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Gwen Chen

Gwen is a marketer with AppSheet. Prior to AppSheet, she was a digital marketer, a journalist and editor, a translator, and a college teacher. She has a master with Duke University in Environmental Science and an MBA with University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

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How to Make a Project Management App in 10 Minutes


You check emails on your phone in a taxi, at an airport or even in a grocery store. You may also edit documents in word, spreadsheet or PowerPoint while you are on the go. But have you ever thought about managing your projects on your phone?

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How to Manage Stock in Excel: Three Free Excel Templates

Inventory Management Has Never Been Easier

Inventory management apps (like Store Inventory and Equipment Inventory) have been on AppSheet’s top 10 most popular sample app list since we started tracking this in 2016. Over the last two years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in the number of inventory management use cases with no end in sight.

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Free Excel Templates for Small Business


If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to get work done faster. I do a lot of my work on spreadsheets and apps because they’re easy to set up. But have you ever said, “There’s got to be an easier way to do this?” My answer: “Yes!”

Why not start with a template that someone else spent time on but is perfect for what you’re trying to accomplish? Without further ado, here are my favorite free excel templates for small business—I hope that you get as much out of them as I do!

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Digital Transformation Trends in Manufacturing

Automation and digitization have transformed manufacturing, opening the door for small manufacturers, as well as big players, to improve processes, increase efficiency and drive profits. The fact is, we are very much in the middle of what people are calling the third industrial revolution—Digital Manufacturing. Here’s a look at some of the industry trends.

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Data Capture and Analysis: 5 Examples of Thinking Outside the Box


From researchers working to beat cancer to city planners, almost every sector of society has been transformed by the ability to capture, analyze and learn from data.

In the era of big data, the question for those in business is what data they need and how to capture it. News headlines are often dominated by the ways in which companies capture consumer data, but this is only part of the story. Different teams and divisions in a company need to be proactive in determining how they capture and utilize data for their own purposes.

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5 Must-Have Features for Enterprise Mobile Apps


Who hasn’t walked by a co-worker who was looking through photos on Instagram on their phone or reading Facebook comments on their computer? It can be maddening for managers to try and control the use of social media in the workplace. But far from being a source of frustration, consumer apps that people use for social or recreational reasons have features that can greatly benefit an organization looking to develop their own, enterprise-level apps for internal use.

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A Sawmill in Uruguay Automates Tracking with Inventory Management Apps

You know the old saying, that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing?

Chances are at some point in your career, working across teams or on a project, you found that this old truism isn’t so much of an exception, but the rule as to how businesses are run.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right technology, companies can make a small fix that makes a big difference.

For an example of this, let’s go to Uruguay and visit the Forestadora y Maderera del Norte sawmill.

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What are citizen developers?

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.

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