Richard Makerson Nominated for Atlanta Business Chronicle Small Business Person of the Year Award

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Atlanta, GA – August 13, 2018 BlueFletch, award-winning leader in innovative mobile technology solutions, is proud to announce CEO and Managing Partner, Richard Makerson, has been nominated for Small Business Person of the Year, Best Minority Entrepreneur Award. The annual Small Business Person of the Year Award is brought to you by Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with Metro Atlanta Chamber.

The annual Small Business Person of the Year Awards pays tribute to top entrepreneurs leading their companies to success and honors outstanding entrepreneurs in metro Atlanta. Judges evaluate the nominations and choose finalists to return for interviews with the judging panel to determine the winner.

General criteria for evaluating excellence in entrepreneurship includes achieving exceptional business results that may include developing and achieving projected revenue goals, increasing workforce significantly, creating effective market awareness, demonstrating business leadership and/or developing a solid business foundation with clear goals and future growth objectives.

Candidates show exemplary business achievement, customer growth, community leadership, industry influence and entrepreneurial success, as well as demonstrate extraordinary financial success, in the past year.

“Being nominated and recognized by the judges with the Atlanta Business Chronicle has been a great experience. As a small business owner to be nominated for your hard work and sacrifice is extremely special,” said Richard Makerson. “We spend so much of our time focused on our clients, team members and how to solve the next problem that experiences such as these remind us of how much we have accomplished in 10 years.”

Categories include Rising Star, Top Job Creator, Best Veteran Entrepreneur, Best Minority Entrepreneur, Experienced Entrepreneur 7+ Years, Emerging Entrepreneur 3-7 Years, Early-Stage Entrepreneur – 1-3 Years.

Nominees for Best Minority Entrepreneur include Richard Makerson, CEO & Managing Partner of BlueFletch, Liz Frayer, President, Intrepid and Lisa Williams, Chief Insight Executive, L Insight Group.

Award winners will be announced at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Thursday September 20, 2018. Register here

BlueFletch Named Atlanta’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For

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Atlanta, GA – May 17, 2018  BlueFletch, award-winning leader in innovative mobile technology solutions is proud to announce it has been selected as 2018’s Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Atlanta’s Best & Brightest is awarded by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR).

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.

At BlueFletch, we’re thrilled to be named one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest for the fourth year in a row. It’s a testament to our leadership, our amazing team and our commitment to keeping innovative HR initiatives as a touchstone of our corporate culture. BlueFletch’s dedication to employee excellence includes flexible work hours and the ability to work at home, a commitment to continuing education and team outings organized for maximum fun and team bonding. Communication is king at BlueFletch and the secret to our success. We’re proud to know that listening to and learning from our team members is the reason we’ve been awarded this honor.

BlueFletch will be honored at the Best & Brightest Awards Gala will be held June 28th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

 

About the National Association of Business Services

Established in 1996, the National Association of Business Services (NABR) fosters a collaborative environment in which companies and leaders learn best practices, trends and vital information benefiting the company and its employees well beyond the finances. Through the Best and Brightest programs, the National Association for Business Resources provides specialized business services, education and resources for businesses throughout the United States.

BlueFletch Joins Zebra Technologies at NRF’s Big Show

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ATLANTA, GA, January 8, 2018 – BlueFletch, an Atlanta-based consulting firm focused on building innovative mobile solutions for the enterprise, and Zebra Technologies PartnerConnect Premier ISV partner, will be exhibiting in Zebra’s booth (Booth #1603) at the NRF BIG Show 2018, January 14-16, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

BlueFletch will demonstrate its Inventory AR application on Zebra’s TC51 mobile computers, showing retailers how they can utilize back-end data and augmented reality to increase efficiencies for inventory and merchandising operations.

  • The Inventory AR application is an open source product that enables retailers to better maintain accurate inventory replenishment data, optimize merchandise planning, and verify product pricing in real-time.
  • Using augmented reality, this product can read multiple barcodes or SKUs in a single motion, then quickly superimpose visual feedback in the user interface (UI) to indicate relevant product information such as: inventory counts, reorder thresholds, units sold last week, weekly sales trends and price check validation.
  • Currently supporting Zebra’s TC51,TC56, and TC70x mobile computers, Inventory AR can be customized and implemented for small-, medium- and large-sized retailers.
  • For more information on the National Retail Federation, please visit: https://nrfbigshow.nrf.com/

Brett Cooper, Founding Partner, BlueFletch

In retail, there are lots of companies waiting for the next new technology to get here. The secret to getting ahead is to get started. Companies that don’t leverage their technology correctly, don’t have an advantage over those without technology.

Richard Makerson, Founding Partner, BlueFletch

We are tremendously excited to showcase our solution at NRF with Zebra, whose enterprise-class devices serve as a great platform for us to solve client problems and meet end-user expectations. Finding labor efficiencies is a top priority of all retailers and to push efficiency through innovation on existing hardware is a win-win for the retailers and retail workers.

 About BlueFletch

BlueFletch is a team of mobile development experts dedicated to solving business problems using mobility. Since 2008 BlueFletch has grown into a widely trusted mobile company in the enterprise space by developing high value line-of-business apps for organizations in Retail, Consumer Goods, and Transportation & Logistics. For more information, please visit BlueFletch.com

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Mobile App Migrations Are Not Only Inevitable, But Are Also Often Business-Critical

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There is a great deal of hype these days about “digital transformation”. The term can span from simply going paperless to applying digital technologies to refine and optimize business models and workflows. Not surprisingly, the enterprise opportunities associated with digital transformation have attracted a lot of attention, particularly from consulting vendors and service providers. Unfortunately, this attention has led to confusion in the marketplace as to what digital business transformation means, and as a consequence, it has been inconsistently defined and unevenly applied and measures to address it have tended to be unreliable and incomparable. VDC Research has a simple definition for digital transformation: it is the integration of digital technologies and business models to engender organizational change while improving employee productivity, performance and customer engagement and service. A critical component of today’s digital transformation strategies is migrating legacy mobile applications running on aging equipment to take advantage of more sophisticated and functional modern mobile solutions and their intuitive interfaces.

One such example is the ubiquitous ruggedized handheld computer, the de facto hardware used for data collection and processing across a variety of workflows in virtually every industry. These devices are widely deployed in warehouses and distribution centers for inventory and material management applications, courier delivery drivers supporting parcel delivery verification, and beverage distributors supporting digital exchange. Organizations rely on these devices to conduct business critical applications and operations in real time. However, the dominant OS supporting this ecosystem of devices is quickly approaching its end of life, leaving current customers with no clear migration path forward. Put another way, no matter which OS platform an enterprise looks to deploy next to support its business-critical applications, each application will require recoding and rework, as it will not be compatible with modern mobile platforms. Moreover, these legacy devices fall well short of today’s mobile standards across all performance, functionality and usability criteria, ultimately limiting their potential impact on business operations. VDC has tracked these deployments, and estimates that there are 15 to 20 million legacy rugged handheld devices currently deployed supporting various line-of-business (LOB) applications.

Microsoft’s Windows CE and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 have long tenure as the OS platforms of choice for the majority of these deployment scenarios. The portfolio of devices and form factors is broad, development tools are mature, and the developer community is sizeable. In addition, with support from Microsoft for the past decade, businesses have been able to effectively manage and maintain their deployments (often longer than expected). But change has been forced on this ecosystem, with Microsoft’s end of life of its prolific Windows platforms looming, and the emergence of a new generation of modern Android-powered purpose-built ruggedized handheld devices not to mention the flood of smartphones being used in various corporate settings.

If your organization maintains ruggedized mobile deployments, there are several important dates that should be marked on your calendars:

  • June 10, 2018 — Windows Embedded CE 6.0 will be End of Life
  • June 9, 2019 —  Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld will be End of Life
  • January 14, 2020 — Windows Embedded Handheld (WEH) 6.5 will be End of Life

Preparing for Microsoft’s most prolific Windows Embedded Operating Systems End of Life is essential for any organization maintaining these deployments; the devices impacted are often required for day-to-day job-related activities/functions of their users.

Simplifying And Benefiting from App Migration

A recent VDC survey shows that 56% of organizations plan on upgrading their existing fleet of mobile devices because these devices are nearing their end of life and/or the old age of their existing devices. In addition, the motivation to upgrade applications to a more visual and modern user interface was cited by one in four respondents as a critical factor influencing their upgrade decision. This is notable, as many ruggedized mobile deployments in use today are text-oriented and keyboard-centric solutions. Our data also showed that when evaluating next-generation mobile platforms, security, lifecycle support, and ensuring business continuity were most frequently cited as key requirements.

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BlueFletch Honored with Floor & Decor’s IT Vendor of the Year Award

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Atlanta, GA – July 14, 2017   BlueFletch is proud to announce it is the recipient of Floor & Decor’s annual IT Vendor of the Year Award, in recognition of BlueFletch’s commitment to excellence and dedication to providing leading enterprise mobility solutions. Floor & Decor, a specialty retailer of hard surface flooring, uses BlueFletch’s solutions to improve efficiencies for employees to streamline store processes.

“The team from BlueFletch has been an integral part of our mobile initiatives. They have worked side-by-side with our internal teams to help us keep up with the pace of growth over the last few years” said John Adamson, Chief Information Officer, Floor & Decor.

“It has been our pleasure to work with Floor & Decor’s exceptional team. Together we have tackled some of the more complex challenges facing retailer today.  It’s awesome to work with them on some of the technological demands of the retail landscape” said Brett Cooper, Partner at BlueFletch. “We are honored to be named IT Vendor of the Year and look forward to continuing to help in the future.”

Floor & Decor gives its IT Vendor of the Year Award to the company it believes demonstrates exceptional performance and dependability on a consistent basis. BlueFletch has been assisting Floor and Decor with its mobile initiatives since 2012.

About BlueFletch
BlueFletch is team of mobile development experts dedicated to helping our enterprise clients solve business problems using mobility. Since 2008 BlueFletch has grown into a widely trusted mobile company in the enterprise space by developing high value line-of-business apps for companies in Retail, Consumer Goods, Healthcare, and Transportation & Logistics. For more information, please visit www.bluefletch.com

TAG Announces Diversity Game Changers in Tech Industry

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Atlanta, GA – June 19, 2017 The TAG Human Resources and Diversity society and TAG’s publication, Hub Magazine, today announced the GameChangers that will be recognized at the 7th Annual TAG Diversity Awards.

The event is made possible by Platinum Sponsor, Google and Silver Sponsors, Manhattan Associates, SunTrust, and Turner and will be held Tuesday, June 27th at the Morehouse School of Medicine NCPC Auditorium.

This year, The TAG Diversity Awards will recognize a select group of industry GameChangers along with the recipient of the prestigious Diversity Leadership Award. The work and achievements of these outstanding individuals are helping to advance diversity and inclusion in Georgia’s technology community.

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BlueFletch Named Atlanta’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For

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Atlanta, GA – May 15, 2017  BlueFletch, award-winning leader in innovative mobile technology solutions is proud to announce it has been selected as 2017’s Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Atlanta’s Best & Brightest is awarded by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR).

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.

At BlueFletch, we’re thrilled to be named one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest for the third year in a row. It’s a testament to our leadership, our amazing team and our commitment to keeping innovative HR initiatives as a touchstone of our corporate culture. BlueFletch’s dedication to employee excellence includes flexible work hours and the ability to work at home, a commitment to continuing education and team outings organized for maximum fun and team bonding. Communication is king at BlueFletch and the secret to our success. We’re proud to know that listening to and learning from our team members is the reason we’ve been awarded this honor.

BlueFletch will be honored at the Best & Brightest Awards Gala will be held June 28th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

 

About the National Association of Business Services

Established in 1996, the National Association of Business Services (NABR) fosters a collaborative environment in which companies and leaders learn best practices, trends and vital information benefiting the company and its employees well beyond the finances. Through the Best and Brightest programs, the National Association for Business Resources provides specialized business services, education and resources for businesses throughout the United States.

Lab Happenings vol. 5

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3D printing, also called  additive manufacturing, is the process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. An object is created by laying down successive layers of material, usually molten plastic. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. The advent of 3D printing has lowered the barrier of entry for industrial printing. What used to require machines, tools, and skilled technicians can now be accomplished by anyone with a laptop. The possibilities are both fascinating and endless. From fashion to food to  medical prosthesis, the speed and affordability of 3D printers has opened up a world of possibilities across a spectrum of industries.

3D printingWhen we first opened the BlueFletch IoT Lab the 3D printer was our very first purchase. In the Lab we use the STL file format native to CAD software and the 3D modeling app SketchUp to create 3D model images. Creating the STL file takes an engineering mind – taking the measurements so they translate correctly is a detailed process that is easy to bungle. Read More

Georgia Mentor-Protégé Connection Selects BlueFletch for 2017 Class

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Atlanta, GA – January 27, 2017 – BlueFletch is proud to announce it has been selected to participate in Georgia’s Mentor-Protégé Connection. The program provides a unique opportunity for Georgia’s entrepreneurs to partner with a corporate mentor that is committed to the health and long-term growth of small businesses in Georgia.

BlueFletch is thrilled to announce its partnership with Georgia Power and is looking forward to building strong relationships with a respected leader in the industry.

Administered by the Georgia Education Foundation (GEF) in partnership with the Department for Economic Development, the program was established to help Georgia’s small businesses improve business practices, accelerate growth and explore new technologies.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a protégé and partnered with Georgia Power” said BlueFletch CEO and Managing Partner, Richard Makerson. “I look forward to making the most of my time and leveraging all of the development opportunities provided.”

The mentor firms are leaders in their respective industries, including transportation, education, logistics, manufacturing, telecommunications, consulting services and information technology. Throughout the 12-month program, mentor firms provide high-level educational experiences, peer-to-peer mentoring activities and networking opportunities. Protégé companies will gain from an unparalleled information exchange on a wide range of business issues including strategic planning, sales and marketing, operations, infrastructure, technology and finance.

The Mentor Protégé Connection orientation kick-off was held on January 13th at The Coca-Cola Company.

 

Lab Happenings vol. 4

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Facial Recognition Technology Takes Center Stage

This is Part 4 of our series on the goings on in the BlueFletch IoT Lab. The Internet of Things is the next big revolution in technology and we’ve got our fingers on the pulse. Stay tuned for exciting projects, both personal and professional coming out of the Lab.

In our last post we discussed how the Sigfox network has furthered the projects in our lab, including our secure entry system. In this installment I’ll expand on the facial recognition component of that system. Andres took the lead, using the Facebook recognition system as a starting point. We’re still working out the kinks, but our first pass had some interesting results I’d like to share with you here.

When contemplating adding facial recognition technology to our access system, Andres was inspired by this article describing how to reverse engineer the system Facebook uses when we tag our friends. From this starting point, Andres used the Raspberry PI, OpenCV, the Facebook API, Python, and nodeJS to build a face recognition system. Under his system, the Raspberry Pi can be utilized for any number of functions, including sending a signal to the GPIO pins to “Open Doors,” sending a message via Sigfox to record the name of the person that was recognized or performing a calculation based on its’ findings.

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