), this approach would require the software to be re-developed for each target platform. This would require development skills in a range of native development languages, which means investing in development expertise for each target platform: Objective-C for Apple iOS, C# for Windows Phone 8, or . . . → Read More: How To Approach Enterprise Mobile App Development
Each year in the Transport & Logistics sector, companies find that approximately half a million pounds worth of vehicle damage is repaired that cannot be attributed to a cause.
Well although organisations within the transportation sector could identify when and where this damage occurred, it can be problematic because of the amount of paperwork they would have to trawl through. Imagine sifting through piles of vehicle condition reports when you’ve got 100s or 1000s of vehicles on your books.
As a result of this paperwork headache, and the admin time involved, the vehicle damage often ends up being absorbed by the company as an unexpected cost. This obviously impacts on whoever foots the bill and ultimately the company’s bottom line.
So what’s the solution?
Can this £500,000 be saved through better processes or filing? Or is the problem something that can only be addressed by a wider . . . → Read More: Transportation Companies – How to save £500k per year on unaccounted damage to vehicles…
In part one we highlighted 7 key challenges your organisation may face when implementing a mobile working strategy. In part 2 we’re exploring 7 more. This is by no means an exhaustive list, it’s more a collection of considerations that you’d be likely to encounter. Recap with part one here >>
8. Adequate Skilled Resource
Effective mobile apps require significant technical resource to develop, and this can either be managed in-house or outsourced.
Outsourcing development requires less corporate commitment but allows less control. In-house development provides more control but it can be costly, and the right developers can be hard to find.
9. Seamless Integration
Enterprise mobile applications are most useful when they integrate directly into the organisation’s business systems and data infrastructure.
Data captured on mobile devices may need to be fed to a number of back-end . . . → Read More: Implementing a mobile working strategy in your organisation – how to identify and overcome key challenges – Part 2