Richard Makerson Selected to Join Leadership Atlanta Class of 2020

By | Ideas For Your Business

ATLANTA – (May 1, 2019) – Leadership Atlanta, one of the oldest sustained community leadership programs in the nation, today announced BlueFletch CEO & Managing Partner, Richard Makerson, will join the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2020.

The Leadership Atlanta Class of 2020 program includes 84 established leaders from areas such as education, law, nonprofit, technology, media, healthcare, politics and government and are chosen to participate in a nine-month, executive-level series. Through retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours, members explore critical community issues, examine themselves as leaders and build relationships of trust and mutual understanding.  The year’s class program is created and executed by a dedicated team of hundreds of Leadership Atlanta alumni volunteers, under the direction of the organization’s staff.  Each of these volunteers donates his/her time, experience, and expertise in order to create the best possible experience for class members.

“We are thrilled to welcome our 50th Class,” said Pat Upshaw-Monteith, Leadership Atlanta president and CEO, in a news release. “We are proud to continue Leadership Atlanta’s tradition of bringing together the region’s most influential, engaged, and creative leaders dedicated to working together for the greater good.”

This year’s Leadership Atlanta class consists of 84 individuals selected from more than 400 applicants across a variety of businesses and backgrounds around Atlanta. See the entire 2020 class here.

About BlueFletch
BlueFletch is team of mobile development experts dedicated to helping our enterprise clients solve business problems using mobility. Clients come to us to build mobile solutions when their IT teams lack bandwidth or available skills. Our team of 40+ experienced consultants, all based out of Atlanta, Georgia, help our clients move fast and deliver results for mobility projects that are critical to the business.

About Leadership Atlanta
A group of concerned citizens at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce formed Leadership Atlanta as a formal initiative to address the growing need for a well-informed cadre of committed leaders. The first class was selected in the summer of 1969. It is the mission of Leadership Atlanta to build a better community for everyone in the Atlanta region through education about the key issues facing the region and inspiring members and others to take on and exercise real leadership committed to serving the common good. Since 1969, a diverse group of over 3,000 men and women from metro Atlanta counties has completed this program.

Richard Makerson Wins Atlanta Business Chronicle Small Business Person of the Year Award

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

BlueFletch CEO and Managing Partner, Richard Makerson, was announced the winner of the Small Business Person of the Year, Best Minority Entrepreneur Award. The annual Small Business Person of the Year Awards recognized Richard Makerson as metro Atlanta’s outstanding minority entrepreneur who has owned his or her business for at least one year.

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

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

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 2018

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

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

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

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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Lauren Lynn
BlueFletch / lauren.lynn@BlueFletch.com
855-529-6349

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

By | Enterprise Mobility

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

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

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

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

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 2017

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

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.