In January, I wrote about our product roadmap for the AppSheet platform. The current set of articles is similar in spirit, but broader in scope – they describe our overall goals, why we come to work every day, what we see our customers doing, and how our customers are inspiring us and guiding us forward.
Are you reading this on your smartphone right now? If not, is your smartphone within five feet of where you’re at? Studies have found that the average smartphone user spends about 195 minutes per day looking at that little screen, and this is a strong reflection of the present and future mobile workforce. “By 2020, the number of U.S. mobile workers will grow to 105.4 million, a jump from 96.2 million in 2015,” found IT research firm International Data Corporation (IDC). “Also by that year, mobile workers will make up 72.3 percent of the total U.S. workforce.”
Making sales teams work smarter, not harder.
While field teams are the on the rise, it is becoming more and more crucial to empower these employees with customized mobile apps. This innovation of working efficiently with optimal communication is a top priority for Antwain Jordan, Sales Execution Coordinator for Spring Mobile which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GameStop and serves as the premier wireless retailer for AT&T and Cricket Wireless operating in over +1500 locations. “Part of my job is to take the everyday sales and our onboarding process and simplify them by removing redundancy from the process”, explains Antwain. “Since we have partnered with AppSheet, we have developed and currently use 5 applications on a regular basis to help us accomplish that.”
There are some businesses that work behind the scenes and are vital to the well-being of a community. If the employees fail to show up for the week or if the department closes down, the city would greatly feel the absence of their contributions. The Beautification Department of DeKalb County Government is one such organization that ensures that suburban Atlanta continues to look great. Gordon Burkette, Manager of Keep DeKalb Beautiful, has created his own mobile apps to aid his team to complete the countless tasks that make these various clean-up projects possible.
Many times when we think of apps, the two main categories that come to mind involve entertainment or business. However, that is just a small part of what mobile apps can accomplish. The students at Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University are finding some amazing ways to combine the power of technology with the importance of environmental stewardship.