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3 Tips to Save on Technology Costs

3 Tips to Save on Technology CostsCaution became a leading strategy of most businesses through the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses closely scrutinize spending and revise budget. Different countries are in various phases of reopening, and the economy of most of them is in a recession. Analyst firms expect tech spending to shrink 8-9%. According to Randy Potter, chief architect at global consulting firm Capgemini, over the last few months, companies have focused on how to optimize and cut technology costs. In this regard, we offer 3 tips for saving on technology costs.

Not in use? Cut it off

The way to operate has changed in many companies due to the transition to remote work, staff reductions, change of work approaches and more. Don’t be afraid to cut off all unnecessary and outdated services and apps. Also take time to highlight inefficient technology and refuse them. The market of modern technology is incredibly vast and you are able to find much more suitable solutions.

Turn to vendors

It’s in the vendor’s best interest to maintain a steady customer base in the market uncertainty. As technology customers tighten budgets and refuse some technological solutions, it will also negatively impact vendor revenue streams. This way, they can offer sales, deferment of payment, or any special offers. Contact your vendors to know the opportunities.

One for all

There are multifunctional technological solutions and sets which can replace a huge number of separate services and apps. It’s not just saving of the money but also additional flexibility and efficiency for work. The main point is to thoroughly choose a complex solution without a damage for any part work.

Real savings with Snappii

Snappii presents sets of apps for one low price to save your money and supply you with useful features for productive work. Daily reports, safety documentation, vehicle inspections, job estimates and more other categories. Most of the apps can be customized for your specific needs. Moreover, Snappii is the leader in development of powerful, multifunctional business apps. We create apps in weeks, not months. You will get a product, which contains a set of chosen features and meets all your requirements. Contact us today and receive real savings for your business.

The Way to Meet All Specific Requirements of Any Warehouse Business

The Way to Meet All Specific Requirements of Any Warehouse Business“Good, bad or indifferent, if you are not investing in new technology, you are going to be left behind.”

Philip Green

Don’t settle for generalized solutions

The most warehouse management apps have the same basic structure and features. Typically these apps meet general needs and help manage a business. However, in the modern competitive field, warehouse managers and owners should pay attention to advanced features as well as individualized solutions to suit specific needs.

It’s the time of affordable customization

Features that used to be considered “extra” and require long and expensive development are now becoming commonplace in a warehouse of any size. Such warehouse management apps could change a game, cut costs, save time and improve efficiency. They provide integration throughout the entire specific warehouse. This means everything from procurement to shipping are under constant control.

The best assistant to realize all your specific needs

Take some time to consider how your current system operates and which features you would add. It may be time for upgrade. Snappii will be happy to contribute to the success of your warehouse business. We are in the industry of multifunctional business apps for about 10 years and worked with such companies as NationaLease, Hyster, GE, Yale, Allianz, Coreslab and more. Snappii offers upscale and fast custom app development process. Thanks to advanced and powerful App Builder, the apps are made in weeks, not months! Our customers can be a part of the development process, and this contributes to 100% compliance with the requirements. Here are 2 case studies about the work with Snappii and how the tasks were achieved. Snappii provides unique functions and individual approach to specific activities. Your warehouse business is in safe hands and we are ready to listen and discuss all your requirements and ideas. Contact our support team at support@snappii.com or here.

 

How to Avoid Construction Litigation and Keep Successful Practice

How to Avoid Construction Litigation and Keep Successful PracticeConstruction industry often deals with claims and disputes. It’s a normal practice, which is usually resolved in a timely way. However there are more complicated, unresolved situations, and their consequences could lead to litigation. It provides a disastrous impact to the project and to the entire business. We offer some tips to avoid construction litigation and keep successful practice.

Pay attention to the contract

Frequently construction dispute starts with the construction contract. Make sure that contract is drawn up in a proper way, both sides agree to all points and the project team fully understanding it. The failure to understand the contract is the main source of arguments and litigation in the construction field.

Keep constant communication

Communication is key for successful construction project. Poor communication can result in mistakes, inconsistencies and botched project results. Moreover poor communication can lead to the injuries and incidents, which then turn into lawsuits from the team members (unfortunately, such cases are common in the construction litigation practice). Constant line of communication makes less opportunity for errors and helps keep all the workflow under strong control.

Optimize document management

All construction companies should think about their current document management system. Documentation is an important part of the project. When it’s crunch time, any necessary data should be easily accessible. If you can’t confirm something in time with the appropriate document, your claim is a lost cause. Organized data and document management system is a way to nip the litigation at the initial stage.

Put the tips into practice

The tips above can help with project efficiency and save you in a dispute scenario. And the best solution to put these tips into practice is mobile construction apps. Snappii has been working with construction industry for about 10 years and has studied the needs of modern construction companies quite well. Snappii’s construction apps are a combination of quality and availability. We cover such tasks as daily reporting, estimation, work assigning, tracking, inspections, data collection and storage, document management, etc. This way, we are able to be your helper in successful construction projects without litigations. Find the ready-made construction apps here and try them. Most of Snappii apps are customizable. Also we can create an app from scratch in accordance with your personal needs. Contact us and provide your requirements.

4 Features to Optimize Field Operations

4 Features to Optimize Field OperationsIf you want to achieve great customer experience, successful business development and high revenue, you need a field workforce that can quickly respond, and operate smoothly and without delay. Outdated or static tools and solutions lead to time wasting, high expenses and untimely operations. Modern mobile technology offers a functionality specifically to improve field productivity and meet all modern requirements. Special field service apps empower field workers to complete work efficiently and in time.

Field service apps as an essential pocket assistant

Constant communication, instant estimates, convenient data collection and processing, regular reporting and more. All these features make field service apps an essential tool for any field technician. Fortunately, mobile business app industry develops rapidly and can please us with new solutions quite often. Let’s consider some of them in this post.

Digital signature

If your company is dealing with various documents on a daily basis, digital signatures are a must-have. Thanks to digital signatures, documents can get signed off almost instantly, from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. The major benefits of this feature are the ability to make the workflow more optimized and secure. The use of digital signatures will also help to cut down expenses due to the reduction of paper and elimination of trips. Some modern field service apps offer the feature of digital signature, and this has a great response among the users.

Voice-to-text feature

With modern field service apps any technician can experience the benefits of cutting back on typing. Voice-to-text feature boosts the speed of text adding by nearly 4 times. Moreover, field workers are able to record any information with greater accuracy. No need to worry about typing mistakes and corrections. Voice-to-text feature is essential for operations with high risk and increased attention, as well as for the areas with special uniform. Special field service apps with such feature can be used by roofing specialists, various inspectors, construction staff, plumbers and more.

Automatic calculations

Some field service apps allow users to make automatic calculations. Thanks to this feature, field workers can be calm about the accuracy of various data and estimates. It is several times more convenient and agile than using a separate calculator. The feature of automatic calculations can be customized for specific operation.

PDF reports

One of the great benefits of field service apps is the ability to submit digital reports. Many companies have already enjoyed the pros of this opportunity. Read more about the benefits of reporting through mobile apps here. However, there is a more unique feature, which is able to provide even more advantages to modern businesses. Snappii offers a feature to generate the completed mobile forms into the PDF format report. This is the more professional-looking and convenient reporting process. Thanks to powerful Snappii Form Converter, our team can convert your existing forms to their mobile analogue and create a pre-made report template, which will meet the requirements of your company. All you need is just fill in the forms and click the button to generate the report. It will be generated instantly in the PDF file, which is looking exactly you need. The PDF files are easier to print and safer to store. This Snappii’s feature can raise your company to the next level and help win more business. Contact us to learn more and discuss this.

The Top Benefits of Digital Transformation and Mobile Business Apps

Mobile Business Apps

Our business life is dictated by the latest technologies. Dynamically developing industries require improvement of workflow process efficiency for field staff. Also they are searching for the opportunities to achieve competitive advantage by embracing the new digital tools. Special mobile apps offer the opportunity to revolutionize the operations completely and make business more demanded and attractive. We’ve identified some benefits of digital transformation and optimization of business.

Increase business agility

Most companies have malleable processes and field staff should operate on the go. This is primarily associated with data work. Mobile business apps allow workers to make various manipulations with different data using a smartphone or tablet. Increase of business agility can contribute to its better productivity.

Streamline data entry and improve its accuracy

Mobile business apps and mobile forms reduce errors and omissions during data collection. Instead of unreliable paper forms and hand-writing, mobile forms contain pre-made fields, formulas, and layouts to ensure an efficient and accurate data capture process in a few clicks. Mobile apps contribute to more accurate and timely data.

Centralize and optimize data storage

Ensuring data security, safe storage, and availability is vital for every organization in the current regulatory environment. Outdated or insecure systems can lead to data loss and damage. Mobile business apps allow users to safely store various data right on mobile devices and have constant access. Any report or document can be presented when necessary. No need to contain and maintain file cabinets.

Automate notifications

Leverage push notifications in the workflow to improve operational efficiency and customer service. Mobile business apps allow managers to notify field staff about any changes, emergencies, etc. It’s the most convenient and streamlined way. Avoid extra work, delays, mistakes and more with instant push notifications.

This is just a part of the benefits of mobile business apps. Any business can get even more advantages. Snappii is a top provider of custom mobile solutions for various industries. We offer a set of powerful and multifunctional ready-made apps. Most of them are customizable to any specific needs. Get the full range of benefits right today. Visit the app gallery. Also Snappii is able to create a custom app from scratch according to your personal requirements. Just send them to us and get a free quote.

The Major Pitfalls to Avoid in Enterprise Mobile Apps

The Major Pitfalls to Avoid in Enterprise Mobile AppsIn the past years, businesses and individual specialists have been successfully adopting mobile technologies. Mobile apps are now a part of everyday personal as well as business life. Every enterprise is trying to mobilize their existing systems, employees and activities to amplify their efficiency, cut expenses, generate more revenue and grow the business. To give mobile enterprise apps the best chance of success, there are major pitfalls to avoid.

Understanding the app users

One of the fundamental error businesses make is the implementation of the app without talking to the people who will use it.  Today there are enterprise apps with significant narrow focus. It is essential to observe all the details for maximum benefit. Before starting to create an app, businesses should ask the employees “What’s the right app for this field of activity? What tasks it should solve and what improvements and simplifications it should bring “, reproduce the work plan taking into account the use of the app Companies must avoid the assumption that they know what is needed and enter into the dialogue with their employees, they know their own needs best.

The app UX

The underlying concept of a mobile app is different from a desktop app. User interface and navigation of any enterprise app should be worked out in this regard. Frequently such apps are used in the field. The interface must be simpler and more user-friendly. It is necessary to pay attention to such features as voice-to-text and autofilling. A lot of technical aspects of the applications should be taken into account. Maximiliano Firtman, director of training firm ITMaster and author of books about app development, notes an example. When you press the home button on the phone, your previous app stops. If an app needs to do something continuously, like monitor a GPS position, it has to create a background process. But background processes can burn through power. And you want your users to have a phone with battery life that lasts the whole day. This way businesses should beware of background processes.

Security

When it comes to security, unfortunately all enterprise apps are at risk. Nonetheless there some areas to focus on to avoid the most common security failures. Mobile security starts with the device itself.  iOS and Android operating systems require a separate approach for hardening the device. Learn the security features of your device based on this. However simply controlling the mobile device itself doesn’t protect the data that the device accesses, transmits and stores. Also you should pay attention to the security of wireless communications, the data center and cloud services. A comprehensive approach to mobile enterprise app security is required.

Avoid all pitfalls with Snappii

Snappii is a leading mobile business app development company. About 500,000 people use Snappii business apps in 30+ industries around the world. We’ve helped thousands of enterprises to optimize, accelerate and simplify usual work processes. Thanks to considerable experience, we will help you to avoid pitfalls and save your money on creating the app. Our Snappii support team is always available to consult and guide your ideas to maximum profitability. Get your enterprise app in weeks, not months and start getting significant benefits.

Mobile App Industry Trends for 2020. What to Bring to the Attention

Mobile app industry is one of the leading fields that is growing at the fastest pace. Apps are expected to generate $189 Billion US dollars in revenue by 2020, according to Statista. The trends are structured around the automation of more various tasks and processes to let people develop businesses instead of performing routine daily operations.

Artificial Intelligence

One of the top trends in 2020 is AI-powered solutions. It significantly impacts daily business life and creates new opportunities to accelerate operations, increase accuracy, identify and prevent risks, improve the customer experience and more. According to Statista, by the year 2025, the global market for Artificial Intelligence will exceed $89 billion. AI solutions help gear up and understand the users’ engagement, foresee their needs and simplify their experience as much as possible.

Programmers and developers assemble, arrange and mass the data to feed it in the machine learning algorithm. Using AI technology, Snappii, an innovator and perceptible stakeholder of the business app market, has turned the app creation into the process of several clicks and choices. And nowadays anyone can become a developer of a complete mobile app.

Augmented Reality

People have long been using the Augmented Reality apps for fun, such as playing games, creating 3D pictures and videos and so on. However now Augmented Reality offers a relatively new direction and unleashes a completely new world of possibilities to business. Many industries can leverage AR apps’ benefits to provide something unique and more advanced to their customers. For example, real estate sector. The app with AR technology can give real-time open house experience to the customers right on their smartphone.

Voice search and voice to text

A voice has become a tool of searching, purchasing, managing devices and more. The voice technology brings the new opportunities to businesses, significantly accelerates and automates processes. We think that this trend will receive even greater development and demand the next year. Voice-to-text feature provides special benefits for industries with physical work at the jobsites, such as construction. Snappii Construction Daily Log app already offers this. Field employees usually don’t have the opportunity to fill out paper documents. With this app, all you need is just hit the mic and speak into it. It translates your voice into text and fills out the fields.

Snappii innovations

Mobile apps are a competitive space. To make mobile app development successful it is important to keep yourself updated with the latest trends and technologies. Snappii is proud to be ranked one of the Top iOS App Development Companies. Techreviewer, a research and analytics platform, has published a list, where Snappii is numbered 17 in the top 60. We do not stop there and constantly continue to develop and promote new unique mobile solutions for businesses. Our top recent innovations are Precast Erectors Planner app and In Home Care Providers app. This way, Snappii covers various industries. Moreover, the most anticipated solution will be released soon. Anyone will be able to convert their forms to mobile forms right in a Snappii Mobile Forms app in a few clicks. We invite you to develop and achieve greater success with Snappii in 2020.

OSHA Violations: How to Avoid the Accusations

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 and companies must be in compliance of its safety standards to this day. Failing to be in compliance and violating these standards can be very costly to both the lives of employees and the business itself. And the question is who’s to blame for OSHA violations, employer or employee?

Forewarned is forearmed: protect employees and your business

In an interview with NBC2 News last month, safety director of Crown Roofing, a Florida company specializing in new construction, re-roof, maintenance and roof service (the firm has contested more than $500,000 in fines), said the incidents occurred because some employees were not obeying company safety rules. Sometimes even if a contractor has trained its employees on safety rules a few workers may simply refuse to follow procedures. Anyway, employers need to make sure they make some basic measures to protect their employees and their business.

– First of all, any employer should provide employees with a written policy of general safety rules and procedures as well as violation consequences. Forewarned is forearmed and this works for both sides.

– If employees have a full understanding of the tools, equipment, substances they may be working with and of the emergency behavior, the chances of accidents will decrease. Regular reminders and training and their reporting will protect employees from injuries as well as protect businesses from violations and fines.

– Employers should pay special attention to a system of verifying that the rules are being enforced. This is usually accomplished by visual observations, timely documentation of any violations and punishment. It’s extremely important to discipline the person who was committing the violation by special measures.

Smart assistant in your pocket

To successfully implement all the measures above, businesses need a tool for optimization, inspection and reporting. Special mobile apps are the best assistant, which allow users to communicate, track, collect data, process it, generate reports, send and store them anytime and anywhere.

Snappii, a mobile business app provider, have helped thousands of companies in such industries as construction, field service, warehousing, transportation, logistics, fire safety, fleet management and more. We try to focus on the most required operations and help specialists improve and optimize them. OSHA case reporting mobile app is designed for individuals to instantly report any violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations right on the spot. It can help employers save their business and streamline workforce management. Snappii team is able to modify OSHA case reporting app for any specific needs. For example, you can use your existing forms right in this app. We will convert them and make necessary changes. Just contact us to discuss.

The maximum citation for serious safety hazards is $12,471 per violation. It’s beneficial both in terms of employee health, and business finances and legal security to stay up to date on OSHA safety standards and make efforts to identify and negate possible safety hazards. Employers can find more useful information about OSHA regulations and get a consultation here.

Build or Buy Mobile Business App: How to Make a Choice

Mobile apps are the centerpiece of most modern businesses. But there is a common dilemma: should you build them or buy. More precisely, build mobile app from scratch, using special online platforms, or hire software developers to build a custom solution and get a ready-to-use product.

Trust but check

Custom app development companies offer ‘packaged solutions’ that address specific industry and business needs. Among the benefits are

– speed,

– high quality,

– ready to deploy,

– integration with different systems,

– and some other.

However, there are some cons. For example, difficulty in finding skilled mobile developers is the top roadblock to releasing enterprise apps in a timely manner, according to a 2014 report by Appcelerator and research firm IDC. And even if you manage to find such a developer, custom app creation will cost you a substantial amount of money.

You can do it. But are you ready?

Thanks to modern online app creation platforms, it does not necessarily mean becoming a code master to build an app yourself. With a bit of efforts and time almost anyone could create a complicated app for the most demanding client. Special no code app building platforms offer a ton of pre-made features and templates to meet the needs of any industry. Their advantages speak for themselves:

– 100% matching needs,

– cost-effectiveness,

– confidence in the result,

– no need to interact with hired developers,

– and more.

Unfortunately, there are several negative points of this approach. Sometimes app creation may require too much time. Not everyone is ready to postpone tasks and start building the app, even despite a simplicity of the process. The platform may not have the functions you need, and it can require ordering of additional options.

The question is – should you order custom app creation or build the app yourself? Our answer is not unequivocal. At Snappii we offer both custom business app development and the codeless platform to create the apps yourself. First of all you should analyze your needs and opportunities.

Before you make a choice

If you need rather a simple app, based on work with data, you definitely should try to create it yourself. Snappii provides powerful Mobile Form Converter to transfer your PDF forms to their mobile analogues. You just download Snappii Mobile Forms app and are able to use your converted forms and some features like instant generation of reports, their storage and emailing, autofilling and more.

For more complex apps, we offer custom app development. At Snappii, it’s absolutely affordable and requires weeks not months. Anyone has an opportunity to get custom business app without breaking the bank. Your iOS and Android apps are designed, built, fully tested, and prepared for release to the app store. Our team works closely with you and meets all your needs and ideas.

Nowadays business apps are not a matter of choice, it’s an essential tool of any successful business. However, you can choose the way of getting a mobile solution. And whatever you decide, Snappii is happy to support you.

How Field Service Companies Can Optimize Profit Management

If you provide any service, you have to deal with the cash flow. Modern mobile solutions can help you optimize profit management. Invoicing, work assigning, estimation, scheduling and more, all these activities can be done with a proper mobile app. Such business app will allow your daily operations to run without interruption and get a stable flow of profits. Let’s consider it in more detail.

Instant and accurate estimation and bidding

Workers receive requests for a new job and should transfer them to the office for processing. It takes time, and time is money. Estimating and bidding app allows any worker to contact sales or management department lightning fast, provide all necessary details and instantly get estimates and invoices. Accurate and fast organization eliminates delays and streamlines the process. Also it affects the positive image of your business and contributes to the service promotion.

Optimized workforce and profit management

Estimating and bidding apps are also a useful tool for sales and management departments. They can manage profit flow and workforce, making instant timely estimates, knowing who created the quote, tracking the progress of work and possible order and payment changes. The apps allow specialists to keep all the business under constant control without extra efforts and costs. Moreover, estimating and bidding apps are able to optimize reporting. It is the most convenient, flexible and safely way to keep all reporting data, which is always available and at hand.

Streamline on-site operations with Construction Estimator and Bidding app

Snappii, a mobile business app development company, helps improve daily business operations of various services and companies from different industries. Estimation, invoicing and bidding are among the main processes Snappii tries to streamline. For example, we have designed the all-in-one Construction Estimator and Bidding app to quickly create on-site estimates for construction and repair projects. The app allows users to quantify material, labor and other costs needed to complete a construction project. Also users can do all the calculations right in the app. Completed estimate forms can be sent to the customer and manager as PDFs. Construction Estimator and Bidding app is 100% customizable as all Snappii apps. You send us your requirements and we discuss app customization to meet all your specific needs.

Create mobile app for estimation and invoicing in a snap

Some time ago, Snappii decided to empower a common person in mobile technology and provide people an opportunity to generate mobile apps on a base of digital forms themselves. Now anyone even without special tech skills can create mobile form apps. There are some easy steps: to pick a form template or upload your own existing PDF form or report, drag and drop necessary fields to the form, download Snappii Mobile Forms app to preview the form and start using it. It has never been so easy. Snappii offers pre-made estimate and invoice mobile forms to immediately fill them out. What takes 2-3 hours each day now can be done in several minutes.

“I get a new form up and running in no time and it saves us hundreds of man hours when it comes time to audit our safety program.” Curtis Hrdlicka, GLV Travellers

“Thanks to Snappii, we moved away from paper forms and are quite pleased with the result. Now it literally takes a few minutes to fill out the report, sign and send it.” Steven Koski, Harold Brothers Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Join Snappii successful customers right now. Have any questions? Contact us at support@snappii.com.

Mobile Solutions for Field Service Companies: a Step to Grow the Business

Field service organizations are constantly searching for ways to make their staff more efficient, provide better service to their customers and increase profits. This way, they have begun to recognize the importance of integrating mobility solutions into their workflow. Mobility allows field-based companies, such as HVAC, construction, utility, plumbing, property management, etc. to improve communications and provide accurate, timely data and fast response. Moreover, mobile technology enables extending work with data beyond the confinement of the office.

Optimization of communication and work with data

Lack of real-time information is one of the main issues, modern field service organizations face with. Task assigning, reporting of their statuses and any troubles, various assignments and changes need a constant link between the field and management department. Mobile technology provides constant communication as well as the optimization of the data transfer. Modern field service mobile apps allow users to assign tasks, collect data, generate various reports and more right on a smartphone from anywhere. All data can be synced and instantly shared. It contributes to the timely, accurate and current data, and consequently influences the whole workflow and its productivity.

Equipment maintenance and inspections on a smartphone

Various equipment is a part of daily operations of field service organizations. Its proper working condition needs constant maintenance. Special field service mobile apps allows workers to conduct fast and convenient equipment inspections right at the jobsite. Instant getting and orderly storage of inspection data contribute to the streamlined and safety workflow.

Customer confidence and growth

Customer demand and expectation makes the future of your company. Due to field service mobile apps, workers have the ability to respond to assigned tasks promptly, solve issues and perform tasks on time. These significantly improve the customer experience and satisfaction. The technicians with mobile devices and special smart software are viewed as more professional and reliable by customers. This way, besides the ability to improve and optimize various work activities, field service mobile apps contribute to attraction of more customers and, consequently, increase of the revenue.

Start the growth with Snappii

Technology is imperative for companies to develop and rise their success. Snappii, a mobile business app development company, offers the foundation for growth to any field service businesses. We provide powerful and multifunctional mobile solutions for different field service businesses. Contact us before adopting a field service mobility solution for your organization, and we will advise the best way specifically for your organization. You can start from our ready-made solutions and request their customization if necessary, or we will create your personal field service mobile app from scratch.

This is an example of tasks Snappii works with

Vision Elevators is one of our successful customers. Here are the main business reasons they needed to address:

  1. To collect better information from customer sites so that more proactive maintenance services could be offered to clients
  2. Timesheets to keep the employees honest

You can find more information about this project here.

Snappii provides the final product in weeks, not months. We save your time and money. Start getting efficient from each work operation.


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