Construction field managers have had the opportunity to utilize mobile devices (remember PDA's?) for several years. There wasn't a "standard" environment across devices, however, so scheduling programs typically had to be designed for a specific mobile device. If you didn't have the "right" device...you'd either have to change or add another device to your toolbelt!
Now, widespread acceptance of iOS and Android smart phones/tablets have encouraged/enabled developers to design for a large portion of the market. Yes, there are others but -- at least for now -- iOS and Android are the major smartphone/tablet operating environments; lots of construction personnel already have them and scheduling programs need to be available across both platforms.
Why should Field Managers get enthused about CPS' new cross-platform FieldConnect Mobile? First, they're able to use phones and tablets they already have -- no additional expense. Then, they can starting improving both their business processes and communications. Current FieldConnectMobile builder clients report measurable critical business benefits: decreased cycle times and increased carry rates. And, there are the "softer-side" benefits, too: ease-of-use, access to buyer/vendor data on the jobsite, better communications with vendors and the ability to incorporate "built-in" features such as cameras and voice recognition.
We like to talk about "connectivity" -- and there are many components to that phrase. FieldConnect Mobile changes the construction "connectivity" game with anytime/anywhere scheduling that works on virtually all of today's smartphones and tablets. And, we'll be demonstrating these benefits at NAHB's IBS2012 in Orlando next month!