This is the first post in what (hopefully) will be the start of my regularly updated blog.
So. Many businesses still have legacy systems in place doing all kinds of things. Some are paper based, some are spreadsheet based, some even operate solely in the head of the shift manager. This is no good. In 2013 we should be able to do things smarter.
Most people have an idea what ‘mobile’ is. They have an iPhone and an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy, etc. and they know these devices have apps that can do various tasks. Most just use them for games, Facebook or browsing the web. That’s mobile computing.
Some smart businesses have started to realise that these small devices are extremely powerful in a business sense and they come to people like me to see how we can build a new system to replace an existing system in their business.
I’ll give you a recent, specific example from this industry where a mobile based system has been implemented and improved existing processes:
A major North Sea logistics company had a spreadsheet and e-mail based cargo management system. Their spreadsheets were massive, had to be maintained and accessed by numerous people and were extremely error prone. Headaches all round when something went wrong. They had an iPad based system built to replace this which has resulted in improved Health & Safety record keeping, happy clients, increased operational efficiency and now, a competitive edge.
I personally built and released under the GNU GPL v3, a system for staff timekeeping, which replaces logbooks/expensive fingerprint scanners/expensive key card systems with an app (for Android and iPad) and a web based admin service. Team Sheet is this service. Instead of relying on stacks of logbooks for timekeeping records or installing a massively expensive hardware based system, Team Sheet provides staff with a simple on-screen PIN sign in, takes their photograph for ID and presents them with the latest memos in a virtual staff noticeboard fashion.
We’re just scratching the surface of potential business uses for mobile technology. Backing up mobile with powerful cloud computing services from Google, Amazon, Heroku, Linode etc. we might actually be able to get business in this world running like clockwork.
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