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Snappii Featured as a Leading Development Company in Boston

Snappii was highlighted as a top mobile app development company by Clutch in an annual report listing the top agencies and developers in Boston.

Snappii Featured as a Leading Development Company in Boston

 

Last week, Clutch, a B2B research, ratings, and reviews firm based in Washington, DC, released their annual report of the top agencies and developers in Boston. The top-performing companies featured in the report were evaluated on their market presence, work quality, services offered, and client feedback.

“As a Boston-area company, we’re proud to be featured in Clutch’s report. This year, Clutch has acknowledged us among the Top Mobile App Developers in Boston and the Top iPhone App Developers in Boston. Our team is fully dedicated to our clients, providing full support and mobile app development to thousands of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies,” says Alex Bakman, Snappii CEO.

5-star review

 

He also notices: “With our record of success in the development space, it’s no surprise that our Clutch profile only features 5-star reviews from our clients. Our most recent five-star reviewer had the following feedback to share regarding their experience working with us:

“Snappii stood up to their end of the bargain. I think they ended up having to do a lot more work than they thought they were going to for this project, but they stood up to what they said they were going to do. The communication was clear, and flowed well both ways.”

We’re excited to be featured as a top development company in Boston on Clutch. We look forward to increasing our Clutch presence and to being included in their list again next year!”

6 Advantages of Shifting from Paper to Mobile Forms

Today mobile solutions have become an increasingly popular method of data collection. This demand rises due to convenient mobile forms being right on a mobile device and an opportunity to fill them out anywhere. The main benefit is that these mobile forms can save hours of travel and tedious data entry and accelerate the workflow. However let’s consider other advantages which mobile forms can offer to optimize the modern business.

Reduction of operational costs

Mobile forms usage can help your business reduce costs. You don’t need to spend money on driving to the office to deliver the data. Paperless process allows you to save the environment, extra money on paper, stationery and storage spaces.

Better organization of work with data

Make your data cleaner and eliminate typos and other manual data entry errors. Also mobile forms are available 24/7 and can be conveniently stored in the digital format at any mobile device. You will not miss your documentation and will legally protect your company.

More portability for work in the field

Mobile forms provide more portability to the field specialists. Laptops are bulky and need special programs and applications, which can be rather hard for non-technical people. Mobile forms are such simple in use as the paper ones and are available for any employee with no special skills in technologies.

Fast professional reporting

Mobile forms allow you to collect higher quality field data including photos, signatures, locations, audio and video files. This information can be used to complete larger reports and contribute to the optimization of work. Employees are in constant communication and can instantly sync data.

Mobile forms ensure generation of the reports at your mobile devices. Business app development companies like Snappii offer full-fledged form apps for processing, analyzing the data, creation of professional reports and their sending via email or any other way.

The unique feature: digitize your existing forms in a few clicks

There is one more advantage only from Snappii. Snappii provides its users a unique solution to convert their existing PDF forms into digital format. You can continue to utilize your customary forms right at your smartphone or tablet. It’s such a simple process that anyone can do it in a few clicks without special skills and efforts.

More effective management

Making the step to mobile data collection can open up a world of more effective management. Mobile forms provide the opportunity to constant track the work and make the right decisions in time. For example, mobile forms are actively used as daily logs and reports. Employees instantly fill in the necessary data about their work and share it, and this leads to better operation of the whole company and its optimization.

Raise the efficiency of your work with Snappii

Implement mobile forms in your business and you will reveal even more benefits. Snappii team is always pleased to help with creation of mobile forms and form apps. Just send us your files, requirements and any comments and make the most of the modern mobile features. Let’s make a step into a more productive future.

Top Mobile Inspection Apps Required By Work in the Field

Regardless of the industry, the market and the type of work, inspection is an activity that’s always going to exist. It is a pledge, that a good or service delivers on its promises to the customers. Businesses always consider inspections as a paramount process and look at the ways to improve it. Modern mobile technologies seriously boost the inspections due to the flexibility, speed and simplification, which they provide to the specialists.

Save time and increase productivity with inspection apps

Snappii, a leading mobile business apps company, has been specializing in mobile inspection apps for various industries for about 10 years. Streamlining inspection process and organizing the data in the field help companies significantly save time and costs, and also increase productivity. These are the main priorities of Snappii operation. Here are the top inspection apps you can find and try in our gallery.

Inspect anything

Inspect Anything is the major app for different inspections in various industries. It is the perfect tool to simplify the process of capturing data in the field. Ready-made fields allow users just to add necessary data, including photos, locations, audio and video files, in a few clicks. Moreover, this inspection app offers to generate the full-length reports. PDF and/or Excel inspection reports can be emailed to the managers or any other employees. Created reports are stored locally on the device and are available for sharing or printing. You can be sure that your data is not getting lost and/or damaged. No more delays caused by writing and driving to the office for data processing.

Inspect Anything app

Enhance the building inspection process

This app is ideal to perform different inspections of buildings and property. Fire prevention, safety, maintenance, storage, occupancy, etc. Universal Building Inspection app covers both exterior and interior building inspections, including heating and electrical systems, and helps to ensure that building systems are in a fair condition. Users can visualize inspections on a map, save and email them. Universal Building Inspection app can become an indispensable tool to help you keep professional inspections, prioritize repairs and anticipate major replacements.

Universal Building Inspection app

Top priority at the workplace

Safety is always at the first place. The majority of worksite injuries and deaths can be reduced by constant workplace safety inspections. Workplace Safety Inspection app allows users to inspect working environment including surrounding appliances, medical service, environment control, fire protection and more. Capture the data, accurate GPS locations and photos, save inspections as PDF files and share them via email and cloud drives. This inspection app offers reliable data storage and gives access to it at any time.

Workplace Safety Inspection app

Ensure a long and safe exploitation of heavy equipment

Employees maintain heavy machinery in a proper order by conducting constant inspections. Heavy Equipment Inspection app allows performing the inspections without having to drag a laptop and camera. With this app, you can inspect excavators, trucks, tractors, cranes, elevators and loaders on the go. Besides the general form of each inspection type, there are also cab form, engine form, hydraulics form, bucket form, functional test form, tools form, U/C form and problems/ repairs forms, etc. As soon as the inspection form is completed, it gets saved locally on the device and PDF/Excel files are generated. Heavy Equipment Inspection app also ensures safe exploitation and constant reporting.

Heavy Equipment Inspection app

The most attractive feature of Snappii inspection apps is their customization. Any app can be supplemented by your own forms or any functions. Just contact out team or send your forms and requirements.

Raise your Field Productivity in a Few Clicks

You have spent much time gathering the data at the jobsite but now you need to process and report this data by the end of your workday. It seems to end up with another overtime for you. As a result, both your working and personal life suffer and your efficiency falls. This is a typical situation for many employees, especially for different inspectors, who deal with data and its collection in the field. Below we offer you a way to avoid this, make your work in time and keep your efficiency at the highest level.

Your organization probably uses paper-based forms to collect the data. Each day you fill in a whole bunch of forms and drive them to the office. Thanks to modern mobile solutions, you can eliminate paper-based forms and avoid physically delivering them to the office, which will save you several hours at least.

Meet the new format of your documentation

Mobile forms and mobile form apps allow users to capture the information and fill in multiple forms right at their smartphones or tablets anywhere. Moreover, you can add pictures, locations, audio and even video files. Your forms will never be messed up and lost and you will have constant access to them anywhere and anytime. Special mobile form apps give a great opportunity to process collected data and create instant reports. Filled in mobile forms are generated into PDFs and can be sent via email or other way.

Snappii has been specializing at mobile forms and mobile form apps for several years and offers powerful and unique mobile forms solutions to the companies of different size and type. Among our clients are huge construction corporations and mid-size private businesses. We continue to improve our Mobile Form Editor and provide the products of a highest quality. Here are the solutions Snappii can offer today.

Mobile form app in a few clicks

Snappii offers a visual, ultra-fast and no-code Form Editor. Any user can generate a mobile form, adding necessary fields. Drag-and-drop principle makes the editor available for anyone, even without any technical skills. There are ready-made templates of our most popular apps to make the creation process extremely easy and quick. Snappii Form Editor solution has tooltips to help along. If all else fails, Snappii support is just a click away.

One of the unique solutions of the editor is a conversion of existing PDF forms into mobile form apps. By simply loading existing PDF forms into the Snappii Form Editor, PDF files become powerful mobile forms which can be extended into the form app. Snappii provides a free trial for its users and a detailed user manual helping to create mobile apps.

Snappii’s revolutionary solution removes all the barriers for organizations to replace paper forms with mobile form apps. Try Snappii Form Editor yourself or let us do it for you. You can send your requirements and attach files.

Say good-bye to lost paperwork, or inaccurate data. Snappii mobile form apps will help you not just replace paperwork but improve your efficiency, mobilize business and take it to the next level.

Take Your Customer Experience to the next Level

I had a favorite pet store that I frequented to buy my dog food once. The pet store had a punch-card system where if you bought the same food a certain amount of times in a row, you would get a free bag of food after the tenth bag. I’m all for free stuff, so I signed up for it.

The problem was with the way they kept up with it. Whenever I would purchase something at the store, they would pull out a folder overflowing with papers. They would fish around for my name for a few minutes, until they found my specific card, which they then had to sign and stuff it back in the folder.

Not only was it hard for them to maintain, it wasn’t accurate – I never did get to that free eleventh bag.

Back when software was hard to create, this was more acceptable. Phones barely had enough memory to hold a few phone numbers, and developing a software for something like a punch-card system was unheard of.

Times are different. In our modern age, technology is there for us to use – so long as you know how to use it.

Snappii is an app company that has revolutionized the way apps are made in today’s fast paced business world. By developing a platform to create apps, Snappii is able to push out apps much faster, cheaper and efficiently than most other brands out there. With features that include unlimited prototyping, all of the most popular app functions and even HTML5, Snappii might surprise you with what it can do. Contact one of our sales associates today for a quote.

Templates are the bread and butter of Snappii’s DIY platform. And we have some for almost every occasion. If you’re a retail store that is looking to make things a bit more efficient, check out these templates:

Product Catalog

Just like the last app, this one also benefits as a sort of medium between you and your potential customers. Product Catalogs, however, tend to be more on the informative side rather than the persuasive one. If your a company that sells heavy machinery, for example, the product catalog can offer a clean and accessible way for your sales associates to pull up pictures and details about your products. Just by having an app at all you increase your chances of eyeballs on your brand, so it could be an extremely profitable decision for some business owners.

Supermarket

This would have been great for that pet food store I was talking about. The Supermarket template allows you to put your catalog up for sale within the app. Aside from acting as another form of marketing through sending customers exclusive coupons, it also gives customers some additional freedoms that wouldn’t be possible without a mobile app. Customers can pay before-hand and then come pick up their goods when they’re available. Customers can also check if you have an item, and if not, when you will have it.

But most importantly, it gives you a way to communicate with your customers. If a customer notices a problem within the store, the app can act as a way for them to contact the store via a forum. Placing questions in a forum allows others to comment on it, which will give you a sense on the areas that could use work throughout your store.

Most of these apps will be pre-customized so that you can start using them right away. That said, we know a lot of businesses can differ even if they’re in the same sector, so we also give the user access to the app editor so they can customize things themselves. For more information on our form editor, sign up with Snappii and check out the “My Account” page.

Snappii is constantly looking to improve it’s…well…everything. If you have any suggestions for improvements you’d like to see in the site, platform, or anywhere else, let us know.

An Inspection App That Can Do (Almost) Anything

There are very few jobs where paper is absolutely necessary anymore. Think about it – when was the last time you had to use a paper form. If it was for your entry documents at a hospital, this form could have easily been converted into an iPad app to give  to clients as they come in. For Construction, daily logs and checklists run rampant through most companies. These forms then have to be carried to main offices and entered in manually. Even inspections could benefit greatly from adopting an app into their ecosystem –  apps could make a typical job up to 44% shorter in this industry, and they are still under utilized.

At times, it’s hard for me to believe that there are still employees out there who are completing their daily tasks on the same ole pen and paper that they’ve been using for decades and I can only imagine the younger employees faces as they fill out the same box, the same way, for the thousandth time that week.

Apps are not a revolutionary or new technology – in fact, apps have been used since early 2010 to facilitate all types of jobs in the work place that would normally require a Telxon, or a mini computer, to use. With the advent of smartphones, the computers are now in everyone’s pockets before you even hire them. When we combine that with an infrastructure to create apps – personal ones that are catered specifically to your business, we can cut excess workloads and reallocate resources elsewhere.

Snappii, a mobile app development company, aims to do just that with it’s intuitive platform. By utilizing the platform, app developers can produce apps at lightning fast speeds for significantly less than the cost of building a native app. There’s many reasons for this, but the first one is the basis of the entire operation.

Easy and Versatile

Our Snappii editor has two distinct ways to operate it. Both are useful in their own way, and ultimately are there to cater to varying skill levels. Even if you’ve never programmed anything before, the Snappii editor will ensure your success through a series of tutorials, on top of the visual interface used to actually create the apps.

The two modes in the Snappii editor are the Express and Guru modes. Express is the more simple version of the editor, which enables the user with a fully visual interface. Simply click the “Add Widget” button towards the bottom of the screen, and a widget catalog will populate the screen. The widget catalog is filled with all sorts of combinations of app features, so exploring them might be the best way to learn more about them.

While Guru is similar in the sense that it is also visual, it is slightly harder to use because of the amount of options you have to customize it. These can range from connecting ODBC connectors to simply adding a calculation to a certain part of a form.

That’s great and all, but what about inspections?

Inspections are one of the industries that Snappii works with constantly. Everyday I’m surprised by the amount of people that, in 2017, are still using paper and pen to complete these reports. For starters, paper is easy to destroy. When transporting paper around from city to city, anything can mess up the data on it. There’s also the idea of entering in the data twice. In a traditional paper and pen setting, information has to be written down, processed, and then sent to the main office so that they can finish the entry.

By using an app, though, both of those problems become null instantly. Apps have the digital advantage of being able to sent through email, so the second the information is sent, it is updated against the back-end database. Similarly, the accuracy of information is significantly better. WIth no smudges or tears to ruin your paper, apps can get the job done instantly rather than driving it from place to place.

My company is special, and so are our forms

At Snappii, we understand that different companies have different standards for their inspections – it’s what makes them unique and different. In light of that, recreating your form on the Snappii editor is something that anyone can do, programmer or not.

In cases where individuals want us to create a custom form for them, the Snappii team only needs the PDF that your company already uses. Any high-quality copy will do, and will be used in the app as the template that the information from the mobile form is entered into.

 

Snappii is a leading competitor in the app-creation sphere. With thousands of apps under our belt, and a deep understanding of both small and big businesses, we’re confident that we can create an app that will make your entire day easier, and hopefully, shorter.

 

To check out our editor, visit www.snappii.com

Construction Apps Will Save You Time

 

In the world of construction, documents are everything. Technology is being further integrated into the construction industry, and it’s important to document not only all the safety regulations, procedures and actions that must take place, but the equipment that is being used to carry out those procedures as well. We can take it one step further and wager that you’re looking to keep track of your employees time-cards as well.

While some of these processes may be automatic, the majority of them require user input to function correctly. Even an app won’t get around the fact that some human interaction is necessary. In the past, paper forms would get filled out by the workers, which in turn get inputted into spreadsheets on a computer so that they can be archived. By using a mobile app, however, the worker can take out the middle man and send reports directly to the main computer to be archived. Normally, mobile apps would cost a fortune.  But, by using a DIY app builder like Snappii, you can make a mobile form that resembles the form you already use in a matter of minutes. Try it out today!

That said, how does a mobile app help to alleviate the pressures of documenting everything while on the job?

Increased Complexity = Increased Functionality

Today’s construction projects are becoming more complex. Contractors and individuals are spread across multiple locations, and communicating between all of them can become difficult. Documents go through multiple people, all ending up on a desk where it needs to be processed and filed. And with the advent of the internet, stakeholders have expectations for information to be available whenever.

These requirements can be difficult to reach on a consistent basis without the aid of some type of software. Companies tend to lean in the direction of making their own software to handle documents, but this becomes problematic if a company has to exchanges documents with another entity also working on the same project. It also involves a lot of paper, which is easy to misplace or damage.

The best part about mobile apps is that they are malleable. As your business grows, you can expect your processes to become more time-sensitive and difficult. Mobile apps made on DIY editors allow you to constantly update and add functionality without paying programmers to come and tinker with it. As mobile app editors become more powerful, new features can be added with just the click of a button, making mobile apps far more intuitive than software that would have to be redesigned over and over.

How else can a mobile app help?

Many companies use document management software in order to manage all of their documents, and to keep them universally available. Document managers can be accessed from businesses via a cloud service, so location does not matter. And because the structure is already predefined in the document manager itself, there’s little room for error.

While it does work well, the cost associated with buying multiple licenses in order to use the software among all employees can be crippling for some companies. Mobile apps also provide the same universal structure for documents for a much cheaper cost – and you don’t have to give up convenience.

The biggest benefit a mobile app can provide is that the hardware to use the program is already in the pockets of most of your construction workers. They simply have to download the app, input their credentials, and a personalized view of the app will guide them through whatever processes they need to perform. These can be anything from filling out a mobile form, to checking what the weather will be like next Tuesday. Mobile apps eliminate the bridge of communication that companies have to cross by connecting every worker to the same system.

Mobile apps can get expensive quickly. Hiring a team of coders and programmers can not only be a logistical nightmare, it’s also going to break the bank. Snappii, a powerful DIY app editor, enables even anyone to create their own app from scratch with zero coding experience. One app can effectively replace all your paper forms, and add the functionality that you need to complete the long, difficult construction projects.

Try out Snappii today with a free trial, and see why how we’re making the construction world safer, and more efficient.

Apps Will Make Your Job Easier

Construction workers have, for a long time, been deemed high-risk workers due to the conditions of the environment that they spend the majority of their time in. With the average construction worker working around 9-hours a day, mental impairment from focusing on the job for so long has become a sort of unspoken norm within the industry. Muscular/skeletal dis-trophy is also prevalent among construction workers, as a Harvard study stated over 50% of construction workers will experience crippling back-pain at some point throughout their career. Suicide rates among construction workers are also extremely high, which could also play into the mental distress that these workers have to endure on a daily basis.

But what does this have to do with apps? While apps will not save a construction worker from back-pain, it may ease the mental burden of having to do reports at the end of the day. These reports could take up to a few hours depending on the work that was completed. And let’s face it, after a long day of lifting, carrying, walking, and fearing for your life, being able to do the final part of your job in a couple of minutes could do wonders on one’s mental health.

Snappii is to the app world what construction is to the architecture world. We are a company specifically devoted to bringing to life the apps that have been tucked away in your head for years. By utilizing an app for the job, one can eliminate a lot of the leg-work that takes place at the end of the day with regards to filling out forms and logs about the days work. There are a few ways that Snappii aims to do this, and none of them require more than a few minutes of your time. When you’re nearing the end of your work day, a few minutes can feel like a lifetime, and we understand that.

So how can Snappii help?

No more paper!

Paper has been a thorn in the construction industries side for years. While effective and portable, it’s also fragile and easy to lose. In a world with dirt flying around in every which way, and power tools cranking their motors literally all day, paper is just susceptible to too many of the climates harsh circumstances.

Apps can be downloaded on the device that most of your employees already own and use on the daily – their phones. Utilizing the technology of mobile apps, a worker can pull their phone out and press a few buttons to get into their forms. Once they’ve made it to the form, there’s a few options that the admin can chose for the workers to complete the form.

The most popular one is voice notes. Voice notes allow the user to simply dictate rather than having to type in all the information for the report. Naturally, the forms are digital, so these voice notes will get emailed as an attachment to the receiver. This alone can take hours out of your log-time at the end of the day, and coupled with other shortcuts like radio buttons and drop-down menu’s, the possibilities are endless.

Have your forms anytime, anywhere

Digital means portable. Instead of having to carry around a portfolio of different forms that you may or may not use, your smartphone can carry all of them at once. If you ever need to add more templates, it’s as easy as going on to the website and creating a new form, then adding it to your account. If that doesn’t sound like something that would be easy, you can always call our team to create the necessary form for you for much less than you think it would cost.

On top of that, if you ever lose a form in transit or if the phone goes through a unfix-able accident (knock of wood), you can always access the forms you’ve already submitted via the website by clicking into “My Account”.  The forms can also be filtered and organized based on date, name, or whatever other parameter needed. This makes it almost impossible to lose a form after it’s been submitted, and makes it a lot easier to find than searching through dozens of filing cabinets.

Snappii’s here to help, and we’ve been helping companies big and small for years. We know the type of reliability it takes to work in this industry, and we’re committed to meeting you there everyday.

Take that last hour of the day to meditate rather than stressing about getting your paperwork done. You’re mind will thank you for it later.

Think Faster With A Construction App

 

Construction apps can offer many benefits to a firm. Push Notifications, for example, notify your users in an effective, almost impossible to ignore way. In a report conducted in 2016 by SurveyRadar, they proved that Push Notifications are much more effective than phone calls, and in some cases, even text messages. The best part is that the head user would be able to send these notifications, monitor their business, and communicate with their clients all from the same piece of software on their smart devices, whether it’s a phone or a tablet.

Many construction workers are reluctant to jump into the digital playground that has recently introduced itself to the industry. It’s unfortunate, but the learning curve associated with acquiring a new piece of technology is the main detterent. Through that, though, Snappii has persevered as one of the easiest to use platforms on the market. With apps that are completely customized, it’s never been easier to jump into the digital world.

It’s funny to think that the construction industry, which is home to some of the most expensive equipment in the labor market, still operates off pencil and paper for most of it’s field work. Over the years, Snappii has helped many businesses drop the traditional method, and adopt a streamlined version that can make their business more efficient, productive and lucrative overnight. Here are some of the features that Snappii can provide to your business:

A Digital Archive

Looking for a needle in a haystack sucks. Back when I used to work for a law firm, finding documents for lawyers was a nightmare. Even the “storage” that held all the documents felt more like a cave than another room in the office. So I can’t imagine the paperwork that goes into making a structure appear from out of no where. Compliance, regulations, forms, data – there’s way too much information that is flying around, vulnerable, in the process. A mobile business app can reduce the clutter seamlessly, but that’s not all it offers.

Imagine being able to look your client up by date. With a mobile app, everything becomes archived so that you can always go back and find a clients information without having to search through endless filing cabinets and accordion folders. It also ensures that the data entry process goes much smoother, avoiding costly mistakes by taking out the middle man that would normally be delivering paper to your office receptionist. Input the data once, and it send it away to either a cloud service or your office.

Mobile Forms

Without a doubt, there’s some sort of forms in your work flow. Whether it’s acquiring information to make sure that a scaffolding meets safety requirements, or just a standard daily log that you have to fill out, forms take time when the individual has to write things down. A digital form, though, gives you access to certain features that wouldn’t be available on a clipboard.

Take voice notes for example. If a worker is on the top of an electric post and they spot an erroneous error that has to be reported and addressed, they can talk into the mic rather than taking notes. Afterwards, they can take a picture of the error, attaching it to the body of the report their filling out before they even get back on the ground.

One nifty trick that the admin can do is track where the mobile forms are being sent from. This tracking would occur wherever the user is, but without the users knowing. The admin user can know where all of their workers are, without having to do any extra work, and again, all from their phone.

Construction apps made by Snappii are available on all platforms: Apple, Android, and even Desktops. If you’re interested in creating an app for your business, do not hesitate to contact Snappii sales team, or check out the brand new Snappii Labs which allows you to be the developer and create an app yourself.

Mistakes That Are Easy to Avoid When Adopting Construction Apps

Construction is an industry that is constantly evolving as technology grows. Every year there seems to be some new gadget that is changing the face of the industry, making jobs take half the time with workers losing half the sleep. Every year, those same gadgets become more and more affordable. With the impressive list of benefits that adopting a digital solution can bring to your company, such as improving communication between you and your employees or collecting accurate data, it is easy to see why huge expo’s like CONEXPO exist. Construction is easily one of the top industries in the entire world, which is why innovation follows.

With that said, bring a digital solution to a mechanical playground can often be problematic. There is usually a enormous cost associated with it, and that is before you factor in all of the hour it is going to take to train your employees. When it is all said and done, will the app you spent so much time creating be of any use to your workers?

Snappii, a leading mobile app producer, is a company that started with a simple vision of being able to provide a business app for absolutely any company that needs it. To accomplish this, we created the Snappii platform, which allows us to manufacture apps both quickly and efficiently, with app requests that take as little as a day to complete sometimes.

To use mobile apps, there are different instruments. Mobile apps can be accessed from either a smartphone, or a computer. In most cases, even tablets can access can app that has been created using Snappii’s platform. I’ll briefly go over the benefits of each instrument, and when you should use them.

Choosing Your Instrument

Laptops

If you are handling a large amount of data, I would recommend going for a laptop. Not only will it make it easier to input data, but making changes later on will be easier to spot. Entering data into a laptop will allow you to automatically open the outputted Excel file that is generated when completing a form on the app. If you need to work with any complex calculations, and have the convenience of being next to a computer, a big screen will help.

Mobile Phones

But sometimes, being next to a computer is not the most feasible option. For many of our users, the magic happens outside on the field. This is where mobile phones come in handy.

Mobile devices are great because most employees will probably own some form of it. Since the Snappii platform outputs apps to both Android and Apple, all of your employees should be covered (unless there’s that one BlackBerry user in the group). Phones also have longer battery lives then the other options, so for people that are going to be on the field all day, this might be the best way to go.

Tablets

I would only recommend tablets if you are really starved for space. They offer a good median between the big screen of the laptop, and the portability of the mobile device. Tablets, however, are the most expensive out of the bunch. Chances are, your employees will not want to bring theirs from home, so you may have to provide a company one. If it is going to be outside, you also need to purchase insurance for it, which could run the bill up quite a lot.

Regardless, this is the best option if you want something simple, big and easy to use.

When choosing your device, it is important to recognize how you will be connecting to the internet, or if connecting to the internet is always required.

Offline Capabilities

All of our apps function similarly when it comes to online connectivity. If the app tries to send information and it is not connected to the internet, it will queue the information and send it as soon as it regains access. This ensures that every bit of data that is submitted reamins up to date across all devices, even if you forget to go back and resubmit it later.

Cellular devices add an extra layer of functionality to offline capabilities as well. For example, mobile phones offer the flexibility of using cellular capabilities to connect to the internet. If you are using a tablet that only works off Wi-Fi, or a laptop without an air-card to connect to the internet, then you will not be able to send reports until your device captures a Wi-Fi again. For some companies, this can be problematic, but others may not have an issue. It is up to you to determine what exactly you will be needing on the field.

Snappii’s platform is available to all users that would like to try building an app from scratch. We also offer an extensive catalog of hundreds of apps that users can use as templates to create the app they are looking for. If you have any questions about the platform, or would like our developers to develop an app for you, feel free to email us at support@snappii.com

3 Tips to Make Your Inspections Painless

 

For any job that helps the public, inspections are the final step to ensure safety and protocols have been met. Whether this is for checking scaffolding on the side of a building, the quality of food in a restaurant, or looking at a car before you buy it, inspections are put in place to insure safety not only for the user, but for the people around them.

While the industries themselves have found ways to continue advancing their technologies to suit their business (like restaurants sending phone notifications for reservations), the inspection of many of these industries is still done in the same way it was done over 50 years ago – with pen and paper. For a good reason too – it’s cheap and effective. Forms haven’t changed much since the past, and changing them was never that big of a deal in the first place. However, there’s a lot of drawbacks to using paper, some of which can only be remedied with the help of an app.

For example, paper is extremely cumbersome. Most inspectors can tell you stories about dragging around multiple binders filled to the brim with forms that they didn’t need. I’ve even seen inspectors in convenience stores walking around hunch-backed from the amount of binders they had in their backpack. For a job that takes place while the business is doing it’s daily routine, carrying around trolleys full of papers that you may not even use is asking for trouble. And what if one of the finished forms get damaged? You’d have to go back to the facility and repeat the process all over again, wasting everyone’s time, including yours.

The perfect solution to the paper problem has always been the digital world. With handheld devices that can fill out the forms that an individual needs, there’s no need to carry around carts filled with papers. Because these forms are digital right from the get-go, the quality of data is significantly better, and every form is automatically saved after it’s sent. The issue has always been the cost of such technology. Purchasing computers specifically made to do mobile forms were expensive, and really only available to the top-tier of the industry.

But now this technology can be found in our pockets. Smartphones are strong enough to perform the exact same function, with the help of some software (or apps, in the mobile world). We already use apps for our everyday routines – checking our emails and social media, text messages, GPS – so why not harness the power of those technologies to help us with our work situations? Smartphones come with enough memory to store millions of forms. Cloud services ensure that we have enough data to never have to worry about data.

Snappii does just that. We’re an app company. And our secret weapon is our Snappii platform, which allows us to construct and sculpt any app you could need for your business. If you want to check out our catalog of apps we’ve made, click here.

Tip #1 – All your forms in one place

 

Hard-drive storage is a beautiful thing. What used to take entire libraries can now can be found at the end of a key-chain in the form of an usb stick. The same goes for smartphones, with even the lower end phones having enough memory to store every form you could possibly need.

Once a form is completed, it gets sent out to an email of choice. However, the app will also save the report so that it can be brought up later. As soon as the submit button is pressed, the data that was created is backed up and saved. You wouldn’t be able to lose your data if you tried.

Tip #2 – Dropdowns and Radio Buttons

 

Creating high quality data is a subtle art. A lot of times, forms capture information that is redundant, or can be slimmed down at least slightly to be more efficient for their workers to complete. Dropdown menus and radio buttons accomplish this by creating pre-disposed answers to questions. When a worker is operating the device, they can simply click on the answer rather than having to type out an entire sentence. You can easily cut a huge portion of the work by doing it before-hand.

Tip #3 – GPS Capture

 

It may seem redundant, but data that gets captured with paper forms is often incorrect. These discrepancies can cost your company big-time, especially when dealing with bigger clients. Features like the GPS capture ensure that all the information that is entered into the mobile device is the correct information.

 

For more about the other features Snappii has, click here.

Kick-Start Your Construction Business With An App

 

There’s a lot of moving parts within the construction industry. Unless you track down the movement of each of those parts, you’re going to get overwhelmed and lose track easily.

This isn’t a secret though. For years the construction industry has been recording their documents the old fashion way – marching out to the field with a paper and pencil in hand, struggling to find empty spots where they can press their paper against and write. And they write a lot. Documenting safety regulations, procedures and actions that take place, and equipment that’s moving around constantly.

A few of these might already be automatic, but the majority of them requires some degree of user input in order to function correctly. Workers meticulously fill in endless paperwork to hand it off to the secretary who must then go through another endless pile as they input the data into the computer. The worker also loses time by taking the paperwork to the secretary, something that seems primitive with all the communication systems we have in place – and it is.

By using the mobile app, one can eliminate almost all the paperwork that has to be taken back and forth between members of the firm. Snappii, a mobile app developer, has developed a platform where one can rapidly create a mobile app with little to no computer knowledge. This allows the user to test the app an unlimited amount of times to see if it’s something their business really needs. Click here to see more information about Snappii.

Aside from eliminating the time and paper, a mobile app can help your business in a few other ways:

Snappii has HTML5

That might not mean much for you, but it’s actually a huge benefit that only Snappii offers. It’s basically the ability to have an app run on your computer. Sounds simple, but it’s actually tremendously useful. Document managing software can become very expensive for a business, espeically if they’re a general contractor and their work covers a wide spectrum of fields. This also ensures that no matter what device your employees have, if it can connect to the internet then they can probably use it.

HTML5 means that you can develop an app for your devices, and that same app can be used on a computer. Every piece of software in the company will look the same too, making it easier for your employees to not only learn the intricasies, but master them. It’s a much cheaper alternative to buying software, and it allows you to customize it how you see fit. There’s an unlimited amount of prototypes, so if you’re not sure if something will work, try it out! You’ve got nothing to lose.

Your work is archived

I don’t want to jinx it and say that the situation will come up, but you never know when you’re going to have to go through paperwork to find documents for a particular regulatory compliance. It’s a pain.

Digitizing your paperwork also comes with some innate benefits that may not seem obvious at first glance. The biggest plus I can think of, though, is the fact that your work becomes indexed. That means if you need to search for something that happened on a specific date in a specific area, you don’t have to go fishing through massive file cabinets and irrelevant files for days. You can just type in a few parameters and filter the results quickly and efficiently.

Mobile apps can get expensive quickly, and hiring a team of coders to put one together for you can tear a hole into your companies wallet. Snappii, a powerful DIY app editor, enables anyone to create their own app with zero coding expierience. One can replace all their paper forms and increase their communication within the company ten-fold by adopting a mobile app, and Snappii is there to help you every step of the way.

Try out Snappii today with a free trial, and see how we’re making the construction world evermore efficient.

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