08:00 – 10th April – 2015. A point in time that every Apple fan will understand; the pre-release of the Apple Watch! I was there, poised. I knew that I needed the 42mm black sport watch and had done my extensive research. At 07:55, I was suddenly distracted at home and could not attend to my order. The time hit 08:45 and by this point my choice was suddenly not available for quick delivery. My heart sank. My palms started to sweat. It was clear that I was suffering physically! I started to review my second and third design choices. No good – they were also 4-6 weeks out for delivery. Over the weekend I started to check to see if there were glitches that would allow me to get any of my choices via the approved channels but alas it was not possible. It was obvious . . . → Read More: Thoughts From A Wearable Tech Addict.
One of the great things about heading up the marketing function at CommonTime is that I frequently get the opportunity to ‘talk mobile’ with a wide range of customers, potential customers and the general public at trade shows and exhibitions. We’ve recently finished off a number of annual trade events in the Healthcare and Public Sector space, and speaking with people on the CommonTime stand it was obvious (to me!) that people’s views on mobility within their own organisations had taken a noticeable change of direction and understanding. This change of understanding was subtle, and it certainly wasn’t universal, but it was definitely there.
Speaking with delegates on the CommonTime stand it was clear that the majority had a fairly sound grounding in what mobile app technology ‘is’, ‘does’ and ‘is capable of’, but what made the conversations much more interesting were the . . . → Read More: Has the (mobility) penny finally dropped in the B2E space?
Wearable Mobile Devices – keep track of every beat, every step, every pulse!
According to industry analysts, Gartner, the mobility sector is due for yet another significant year of growth in 2015. Gartner is predicting an overall growth of 30% in 2015 in the usage of ‘connected’ devices. These include the usual smartphone and tablet devices, but the most interesting sector of device growth is in the area of wearable mobile devices (‘wearables’) and personal monitoring devices. Most, if not all of the major mobile hardware brands have launched a device in this wearable category, with new, more innovative applications entering the market all the time.
The Benefits of Wearable Mobile Devices in the Working Environment
CommonTime have been following this upward trend in wearable mobile devices for a while now. One of the areas that we’ve been monitoring particularly closely is the healthcare sector, where the benefits of this new wave in smart technology are particularly compelling. Low-powered Bluetooth . . . → Read More: 2015 – The Year Of Wearable Mobile Devices?
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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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…