Press Release – CommonTime Join The Socitm Public Sector Technology Community

CommonTime is delighted to announce their new status as official Gold Level Partner of Socitm. This announcement strengthens CommonTime’s commitment to being an authoritative and active voice for mobile technology within the public sector.

Socitm (the Society for IT Management), is the UK’s principal member-driven organisation for IT professionals within Local Government and the Public Sector. Socitm is playing a crucial supporting role in providing collaboration, digital transformation and consulting services to over 1,600 members in every major public sector organisation.

CommonTime feel that their wealth of expertise and experience of delivering enterprise mobile application solutions will align perfectly with Socitm’s vision of mobility within the public sector digital strategy plan. CommonTime look forward to being a proactive and credible partner to the Socitm membership.

David Harrison, Local Government Sector Manager at CommonTime, commented on the new partnership.

“Attaining Gold Partner status and working with the regional members . . . → Read More: Press Release – CommonTime Join The Socitm Public Sector Technology Community

Digital Skills for the Mobile Age

Application Developer, Mobile Phone Repairer, Social Media Specialist: three roles that exist in and are necessary for the world today, but were not around 20 years ago.

The ‘youth of today’ do not know a world where information is not at their fingertips; Google has revolutionised the research options available to everyone (possibly with detrimental effects, but that is another article!) and research now centres on using key words and the Internet. The world is infinitely smaller and data can be accessed at any time of the day from ‘anywhere’.

It is a fact that the generation of people who knew life without the Internet in the modern world is dwindling (rapidly), and the weight behind this statement creates the need for thorough preparation. The truth is that we do not know (or have not imagined) the new jobs that we need to train our children for, as these do . . . → Read More: Digital Skills for the Mobile Age

How mobile apps might, just might, save the NHS

Mobile apps could greatly benefit the NHS

Even for the NHS the numbers were staggering; an annual budget deficit of £822m for 2014, against the previous year’s deficit of £115m. This figure is put into even sharper focus with the fact that Trusts spent £1.8bn on contract and agency staff, more than double the amount planned!

It’s no secret to suggest that The NHS is under enormous pressure, with budgets squeezed and staff complaining they are over-worked and short of time. But, if there’s one area of the NHS that seems to hold no more scope for cost savings, it’s the people. It’s the doctors, the nurses and the carers. This is bourn out by the figure of £1.8m spent on temporary staff!

So, if the NHS can’t make savings on the people, then the other obvious area for potential cost savings are the processes; and this is . . . → Read More: How mobile apps might, just might, save the NHS

Thoughts From A Wearable Tech Addict.

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 that I . . . → Read More: Thoughts From A Wearable Tech Addict.

Has the (mobility) penny finally dropped in the B2E space?

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 ‘I want it to do . . . → Read More: Has the (mobility) penny finally dropped in the B2E space?

2015 – The Year Of Wearable Mobile Devices?

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 . . . → Read More: 2015 – The Year Of Wearable Mobile Devices?

Mobile Working For Procurement And Inventory Management

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

How To Improve The Accuracy Of Property Repair Estimates

Managing the maintenance of properties within your stock is a challenge for any RSL. Particularly Local Authorities, who have a significant stock of properties to maintain.

RSL’s are now facing new directives, limiting the amount they can charge for property repairs, maintenance or improvements. The Social Landlords Discretionary Reduction of Service Charges (England) Directions 2014 (or Florrie’s Law) has been brought in by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, after a 93-year-old constituent, Florence Bourne, was landed with a £50,000 bill by her local authority for roof repairs.

The problem arose because a local council had not conducted a survey prior to sending their repair quotation. It later transpired that the roof repair would not have been needed for another 40 years. . . . → Read More: How To Improve The Accuracy Of Property Repair Estimates

CommonTime Mobile Projects Update – August 2014

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

Apple and IBM’s Enterprise Mobility Partnership

Apple IBM Partnership

Yesterday saw the announcement of a strategic partnership between two tech giants, IBM and Apple, with the goal of creating a portfolio of enterprise mobile solutions.

Both companies have a strong foothold in the enterprise market: Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices are used in over 98% of Fortune 500 companies, and 92% of the Global 500 today. IBM are a well renowned expert in enterprise solutions and mobile, with their MobileFirst solutions made up of over 4,500 patents in mobile, social and security.

This wouldn’t be the first time a partnership like this has happened, IBM have previously engaged in similar relationships with BlackBerry and Palm in the past to provide enterprise mobile solutions. It seems however, like a move in the right direction for Apple, who in spite of a large enterprise user base, have not really positioned themselves as an enterprise orientated company. The partnership provides Apple . . . → Read More: Apple and IBM’s Enterprise Mobility Partnership