Construction Enterprise App

Construction Enterprise App Development

Construction is one industry that is on the verge of transformation due to the growing potential for the integration of construction enterprise apps.

According to Lynn Langmade, author of the Construction Productivity blog, “for construction companies that want to increase their productivity and grow their business, it’s critical not just to have a solid foundation on the ground, but also a solid foundation in the cloud”.

This assertion is supported by Robert Ring, the associate editor of Construction Business Owner. “There are many ways in which both consumer mobile devices and specialized industry devices can improve efficiency in any workplace, but this is especially true for construction.”

Traditional construction is highly complex for a range of reasons including

  • Necessity to manage multiple stakeholders simultaneously (clients, regulatory bodies, main contractor, sub-contractors, suppliers etc.)
  • Necessity to manage on-site manpower, materials and equipment, in combination, in real time
  • Necessity to constantly share up to date information between contractors’ offices and construction sites

This complexity can lead to inefficiencies, down-time, wastage, miscommunication, margin erosion and so on.

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The Importance of Construction Enterprise Apps

Fortunately, the emergence of enterprise level mobile technologies has the potential to solve these issues. The benefits of adopting appropriate construction enterprise applications include…

  1. Reduced construction delays through improved visibility and optimal allocation of resources
  2. Availability of real-time mobile access to pans, schedules, regulations and other essential information
  3. Improved communication with ownersand project stakeholders
  4. Documenting projects status, issues, solutions and progress more accurately and more quickly
  5. Inreased back-office efficiency and improved workflow management
  6. Improved accountability and productivity of field staff
  7. Tracking and monitoring equipment assets and stock materials and their locations, condition and performance

    This all sounds fantastic!

    However, in reality, the construction industry is somewhat resistant to change.

    In an article published on https://constructionexec.com on Jan 10th 2017, the author points out that “Most construction industry professionals acknowledge that increased adoption of technology is in their future. Yet many still resist committing their time or money, and others invest sporadically, hoping to see results by using tech for tech’s sake.”

    This is despite the findings of the World Economic Forum, “Wherever the new technologies have properly permeated this fragmented industry, the outlook is an almost 20 percent reduction in total life cycle costs of a project, as well as substantial improvements in completion time, quality and safety.”

    The obvious question arising is, despite the pretty spectacular potential benefits of implementing construction enterprise apps into their business, why are many contractors hesitant to move this agenda forward?

    In all likelihood, it is simply a lack of awareness of what technologies to adopt, what roles they should play and how they should be applied in the business.

    Construction App Development with Appify

    Appify is a global thought leader in the application of enterprise mobility technologies and has worked with ambitious firms in the construction sector since 2014 in developing and adopting mobile strategy and tech. Feel free to get in touch!

    If you’d like to discuss with one of mobile experts on how you could integrate a construction enterprise app in your business, drop us an email at hello@appify.digital or alternatively call us on +353 (0)1 4826996.


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    How To Develop a Retail Enterprise App?

    Last week we discussed Enterprise Mobility in the Construction Sector, this week we look at the Retail Sector. When we talk about retail enterprise apps we usually mean non-consumer facing applications that are designed to bring efficiency and cost saving to various in-house processes. However, when we look at enterprise mobility in the Retail Sector we must also consider the customer as an end user.

    Let’s start with a consumer facing App…

    The last decade has seen phenomenal growth in online selling across all product categories. eBay, Amazon et al not to mention virtually every high street retailer has changed consumer behaviour.

    So, how can the High Street face this challenge and regain the customer loyalty?

    Well, the fight back has already started. Mobility has changed our buying behaviour, both online and on the High Street. The ubiquitous smartphones and tablets that drove the consumer to the online platforms in the first place are now, more and more, being used by retailers to educate, incentivise and reward their customers.

    And as the relationship grows so does the data and with that the opportunity to develop single customer view profiles.

    As with all new technologies, the best start point is to understand precisely what your business needs and how it fits into the overall marketing and sales strategy. Only then can you understand the challenges that face your particular business.

    Retail Enterprise App Development with Appify

    At Appify, we always start the retail enterprise app development process with a client workshop that examines the real issues, internal and external.

    Areas covered would include:

    • Competitor offerings
    • Current available tech
    • Consumer behaviour.
    • Global and local market trends

    In terms of Enterprise Mobility in the Retail Sector, the advantages are many.

    A comprehensive mobility solution should tackle all issues facing today’s retailer and allow for integration with existing POS and Stock Control systems.

    Delivering real time information on

    • Warehousing and distribution functionality leading to increased productivity and operational efficiency.
    • POS data feeding stock control information to inform management of demand swings and drive consumer promotions
    • Management of shelf-space and in-store positioning
    • Data for supplier negotiations

    This is by no means a comprehensive list of needs and wants but as before this is something to be teased out during an initial workshop.


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    Enterprise App Demand to Outstrip Supply by 5:1

    Demand for Enterprise Apps will outstrip available development capacity five to one, according to Gartner. It has been predicted that by 2019, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organisations’ capacity to deliver them. The demand for mobile apps in the enterprise is growing at a significant rate.

    Speaking ahead of the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in Sydney on 20-21 July, Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow said enterprises are finding it increasingly difficult to develop, deploy and maintain mobile apps.

    “Organisations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic,” said Mr. Leow.

    “We’re seeing demand for enterprise apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging. Mobile strategists must use tools and techniques that match the increase in mobile app needs within their organisations.”

    Mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019 (Gartner)

    According to Gartner, employees now use an average of three different devices on a day to day basis with digital workforces becoming prominent in the enterprise. This figure could even rise to five or six devices per day, as the introduction of wearable technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) start to take shape within a business aspect.

    Work tasks have been made so much simpler through the use of mobile devices and apps. The pressure for IT teams to develop a larger variety of mobile apps in shorter time frames is continuing to grow and there’s no time for businesses to stand still.

    It’s essential to stay connected and evolve within this digital age that is completely transforming the enterprise.

    Enterprise apps boost worker productivity by more than 34% (salesforce.com)

    Despite the rapid growth of mobile and mobile apps within the enterprise, a survey conducted by Gartner in 2014 found that the majority of organisations have developed and released less than 10 apps, a number of which haven’t released any mobile apps at all.

    “This is an indication of the nascent state of mobility in most organizations, with many organizations questioning how to start app development in terms of tools, vendors, architectures or platforms, let alone being able to scale up to releasing 100 apps or more,” said Mr. Leow.

    Businesses within the enterprise continue to face and struggle to overcome challenges when it comes to mobile apps. But there are some practices worth considering when these challenges arise.

    The first being app development prioritisation. With mobile app development teams becoming overstretched and inundated with development projects, continuously developing and deploying mobile apps can be a real challenge. As a result, apps are being built on a first-come, first-served basis.

    IT resources are being wasted through the lack of value-driven prioritisation, leading to poorer quality apps being developed. This is why prioritising mobile apps within the enterprise is such a key part of the development process.