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Start With a Mobile Form, End With an App

If you think about it, most mobile apps are centered on one feature. We have taxi-apps like Uber, apps that find you coupons like Groupon, even apps to help with your mental well-being like Thinkspace. All of them are positioned on a singular idea – everything else in the mobile app is made to supplement that one idea as much as possible.

When considering a mobile app for your business, the best place to start is usually at the beginning of the work-flow for your particular industry. For most businesses dealing with field-work, this usually entails recording data on a sheet of paper. Once the data is recorded, it gets sent back to the managers, or superintendents, that archive the data in a main computer. This allows them to see the data at a glance, and gives them the chance to see trends and pick up on problem areas using their analytic software.

Mobile forms make all the difference, and with Snappii’s online app builder, you can recreate any paper form into a mobile app that will function on any tablet, smartphone and even desktop. Try out Snappii’s app builder today to see how easy it is.

 

Mobile forms are useful for many different businesses, and many would consider it the first step in constructing your own mobile app. Let’s take a look at why mobile forms are creating such a splash in so many industries.

 

Upload your form first

Creating your first mobile form is relatively easy depending on what form editor you use. For most form editors, they have a drag-and-drop system where you can arrange and rearrange fields on the fly. This makes it a breeze to recreate a form that you may already use, but more importantly it allows you to address areas that could be choke points. Further refinement of your form means improved efficiency – all at the cost of a few minutes of tinkering in the DIY editor.

Snappii also has a feature where you can load your PDF into the mobile app editor and it will automatically generate fields for you. This can be useful to create a bare-bones mobile version of your form that can be further refined to match, or even be better, than the original form. Because the form will look the same, it’s extremely easy to teach other employees how to use it. If they own a smartphone, there’s a good chance that the employee will instinctively know how to operate it. There’s no extra equipment needed either – just download the mobile app on the employee’s phone, create credentials for that employee and they’re good to go.

 

Paper vs Digital

Recording information on paper can be tricky. If the paper gets ruined, the information recorded on it is no longer valid. If it gets lost, there’s no way of recovering it. With paper forms often switching hands many times throughout the day, scenarios like this are bound to happen. But what if we take out the messenger and leave that part up to technology?

By using a mobile form the user can input the information directly into their phone and send it off to their manager without ever having to pick up a pen or paper. The manager receives the report, and can instantly archive it for further review. With built-in analytic tools, mobile forms can be a one-stop shop for all software needs.

Digital forms also have the benefit of utilizing the phones capabilities to further enhance the quality of the form you’re filling out. If you’re an inspector and you’re checking machinery on the jobsite, you can take pictures to show parts that look faulty, or record your voice if your hands are ever too tied up to tap the screen. Mobile forms even give access to geo-location services, which will tell a superintendent where the form was submitted from without the worker knowing they’re being tracked.

And of course, let’s not forget about the money you’ll save from not buying ream after ream of paper every month.

 

 

Having a mobile form grants obvious benefits to the user, but the best feature is its ability to expand to other realms of the app world. Using Snappii’s online mobile app editor, you can take your one-trick-pony mobile form into a full-fledged toolbox of applications and features you would like to use on your jobsite. Transforming your mobile form into an app is as easy as loading your app and clicking on which features you’d like to see – Snappii will handle the rest.

 

Think it’s too easy? That’s the way we planned it. Try it out for yourself and see how a mobile form can level up your business today.

 

 

Geo-tracking adds a new dimension to your apps

If you haven’t heard, a new technology called geo-tracking has been spreading through the smartphone industry like wild-fire. Geo-tracking allows you to track where an individual, or in some cases equipment, is, via their smartphone. With certain apps, this geo-tracking feature can be hidden in such a way that the user will not know that their location is being sent out.

If Geo-tracking was around when I was a teen, I probably would have spent most of my childhood behind barred bedroom windows.

Businesses are finding more and more ways to use Geo-tracking capabilities. From the construction industry to public safety, geo-tracking can be used in a myriad of ways. Normally, an app that has the capability to geo-track can cost a fortune, but by using Snappii’s intuitive app-editor you can create an app that does all of the above (and more!) for FREE (14-Day-Trial).

So how does geo-tracking capabilities help all sorts of different businesses?

Geo-Tracking in Universities

Campus security all around America has been tightening up due to an increase in campus violence in the past few years. As students get smarter about how they commit crimes, campus security had to keep up and fight back.

Aside from knowing exactly where every officer is at any moment, geo-tracking helps university security by pinpointing where a victim could be. The victim simply has to open their university app, press a button, and the campus security will be informed of their exact location. By enabling the users to push their location to university officers, even students on the run can be kept safe no matter where they are. And because most universities have wi-fi in every corner, no student is left stranded in dangerous situations.

Schedule Dispatchers and Routes

Businesses that dispatch fleets have had the technology to view where their fleets are for a while, but it required special hardware to be mounted onto the vehicles in order to work properly. This hardware has always been an expensive option, and fixing them was as much of a nightmare has installing them.

So what makes geo-tracking different? Geo-tracking workers by tracking the employee’s smartphone instead of their actual vehicle. Once the app is built, there are barely any additional cost associated with enabling geo-tracking in your business (especially if you use Snappii). It’s just a matter of downloading the mobile app on the employee’s mobile device, and informing them to leave their data on. Even if a driver does not have receive signal in certain areas, the dispatcher will be informed of their location as soon as the driver enters an area with signal again.

Tracking employees and contractors

Speaking of vehicles, companies that lend out vehicles have long sought after a way to track their employees to ensure they don’t use their vehicle outside of work. Employees that use vehicles out of the job not only present significant insurance issues, but can also cause tax-related issues as well. A similar technique can also be used for on-site equipment, like bulldozers.

Contractors (and even employees sometimes) are also notorious for over-quoting the cost of a job based on labor hours. Geo-tracking ensures the app-owner that contractors are spending the correct amount of time on and away from the job site. If an employee decides to lie about their hours, the report will show the discrepancy and correct disciplinary action can be taken – with proof!

 

 

Creating an app that has geo-tracking enabled can be a headache. With the cost of hiring developers at an all-time high, mobile apps have almost become exclusive to only the biggest companies with the deepest wallets. Snappii changes that.

Using Snappi’s industry-leading platform for building mobile apps, companies big and small can have the same technology for a fraction of the price. Try our app builder today with a FREE trial for 14-days (some apps are free for even longer than that!) and see how easy it is to put together your own geo-tracking mobile app.

Choose Mobile App for Work with Data

Choose Mobile App for Work with DataToday, more and more organizations are realizing the importance of having a mobile-friendly version of their website. Most companies start their mobile solution pursuit by developing mobile apps. A recent mobile maturity survey from Red Hat, Inc. showed that “90% of respondents anticipate increasing investment in mobile application development within the next 12 months”.

Paperwork leaves in the past

Mobile apps allow companies to automate their processes and expand their market. Apps are a cost-efficient solution to access one-on-one requests as well as work orders on the go.

There are also numerous benefits in using mobile apps for data collection. First, it’s simple and fast. Smartphones are very accessible and most employees probably already have one. Second, data can be instantly edited and immediately shared (or even printed). Modern apps can capture a wide range of data, including photo, video, audio, GPS and more. Last, organizations can significantly reduce the amount of paperwork they are dealing with, thereby accelerating processes.

Snappii is the authority on data management apps

Snappii, a leading company in mobile business solutions, has developed a catalog of business apps that can be downloaded straight form the app store. Aside from the full, free apps you can download, Snappii offers customization services that enables users to take their apps to the next level. They offer a DIY App builder that requires zero coding experience to utilize. The app builder can customize any of the apps in Snappii’s catalog to meet 100% of their business needs. Here are some examples of pre-made apps offered by Snappii:

Construction Manager App is designed to manage, edit, save and share data. This app consists of construction maintenance logs, daily reports, project estimates and can even send digital timesheets from construction sites to headquarters.

Inventories are usually managed with spreadsheets. Snappii can transform these sheets into a Warehouse Inventory and Shipment App. The template allows users to manage and inspect warehouse inventories, ensure availability of goods, manage shipments and perform calculations. Data can be collected, stored, processed and shared all by a single mobile device.

Trade Show Lead Collection mobile app is a powerful and convenient way to capture lead data. Entrepreneurs can digitally collect email addresses, phone number and other information necessary to network for your business no matter where they are.

Visit Snappii website and find even more apps for every industry.

What Modern Citizen Developers Are Looking For

What Modern Citizen Developers Are Looking ForLet us remind that according to technology research company Gartner, citizen developer is “a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT”. Also, Gartner’s Citizen Development is Fundamental to the Digital Workplace report predicts that 70% of enterprises will have citizen development policies by 2020. It is worth noting that citizen development is already extremely successful and grows rapidly. 2016 State of Citizen Development Report from QuickBase shows that “citizen development is spreading rapidly as organizations reap the operational efficiency and productivity benefits of having custom applications delivered and updated faster”.

Acceleration is the key

With a huge demand for mobile app development, citizen developers are able to deliver apps two times faster than traditional programmers (“By the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them. According to Gartner”). Modern zero code platforms allow them to do this.

Speed and Power in one App Builder

Snappii is a powerful business app development company, which offers zero code App Builder. Understanding the requirements of growing number of citizen developers, Snappii continues to improve the App Builder to provide the best solutions and accelerate app building process. Today Snappii customers can choose from over 250 pre-made apps and make modifications they need. The Gartner Group classifies Snappii App Builder as a RMAD (Rapid Mobile App Development) platform, which cuts app development time to minutes.

Snappii believes citizen development is ready to fill the gaps in business app development industry and makes its contribution. Today there are over 68 thousand mobile business apps built with Snappii App Builder and the total number of people using apps built on Snappii has now reached 1 million, however this is far from the limit.

Snappii Launches Express App Builder to Cut Down Mobile App Development Time to Minutes

Snappii Launches Express App Builder to Cut Down Mobile App Development Time to MinutesSnappii Corporation, a market leader in Business Mobile app solutions today announces that business people without programmers can now create mobile apps fast, inexpensively and with Zero Learning curve using the Snappii Express App Builder. Continue reading “Snappii Launches Express App Builder to Cut Down Mobile App Development Time to Minutes” »

The Most Low-Cost Way to Create Enterprise Apps

The Most Low-Cost Way to Create Enterprise AppsIt is imperative that businesses, whether they’re Mom-and-Pop shops or huge corporations, keep up with the latest technology. Apps have been around for a while, but creating one was never a viable, or affordable, option for the general public. Mobile solutions have become critical for improving employee communication, management efficiency and even the customer experience. Last summer, Red Hat, Inc and Samsung Electronics America announced a strategic alliance to “deliver the next generation of mobile solutions for the enterprise”. With so many organizations shifting into the realm of mobile, there may be some problems. For the little guys, it will almost always be price.

The main issue is the price

While creating a single app may bring short-term profits, changes and improvements to the app will likely chip away at your earnings. A long-term strategy for success is not limited to a single app. It is not uncommon for each department within an enterprise to have a mobile solution customized exactly to the demands of the operation. With each app, you may have to call upon different software engineers to create the perfect solution. The more specialist that are involved, the more expensive it gets.

“The Global State of Enterprise Mobility: 2016” by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, found that the common enterprise mobility budget is around $250,000 to $500,000, and this price only climbs higher with every revision. Even for a large enterprise, the real obstacle always comes down to money.

Enterprise apps are more available than you think

Snappii, a market leader in business mobile apps solutions, puts accessibility first. Snappii uses a codeless app builder that allows anyone, even small businesses, create powerful, enterprise-grade apps. Because the app editor allows you to create solutions in a fraction of the time, prototypes and changes can be made quickly and inexpensively – no coders required. Snappii has 30+ industries, a huge collection of ready-made templates, powerful widgets, instant testing and prototyping, and constant support to back it all up.

Now, any business had an opportunity to join the mobile solution spectrum, and enjoy the many benefits offered by having such a powerful tool right in your pocket. Join Snappii and be a part of a crew of app builders who want to see you succeed.

Why Daily Log and Reporting Apps are So Useful for Construction Projects

Why Daily Log and Reporting Apps are So Useful for Construction ProjectsStaying on top of industry standards while remaining efficient is crucial to the success of construction projects. Paper forms and reports allow project managers to regulate the field, meet deadlines and avoid any major hitches. Effective project management requires not just dates and working hours, but a detailed report about who is doing what, and where the materials are being used. The best solution is to provide workers with read-made forms for quick filling. The problem lies in the amount of time it takes to complete these long reports.

The frequency of these reports also presents a problem. Workers may forget to fill logs or their reports can be inaccurate due to human error. Smartphones with reminders can help remedy the problem, but smartphones can do more than just remind you in this case. We can use them as daily logs and relieve employees from the burden of paperwork.

Many tasks – one solution

Daily logs and reporting mobile apps can provide workers with mobile forms which can be instantly filled and edited with just a few clicks. They can be configured to contain an autofill field of date and location, so supervisors can always know where their employees are. Mobile solutions can also tackle other tasks like capturing photos, calculators, sharing options, push motivations – the possibilities are endless.

Snappii, a leading mobile business app development company, offers a ready-made Construction Daily Log app that can be found on either app store. The app allows users to easily create daily logs, make estimations and time-sheets, generate custom Excel and PDF reports, and share them amongst management or other employees. The biggest benefit to this app is the customization. Snappii offers a codeless app builder that enables users to access a website and tailor the app directly to their needs. Snappii also has an app shop where they can take requirements and make a custom app in a fraction of the time and money it would take an app developer. Snappii offers a complete solution and a unique experience for its users, and it continues to grow everyday.

Benefits of Inspection Apps in Industrial Water Treatment

Benefits of Inspection Apps in Industrial Water TreatmentIn the world of industrial water treatment, water is everything. Water analysis and treatment is essential to protecting the downstream process, the equipment used in it, and the end products. Heavy metals, organics, toxic substances – are a fraction of the contaminants contained in raw water.

Enterprises require water filtration, treatment and disinfection systems and equipment. The demand for this equipment is forecast to increase in the United States by “5.9 percent per year, $13 billion by 2017,” according to the Freedonia group. “The resource extraction market is expected to show the most rapid gains among the major markets, as the treatment requirements for produced water in oil and natural gas extraction continue to rise, and as water recycling and reuse increase to satisfy the needs of expanded hydraulic fracturing activities”. What continues to remain important is the condition of water treatment equipment and maintenance of their proper operation.

The best tool is already in your smartphone

Today, smartphones may be the greatest tool to assist specialists in inspection of water treatment systems. Mobile inspection apps help to monitor and instantly collect data of operating conditions and meters, capture photos and GPS positions, make quick calculations, track work progress, create complete reports and share them immediately – the list goes on. The biggest plus is the ability to seamlessly transition from the office to the field while having everything in the palm of your hand.  Apps enable enterprises to avoid equipment breakdown, and the downtime that comes with it.

Snappii is an expert in the mobile app industry, specializing in enterprise software. They’ve worked together with multiple corporations like GE. About one million people use Snappii’s business apps in 30+ industries around the world. Their individual approach to each customer allows the company to create a unique, feature-rich and powerful product. If you deal with inspections, Snappii is the only solution.

Snappii Partner Summit

Snappii Partner SummitThe most shrewd and clear-sighted CIOs nowadays consider business apps an opportunity for driving innovation, professional development, and company advancement. Snappii, a leading company of mobile business solutions, understands that few people nowadays have time to learn nuts and bolts of app development process. This way, our company offers a unique solution which enables people without programming skills to make a fortune with their app business.
Snappii announces Partner Summit where you can discuss partner program opportunities and other Snappii solutions with Snappii CEO Alex Bakman and Jeff Beam, Director of Sales.
Free webinar meets 2 times
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

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The program of the online event includes:
1. Partner Program progress and Opportunities
2. Snappii Platform Road Map
3. Q and A
4. Closing remarks

Be a part of the most feature rich platform on the market. Join the summit and learn how to make money selling apps.

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Expert Interview Series: Alex Bakman of Snappii on How Apps Can Help Home Inspectors

Expert Interview Series: Alex Bakman of Snappii on How Apps Can Help Home InspectorsHome inspections are meant to keep you safe. They result in a manual for how to improve pieces of the household that will keep its occupants, and the structure, unharmed. The process requires a reliable tool that can help to arrange the work, get the most benefit and contribute to the improvement. Until recently, this tool was just a clipboard and a sheet of paper. Today, modern mobile technologies provide this solution, and it can be found in your pocket.

Snappii, a leading business app development company, stays up to date by providing companies with the top mobile business solutions. The inspection industry is one of the highest grossing sectors in the market. Inspection Certification Associates (ICA), a North America’s most trusted provider of online Home Inspection Training and Certification, had an interview with Alex Bakman, CEO and Founder of Snappii, where he revealed how apps can help home inspectors, or any other inspector looking to minimize their process. Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Snappii lets customers design and build their own apps. What are some of the common reasons customers decide to design an app?

The possibilities are endless. Improve existing business processes, such as managing people or equipment. Eliminating paperwork. You can enable customers to make appointments, order products and look up inventory. There are literally countless reasons, and we are creating new ones every-day. As the Apple commercial says – there is an app for that. And we have it.

One of the services that Snappii offers is custom online forms. What are some ways surprising ways that online forms can be useful?

Replace any paper form! It pains me to see business’s still struggling with this in modern times. There’s so many benefits to converting your paper into digital. Save money by delivering information right into backend systems from your device – this alone will accelerate business processes dramatically.

One of the major advantages of apps and cloud-based software is having everything available, to everyone, in one central location. What are some ways that could come in handy for a home assessor?

We make it impossible for you to lose your forms, and we give you a platform to make it instantly available to your clients and other coworkers.  You can include text, video, voice notes – make it as detailed or broad as you want. If you ever need to update your templates, it’s only a few clicks away. In a few words, we save you effort, which in turn saves you time.

Read the whole interview and visit Snappii website to choose the best mobile solution for your business.

Mobile Apps Provide New Opportunities for Field Service Businesses

Mobile Apps Provide New Opportunities for Field Service BusinessesAdvanced tools continue to storm the field-service market. Business owners understand that the better communication they have with their clients, the more successful the development of their business. Companies are constantly working for clients who depend on their service, however, the degree of customer’s involvement in the process has changed. In Aberdeen’s State of Service Management 2015 report, “the top initiative to improve customer engagement for the best-in-class is to create a communication strategy that interact with customers on the channels and frequency they want”. Business owners want simplicity, flexibility and on-the go services.

Engage customers through mobile apps

Today mobile apps allow users to always stay in touch while keeping the whole process under review. Field service apps can help customers track the progress of work without the need to call the workers, track the payments with detailed calculations, get instant notifications, and a wide range of other features.

Maintain the workforce

Mobile solutions also provide benefits to the workers themselves. Through real-time access to information, specialists can significantly increase their productivity, speed and quality of work. Field service managers can make real-time analysis and decisions. Also, mobile inspections of equipment and workforce contribute the decrease of maintenance costs, prevention of incidents and improvement of services quality.

Start with Snappii

The range of features are wide. If you don’t know where to start implementation of mobile solutions to your field service business, Snappii can help you. Snappii has a directory of ready-made apps for a variety of industries. If you have any specific needs, our team will be glad to tailor any app for your business.

The uniqueness of Snappii lies in the possibility for anyone to become a real app developer and create powerful apps independently. A codeless platform allows users to choose from the huge collection of templates, tabs, color schemes, etc. and build a unique product with 100% meeting of your needs. Don’t waste time and join Snappii today!

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