These iPads Transform Lives

“My daughter is nonverbal and she finally has a device where we can download the app that helps her communicate with us at home. It’s the biggest blessing and an amazing gift! People take their spoken language for granted and do not realize just how hard it is for a nonverbal child. This iPad can break those verbal barriers for our family!”

These were the words from a family member of one of 57 kids who went on the Kidd’s Kids 2018 trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Founded by late radio host and television personality, Kidd Kraddick, Kidd’s Kids provides hope and happiness by creating beautiful memories for families of children with life-altering and life-threatening conditions.

Every November, the organization sponsors a group of children and their families on an all-expense paid trip to “The Happiest Place on Earth,” where they can forget about doctor appointments and their illnesses, and enjoy a magical day with their families.

At the start of this once-in-a-lifetime trip, the kids were gifted with a personalized Apple iPad that is preloaded with all relevant and contact information for their trip.

Here are the words from another family:

“We were so grateful to have the iPad for my son’s 11-day hospital stay. He loves being able to keep in touch with family and friends using the FB Kids Messenger app. He also likes it for drawing, watching shows and playing games.”

This is the eighth year that FUSION OF IDEAS has gratefully donated our app development and customization services to this amazing cause. Together with Best Buy, we were onsite to help hand out the iPads to the kids, and see the delight on their faces when they were presented with the customized devices.

“The donation of the iPads from Best Buy and completely personalized by FUSION OF IDEAS provides entertainment, educational tools and memory-making apps the Kidd’s Kids otherwise would not have,” said Kelly Kemp, executive director of Kidd’s Kids. “We know how grateful all the kids are especially when they are back in the hospitals for days or weeks at a time. It’s a blessing and a partnership we are so very grateful to have for our Kidd’s Kids.”

For more photos from this year’s Kidd’s Kids trip, check out their album on Facebook.

Best Buy and FUSION OF IDEAS help hand out iPads at the Kidd’s Kids trip in Walt Disney World ©Kidd’s Kids
Fifty-seven Kidd’s Kids got their own customized iPads on this year’s trip ©Kidd’s Kids
The iPads are used by families after the trip for learning, therapy and communications. ©Kidd’s Kids

La Prairie Turns to DCS for Employee Training

La Prairie, a luxury skincare and cosmetic brand best known for its iconic Skin Caviar, was seeking a solution that would provide a cost-effective way to educate and train its retail beauty advisors nationwide. The Swiss company turned to an easy-to-use mobile app that allows for content to be updated regularly and pushed out to the remote team. The app model, Dynamic Content System (DCS), has become an invaluable resource for La Prairie’s education team to cut costs on travel for training.

DCS is FUSION OF IDEAS’ version of Content Management System (CMS). Essentially a templated mobile application, DCS is much like CMS in that you can easily create, display and manage content. Think of it like an user-friendly app that is customizable, yet simple.

In the case with La Prairie, the DCS app features a product catalog and embedded videos, current promotions, tutorials and the company’s history. Because La Prairie’s products are typically sold at department store cosmetic counters, its reps are on the sales floor and not behind a desk. It is important for the app to be accessible on a mobile device, such as an iPad. New content is updated and pushed out on a regular basis so La Prairie’s beauty advisors are always equipped with up-to-date information.

Limited-Time Promotion

DCS is an easy and more moderately priced app solution for e-commerce, information sharing, trade show or events, or employee onboarding and training. For the first time, FUSION OF IDEAS is offering half off the regular price of our DCS application development. This promotion will only be offered for a limited time so contact us today to see how DCS can enhance your business. Check out the La Prairie video below or email our app development team for a personal demo.

In the News: AGC’s Constructor Magazine

There are three main factors that drive the demand for mobile technology in the construction industry: leadership request, an increasingly mobile workforce and the growing need for real-time information. According to a recent study, more than 80 percent of construction professionals surveyed said that mobile capabilities are “very important” in improving their workflows.

Read on to get insight from our CEO, Russ Taylor, in AGC’s Constructor Magazine on how the construction industry is maximizing mobile technology to create efficiencies in the workplace, and how they are integrating technology into existing processes.  

Read full article here: Tech Brief: The iPad is the New Hammer

Does Your Retail Business Need a Mobile App?

The rapid growth of mobile technology combined with changes in modern retailing trends is making a large impact on consumer buying habits. Did you know that 80 percent of a mobile consumer’s time on his or her device is spent using apps?

Today’s retailers are not just building their marketing around the products or services they are selling, but also around customer’s interests and habits. Many have developed a mobile strategy as part of their marketing to reach consumers on their preferred platform.

A retail mobile application should go beyond just an online shopping experience. For retailers, mobile apps can shape the in-store experience, empower the purchasing process, and create interesting and dynamic ways to interact with the customer. And for B2B retailers, a mobile app can revolutionize the way your sales team shares content.

Is your brand using a mobile application? If not, here are six signs that you may need a mobile app to help boost your branding and engagement, cut costs, improve productivity, and generate new revenue. Connect with us today and let us help you find a custom solution for your business needs.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the third consecutive year, we are honored to contribute to the THINK PINK Wall of Honor, presented by Valiant Women of Mission Hospital. Located at The Shops at Mission Viejo, the month-long event during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month encourages community members to honor breast cancer patients and survivors through a beautiful collection of tributes which are displayed on the wall.

In 2016, Valiant Women was looking to update its board of handwritten messages to appeal to the more tech-focused millennial generation. The solution? A four-sided 10 ft. electronic kiosk with LCD screens to display the tribute messages. The kiosk was made a reality by the organization’s generous donors, but the software needed to bring the digital tribute wall to life was missing. That’s where FUSION OF IDEAS came into the picture.

Our app development team went to work to create a custom portal that allows the Valiant Women team to manage, arrange, delete and add content to the four screens of the kiosk. These screens – one for event merchandise, one showing sponsor spotlights, and two screens dedicated to survivor tributes – can be accessed by the client through the portal from any computer, tablet, laptop or cellular device. The digital kiosk, updated annually by FUSION, has been in use by Valiant Women for the past three years, and it has been a huge success!

“This is our 16th annual Wall of Honor, and every year we strive to engage and educate more community members,” shared Mary Miyamoto, Chair of the Valiant Women THINK PINK Breast Health Wall of Honor. “Our message to the community is about the importance of early detection. Our digital wall encourages engagement and inspires people to donate, honor loved ones by posting messages, and purchase merchandise. It’s eye-catching and super easy to use.”  

FUSION OF IDEAS is proud to be a partner and supporter of this amazing cause. The THINK PINK Wall of Honor will be at The Shops at Mission Viejo throughout the month of October.

Hilton Grand Vacations & Tru by Hilton

As summer winds down, many of us are reminiscing about sunny vacations in idyllic destinations. One of our favorite app development stories comes from the Grand Vacations division of Hilton Worldwide, a household name in hotels and resorts. When we first connected with Hilton, they were seeking to create a piece of technology that was both a gift to their timeshare owners, as well as a continuous branding vehicle for all of the Hilton Grand Vacations offerings. The Fusion of Ideas development team worked with Hilton to build a custom iOS application showcasing videos from various resort locations, links to other Hilton programs, and information about the timeshares. The finished app was loaded onto custom iPads featuring Hilton Grand Vacations branding on the lock and home screens, Smart Covers, sleeves, and the etch on the iPad itself.

Our second encounter with the Hilton organization was a project for their newer brand of affordable hotels, Tru by Hilton. The goal was to create an aid to hotel General Managers, who could use the app to upload audit reports and view videos, images and PDFs pertaining to their specific location. Our DCS solution turned out to be the ideal strategy for this app – the client was provided with an admin portal, where they can update and adjust the content being displayed to the GMs. As with the Grand Vacations project, the team at Fusion loaded the app onto iPads with custom print and sleeves.

Customer satisfaction and a good employee experience are two things we can relate to, and we were lucky to have the opportunity to work with Hilton brands on their efforts in both areas. This combination of Fusion solutions – custom apps with custom branding – can be a fitting complement to the polish and professionalism of the hospitality or any customer facing industry.

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Construction Executive News Feature: Tips for Working with App Developers

Fusion of Ideas was recently featured again in Construction Executive, the magazine for the business of construction. In this article, we discuss these five essential tips for getting the most out of working with a mobile developer:

  1. Know the current reality
  2. Communicate what the company wants to accomplish
  3. Reality check on budget
  4. Be open-minded and willing to take risks
  5. Ensure all users have the same device  

To read the article, please visit:

http://constructionexec.com/article/tips-for-working-with-a-mobile-app-developer?utm_campaign=874447d06f&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ce_this_week&utm_content=volume_1_issue_26&utm_term&mc_unique_id=08e9fdec35&aid=3745

Simple Content Delivery with DCS Apps

By Jennifer Fujimori

The mobile application landscape in 2018 is saturated with a dizzying array of apps, ranging from straightforward and simple to complex and colorful. Business owners are faced with the challenge of building an app that is visible, user-friendly, and detailed all at once. At Fusion of Ideas, we’re aware of just how easy it is to gravitate towards a “more is more” solution. After all, there are countless technologies and functionalities available in the app development world. But we also know that an excess of options can lead to a chaotic and overly complicated final product. That’s what pushed our app development team to come up with a much simpler app solution for clients: the Dynamic Content System.

Imagine that you are the owner of a small consulting business. You have a well-designed website with sections to address every topic of your business. But you’ve noticed that most of your competitors have mobile apps in addition to their websites, so you decide to seek out an app development firm. Your mobile app checklist might look something like this:

  • Simple design
  • Easy to use
  • Menu of 6-8 sections, each covering a service your business provides
  • Sections featuring photos, videos, and text
  • Ability to add, remove, and change content on an ongoing basis

The DCS approach, our version of what’s known as a CMS (content management system), can check all of those boxes without breaking the bank or overly complicating your app. It’s customizable yet simple – the general concept of displaying content using a list or menu view does not change, but the format, fonts, colors, designs, and logos can all be customized. As the client, you’re equipped with an easy-to-use web admin portal where you can continuously make changes to the content on display. This gives you a streamlined way to create and manage an app without having to hire a dedicated developer. After an initial design and development period with the Fusion team, the app is entirely yours to control. The end result: a cookie-cutter setup process with unique, personalized results.

This is the user view of the Kidd’s Kids DCS App.

One of our clients, Kidd’s Kids, is a nonprofit group that strives to bring joy to kids who are dealing with life-altering conditions and their families by sending them on an annual trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The organization was looking for a way to display event information as well as a photo of each child with their name, hometown, and favorite Disney character. The finalized app features the Kidd’s Kids branding and logo as a backdrop, with a simple menu of options to choose from. Each of the families received an iPad equipped with the app, so they could easily open it up and scroll through the photos or look for event details. The app placed important information at their fingertips, and gave them a simple way to learn about the other recipients on the trip.

This is the admin view of the Kidd’s Kid DCS App.

Fusion of Ideas strives to meet a higher standard than most other companies that offer a CMS-type service. Because our development team (which is entirely based at our headquarters in Lake Forest, California) have gone through several iterations to perfect our DCS solution, your app can be delivered in just a two week time frame. Our designers will also build a custom application icon with your company’s branding, logo, and/or artwork, depending on your aesthetic preference. Your app icon will be yours – not that of a third party app development company. You won’t see any Fusion of Ideas branding within the app either. The focus is completely on your company and your content.

Check out the complete list of what’s included in our DCS package below.

  • Custom application icon
  • 1 platform (iOS, tvOS, or Android)
  • Multiple groups and users (5 groups and up to 100 users)
  • Initial product training
  • Access to web admin portal to manage content being displayed to groups and users
  • Fusion customer support

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Fusion of Ideas Featured in Construction Executive

Fusion of Ideas was recently featured in Construction Executive, the magazine for the business of construction. Because we’ve developed several mobile applications for construction industry clients, we were asked to write an article about the ways our clients have used technology to solve business problems and to save time and money. The article details some of the types of tasks a custom app can accomplish, and the satisfaction that comes from embracing technology and moving in a positive, future-minded direction.

To read the article, please visit:

http://www.constructionexec.com/article/custom-mobile-apps-save-time-and-money

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(Not-So) Humble App Beginnings

A question we get a lot at Fusion: “You’re a well known customization company – what made you get into app development?”. We decided to take the time to answer that question and provide some history of how Fusion’s app development service came to be.  

“As with all truly successful innovative companies, Fusion is always looking out for the needs of our customers,” said Russ Taylor, CEO of Fusion of Ideas.  “We stay on top of technology, development, and our product offering so that we’re not only keeping up with trends, but offering truly custom solutions based on what our customers need.  Our app development service was born out of repeated request from our customers. The iPhone App Store opened in July 2008, and soon after that, our customers began inquiring about custom apps in addition to hardware customization services. We decided that if we were going to do this, we were going to do it right, so we set out to create create applications that reflected the same high-level reputation of our customization services.”

That’s when Taylor brought on Tyler Harmor, someone with extensive development and leadership experience, as CTO of Fusion of Ideas. Harmor was given the task of creating a team of developers and designers with the ability to understand the client’s vision, map it out in detailed a statement of work, and then produce each custom application on time according to their specific deadlines.  

Harmor was asked to do all this while adhering to the Fusion of Ideas commitment to being a one-stop-shop for all service offerings, which means all of our work takes place under one roof in Lake Forest, CA.  At that time, many companies were outsourcing their app development overseas. But clients were becoming increasingly frustrated with the disconnect, language barriers, and long waits for communication and updates.  Hiring all of our iOSdevelopers to work in one location would provide a high level of customer service in which clients could easily communicate directly with their application’s developers. Comprehensive details could be communicated with minimal miscommunications, and any questions or requests for app updates could be answered in minutes, rather than hours.  

So Harmor hired a team of the best developers in Southern California, and app development quickly became one of Fusion’s cornerstone product offerings.

“From the moment we let our clients know that we were offering application development, we were inundated with several exciting projects,” says Taylor.  “Our clients had experienced a high level of quality with our customization projects, and knew that we would produce the same high-quality work when it came to app development.  We truly value our clients and strive to give them our absolute best, so the decision to hire Fusion to develop applications was an easy decision for many of them.”

Less than two years after mobile applications were introduced to the world on a consumer and business level, Fusion had entered the app development industry.  Fusion’s first three clients were the New York Public Library, Jack Nicklaus, and California Pizza Kitchen, in that order.

“We came from not-so humble app development beginnings,” said Tyler Harmor, CTO of Fusion of Ideas. “We didn’t have to start small and build a reputation from scratch.  Because of the high level of quality in our customization projects, Fusion was poised for success when we began developing apps for some big names. And we were ready to show them what we could do.”

The first Fusion of Ideas app development client was New York Public Library (NYPL). NYPLneeded an internal application for their librarians that would serve as a liaison between their database of library assets. NYPL had worked with Fusion of Ideas on some other projects, and knew that Fusion would produce a top-notch product for them.

Integrating the outdated system into a custom application presented many technical challenges and required a significant amount of work for Fusion, but the end result was an app that successfully tied into the NYPL database and enabled librarians to search for publications and other assets. With the release of the new app, Fusion helped the NYPL step into the mobile age.

Following the NYPL app, in 2011, Fusion created an application for Jack Nicklaus, who was actively looking for investors for new golf course projects. They wanted to create a custom application that would loaded onto iPads and given as a gift to potential investors. The app would invite the recipients to learn about the business and potential investment opportunities.  Fusion created an application that housed information about the golf course, videos, brochures, and other marketing collateral. The “wow factor” of the project brought them back to Fusion for additional applications and services over the years.

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) wanted to create an easy ordering app that would be used to test a Spanish language menu in some of its locations.  The application housed an ordering portal and detailed menu information, and was utilized in several CPK’s across the nation.

“These three initial app development clients, though several years ago, were early adopters, using apps at a time when other businesses didn’t even have an inkling of the importance of mobile technology,” said Harmor.  “Looking at our app development clients in 2018 – they vary quite a bit in shape and size. We have clients who are doing smaller projects, such as Dynamic Content Solution (DCS) applications, which includes a custom interface to house specific information like videos, apps, presentation and marketing materials, PDFs, etc.  We also have clients who are creating huge framework applications that run their business. We do it all, and we love the variety and the challenges of creating technology solutions for these companies.”

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Let’s Be Frank: Have An Awesome Idea For An App? What Does It Really Take To Develop A Mobile Application With Fusion of Ideas?

When starting something new,  it’s never a bad idea to do a little research online to get an understanding of what it is you’re getting into.  This is never more true than when you’re starting to research and brainstorm for a business app you’d like to create.  Through Entrepreneur.com and other top sites, we’ve found lists of recommended questions to ask potential developers.  To take some of the guesswork out of reading the details on our website at www.fusionofideas.com, we sat down with our Business Development Manager of Applications, Tim Hurlbut, and asked some of the top recommended questions to ask when interviewing an app development company.  

May I have a list of your current and past clients?  

Just to name drop a few, we’ve done custom applications for Hilton Grand Vacations, Warner Brothers, Lakers, Delta, Hennessy, California Pizza Kitchen, Barney’s New York, Lionsgate, LensCrafters, NuSkin, CapitalOne, Audi, New York Public Library, etc.  We’ve built all kinds of applications; whether it is a dynamic content solution for a small business or an intense client facing sales tool, our expert developers can do it all. Upon request, we would love to share some samples of our work depending on your area of interest.

Where can I find examples of mobile apps you’ve developed?

The majority of our clients utilize apps for B2B and internal purposes, so most of the apps we develop are not public. However, some of the applications we have developed can be found on the App Store & Google Play. Upon request, we would love to share some samples of our work.  

Which platforms do you develop?

We are experts in both iOS and Android app development. We also have an expert team of Web Developers who are able to work in multiple programming languages.

Do you provide documentation for the apps you develop?

Yes, documentation is provided for apps we develop. It is also provided for source code.

How do you manage quality control and testing?

Quality control and testing is always provided with each phase of the project.  We use the AGILE development mythology.  This process includes weekly reviews and updates.  

Do you develop everything yourself? Do you outsource to anyone?

Our team is all in-house, plugging away at their work in our offices in Southern California.  We do not outsource.  And better yet, you can get a hold of us at anytime with clear communication.  How many App Developer companies can boast that they do all of their work under one roof, all in the USA?  We can.   

Do you partner with an app designer or would you need us to handle that?

We have our own skilled app designers who are able to take your vision to life. We are also available to work with a clients’ own design partner or style guides.  

What are the steps you usually take prior to building an app?

Upon request, we would love to provide you with our brochure that outlines the entire app development process. Here is a sneak peak of the steps we go through to make sure we build you exactly what you want.

9 Steps For An Effective Application Development Project (from Fusion of Ideas Brochure)

Will you manage the process for uploading to the various app marketplaces? Do you have a developer account to do this?

Yes, we will handle the app submission process to App Store, Google Play, etc. We do have our own app developer account, however the majority of our projects are built using the clients developer account, which we help them secure.

Do you offer long-term app maintenance and support?

Yes, we have multiple options available to clients depending upon their requirements.  

How will we communicate during the development process?

Generally through initial phone conversations, followed by email & webinar sessions. We are available to travel if required to meet with clients.

Who will own the mobile app?

The app projects are primarily owned by our clients. We are a work-for-hire partner and do not retain ownership rights.

What are your fees and payment terms?

All of our projects are quoted as fixed price projects.  We learn the clients needs. We document those requirements in a statement of work. We quote a firm fixed price and timeline to the details quote. Determining on the clients specific needs, payment terms are usually in phases or can also be done in monthly payments.

For more information about Fusion of Ideas and our application development services, please contact us at 949-453-0740 or info@fusionofideas.com

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Think Pink with Mission Hospital’s Valiant Women Support Group

It has been another successful year working with Mission Hospital’s Valiant Women Support Group, which hosted its fifteenth annual Think Pink Breast Health Wall of Honor last October.  The proceeds of this annual fundraiser go to support Mission Hospital Breast Health Services, which funds mammogram screenings and diagnostic care for under or uninsured women in the community.  

Every two minutes, a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer. Women have a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. Breast cancer is not a death sentence; it can be treated. Mammography is the most effective breast cancer screening procedure. Early detection saves lives.

The Mission Hospital Valiant Women Support Group saves lives and makes a huge impact on families and the local community. The Wall of Honor was a place for individuals supporting and donating to write notes, thoughts, and tributes to those who have been affected by breast cancer.  Two years ago, Fusion of Ideas started working with the group. As an alternative to the traditional handwritten cards placed on walls, Fusion of Ideas helped create an app that displays special honoree messages on TV screens at the mall during the fundraising event.  Through the interactive application, users can also contribute to the cause by purchasing special merchandise, donating funds, and learning about various activities and events taking place during the month of fundraising. The app also displayed the Think Pink Wall of Honor Instagram account, specific sponsor videos and feeds, and featured product shots of merchandise being sold for the fundraiser.  Fusion of Ideas also helped create the application that houses the donations.

The whole fundraiser is made possible through sponsors such as The Shops at Mission Viejo, Volvo, Infinity and countless others who have dedicated funds, services, and time.  The Fusion of Ideas team has been honored to work with Mission Hospital’s Valiant Women Support Group and looks forward to participating in future years.  For more information and to participate or donate to this wonderful fundraiser, please visit https://www.mission4health.com/mission-hospital-foundation/fundraising-support-groups/valiant-women/

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How Delta Defense Turned 200,000 Subscribers Into a Million Viewers

Delta Defense is the first and largest member-owned association that educates, trains, equips, and insures responsibly armed Americans.  President and CEO Tim Schmidt, embracing his new role as a protector after having his first child, was inspired to create the “Concealed Carry Magazine” in 2003 and later the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) in 2005.  With over 200,000 subscribers, the Concealed Carry Magazine is a prominent aspect of Delta Defense. But they’re not stopping there – in their attempt to reach an even greater audience, the organization continues to explore additional avenues for growth and expansion. This philosophy is what led Delta Defense to explore today’s modern platform: mobile applications.  

After some unsuccessful partnerships with other app developers, Delta Defense was in need of a trustworthy app development company.  They needed a developer who could take their vision and translate it into a functional mobile app.  FUSION was able to address all of their concerns by aligning specific designs and functionality for their mobile application with the necessary tools to make their vision come to life.  The app (free to download in the Apple App Store and Android Play) incorporates key features such as a news feed, articles, podcasts, issues of the Concealed Carry Magazine, upcoming events, gun legislation, a Reciprocity Map, and a detailed map of local gun ranges. Fusion also created an easy-to-use backend for managing all of the information and pushing updates to the app.

Since the release of their mobile application, Delta Defense is now reaching and educating over one million people.  FUSION’s commitment to open communication and true collaboration allowed Delta Defense to oversee all aspects of the development process from initial conception to completion.  Now, more than ever, the mobile app is helping Delta Defense reach a larger, broader audience, resulting in more informed and responsible armed Americans.

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Another Fantastic Year With Kidd’s Kidds

This November marked FUSION’s seventh year of sponsoring and working with Kidd’s Kids.  Since 2011, FUSION has donated app development and customization services to the charity, who works with families of children with life-altering or life-threatening conditions.

Kidd Kraddick founded Kidd’s Kids in 1991 with the goal of making a difference in the lives of children and families who are dealing with life altering conditions.  Initially, the program began with a bus ride to Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to the volunteer efforts from partners, donors, and medical professionals, along with the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show listeners’ willingness to embrace their mission, Kidd’s Kids has grown at an exponential rate. Now in its 26th year, the foundation has sent over 1000 kids and their families on a trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Here’s a video showcasing a little more about this foundation and our involvement with them.  For more information, please visit http://www.kiddskids.com

Press Release: Fusion of Ideas Partnership with United States Motorsports Association

Fusion of Ideas is excited to announce our partnership with United States Motorsports Association (USMA) in creating WaiverTRACK™ a mobile application created specifically for race tracks and racing relating events. We see this app completely changing the motorsport industry in collecting electronic waivers and simplifying data gathering for track and event databases.  Hope to see you at the track!

For more information, please read the following press release.

https://www.unitedstatesmotorsports.com/single-post/2017/09/04/USMA-and-FUSION-OF-IDEAS-Deliver-First-Electronic-Waiver-App-Designed-Specifically-for-the-Racing-Industry

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The New River Electrical Story: A Big Power Move to Reduce Paper Trails and Improve Efficiency with Field Data Collection

New River Electrical (NRE) is a large electrical contractor doing business at multiple job sites on the East Coast. They have 700 plus employees that spend nearly 100% of their time at the job sites. The company’s challenge has always been twofold: first, collecting payroll information and getting payroll checks cut weekly for their workers; and secondly, collecting job site data for various purposes such as safety and regulatory compliance issues.

Their manual system was time consuming for the foremen who had to physically write on paper time sheets and then fax them to the corporate accounting team, who in turn had to calculate the hours from the printed handwritten sheets and upload them into a system for payment. There were also many safety and regulatory documents that constantly needed to be signed, collected, accounted for, and then stored at corporate as well.

The application that Fusion developed for NRE addressed the client’s major concerns, plus some.  Here’s what Fusion was able to accomplish for NRE with their application.  

Fusion designed a custom iPad solution for the client that allowed the foremen the ability to capture payroll information electronically. The corporate office had secure access to all the data captured and payroll processing time was slashed by 70%.

“With the app, we see a time savings of significant magnitude, especially where we are able to review the time entries, the equipment entries, and the safety reporting that the foreman is actually keeping themselves,” said Carolena Trammell, Controller at New River Electrical.

Additional modules also allowed the company to electronically capture and store data for safety forms, incident reports, and a multitude of compliance reports. Foremen could now review and sign forms on their iPads.  A file system for job-specific information was also created. The client has accrued huge benefits from their new ability to review and analyze field data. All past reports and forms were paper based and not easily accessible.  

On the administration side, an easy-to-use portal was created for corporate accounting users to view, edit, and approve all payroll data. Project managers were able to add, edit or delete all job specific forms and reports, and the system was integrated with NRE’s ViewPoint accounting system to allow ease of use.  

NRE’s corporate strategy took the inefficiencies of their manual processes and streamlined them and improved them through the use of mobile technology.  Since the initial application development, NRE has been working with Fusion for over 3 years. Recent project enhancements have included the ability to track expenses and manage the company’s uniform inventory.

When asked about why companies like NRE choose to switch over to mobile applications, Tim Hurlbut, Business Development Manager of Applications at Fusion of Ideas says, “Where do you want to see your company in the next few years? Do you want to be a company that is still using old presentation tools,  faxing in reports, and emailing spreadsheets? Or do you want to be excelling in the tablet and mobile device world? Apps are not just trendy, they are completely functional and can change the ease of how you do business.”  

Applications are making a huge difference for small and large companies across the globe.

“Building an application helps you empower your employees with more efficiency to get the job done,” says Tyler Harmor, Chief Technology Officer at Fusion of Ideas. “Through app development, you are given the keys to create a completely new experience. The sky really is the limit on what you can accomplish with an application for your company. At Fusion of Ideas, we focus on the end user and the demand from business to create applications that simplify and change the way people do business.”  

If you are interested in discussing mobile application solutions that can help advance and modernize the way your company does business, please contact Fusion of Ideas directly at info@fusionofideas.com or 949-453-0740 ext. 250.

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Fusion of Ideas Core Products and Services

Okay, okay, so before we get our blog going, we have one more item of business that we would love to share, and that’s more information about our core products and services, which you can always find more information about on our website at www.fusionofideas.com.

Mobility is more than a necessity in business. It’s an art form. It requires the proper use of technology surrounded by brand experiences that are seamless and simple.

We’re masters of our craft.

We’ve partnered with hundreds of brands to transform their business processes and elevate their brand equity (check out some of our work here). From planning to deployment, we’ve revolutionized end-to-end mobility. We push the creative boundaries to streamline your operations and deliver an innovative customer journey that elevates your brand experience. Ultimately, our proprietary services and expertise contribute to one goal: advancing the Art of Mobility.

In today’s digital era, the smartest corporate leaders have mobilized their enterprise. Mobile adaption is defining the way your business will grow. Research shows that there’s an obsessive customer need for more mobile integration, but only 25 percent of companies will incorporate mobile strategies into their customer’s experiences.

FUSION can transform your brand experience through:

App Development – (IOS ⬢ Android ⬢ Windows ⬢ Web ⬢ Web Apps) With insight into the entire mobile integration process, FUSION works with clients to develop custom mobile software solutions. Streamline your user’s experience through FUSION’s custom mobile apps tailored to your needs and securely integrated into your IT system’s backend. All of FUSION’s design and development is done in-house in America, and FUSION takes the time to understand the entirety of your project and business needs upfront. FUSION wants to partner with you to enhance your business. You are poised for success partnering with FUSION by creating the mobile software solution you desire.

 Branding Experiences – ( Customization ⬢ Digital Content ⬢ Custom Packaging ⬢ Custom Accessories ⬢ StealthArmor) FUSION has spent over a decade innovating mobile device customization, and continues to evolve services for clients. This process starts with the customization and branding of devices and accessories, then extends to preloading digital content onto devices and concludes with placing mobile devices in custom packaging. All of these services are uniquely crafted around a branded experience that is delivered directly to the end user.

 Integration Logistics – (Consulting ⬢ Ordering Portals ⬢ MDM ⬢ Sourcing ⬢ Kitting ⬢ Shipping) FUSION manages mobile integration logistics from initial concept to finished execution. FUSION enables clients to accomplish flawless worldwide deployment without ever having to touch a single device. And FUSION takes away the hassle of a mobility project by handling all aspects of receiving, branding, uploading, kitting and shipping your devices. FUSION’s custom ordering portals enable you to manage all of the details and reports of your project. FUSION can place and manage client devices under proprietary Mobile Device Management (MDM) and administer all of your MDM needs. Devices are kitted, prepared and packaged from FUSION’s 26,000-square-foot warehouse in Southern California. FUSION ships devices to one or multiple locations around the world for delivery. On-site setup and training workshops can be performed by FUSION, as well as concierge services such as HelpDesk, Device Depot and Break Fix. The most significant component: you never have to touch a single device to get them deployed, since FUSION has done it for you.

If you ever have any questions about Fusion or our products and services, we’d love to hear from you. You can connect with us on our website, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, via email at info@fusionofideas.com or via phone at 949-453-0740.

What’s In Our Mission Statement?

We have a mission statement, so what?

Our mission statement is extremely important to us at FUSION. It is our guiding star and keeps us going in the right direction. It reminds us why we do what we do. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish the last 10-years, and all of the companies across the world that we have been able to impact and help grow through the use of technology. So without further ado, here is our simple, but very powerful mission statement.

Fusion of Ideas is dedicated to delivering high-impact brand experiences through mobile integration—we call it the Art of Mobility. We are committed to flawless execution with every project, large or small – not because we have to, but because no one else will. We dedicate efforts to the constant development and growth of our team to ensure we are capable of consistently exceeding the demands of our clients. We proudly develop all of our projects in America, and flawlessly deploy them worldwide. The insight we possess and our commitment to the client experience is our competitive advantage. Our motivation is challenging companies to fundamentally change the way that they do business by leveraging the constant and necessary changes of technology in order to empower them to remain relevant.