Appster is in liquidation and within hours we are seeing opportunist agencies chasing their projects apparently wanting to help out Appsters ex-clients.
We saw it before when Buzinga went into liquidation and Appster was one of those agencies chasing their ex-clients.
These sort of tactics show that the progressive businesses we portray ourselves as are still quite happy to resort to old tricks to chase more business using emotional triggers to prey on people who would be worried what’s going to happen with their dream projects.
Everyone needs to ‘wait up’, there’s a process that the Liquidators need to follow and one we hope may assist the unfortunate ex-clients get their projects finished.
Attempting to poach Appster clients while they are still trying to compute (excuse the pun) what is going to be best for them is only exasperating the situation.
I am sure they are all capable and more the wiser now to find a suitable development partner to finish their projects.
Unfortunately some would’ve already made significant payments to Appster and will need to continue to pay their new developers to complete the works.
Timeframes will need to be extended and depending on the code quality some of the work may be unusable and require rework by the new developers, let’s hope this is minimal.
Hopefully we’ve learnt that marketing hype, company size and investor backing do not always mean you will get a quality outcome.
We are pleased to have worked with Alfred Health to design and develop a HIPAA compliant mobile and web application to support patients with heart failure.
It was very exciting to be part of a highly specialised Alfred Cardiology team focused on delivering an innovative alternative utilising modern smartphone technology to supplement clinical care for an important chronic medical condition.
The mobile application, appropriately named pump, assists patients in managing and tracking their heart failure, utilising specific methods developed by the Alfred Hospital Heart Failure team. This data is then accessible to the multidisciplinary heart failure team to monitor patients closely and engage with the patient.
We invested considerable time with the user interface to ensure pump delivered a rewarding and engaging experience for all user groups while also ensuring all critical data is collected simply and efficiently.
pump is currently under clinical trials at The Alfred Hospital with heart failure patients, and reports received from current patient engagement is proving that the app is improving patient support and recovery and helping them manage their complex medical condition.
pump app is integrated with Apple Health.
View the pump patient mobile app on the Apple App Store.
Posted 9th July ’18 – view all Blog & FAQ articles
One of the good things about our jobs here at Hitori is that we’re constantly learning everyday.
Working with so many different industries we need to understand how they operate so that we can provide the right technical solution and digital transformation outcome for their business.
It is really important that we learn as much as we can from our clients so that we deliver a product that meets and we hope exceeds their expectations.
We recently completed an App that provides technical support to a pest management company. This is the first time we have worked in this field and we spent allot of time getting to understand the processes and technical requirements.
Our client Protech Pest Control provided us detailed information and instruction on industry processes and together we built a web and mobile application that manages and records all inspection activities.
Many of Protech’s clients are large Food Processing and Retail companies that have strict Health and Hygiene requirements.
Protech required this App to support their client’s processes ensuring all inspections were conducted systematically meeting the clients’ site requirements.
A record of every site inspection is saved and sent to the client displaying a full activity report with supporting evidence and recommendations.
Protech management can connect directly with their technicians and allocate jobs and view completed inspection reports.
This was a great project to build and we look forward to working with Protech on any future digital transformation or other digital project requirements.
Posted 29th June ’18 – view all Blog & FAQ articles
The Dulux Group Melbourne marketing & IT team approached us with an idea that they believed would provide additional value to their clients’ operations.
The idea was to develop a smart phone business application that Dulux would provide to their clients and help them manage the quality of work provided by their painting contractors.
We had previously completed business app development across several Apps for Dulux and had a fairly good understanding of their business requirements.
Their clients included large residential property developers, each of which had their own quality processes when applying the Dulux products.
The solution required a smart phone application that would be used by the painting contractor and a web application that would allow an administrator to customize the app functions and content as requested by each of Dulux’s clients.
Once customization was completed the changes would be uploaded to the smart phone application used by the contractor.
The app would ensure that project processes were always current and verify that tasks were completed correctly.
On completion of all tasks, a project report is generated and a copy of the contractors invoice sent to the client for verification and payment.
To keep within the specified budget the mobile business app development solution was completed using cross-platform hybrid technology.
The web application was custom built with Python, Django, PostgreSQL and REST API.
The final reports are generated as a PDF document with attached photos and emailed to the client and Dulux.
The App uses a stepped process providing instruction on each task and requires the user to respond and take photos to confirm correct application.
The user can access quality documentation on the App to ensure they understand product and technical requirements.
Users of the app are provided with login credentials unique to each client/project all of which are stored in a secure central back-end database. The App displays the relevant client/project processes depending on the login credentials used.
Posted 13th Jan ’18 – view all Blog & FAQ articles
Digital disruption; Disruptive Innovation, is a term of art coined by Clayton Christensen, it describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors.
We may think disruptive innovation is a new process driven by digital entrepreneurs who see opportunity in a market that is being created through customer dissatisfaction towards existing providers.
Disruptive innovation doesn’t have to be digital and has been going on for centuries just look what the screw cap wine bottle did for the cork industry or the cigarette lighter to the match industry, not to mention the steam engine.
So it’s not new but it does seem to be happening quicker now.
Is this because technology is easy to access or is it because we are less tolerant or do we have more things to get dissatisfied about?
Disruption must be good right?
If a current service or product is becoming complacent, not meeting expectations even price gouging then they deserve a good shake up and even lose their market share.
Another provider that’s really different and provides better service and saves you money has to be a winner, right?
Yes it can, but there are also losers.
There are the obvious ones like the old service or product providers, but there can be others.
Many of the new “Disruptive Businesses” are Digital Disruption which are driving the “gig economy”.
“A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.”
Relatively new to Australia but if we continue to adopt new technology and digital disruption as we do now we can possibly see the numbers of gig workers increasing to reflect the numbers forecast in America.
“With the help of technology, you will increasingly see more than just an uptick in gig economy businesses and startups in the years ahead. A study conducted by Intuit indicated that by the year 2020 exactly 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors.”
This can be a good alternative for many workers dependent on their qualifications, age and availability.
But is it sustainable, how long are you going to want to bid for a gig to move some ones fridge or connect up some ones TV.
Are gig workers disciplined enough to save for their own retirement, are we going to see 40% of the workforce without any superannuation savings in 40 years time?
Disruption can be a good thing and deliver real alternatives, but disruptive businesses should take into account their long- term impact.
If they are sustainable and socially responsible they will be real winners.
What opportunities does Enterprise App Development Melbourne and Enterprise Mobility provide for your business? Is it time for your business to join the digital revolution and digitise some of your outdated systems and processes? The reality is your competition already has or is and will continue to do so.
At HITORI we have assisted many Melbourne, Australian (and beyond) based businesses improve their business workflows and staff productivity by automating processes and integrating and syncing systems, databases, API’s & CRM’s such as SAP, Salesforce, Xero, MYOB and SQL.
Many of the enterprise mobility apps for both web & mobile we have developed included moving clients from paper-based forms to full-cycle client managed mobile app platforms with offline capabilities and auto-sync to internal systems.
Other projects we have completed include automating order flows from e-commerce websites to internal IT systems with direct email invoicing, picking slip generation and drop-ship order flows; through to the more complex but easy to use sales management apps that allow delivery drivers and sales teams to deal directly with clients, request stock replenishment from the warehouse and print invoices to mobile ‘truck’ mounted bluetooth printers.
So the options for enterprise apps are unlimited and customised to your business needs…at HITORI we are proud to build helpful enterprise apps, apps that can really change lives for the people using them on a daily basis; this could be staff, company owners or their clients; apps like Schweppes Connect that moved Schweppes Australia from paper faxed order forms to customer managed mobile ordering applications; or Bertocchi’s enterprise, staff and ordering app that allows their self-managed truck and delivery drivers to make sales, print invoices via bluetooth printers and replenish stock directly via our mobile app.
To view some of our enterprise app development projects click here to view our work or contact our Melbourne studio today on +61 3 9682 8003 for a free consultation where we can assist you in planning and automating your business processes and systems which will in-turn reduce overheads and improve your staff and companies productivity.
Posted 26th July ’17 – view all Blog & FAQ articles