Bemus Landscape is a full-service landscape management firm out of Southern California. It’s headquartered in San Clemente, has five locations, and between 300 and 400 employees.
The nature of the landscape business means Bemus has a lot of people out in the field. And, up until recently, its highly distributed workforce made it challenging for the company to get information from one place to another.
For example, in the past Bemus foremen and managers logged their time on paper forms. When they were done for the day, they had to drive to the office, scan the paper, and email it to the corporate office. That added up to more employee time and extra fuel costs.
Then the company discovered AppSheet.
The discovery came shortly after Bemus had migrated from Microsoft to G Suite and began using smartphone apps to take care of business, explains Max Moreno, Irrigation Manager of Bemus. However, many of the applications Moreno considered using lacked the features he was looking for. And they would’ve required Bemus to change its processes. The company didn’t want to do that.
So Bemus adopted AppSheet.
“One of the things that drew me to AppSheet was the fact that the terminology in either Excel or Google Sheets was in AppSheet,” Moreno says. “So from the very get-go it came naturally to me to start building that way. And using that information was just awesome. It was great.”
AppSheet was also the perfect fit because it allowed Moreno to modify apps to work around Bemus. The AppSheet platform enabled Bemus to streamline its workflow and never miss a beat in the way it works, he says.
“So now with AppSheet we were able to create apps where the information was logged in, and it got sent directly to our corporate office so that they can take that information and bill our clients,” Moreno explains, adding that nearly all Bemus employees now use that application.
Bemus management liked what they were seeing. And they asked Moreno to create additional apps to allow for greater efficiency in other departments, such as maintenance and tree care.
Moreno has a long list of requests for new apps, which he’s now working to fulfill. And Bemus has decided to start building apps that serve both English- and Spanish-speaking users.
For anybody just getting their feet wet with AppSheet, Moreno suggests starting with an idea, knowing how you want the app to work, trying out the various AppSheet features, and then introducing prototype apps. That way, he says, you can get feedback from users and other stakeholders, and make additions and improvements as needed.
Speaking of improvements, Moreno says there are 20 or 30 people at Bemus who want to thank AppSheet, because the company’s platform has made their lives a whole lot easier. He adds that AppSheet also has been great for him personally, as he now happily spends about half his time building apps.
“You guys have definitely made my job very fun,” Moreno says. “And my company is a lot more efficient now.”