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Better Business

The Box off-the-shelf mobile business app costs
less than $50 a month. In the PC/MS Office/
LAN ecosystem, $50 per month might buy you
a good PC or Mac but certainly not a whole IT
business system that can be run from a smartphone. Box allows me to grant permission to others to share, download and even edit files. It allows
me to search every folder and file for a specific
word, and every new version of each file is automatically labeled as the current version.
I use Apple's Pages app for word processing
and its Numbers app for spreadsheets and tables. I used the Dragon Dictation app to dictate
parts of this article and then copied and pasted
it to Pages because that is faster and easier than
keyboarding. I use Houzz, Facebook and Pinterest with clients to share and collaborate about
their projects.

There's An App for That
Save time and money by switching
to a mobile platform

ONCE IN A WHILE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD, something comes along that
works better, saves time and costs less. Mobile apps do all that for my kitchen
business, Dream Kitchen Builders. I stopped using the old standard of PCs,
Microsoft Office (Office) and a Local Area Network (LAN) this past year,
and I started using mobile apps to run my business.
A LAN is a computer network that interconnects computers within a
limited area such as an office or school. This old standard has been used for
more than 30 years, and Office was originally designed as a one-softwarefits-all application. It's truly amazing that any tech company could dominate
business software for 30 years as Microsoft has.
Mobile apps are the exact opposite because their mission is to do just one
thing and do it better than any other method. Mobile apps are computer
programs designed to run on smartphones and tablets, they cost way less to
design and build than legacy software, and they do many things better and
even do some things Office can't do. Smartphones are mobile computers, and
they are replacing PCs because they're smarter, faster and cost less.

EASE OF MANAGEMENT WITH MOBILE APPS

BEING MOBILE HAS ITS ADVANTAGES

Kitchen and bath design businesses are more mobile than many others
because design professionals do business everywhere - in the office, on a job
site or on the road. Some of us design and produce projects out of town and
even out of state, so it makes sense that design businesses can benefit more
from mobile IT than other operations where most of the business takes place
within a local space.
The ability to manage, share and collaborate globally with the simplicity of
a mobile app is revolutionary. I edit documents in the cloud using a smartphone, and I don't download or upload because word processing software is
embedded in the cloud (and it's free). My mileage records are kept automatically by my iPhone because there's an app for that (MileIQ).
The smartphone-mobile-app ecosystem is a DIY IT platform,so I don't need
a local tech person; the system is never down; and I don't have to suffer through
software upgrades every three years. My files are encrypted to and from the
cloud (data center),and they are backed up in two locations - one on each coast.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE APPS

The top mobile app categories for business are information sharing, collaboration,productivity and social networking.Box is my app for sharing and collaboration,and it's my virtual server for my mobile IT system.It affords me unlimited
storage and simple management of every document in my business,and it's the
same software Fortune 500s use for the same things.

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SCOTT KOEHLER is a 27-year
veteran of the kitchen and
bath industry and owns Dream
Kitchen Builders, a designbuild firm in North Carolina.
See his "Mobile Apps for the
Kitchen Business" Voices
From the Industry presentation during KBIS 2017.

Kitchen and bath business information management is about collecting, organizing and sharing
info with all stakeholders involved in a project.
Managing clients'files and information and effectively communicating throughout a project should
be top priorities for every IT system. Mobile apps
help me singlehandedly manage client communications better than any other IT system I've used
because they are more powerful - yet simpler to
use - and are always available.
It takes me about a minute at a job site to take
a photo with my iPhone, crop it and save it to my
cloud. It's automatically assigned a unique URL
(link) so I can immediately share that photo with
collaborators, and I'm notified when they open
it. With the PC/Office/LAN system, I used to
take photos on site and then go back to the office
to upload them to a laptop. I would then crop the
photos, save them, compose an email, attach the
photos, send them to all the stakeholders and hope
everyone would hit "reply all."
With mobile apps, I can invite people to collaborate with me in real time about the photo I just
took. For example, if it's a photo of a framed wall
in a project and the framing needs to be changed, I
can initiate an online conversation with the builder,
superintendent, interior designer and homeowner.
Everyone can see everyone else's comments, and
it's all recorded and time stamped in the cloud.
Mobile apps can do business in the moment
better than any desktop solution possibly could,
and they can be a huge competitive advantage
for folks in mobile businesses like kitchen and
bath designers.
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016
Contents
Editor's Note
Show Director's Note
Happenings
Design With
Trends
Tech Savvy
Better Business
Dealer Dish
Before & After
Universal Design
What's Hot
A builder steps in mid-project to expand a master bath & kitchen
Homeowners think outside the box for their kitchen and baths
Small Spaces
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016 - Intro
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016 - Editor's Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016 - Show Director's Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016 - Happenings
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016 - Design With
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016 - Trends
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016 - Better Business
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2016 - Dealer Dish
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