Custom Mobile Apps on BlackBerry Enable Visibility in the Field

— May 25, 2011

Canvas announced that Astrum Solar, a multi-state installer of residential and small commercial solar panel systems, has deployed Canvas’s mobile business solution to its field staff on BlackBerry devices.
Before deploying its own customized mobile apps on Canvas, this rapidly growing company had little real-time insight into what its installation teams were doing out in the field. Local operations managers were tracking daily activities of each crew; however, there was no mechanism in place to collect each crew’s observations and disseminate it across the company so that others could see and act upon it.
Today, Astrum Solar uses Canvas to collect this job-specific data from its installation teams in the field. Each Install Team Lead carries a BlackBerry equipped with custom-built mobile apps. This vital information is now sent back in real-time to appropriate individuals around the company so that everyone from accounting to marketing knows which installers are on which jobs and what can be done to enhance and streamline onsite productivity in the future. This visibility results in nearly instantaneous learning within the organization, as well as much improved record keeping.
Canvas was able to provide Astrum Solar with an easy to use, self-serve and affordable mobile business application platform with all the power of an expensive custom solution. Using Canvas’s Web-based application design tool, Astrum Solar was able to create and modify its own unique mobile app. With the ability to generate new iterations of applications “on the fly,” Astrum Solar was able to make changes to work flow within the application and deploy the revised version of its app quickly and seamlessly.
As a young, progressive, and green company, Astrum Solar is unique in that it could start fresh with paperless processes. After rapid growth and the quick realization of the need for centralized data collection, the company went straight to the implementation of digital mobile apps as a more efficient and affordable means for data collection.
“The biggest difference between Canvas and the other solutions we looked at was the ease of use of the form creator. We were able to figure out its easy drag-and-drop process within a matter of minutes and had built almost exactly what we wanted before we were even contacted by a Canvas representative," says Vadim Polikov, president of Astrum Solar.

“With Canvas’ free trial program it allowed us to try out their service confirming it was the right solution for us. It’s hard to put a dollar figure on the value Canvas provides, but I know we are getting a fantastic deal compared to paper records or nothing at all,” he adds.
“Companies like Astrum Solar represent the next generation of businesses and how they consume technology. They are building their company from the ground up with a focus on integrating those solutions that immediately improve their competitiveness and productivity at the same time they are demonstrating to their customers and the industry as a whole that they truly believe in the overall benefits of going Green,” sys James Quigley CEO and co-founder of Canvas.


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