As organizations continue to navigate the waters of the current crisis, adjustments may need to be made as the workforce returns to the new reality. Businesses may have more remote employees, partners and vendors as their operations are more dispersed.
Amidst the pandemic, a New Jersey-based provider of online trading services wanted to reach out to its remote employees to remind them that they are valued. The company needed a manageable way to distribute Apple AirPods to its 600-plus employees worldwide.
Partnering with FUSION OF IDEAS, the organization shipped the devices to FUSION OF IDEAS, where the AirPods were warehoused until ready to ship. An online portal was created for the company’s employees to enter their shipping address. AirPods were kitted and individually shipped to the employees across the globe.
Having all the logistics of this project managed in one centralized location allowed this global company to seamlessly deploy AirPods to more than 650 employees in 11 countries. With this program, the company leaders made a positive impact on employees during a critical time.
FUSION OF IDEAS orchestrates personalized, scalable deployment solutions, whether you need a one-time deployment service or an ongoing program to empower your remote workforce.
With our Deployment Services, logistical tasks like finding a secured facility to store inventory and shipping to multiple destinations can be manageable and centralized. For more information about how we can mobilize your workforce, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 949-453-0740.
As one of the largest and fastest-growing providers of installed mobility and accessibility solutions, 101 Mobility franchise businesses help individuals and businesses across the United States and Canada.
Its 83 locations (and counting) are independently owned and operated franchise businesses. As a tech solutions provider for the franchise network, FUSION OF IDEAS offers mobile device packaging options that provide the Mobility Consultants the resources they need when meeting with potential customers.
Franchisees have a range of device package options, from the comprehensive package that includes Apple iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard folio, to the accessories package with just the smart keyboard folio and Apple Pencil.
“Our Mobility Consultants have a huge advantage over our competitors when they use iPads from FUSION OF IDEAS,” said Jessica Kraszeski, 101 Mobility market manager. “Customers are always impressed with our professionalism, from the sleek branding to the polished sales presentations. We are proud to incorporate the iPad into our sales process.”
All devices and accessories are customized with the 101 Mobility logo and iPads are preloaded with dedicated apps for the sales team.
“Potential franchise owners always get excited when we demonstrate our iPad sales process – thanks to FUSION OF IDEAS, we’re able to incorporate this valuable tool into our new franchise package and that really sets us apart.”
This is a two-part series on app development pre-planning, or mapping, as we call it. In Part 1, we shared what app development mapping is and why it’s an important part of a software deployment strategy. Here in Part 2, we will explore the steps involved in the mapping process so you can plan your next steps with confidence.
Before any development or coding is done to create an application or software, there is an important process that will help minimize obstacles in the development journey. This pre-planning process, or “mapping” as we call it, can be the most vital part of a software deployment strategy.
As such, if you are considering a new business software or application, here are steps to help prepare you to launch your app effectively.
1. Define your app concept
Start by clearly laying out the concept of your app. Prepare a short description of your app so you can convey the core idea in simple terms. Broadly define the concept by answering these questions:
What business need or problem are you trying to solve?
What are your expectations for the app?
How will the app function?
How will it engage and be useful to end-users?
2. Identify target users
Have a clear understanding of the intended end-users. Additionally, invest time and effort into researching and understanding their characteristics. Create an empathy map to describe those characteristics, which will ultimately serve as a guide to how your app will be designed.
3. Identify key project stakeholders
It’s also important to identify the roles and responsibilities of each person who will be involved with the app development strategy. These roles may include a project manager, who will communicate with external contacts, such as developers; and decision-makers who need to be involved in the approval process. It is recommended to include people from different departments in your organization in order to gain a variety of insights.
4. Consider the user experience
Using research on your end-user(s), determine what the app’s user experience will look and feel like. For example, if the end-user will be using the app on a construction field with gloves, you may want to consider screens that have minimal typing fields. Make a list of requirements for the best user experience.
5. Create the application flowchart
The creation of a flowchart allows you to translate your app idea into a visual aid illustrating the app idea, workflow and functionalities. A flowchart should represent the anatomy and high-level functionality of your app.
6. Create wireframe models
Wireframes are essentially blueprints to detail each screen within your app. They are the first step toward defining the user experience of the application. Low-fidelity wireframes show basic content, while high-fidelity wireframes are more complete representations of the end product.
7. Create a prototype
A prototype is an interactive interface that mimics the actual look and functionality of the application. Typically, the prototype is created as the final stage of the design before development begins. An application prototype is powerful in two ways:
Having a holistic view of the design, functionality and user flow allows you to make calculated decisions prior to development, which can save money and time spent on changes further down the road.
The prototype can be used to showcase your app idea to potential investors if you need to gather early-stage investments.
One last step…Once your app is launched, it will eventually require updates and maintenance like bug fixes. In your deployment strategy, consider the level of support and maintenance that will be required based on your internal resources and budget.
The app development journey may seem daunting. We get it. That’s why we offer mapping services to help guide you through the pre-planning phase.
We will also help you determine whether the best deployment strategy is to utilize existing software or build your own if you are unsure. We will guide you through the steps above and create deliverables that are yours to keep – everything from user research to wireframes and prototypes to technical scope documentation.
By the end of the mapping process, you will be equipped with a software deployment strategy so you can plan your next steps with confidence. To explore more about FUSION OF IDEAS’ mapping process, contact our App Development Business Development team at email@example.com.
This is a two-part series on app development pre-planning, or mapping, as we call it. In Part 1, we begin with what app development mapping is and why it’s an important part of a software deployment strategy. In Part 2, we will explore the steps involved in the mapping process so you can plan your next steps with confidence.
The app development process begins as early as the initial idea of creating a business software or mobile app. The process of pre-planning, or “app development mapping,” guides you to a deployment strategy, whether that means utilizing existing software, or building your own.
What is app development mapping?
Mapping is the exploratory phase of your app development strategy, in which you identify and explore fundamental questions about the app.
We call this process “mapping” because building an app is a lot like taking a road trip. It can be long and time-consuming but having a strategy to get to your destination will save you time and (gas) money. To create an effective app solution, you have to have a good plan – or road map – to know where you are going and how you’re going to get there.
The mapping process of app development is like drawing out your route on the road map in preparation for your trip.
During the process, you clarify things like:
What will the app do?
What business problem(s) are you trying to solve?
Who will be using the app?
How will it function?
Is the best solution to buy existing software or build your own?
How long will it take to deploy and how much will it cost?
Why is pre-planning important?
Investing the time upfront to identify and answer the critical questions about your business needs can help define your software deployment strategy and reduce time to market. The end result might be a technology solution that will jumpstart your new business idea, an efficient tool to help your employees’ productivity or a completely custom solution that will help your business scale and gain a competitive edge.
The benefits of pre-planning include:
A clear understanding of development processes, including design concepts, phases of development and expectations, and time to market
Early insight into design trends, functionality, and best practices
Cost and time projection for development.
A lack of pre-planning could result in:
Lack of clarity in concept due to insufficient information
Time constraints or deployment delays due to considerations that were overlooked before development
Extra costs due to a lack of planning, organization and communication.
At the end of the mapping process, you should have a clear understanding of the look, feel and flow of your intended software solution. You will also have expectations for budget and estimated time frames to build and deploy.
In Part 2 of this series, we’ll tell you how to get there. We will take you through the steps of the mapping process to help you launch your app in a manageable way.
“During these times with many uncertainties, we must anchor everything in what’s most important: the health and safety of people in our community and around the world,” said Russ Taylor, CEO. “I have been inspired by the stories of the many companies, particularly businesses in our community, that are making a change in the way that they do things in order to serve others during this unprecedented crisis.”
In response to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, FUSION OF IDEAS is utilizing our laser machines to produce face shields and utility hooks for individuals working in essential service. If you are a business or organization with employees in essential service, you can request our COVID-19 protective gear at no cost on fusionofideas.com/covid19.
The face shields and utility hooks are made using our in-house laser machines. An initial batch of 1,000 face shields and 2,000 utility hooks have been produced and we will continue making them based on demand and supplies.
All products are manufactured and distributed from our facilities in Southern California.