Monday, August 19, 2013

Tab Loop HVAC Test and Balance Software

After many years of association with the HVAC industry, Mako-Technologies realized there was a great demand for a mobile software solution that would centralize all members of a project, assist in data collection and streamline data to formulate unified reports that are certified according to industry regulations.
Tab Loop was created specifically for the HVAC industry in a sense that it allows for customization of the company’s branding, data requirements and company contacts. From a central project management portal, projects can be created and tasks assigned with our software solutions making each project not only paper free but virtually error free. All members of a specific project have secure access to information and tasks specifically assigned to them and data that is collected from team members is synced to the project through remote services with simple internet connectivity. This enables project managers and administrators the ability to see real time data, assist with any change orders or approve items on site from any location. Efficiency and accuracy are the main focus of this software.
Tab Loop has the capability to generate test and balance reports from data collected automatically or use your company’s standard forms currently used for reporting. With this software, there is no need to transcribe data which eliminates any human error factors. If data collected does not meet the requirements established by the project administrator during set up, the reporting will not balance which eliminates error and additional time revisiting job sites to obtain accurate information. Easy to use, efficient and affordable Tab Loop is test & balance….SIMPLIFIED!

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Top Reasons Construction Companies Need Great Websites

After a survey of google for construction companies web sites I was amazed at how bad most of the companies web presence was, especially the small ones. Web page designs were outdated with old content as if the company paid for a page back in 2001 and forgot about it. With upwards of 93% of people in the united states using the internet to find products and services this is amazing to me. Most companies used web pages that were not designed for mobile devices to view. With everyone using cell phones and tablets these days it doesn't make sense from a marketing stand point to not have an adaptive web site. When a home owner is looking for a contractor they most likely do a web search and pick the company that has the most professional and informative website and has the best online reviews. Here is a list of the main reasons you as a construction business owner should take your web presence seriously.

-First Impression is Only Impression
With as many as 87% of residential customers looking for contractors using the internet to research who they are going to hire, you only get one chance to make a first impression. A clean, easily searchable, and professional website conveys those same messages about your company. Lets face it most people who hire contractors for their homes don't know much about home construction so your web page may be the only thing they go by when making a decision.

-Showcase Your Expertise

You control the image you portray. If you are great at what you do, what better way is there to let potential customers know, than to show them. If you are a builder, a designer, landscaper or any number of things, showcasing your previous work will give potential clients an idea of what you are capable of, and what they can expect should they utilize your services. Don't just throw up poorly taken photo's of projects make sure what you are posting represents the quality of work you are aiming to showcase.

-Better Design Brings in More Views = More Sales

A professionally designed and optimized website will perform better in search engines bringing more potential business to you. A great website design has a much higher sales conversion rate. That all translates to more sales and exposure.

-Connect with Potential Clients

With maintained social media and links to your website you can connect with customers before they even need your services. Create how to blogs or videos with information that showcases your expertise and post them on your companies social media pages(assuming you have them). This can bring you customers that you would have never connected with otherwise.

Mako Technologies Inc. knows how to bring your business customers through great software and webdesign.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Does Your Business Need To Go Paperless? Some facts about paper based business.

Here are some interesting facts about the use of paper in business today. These are mostly for large corporations but the idea is still the same for small business's. In fact I would say the impact on a small business could be much greater as each individual's time means more to a small  business in the long run.

  • On average, the cost in labor to file one document is $20

  • Between 2% and 5% of an organization's files are lost or misfiled onfiling cabinet any given day.

  • Companies on average spend $120 in labor to find one misfiled document.

  • 1 out of ever 20 documents is lost.

  • Approximately 25 hours are spent recreating each lost document.

  • Apporximately 10-12% of documents are not found on the first attempt.

  • 400 is the number of hours per year the average employee spends searching for documents.

  • More than 70% of today's Businesses would fail within 3 weeks if they suffered a catastrophic loss of paper based records due to fire or flood.

  • It takes an average of 10 minutes per paper document to retrieve, copy, and re-file.

  • The average document is copied 19 times.

  • The average worker makes 61 trips to the fax machine, copier and printer.

  • 60% of employee time is spent working with documents.

  • 90% of a business's information is in documents

  • Each four drawer file cabinet holds an average of 10-12,000 documents, takes up 9 square feet of floor space and cost $1500 per year.

-Sources: Gartner Group, AIIM, US Dept of Labor, Imaging Magazine, Coopers & Lybrand

Mako Technologies can help your business go mobile and increase efficiency.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Construction Punch List Software and Construction Task List App

In the growing trend of construction and mobile service applications a new start up from Tampa Florida is leading the way creating a new way to view and manipulate blueprints and project documents. Mako Technologies Inc. started by creating Tab Loop for the HVAC Test and Balance industry and then realized the platform was useful in other industries.
         Mako Technologies Inc. has begun working with hardware manufacturers to integrate remote sensors and data collection instruments into easily generated reports following industry standard reporting guidelines not just spitting out numbers that someone then has to transfer into a report. Mako Technologies Inc. has also created the Mobile Punch list Application that makes assigning tasks and managing your punchlist easy and efficient. Simply upload a blueprint using wifi or data connection and you can mark it up creating a task/punch list as you go. Add photo's from your mobile device's library so everyone is one the same page. Mako’s Mobile Punchlist Application is designed for use in any industry that needs mobilization of task punchlists, to-do lists or taks . When your done, simply save it on your device to edit or manage your list at any time. You can also email this punchlist to any valid email address and recipients may edit the list or complete assignments and return the list to you. Coming soon they are adding cloud connectivity to the Punch List app to  allow real time collaboration on lists.
         Contact Andrew at Mako Technologies Inc. for information on how they can make mobile technology work for your business.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Daily Report: Proposing a ‘Nutrition Label’ for Mobile Apps

[Source NYT July 26, 2013, 8:13 am]
Like food packages that display nutrition labels, some mobile apps could soon display information that allows consumers to decide at a glance whether the apps are good for them, Natasha Singer reports.

A variety of groups, including app developers and consumer advocates, have agreed to test a voluntary code of conduct that would require participating app developers to offer short-form notices about whether their apps collect certain personal details from users — including health and social networking data — or share user-specific data with entities like advertising networks or consumer data resellers.

The idea is to allow people to compare the data collection practices of, say, flashlight apps and choose one that does not ingest unrelated material like their photos or contact lists. The determination that the notices are ready for testing is the outcome of yearlong negotiations — convened by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a division of the United States Commerce Department — to increase mobile app transparency for consumers. Participants included app developers, digital marketing, civil liberties, consumer and privacy groups.

On Thursday, many participants in the process voted to support a version of the code drafted by a diverse coalition including the Application Developers Alliance, an industry association, and advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the World Privacy Forum.
Although major mobile app developers like Apple and Google, which develops mobile apps for its Android platform, have not indicated whether they intend to sign on to the code of conduct, groups involved in drafting it say it is a significant advance in mobile privacy for consumers — and an unusual agreement among industry and consumer advocates.

“It’s a victory for common sense,” said Tim Sparapani, vice president for law, policy and government relations at the Application Developers Alliance, a group representing more than 100 companies and 20,000 individual developers.