And Now, a Few Words from our Summer Intern!

By | Ideas For Your Business

Truman Capote once said, “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” I certainly had a mix of failures and successes at my internship. Never having had an office job before now, I didn’t really know what to expect when I came in on my first day. I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to be anything like The Office with its complete lack of actual work, or 30 Rock seeing as I wasn’t working with crazy celebrities. I learned several things from working at BlueFletch and I probably would be more successful if I could do it a second time around.

The first few weeks were a flurry of trying to wrap my head around the very basics of different aspects and tools of coding. After getting settled in, I started to actually work on the project I had been given. One of the things I wish I knew was that I should’ve never hesitated to ask for help from anybody. Of course, it seems like that should’ve been obvious from the beginning, but I was trying to be as least bothersome to real workers as I could. I really didn’t want to interrupt their real work with questions about the most basic elements of computer science. When I eventually got over that, it was clear that everybody was willing and happy to help me with whatever problems I was encountering. I think I could’ve definitely tried to talk to people more. When I finally got over my shyness, I had some pretty interesting discussions about Game of Thrones. Read More

Richard Makerson Honored Among HUB Magazine’s 2016 Diversity Game Changers

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) publication releases latest issue
focused on Diversity in Technology.

ATLANTA (July 26, 2016) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), one of the nation’s largest state trade organizations dedicated to technology and innovation, recently recognized Richard Makerson, Managing Partner, BlueFletch as a Diversity Game Changer in Technology in the latest issue of Hub Magazine.

Georgia is fast becoming the place for women and minorities in the tech industry. Atlanta is among the Top 50 Cities for Diversity in STEM and ranks #3 of the top 5 Cities for Minorities in Computing. The Diversity in Tech Issue of Hub Magazine celebrates the state’s inclusive ecosystem for innovation.

The Diversity Game Changers in Technology list identifies minority and women innovators who are leading the Peach State’s technology industry.

Through Richard’s leadership, BlueFletch has initiated a program aimed at targeting underemployed women from underrepresented communities. Currently focused on application quality assurance, participants in the program develop deep technical skills and experience on enterprise projects so they can ultimately transition into tech careers.

In addition to the Game Changers list, the issue features Teresa White, President of Aflac U.S. on the cover, profiles South Metro Atlanta’s Fayetteville, GA; showcases Georgia’s election technology upstarts and provides a recap of the biggest technology headlines and more.

View the digital version of Hub Magazine here:
http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1139172

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.

About Hub Magazine

Hub Magazine features timely news, ideas, people and trends that are at the intersection of Georgia’s Emerging technology community. Published bimonthly, HUB Magazine is a publication of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and reaches more than 30,000 technologists via print and digital distribution. Learn more at: www.hubga.com

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.hubga.com . To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.


Technology and Smiles at Operation PEACE

By | Ideas For Your Business

The Team at BlueFletch was lucky enough to participate in an Operation P.E.A.C.E. after-school program “Fun Friday” recently and here’s what we learned.

Operation P.E.A.C.E.

Operation P.E.A.C.E was founded in January 2012 under the “Year of Boulevard” Initiative to revitalize the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood through crime prevention, job training, education reform, economic development and summer and after-school youth programs. The Operation P.E.A.C.E After-School Program provides safe out-of-school care that keeps children focused on academics and structured enrichment activities during peak hours when children are more likely to be involved in high-risk behavior. Operation P.E.A.C.E provides transportation from local feeder schools (Hope-Hill Elementary, Intown Academy and Inman Middle School) to the program site each day. Once the students arrive at the Center, they unwind with a nutritious snack and supervised physical activities before settling down to begin their homework. Staff and volunteers assist with mentoring and providing one-on-one tutoring and various skill-based activities. Students are offered yoga on Wednesdays and “Fun Fridays” are reserved for arts and crafts, games, movies and other enrichment activities.  

BlueFletch + STEM

As a mobile tech company, we’re passionate about technology. We spend our days building innovative solutions and products for our clients and in our down-time we tinker on side projects and build robots with our kids. Technology and STEM based experiences are at the core of who we are, personally and professionally. We believe STEM experiences are important in today’s world, where technology pervades every aspect of our lives. High quality STEM experiences develop critical thinking skills and enable the next generation of innovators. We want to encourage youth to be curious, ask questions, and make connections with the world around them; essential skills for success in life and in our global economy. To that end, for our afternoon at Operation P.E.A.C.E we set up four stations staffed by BlueFletch volunteers to teach the kids STEM concepts and learn through play.

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Wearables

By | Uncategorized

October 15, 2015

Last week, BlueFletch CIO Richard Makerson, had the honor of hosting a top-notch panel of experts on Wearables and the Worker at SuperNova South. Many thanks goes out to our very special panelists Steve Bachman, Bruce Rasa and Josh Waddell, who led a lively discussion on the current state of wearables in the enterprise and gave us insight into the challenges faced as well as their predictions for future iterations of the technology.

wearables, supernova south

As the founder of the start-up TEKWear and AGVoice, Bruce Rasa came to the topic with experience from the field. Josh Waddell, Global VP of Mobile Innovations with SAP gave us insight from the enterprise perspective and Steve Bachman, CEO of Hi Tech Partners, let us know what he sees on the horizon and what peaks his interest as an advisor, investor and entrepreneur.

As many of you already know, SuperNova South is the largest and longest running tech conference in the Southeast. With over 1500 people in attendance, from entrepreneurs to big box retailers, it’s a dynamic crowd super fired-up for the content-rich programs and events. And our panelists did not disappoint.

Key Takeaways

  • Steve Bachman was sought after for his thoughts on the potential of the technology and what new services or industries might be born from wearable tech. He gave some interesting examples from the field of healthcare around the possibilities of “smart” bandages and fabrics.
  • Bruce and Josh were in agreement that hands-free enabling technology, be it Google Glass or a voice-activated technology, will be the fastest growing and most quickly adopted form of wearables.
  • As a Google Glass Explorer, Bruce was adamant that the social stigma of wearing the glasses did not occur in the field. The benefits far outweigh the silly looks for the workers doing the job. In fact, to them it was just another form of the safety goggles they already wear.
  • The possibilities are endless and ground breaking – imagine being able to see in real-time what a technician is doing, making it possible to give directions or double check safety measures.
  • All three of our panelists were in agreement that, although wearables haven’t quite hit their stride in the workplace, it’s only a matter of time.

With the technology in its infancy, the possibilities are endless and exciting. By implementing wearable tech, improvements in business processes are palpable and measurable. Although the parameters are still to be determined, it’s clear that the enterprise will be able to gain actionable insights from the employee and customer data generated from wearables.

After the panel, Richard and Bruce made their way over to Business RadioX with Ryan “RedHawk” McPherson. You can hear their segment on wearables and the Atlanta technology scene below.

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Atlanta Mobile App Development Firms BlueFletch and Catavolt Unite to Mobilize Atlanta Community Food Bank Operations

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

Local firms help the food bank deliver hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to agencies servicing communities challenged with hunger

 ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 2, 2016 – BlueFletch, LLC and Catavolt, Inc. today announced the results of a joint initiative to mobilize the operations of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. BlueFletch, a mobile technology consultancy serving large enterprise organizations, used Catavolt’s secure rapid mobile app development platform to modernize and mobilize the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s warehouse operations. BlueFletch and Catavolt donated their services to the food bank at no charge so the food bank could better serve its community without incurring additional costs.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank connects over 750,000 people each year with more than 61 million pounds of food. Under the strain to expand rapidly to serve a growing market and better serve its agencies, the food bank was looking for innovative approaches to order fulfillment. Relying on an outdated ERP system with no easy path to upgrade, the food bank was looking for ways to make better use of their existing technology infrastructure.

BlueFletch and Catavolt approached the food bank with a solution: Deploy mobile apps into internal warehouse operations to drive efficiency, and connect agencies through their own mobile app to check food inventory, place orders and schedule pickups.

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Why Enterprise Devices Deserve A Custom Launcher

By | Product Updates

Getting employees out of the back offices and onto the sales floor, streamlining apps to increase warehouse employee productivity or queue busting mobile payments are just a few ways that enterprise mobility solutions increase business value. But along with the benefits come a handful of challenges. How do you secure business and personal devices, deliver the right content to the right users and protect corporate data? Balancing security risks with the benefits of increased productivity is essential. Today’s enterprise mobility demands flexibility, customization and security.

A launcher is the part of the user interface that lets device users customize the look and functionality of their home screen, launch mobile apps and make phone calls, among other tasks. At BlueFletch, we’ve built a launcher for our enterprise clients that allows them to customize their devices for the way they do business. Here are a few of the features we think every enterprise launcher should contain in order to optimize device functionality, streamline business processes and ensure device and app security.

From increased productivity to maximized security

Enterprise organizations in the retail, warehousing/manufacturing and transportation & logistics verticals usually own a fleet of mobile devices that are shared by their employees.  Out of the box launchers for these devices typically launch apps and lock down everything else. That’s all. But so much more is possible with a custom enterprise launcher.

A fleet of enterprise grade shared devices used in conjunction with a custom launcher gives businesses the ability to control costs through process efficiencies and maintain security while maximizing device flexibility with a breadth of custom permission and features.

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BlueFletch Featured on TAG Radio

By | BlueFletch Culture & News
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BlueFletch Managing Partner, Richard Makerson, is featured on TAG Radio’s Tech Talk.

Today, enterprise mobility is a strategic component of every business. Frank Baia and Richard Makerson discuss how BlueFletch has delivered innovative next gen mobile solutions that improve efficiency and provide productivity improvements and competitive advantage for our clients. Learn how BlueFletch leverages a decade of experience and innate creativity to design custom mobile solutions specifically tailored to our clients individual needs.

 

A love of learning, a determination to constantly evolve, and the ability to find comfort in the unknown make Richard and the team at BlueFletch leaders in enterprise mobility.

Listen here

 

 

All About Wearables – SuperNova South and Business RadioX

By | Enterprise Mobility, Technologies

Last week, BlueFletch Managing Partner Richard Makerson, had the honor of hosting a top-notch panel of experts on Wearables and the Worker at SuperNova South. Many thanks goes out to our very special panelists Steve Bachman, Bruce Rasa and Josh Waddell, who led a lively discussion on the current state of wearables in the enterprise and gave us insight into the challenges faced as well as their predictions for future iterations of the technology.IMG_4311

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As the founder of the start-up TEKWear and AGVoice, Bruce Rasa came to the topic with experience from the field. Josh Waddell, Global VP of Mobile Innovations with SAP gave us insight from the enterprise perspective and Steve Bachman, CEO of Hi Tech Partners, let us know what he sees on the horizon and what peaks his interest as an advisor, investor and entrepreneur.
As many of you already know, SuperNova South is the largest and longest running tech conference in the Southeast. With over 1500 people in attendance, from entrepreneurs to big box retailers, it’s a dynamic crowd super fired-up for the content-rich programs and events. And our panelists did not disappoint. 

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Awards Season

By | BlueFletch Culture & News

At BlueFletch, we solve complex business problems quickly, consistently delivering the right solution for the problem at hand. We help our clients meet technical challenges and requirements they may not have the time or manpower to address.

Our team of highly qualified developers has built hundreds of apps for some of the most complex systems in the world. We focus on cutting-edge mobile technology, but we also understand how to successfully integrate with operational and legacy systems. In short, we build innovative mobile solutions for real-world business problems.

Our goal is to make our clients look like rock stars.

The secret to our success is the BlueFletch team.  We have created a highly experienced and agile team by honing our hiring practices and focusing on talent, passion and expertise. Our designers, developers and astute business analysts can handle any challenge thrown their way. The leadership at BlueFletch encourage each of us to “scratch the itch” of our endless curiosity by putting training and education at the forefront.The result is a dream team of mobile problem solvers.  

And the results are in

In May, BlueFletch was selected as one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies To Work For.  Our team members completed a questionnaire about the human resources practices at BlueFletch and ranked us near the top of the poll.

We made the list

As a 2015 Inc. 5000 honoree, we’re in good company. Atlanta ranked No. 5 on the list of Fastest Growing Metros By Number of Companies with 182 companies honored. Fellow honorees include FitBit and Atlanta-based companies Kabbage, Cardlytics and Cloud Sherpas.

We are so  proud of these awards and all of the credit goes to our incredible team – our success is a testament to their creativity and tenacity.

And now… back to work

We believe in helping our clients achieve success by building mobile solutions that improve their business. We work tirelessly behind the scenes so that our clients and partners look good. Seeing clients use our solutions and the benefits those solutions bring is the greatest reward. It is rare that we’re in the spotlight so we will take a moment to appreciate the attention, and now… back to work!


The Next Step in Big Data Analytics

By | Data & Security, Enterprise Mobility

More than 84% of people consider mobile to be a central part of everyday life.  While it’s clear that consumers have embraced mobility, mobility in the enterprise is also increasing exponentially. With the recent release of the IDG Enterprise study 2015 Big Data & Analytics the role of data, analytics and what they can do for the enterprise has been in the forefront of the news.

The survey reached over 1100 CIOs and IT leaders with the goal of gaining a better understanding of data driven initiatives, investments, goals and strategies in the enterprise. 29 questions centered on budget, plans for deployment and security.

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