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The EPC Industry Gaining Productivity with Mobile Apps

EPC is a prominent way of procuring contract agreements in the construction business. With a huge consumer base, the industry is always running a race against time. It needs a digital solution that streamlines the whole process and helps in completion of the task in a timely fashion.

EPC involves various stages:

  • Laying down the designs and plans
  • The various operational tasks
  • Smooth project lifecycle
  • Keeping track of various task related activities

The innovations in the mobile app development industry have aided the EPC industry and the mobile technology is constantly developing disruptive solution that is providing the scalable solutions to the EPC industry.

The mobile technology has been a reliable assistant to the EPC industry let’s find out how:

Collaboration and Decision Making

Collaboration between project stakeholders is a crucial part as it helps in timely completion of an EPC project. Many mobile apps are present in Android as well as iOS market that are termed effective because of their seamless nature of collaborating the stakeholders.

Such apps help in

  • Enhancing the workflow via quick access to real-time information
  • RFI tracking and response
  • PCI and submittal tracking
  • Checklist tracking
  • Document management
  • Submittal tracking
  • Contact management

Employee Management

In many projects the manpower requirement is enormous; even if they all are on the same site the managers will need an apt solution for supervising the employees. Many latest mobile apps help in tracking the time spent by the employees on-field. These apps track the employee activity via GPS giving the manager a precise update of time, employee location and the overall costs.

Bid Management

Some mobile apps enable the contractors in:

  • Creating bids
  • Track the bidding process
  • Ensuring reliability and security

The mobile app helps the contractors, subcontractors and companies offering quick access to crucial project bidding information.

Project Analysis and Management

The mobile apps designed by various Android and iOS app development companies are helping the contractors and EPC industry to gain idea of the market and to grow themselves in the coming future. The mobile apps are their best companions helping them in tracking daily logs, contact directories, submittals, punch lists and other such crucial updates related to the project at hand.

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Some of the features that many of these apps provide to the industry as mentioned here:

  • Project management transformation by providing real-time visibility
  • Control over labor, inventory and equipment
  • Rapid quick start of projects
  • Enhanced operational efficiency
  • Project site automation and integration enabled back office systems
  • Providing real-time control over operations by improving execution quality and safety and preventing cost leakages
  • Site-ready technology kits keeping core construction activities in mind
  • Intelligent decision making which is supported by underlying data and modeling
  • Real-time performance insights, predicting future performance hence enabling timely corrective measures
  • Deploying crucial use case providing maximum ROI

These are just a few ways in which mobile apps have made an impact on the EPC industry and with the technological advancements and adoptions the industry will get heavy benefits from mobility.

Apple Vs Android A comparative study report 2017

The last few years the smartphone segment has been witnessing a familiar battle on a year-on-year basis. Apple Vs Android is a classic tug of war of the Tech giants, each vying for a leading market share and supremacy.

Together, they have created a Duopoly and account for more than 99% in smartphone sales. We can say that this trend repeats itself when it comes to the respective OS too.

Let us know look at this competition scenario from various parameters. Viz. OS, Smartphone market share, Performance, etc.

Apple Vs Android – A comparative study

Worldwide Market Share in OS

Worldwide Market Share in OS

Android OS, belonging to Google, is Linux-based and is partly an open source. Originally developed by Android Inc., the company was later acquired by Google in 2005. iOS is Apple’s mobile operating system. Android dominates the market with a whopping 87%, while iOS comes at a distant second at 12%.

While Apple tended to dominate the market in the early stages, it is now clearly dominated by Android.

Geography Distribution

Geography Distribution

Android has a more market share in developing nations like Asia and Africa while iOS leads the market in developed countries like US, Australia, Europe etc. This may be due to the various cultural and socio-economic factors that are in play in the local geographies.

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Device Fragmentation

 

Android exhibits a high level of device fragmentation due to the huge variety of models and varieties available, not just in Samsung but from other OEMs too. This becomes a problem when a lot of Android users are still running their devices on older versions of the OS. This is a big headache when it comes to fixing the bugs, and it creates vulnerability and security concerns. This is not a problem in the case of Apple with fewer models.

User Experience

Mobile OS User Experience

In terms of User Interface and experience, Apple seems to clearly top the charts, followed closely by Android at the second place. iOS offers a simple and clean interface, that is easy to use and navigate, but Android offers a deep-set of menus to choose and use and is ideal if you need QWERTY keyboard.

Security and Privacy

iOS and Android Security and Privacy

As the OS model is more open in Android compared to Apple, it is slightly more vulnerable to hacks and cyber threats. The device fragmentation and openness of installing apps that are from third-party makes Android OS susceptible to security concerns.
Apple iOS very rigid in giving access to your locations and contact info to your Apps, which is not the case with Android OS Apps.

Applications – Apple Vs Android

When it comes to Android App development and iOS App development, there are few clear demarcations which make for obvious preferences.

Android App development is easy due to a deeper access to their OS, and high levels of customization are possible, whereas this is not the case with Apple App development.

App development in Android takes more than 40% of code lines and is 30% more expensive than iOS of Apple. But, once developed, it is easier and quicker to publish in the Play Store. Apple Developers find it more of a stricter and longer process in iTunes.

Maintenance and Bug fixing are difficult in Android OS compared to iOS, due to high levels of device fragmentation.

User Engagement

 

Mobile App User Engagement

Apple Apps are more beautifully designed, easy to use and are presented in a well-organized iTunes Store. Android offers an extensive range of Apps in the Google Play store.

Apple Users access more content categories and do more online shopping than Android users. This means that they have higher mCommerce engagement than Android users.

iPhone users tend to make more In-App purchases compared to Android. Ad-displays is the main source of revenue generation in Android Apps.

As per App Annie reports, revenue generation is 60% more on iTunes store of Apple, as compared to Google Play of Android.

Apple Vs Android – The Future Trends

Operating System

Mobile App Downloads

Apple and Android, together dominate the market and are equally good in their own right. Choosing one over the other becomes a matter of personal preferences or by one that is governed by your business needs. So, if you are an individual planning to buy a new Mobile phone or a Business Owner who has hired an App Development Company to build his first App – do your homework. Identify your needs, preferences, time and budget and use these as a criterion for your decision-making, as both are Tech giants come with awesome products.

Source: Android Vs Apple – A comparative study 2017

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