You've likely heard how business claim that mobile apps increase their productivity and make employees more efficient by streamlining rudimentary simple tasks. This is an extraordinary claim, and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
At KiZAN, we've been lucky to not only see first-hand evidence to support these claims but build mobile solutions that empower employees. So, what problems CAN a mobile solution solve? In this post, you'll learn how mobile solutions can solve 3 common business problems.
Efficient Data Capture and Processing
A common business problem is the entry and turn-around time for paper-based processes. Imagine you have hundreds of reps out in the field, they're all taking notes on paper, snapping digital photos, and entering the data into a report when they get back to their computer later that day. To me, it sounds like we're asking the reps to double-enter their data. A mobile app could merge this entire workflow into a single, easy-to-use process that automatically uploads to your central server. If you're worried about connectivity because you're traveling to extremely rural areas, mobile apps can save the data and send it once a data connection is available.
A second business problem is having the right data at your fingertips when you need it. I'm grown tired of weekly reports, and I end up paying people just to generate the weekly reports that nobody reads. Instead, why not automate and mobilize this data? It's not uncommon for me to open Twitter or Facebook to check on the latest status of my friends and colleagues. Why not a mobile app for your business that is data-focused and pushes updates to you: it's what you want, whenever you want it. This is instant email box decluttering.
Where is Bob?
The third business problem you can solve is never wondering where Bob is again. You know Bob's always late on his delivery routes, and he never answers his phone. You don't have to ever wonder again with a mobile app laying out his daily schedule and monitoring his progress through each stop of the day. Additional information you'll get from this is how long each stop took, travel speed, traffic conditions. Take this a step further and you can notify your customers when you're on your way with an ETA.
As you can see, there are a variety of business problems that mobile can solve.
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Posted by Mike Branstein
Developer and leader. Passionate about systems architecture, domain driven design, application lifecycle management, and technology.