In 2009, Apple ran a series of commercials that put the phrase “There’s an app for that” in the minds of millions of Americans. Almost a decade later, there are even more apps that do even more specific tasks. But while there are apps that can tell you in a pirate’s voice where you parked or prevent you from drunk-dialing an ex, many need apps that are so specific and customized that they have to develop them. This is particularly true with departments or teams operating inside of a business or organization.
Welcome to Feature Friday! Since it's 3 days before a total eclipse that will pass through all of the United States, we thought it would be fun to title this post a Total Eclipse of the App. Our office is in Seattle so we're not in the totality path but it's predicted that 92% of the sun will be covered by the moon in our area. We may miss the complete darkness but we are definitely ready for the eclipse with new AppSheet features to share!
This is part of the AppSheet Manifesto series about the beliefs and principles that form the basis of the AppSheet platform. The manifesto has three major customer-centric assertions: a) about the technology, b) about the product, and c) about the business. This article is about the second assertion—a tiny startup team starts from scratch and rapidly builds a broad app platform for tens of thousands of customers. We have done this by adopting a somewhat surprising principle.
Our customers are our team. And here is what we mean by customers in the AppSheet dictionary.
Though there is an urgent need to improve infrastructure and the need for new construction remains red hot, research has shown that in some sectors of the construction industry, labor productivity has declined relative to overall economic productivity. Add this to the fact that large scale projects typically take 20 percent longer to finish and tend to run 80 percent over budget, it’s clear that it’s getting harder for those in the construction industry to consistently drive a profit.
To address this challenge, many of the top players in the construction industry have looked for solutions in the digital realm. Here are several examples of how these companies are undergoing a digital transformation, becoming more productive and profitable in the process.
Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change. Energy is also essential to social and economic well-being. Yet more than 95 Million Nigerians live without electricity. The Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (NREA) exists to meet this dual challenge—reduce the carbon intensity of energy while making energy available to everyone in Nigeria. Through their Rural Electrification Fund (REF) they promote, support and provide rural electrification through public and private sector participation. Catalyst, a Zurich-based digital technology and data solutions startup, has developed a powerful project management app to catalyze NREA's initiatives.