How Mobile Apps Help Businesses Dr. Gita Phelps Minority Youth in Business (June 2014)
Introduction • Speaker: Dr. Phelps • Associate Professor of Computer Science • Information Systems and Computer Science Dept • Hometown: Fort Valley, GA • BS: Computer Science (Georgia College) • MS: Computer Science (UGA) • PhD: Computer Science (UGA) • 20 years teaching at GC
Types of Mobile Devices Computing on the Go! • Mobile Computers : • Notebook/laptop • Tablet PC (digital pen) • Mobile Devices • Handheld, industry-specific • PDAs: organizers • smart phones –internet enabled phone with PDA capabilities
What is a Mobile App? • Applications that run on smartphones and other mobile devices. • Helps users • Stay Connected (Email, Instant Messaging, Twitter, Facebook, Skype) • Stay Informed (GPS, Weather, News) • Stay Productive (ToDo Lists, Calendars, Job Related Apps) • Stay Entertained (Games, Books)
Features of Mobile Phones • Camera • GPS • Microphone • Tethering • Push messaging • Web Browsing
How Can Mobile Apps Help Businesses? Enhance profit, reduce paper and printing costs, have greater staff efficiency and better customer service. • Connect with Customers and Employees • Stay Productive • There are apps available to meet nearly every business need, from word processing to remote access, so you can continue doing the job at hand.
App: Square https://squareup.com/ Accepts credit card payments • At Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco there are no cash registers! • The coffee shop does all its transactions through the iPad. • Card reader plugs in to audio port
App: Vagaro http://www.vagaro.com/iPhone Appointment Book • The Beauty Room, a beauty salon in Minneapolis uses this app to schedule client appointments • Syncs with stylists iPhones and iPads
App: Pro Prompter http://www.bodelin.com/proprompter/ Accepts credit card payments • WXFL, a television station in Albany, Georgia has given its news anchors iPads to replace paper scripts. • The station states that it can save $2,000 a month on printing, paper, and repair costs.
App: FedEx http://www.fedex.com/us/solutions/mobile/iphone.htmlcheck the status of your shipments
App: Zappit http://zappit.co/download Scan QR and bar codes • QR code (Quick Response code) • Popular two-dimensional barcode • The information encoded may be text, URL, or other data. • The QR code was created to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. • Common in Japan
App: BuzzTable http://www.buzztable.com/ Guest Management
Havertys: Follow The Truck • Driver’s • Picture • Current Status • Expected Time • Ability to make comments
Where Can You Get Mobile Apps? • Apple - http://www.apple.com/iphone/apps-for-iphone/ • Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps • Blackberry - http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/
Find Mobile Apps That Would Be Helpful To Your Business • Think of a Business • Visit app stores online and find apps that would enable you to: • Connect with Customers • Connect with Employees • Stay Productive
Design Features • Users interact with apps for a few seconds • Limited screen resolution (320X480) • Design for Touch (not keyboard, mouse) • Simple/Uncluttered, well organized interface • Address a specific need --Do one thing very well
Why Study Computer Science? • Computer Science is an exciting, growing, and challenging field that impacts most aspects of everyday life. Medicine Communications Entertainment Forensics Education • There is an application of computer technologyfor all areas of businesses. • There are still many new computer applications to be discovered. • Become involved and be a service to humanity.