“Mobile App”...a few years ago I would have thought the phrase meant a mobile apparatus of sorts...a gurney, something that hangs above a crib, a cell phone or maybe an apparatus found only in Mobile, AL. Today I fully realize “mobile app” is the short version of mobile application...which is a software application made to be used on smartphones and other mobile devices.
to Wikipedia, mobile apps were first created to improve productivity
and allow users to access email and their calendar. Soon, everyone
jumped on board and some of the most popular apps today are games like
the international hit Angry Birds. My personal favorites are Scrabble
and Draw Something which allow you to play with strangers or friends. I
find it easier to be a ruthless opponent with strangers so that’s what I
usually do...although I do take pleasure in kicking my 14 year old
son’s butt in a game when he’s been particularly sassy. I also use
mobile apps for banking, news alerts, choosing a restaurant, and yes the
ridiculous but fun...such as the More Cowbell (I gotta have more
cowbell!) and BubbleFree the app that allows you to pop bubble wrap.
Oh, I should also mention, my kids love the whoopie cushion app...they
find it hilarious to use it on unsuspecting non-app users like
The reason I started thinking about mobile apps was because the company I work for, Aladtec, Inc., just released a new and improved upgrade to our very own mobile app for our products EMS Manager, FIRE Manager and Zanager.
Access to our products via our mobile app is in tune with what mobile
apps were originally intended for...increased productivity. Our
customers can access our online employee scheduling and workforce
management systems from their smartphone or mobile device from anywhere
24/7/365. Our most recent release allows anyone with permission to send
group messages, sign up for open shifts, requests trades, accept
trades, or request time off...all done easily without leaving our mobile
response from our customers has been great. Their appreciation and
enthusiasm for our mobile app update reminded me of when I was first
capable of getting mobile apps on my original iPhone. I remember
someone showing me all the cool apps on his phone and I started
downloading like a crazy person...man that was fun! I still get excited
when I discover a new app or one I already use alerts me to their
updated version. Now if I could only get my life insurance company to
accept my payments online like every other bill I have to pay. I’m sure
they’ll never have a mobile app! Seriously folks...come on...well, I
guess that’s a topic for another blog.
the meantime...if you are a current subscriber to EMS Manager, FIRE
Manager or Zanager check out our super cool mobile app update and visit
us on facebook to let us know what you think (https://www.facebook.com/aladtec). If you are interested in one of our products try us out with a free trial subscription here: www.aladtec.com. Happy mobile apping!