BlueFletch Named as a Top 40 Innovative Technology Company

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Technology Association of Georgia Honors 40 Companies for Innovation and Contributions to the State’s Technology Community

ATLANTA — (Jan. 23, 2019) — The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced BlueFletch as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG will recognize honorees at The Summit 2019 event on February 11-12, 2019, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

TAG’S Top 40 Awards recognize Georgia-based technology companies for their innovation, financial impact, and their efforts at spreading awareness of Georgia’s technology initiatives throughout the U.S. and globally. Read More

BlueFletch to Introduce Enhanced Enterprise Launcher with Facial Recognition at NRF’s Big Show

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ATLANTA, GA, Jan. 9, 2019 – BlueFletch, an Atlanta-based mobile development firm focused on building innovative solutions for enterprises, and a Zebra Technologies’ PartnerConnect Premier Independent Software Vendor (ISV), will be exhibiting in Zebra’s booth (Booth #2101) at the NRF Big Show 2019, Jan. 13-15, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

BlueFletch will demonstrate “Touchless Authentication: Fast Employee Login”, showing retailers how their associates can quickly and efficiently log into Zebra’s TC52 and TC72 devices and immediately access their applications using facial recognition technology.

  • Touchless single sign-on results in increased productivity through faster log in. With our solution, associates would only have to log in to the device once, rather than every time they open an application throughout the day. Having a simplified login process reduces helpdesk tickets related to login issues.
  • Facial recognition technology offers increased device control and accountability. Companies can lock down settings and restrict applications based on user permission levels (e.g. managers vs. associates). Logging in/out of devices creates a record of who last used or is currently in possession of a device.
  • For more information on the National Retail Federation, please visit: https://nrfbigshow.nrf.com

 

Brett Cooper, Founding Partner, BlueFletch

“We’re looking forward to showing our touchless authentication solution at NRF running on Zebra’s enterprise-class mobile devices. Finding ways to increase productivity, security, and control is a top priority for all retailers, so we’re excited to showcase a solution that can make an immediate impact.”

Richard Makerson, Founding Partner, BlueFletch
“Retail’s BIG Show is always a BIG deal for us at BlueFletch. I am personally excited to showcase the new features of our BlueFletch Enterprise Mobility Suite that take advantage of the capabilities on Zebra’s newest mobile computing devices.”

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.

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Paige Pickert BlueFletch / paige.pickert@bluefletch.com / 855-529-6349

BlueFletch and The Home Depot deliver key insights on rugged vs. consumer-grade devices at Zebra Partner Summit

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Brett Cooper, a Partner at BlueFletch, will be joining a session panel at the Zebra Partner Summit on Thursday, November 8th at the Orlando Omni Championsgate to discuss Zebra’s real-world mobility solutions that give them an advantage over competitors. He will share the stage with fellow panelist Todd Stankiewicz, Senior Manager Information Systems at The Home Depot, and moderator Andy Cauffman, Zebra Account Manager for the Home Depot.

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BlueFletch Celebrates 2018 Women in Technology Awards

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Each year, the Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards recognize female leaders whose accomplishments, mentorship, and contributions to the community align with the WIT mission of advancing women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom. BlueFletch has the privilege to celebrate the women on our staff, as well as all the other stellar women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM), at the 2018 Women in Technology Awards.

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

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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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The Intern Experience – Jeffrey Wongo

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Jeffrey Wongo – Android Developer

Relaxed but Professional

As an intern at BlueFletch, I could not have asked for a better environment to gain professional exposure and hone my skills as a software developer. The days leading up to to my first day on job were hopeful and nerve wracking; however, upon starting I quickly came to realize that what little nerves I had were completely negated by the combination of my friendly, approachable coworkers and a work environment that promotes open communication and collaboration. With weekly company-wide standups, frequent code reviews, and lunch-and-learn presentations, BlueFletch makes it clear that learning and open interaction are key foundations to a successful organization.

The Work

BlueFletch Enterprise LauncherThe first project I worked on was the Enterprise Launcher for BlueFletch’s Enterprise Mobility System (EMS). Similar in function to the home screen on a regular Android device, the Enterprise Launcher, designed for rugged devices, adds a layer of control and meets the needs of any organization with multiple shared android devices. Specifically, I was tasked with updating and consolidating the different ways an associate could log into the Launcher (currently LDAP, Google Sign In, and Office 365). The end result would be that an organization would have the ability to select from these options without any external support. While working on this project some of the things I learned about included oAuth2 authentication, API calls using Retrofit, android navigation control, and much more.

After wrapping up the previous project I was tasked with replacing the backing local database for the Support Analytics android app. This app, also part of the EMS system, was responsible for displaying and sending information about the device (battery percentage, network status, temperature, etc) to a server. The issue was that the local database it used to store the data was not only difficult to test, but also unnecessarily inflated the app’s file size. While migrating the database to a different, more lightweight implementation, I had a first-hand experience of how external libraries interact and sometimes conflict with each other. I was also introduced to the idea of mocking when testing an application.

For the remainder of my internship I worked on two projects as part of an agile-driven team. I worked on bug fixes and implemented new features on several android apps. Unlike EMS, these projects involved active sprints and high client interaction. In addition to improving my skills and knowledge of android development, working on these projects gave me the valuable experience of collaborating with a team where each person had a specific role.  From daily team standups to tracking progress with task management software, I was able to witness the SCRUM methodology in a real world context.

Having the opportunity to work on multiple relevant products was an invaluable aspect of this experience. I was able to witness the different design patterns and architectures I learned and heard of in school being implemented in projects with actual value. As someone kicking off their career as a developer, BlueFletch was the perfect environment to advance my knowledge while working on interesting, challenging problems.

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 2018

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