Much has changed since we wrote the original post for this subject back in June, 2011. Smartphone sales are expected to roughly double between 2011 and 2015 as shown in the following diagram courtesy of Statista:
Statista estimates that handset penetration per capita in North America is expected to reach 104% by the end of 2015. What all this really means is that mobile technology is much more ubiquitous. The overwhelming portion of the populace has some kind of mobile device.
Combining this with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies that have evolved in the last few years and the fact that much of the work force is younger, contractors are taking advantage of these changes to implement mobile technology in construction at a pace not previously seen. Companies that fail to do so will not remain competitive.
Probably the biggest factor in choosing a mobile time tracking application is determining what application meets your most important needs at the lowest possible cost. No system can be the right solution for everybody. Low price systems will save you money, but will they do what you need them to do? High end systems may meet your requirements but can also have many features that you may never use.
Although an in-depth discussion is beyond the scope of this article, here are a few points to consider:
GPS (global positioning system) a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.The system provides critical capabilities to military, civil, and commercial users around the world. The United States government created the system, maintains it, and makes it freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.
Since the time that Apple and Google have become dominant players in technology, there has been the argument of which strategy is better – having near total control of your product or taking a “giving the keys to the car” approach.
Steve Jobs, the legendary founder and CEO of Apple was well known for his laser like focus. He first used it on the Apple I personal computer and its subsequent iterations, then on the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Job’s philosophy was that brilliance was achieved through simplicity. He also believed that his products would be more dependable if he had complete control of their environment.
The most time intensive part of running any business is managing human resources. Finding and keeping good, quality employees takes energy, but it pays off when your staff is happy. Happy crews lead to quality work, accurate labor time, and less staff turnover.
Here are some ways to help ensure that you are placing your efforts in the right places.
The other day, a fairly large prospective customer asked one of our sales staff to send them an email with a brief statement as to why the prospect should choose mJobTime. In most cases, it is very hard to state the differences between you and the competition in a brief statement. There can be many reasons why – some obvious, some not so apparent. I would like to use this post to try to detail the main differences we see between mJobTime and our competitors.
First, the less obvious. Call it our company culture if you will, but I think it is our philosophy for managing a software company.
mJobTime will be exhibiting at the World of Concrete 2015 in Las Vegas next month and we thought we would use this opportunity to talk about a promising technology for reducing carbon emissions that just so happens to have its beginnings in the cement industry.
The production of cement requires huge amounts of energy. Making cement requires heating limestone with small quantities of other materials to approximately 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit. This produces a tremendous amount of CO2. Making one ton of cement results in the emission of roughly one ton of CO2—and in some cases much more. Since current worldwide production of cement is approximately 4 billion tons per year, there are at least 4 billion tons of annual CO2 emissions. This represents about 5% of all man-made CO2 emissions globally of which approximately 50% is from the chemical process and 40% from burning fuel.
Mobile technology has changed our world and revolutionized the way we do business. It provides us with instant communication with friends, family, and others, it allows us to learn faster, to better track our health, to be more productive at work, and so much more. In fact, most of us are still trying to figure out just how to best use mobile technology.
This is especially true in the construction world where companies are exploring new ways to increase efficiency, productivity and profits. One of those avenues is the use of mobile time tracking applications.
Mobile time tracking software has enabled construction and other field service businesses to easily and accurately collect labor time and other records in the field and instantly sync those records to the office. With one caveat - mobile applications require an internet connection.
mJobTime will hit the exhibit trail once again, this time to Las Vegas, Nevada for World of Concrete 2015 from February 3-6, 2015. WOC is the industry's only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries showcasing leading industry suppliers.
Please visit mJobTime at booth #C4119 to see the latest features and functionality added by our crackerjack development team and to register for a free prize drawing.
Hope to see your there.