24
Sep

#EnterpriseWeek – What is an enterprise app? Part two

Do You need an enterprise app?

For many organisations, an app aimed at employees rather than customers can be revolutionary in improving efficiency and productivity. These enterprise apps are becoming more popular as organisations of all sizes identify how they can utilise mobile apps to help grow the business.

Here are some examples of how enterprise apps are used:

 

Hospital

Enable all staff to have access to:

  • up to date policies and procedures
  • staff rotas
  • online meeting scheduling

 

Manufacturing

Enable employees to:

  • Check production, shipping or the supply chain from anywhere

 

Large Organisation

Enable staff to:

  • Hold meetings
  • Share news and ideas
  • Showcase products or services
  • Book holidays

 

Educational Establishment

Enable staff to:

  • Organise meetings and training
  • Access policies and procedures

 

Consumer Focused Organisation

Enable staff to:

  • Assist repair and maintenance departments
  • Reduce customer service phone calls
  • Reduce bureaucracy
  • Empower users to make decisions

 

What can the technology do?

Modern phones and tablets are often equal to laptop and desktop PCs, and highly portable. Almost anything you can do on a computer, can now be done on a phone.

Here are just some of the things that can be done easily with mobile devices:

 

Geo-location

  • Report problems on site and automatically arrange for an engineer to fix them
  • Send out certain information to people on a specific site automatically
  • Do something when a driver or employee enters or leaves a location

 

Push notification

  • Send announcements based on events, locations and other criteria, automatically
  • Inform employees of meeting times, product launches, and days off, automatically

Integrate with existing systems

  • Send and receive information from internal systems
  • Talk to supplier and customer systems to place orders automatically
  • Manage stock, orders and deliveries from anywhere

 

Create evidence and notes

  • Take pictures and video for site surveys, property and vehicle management
  • Make audio recordings of customer meetings, interviews or ideas
  • Assess property and damage for insurance purposes

     

iBeacon

  • Sign in to work or register for an event on entering the building instead of queuing
  • Indoor navigation for large buildings
  • Find the location of specific items in a warehouse, faulty machine or meeting room

 

What results can I expect?

For many companies, the results are all that matter. The ROI is what decision makers will want to know about, and our customers have been vocal in telling us and others what their enterprise app has done for them.

 

Here are just some things their enterprise apps do:

  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Make staff more efficient
  • Meet employee needs
  • Automate tasks
  • Empower staff
  • Minimise paperwork and reduces bureaucracy
  • Enable remote working from different areas of the building, country or globe

 

How much do enterprise apps cost?

All our enterprise apps are designed to meet the specific needs of the company, and so there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This means that the level of investment required will depend on the project, the technology used, the problems the app needs to solve, the number of users and other factors.

You can expect the cost to start from around £5k per platform (iOS, Android, Windows).

When compared to the cost and time savings, as well as increased productivity, efficiency and employee engagement, many organisations soon discover the benefits.

 

Smart phones apps have developed rapidly and now can be just as business critical as the most complex traditional desktop software package. From saving money by replacing paper based systems to reducing human error by automating repetitive tasks, an app can be many things to your business.

 

If you recognise some of these situations, or want more help understanding what an app could do for your business and employees, why not call us today on 0844 704 9587, and tell us what you need?

 

Previous:

Enterprise Week Day 1 – What is an enterprise app?

Enterprise Week Day 2 – Meet our award-winning enterprise app

Next:

Enterprise Week Day 4 – Our apps

Enterprise Week Day 5 – The future of enterprise apps