Smartphones and tablets have significantly upended the way we conduct business operations, our daily tasks, and even how we interact with each other. It is therefore not a surprise that smartphone penetration in the United States is estimated to have crossed 81% of the population mark by the end of 2020. The United Kingdom is close at 79%, and China is not too far behind at 63% penetration. What these numbers imply is that most EHS and ORM stakeholders are often within an arm’s distance from their smartphone, and they interact with consumer-focused apps to complete end-to-end workflows for their personal tasks. However, when it comes to the enterprise apps, the landscape is very different. Very few apps on your phone can help you with the day to day processes of your workplace.
The situation has started changing with the advent of low-code/ no-code application development platforms. In fact, the Low-Code Application Platform (LCAP) market has grown rapidly over the past few years, and according to Forrester, it is estimated to become a $21.2 billion business by 2022.
But What is a No-Code/ Low-Code Application Platform?
A no-code/low-code application development platform is a solution for building software applications without requiring any coding, just like ProcessMAP’s Connected Worker Apps platform. LCAPs are fast becoming a popular alternative to traditional software development for non-technical business users hoping to build their own full-fledged applications. EHS leaders and stakeholders within ProcessMAP’s global customer community have used the Connected Worker app platform to develop hundreds of mobile apps for their specific business requirements.
How Does it Work?
The ProcessMAP Connected Worker Apps platform offers users an intuitive graphical user interface to drag and drop elements and define the workflow logic to quickly create apps. Using visual models replaces the complexity of coding for users. The platform utilizes declarative UI that describes what the user should see, instead of how it should be laid out. This allows platform users to render the same app across multiple devices (various types of mobile phones, tablets, and even desktop computers) and platforms (iOS, Android, and browsers).
Some additional standard benefits of utilizing a LCAP include:
- Rapid development and deployment of apps - reduces the time to realize the value of investment
- Significantly reduced costs - users do not require expensive software developers to build or maintain the apps
- Increased digitization of processes and productivity of workers
- Flexibility to add or edit functionalities and logic to the app at any point in time
In addition to the benefits listed above, ProcessMAP’s Connected Worker apps also offer comprehensive benefits from EHS and risk management point of view. Some of the advantages include:
- Connected users can use the apps to capture and report images and videos of safety hazards before they become risks
- The Connected Workers apps can be made available in multiple languages so that the same digital workflows are followed across multiple locations
- The apps can be configured to perform various kinds of mathematical calculations, and even have conditional logic to follow based on user inputs
- Record- and field-level security capabilities ensure strong data security and privacy
- Integration of Connected Worker Apps with advanced analytics and data visualization tools enables users to get a 360-degree view of their EHS and ORM initiatives
There are many more benefits offered by ProcessMAP Connected Worker apps. To learn more, click here.
How Are Customers Using ProcessMAP Connected Worker Apps?
ProcessMAP customers have embraced the Connected Worker Platform and have used it to solve a whole host of business challenges.
- An industrial solutions organization developed and deployed apps worldwide for daily forklift inspections, PPE inventory management and other safety improvements. In addition to English language apps, the company was also able to configure and deploy these apps in Spanish and Portuguese for its Latin American locations.
- Another customer in the electric utilities industry utilized the Connected Worker Platform to create a daily pre-job safety briefing app that captures discussions on specific roles and responsibilities, procedures and hazards and controls identification prior to beginning any job. The apps were deployed for Automated External Defibrillator (AED) inspections and monthly facility inspections.
- In working to reduce injuries within its organization, a customer deployed a Machine Guarding Assessment app that is designed to help employees to assess and identify risks, and manage corrective actions, to help reduce the likelihood of workplace injuries and improving productivity.
- To ensure employees have access to required PPE before commencing work, a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food processing and air transportation industries deployed the daily PPE check app to its shift managers across multiple customer facilities. These managers are now using the app to digitally confirm employees have the necessary PPE, saving time and improving productivity.
- A customer in the industrial waste management field deployed the Quality Assurance/Quality Control app to capture issues and concerns related to the quality of the services, and the associated corrective action items required to improve these issues.
These are just a handful of examples from amongst hundreds of such interesting use-cases for which customers relied upon the ProcessMAP Connected Worker apps. The mobile revolution is just starting in the enterprise app landscape, and particularly for EHS and ORM use-cases. We already notice rapid adoption of mobile solutions by our customers across the world, and the advantages of LCAP apps are further accelerating the digital transformation of workplace processes. To learn more about how ProcessMAP can help you accelerate your digital transformation initiatives, Sign up for a free, no-commitment consultation with our Center of Excellence team, today!