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Businesses Save – and Earn – Money Every Day with Xora Mobile Apps

Businesses Save – and Earn – Money Every Day with Xora Mobile AppsWhat is the name of your business and URL?

Xora, Inc.; http://www.xora.com

A brief synopsis of the smart phone app?

Xora turns any mobile device into a productivity tool for employees and gives organizations visibility into the locations and activities of those employees in the field. Xora GPS TimeTrack is a mobile application that runs on GPS-enabled phones, tablets and in-vehicle devices combined with a secure, cloud hosted management application.

Our mobile app automatically collects location, time and activity data and transmits it to the management application where it can be viewed and reported for decision making and historical trends analysis. Xora data can be integrated into back-office systems and other business applications to provide a more complete view of an organization’s operations.

For mobile employees using phones or tablets, we take it a step further by outfitting their devices with custom forms that eliminate manual paperwork. We also integrate our app with native features of smart phones (such as cameras and with hardware add-ons such as barcode scanners and point-of-sale devices), enabling our apps to collect, transmit, process and report on data gathered through these methods.

Android, iPhone, Blackberry, or Windows?

Xora GPS TimeTrack works with most of the leading wireless handsets, smart phones and tablets sold through Verizon, AT&T, Vodafone, Sprint and our other wireless carrier partners. (Note: Verizon and Vodafone have put their own brands on our app.)

Was your company started on a shoestring budget or funded?

Xora has been built with the dedication of our team (always working with tight budgets!) and has been backed by venture capital. Our investors are listed on our website here: http://www.xora.com/ss/about-us/investors/

Why would a small business, entrepreneur, freelancer, etc use your product?

Before solutions such as Xora came along, organizations whose success depends on the productivity and efficiency of mobile employees and assets in the field had no effective way to manage these resources. Equally true, employees working in the field – away from offices and desks – had no access to the technology that office employees have come to rely on.

What is most exciting about our business is that we are helping organizations take part in the mobile revolution in a very tangible and valuable way. Our customers are real-world organizations solving real-world problems in industries such as field services, home healthcare, construction, transportation, distribution, merchandising and public sector. Our customers are not necessarily technology experts nor do they have large IT staffs. We help them take advantage of technology advances in devices and carrier networks with our application that helps them run their businesses smarter and more profitably in a cost-effective way.

Xora turns any mobile device into a productivity tool for employees. For example, Xora eliminates manual data collection and paperwork. No more driving into the office to punch a time clock or fill out a paper timesheet. Jobs, job information and even driving directions can be sent right to mobile devices. Date and time stamps let employees prove they were on the job and/or in the right place at the right time, even if a customer says they weren’t.

How could you effectively use these tools?

With the time and location data collected by Xora, our customers can better serve their customers by keeping them informed of the status of their jobs or deliveries and making sure that reports of activities and bills are accurate and timely. More importantly, the ability to eliminate paperwork, gather data from the field – ranging from job details to competitive information to new work orders initiated by field employees, and automate back-office processes, enables Xora customers to streamline and enhance their business operations. In doing so, not only does Xora save our customers money every day, but in many cases, Xora can help them make money every day.

How much is it?

Customers need to contact carriers for specific pricing information, but the cost of Xora is typically about $1 per day per user.

Do you have a YouTube video URL that you can share with us, and allow us to publish with your story?

We’ve got something even better: Any Tuesday, at 10 a.m. Pacific, your readers can join our weekly webinar where they will get a first-hand look at how their organization can save money and meet productivity and service goals by using Xora mobile and in-vehicle solutions. They can register at this link: http://bit.ly/podpyg

How long have you been in business?

Xora has been delivering mobile enterprise applications since 2003.

Number of current users?

More than 16,000 organizations around the world rely on Xora.

How do you see your company in the next 2-5 years (more products or services?)

We’ll continue to be enhancing our capabilities to deliver increased business productivity for our customers, with a goal of helping them to make money every day.

Estimated yearly growth?

Businesses Save – and Earn – Money Every Day  with Xora Mobile Apps

Anne Bonaparte

Since we’re a privately held company, I can’t answer for Xora specifically. But Frost & Sullivan, the market research organization, published a report last year that said annual North American revenue — in aggregate — from companies like ours is expected to grow from approximately $240 million in 2010 to $2.33 billion in 2016. The total number of annual users is expected to grow from 920,000 in 2010 to 7.3 million by year-end in 2016.

 

 

How many employees do you currently have working with you and/or freelance contractors?

Approximately 150 employees.

Are you looking to hire more people or contractors? If so, what positions and skills are you looking for?

Yes, we’re hiring, and we invite people to take a look at our job listings in finance, sales, marketing, customer support and software development on our website here: http://www.xora.com/ss/about-us/careers/

What other web based products would you recommend to entrepreneurs, business owners?

Thanks for asking. Of course, for businesses with fleets of cars, trucks or other mobile heavy equipment, we recommend the Xora InVehicle solution.

Xora InVehicle is an application that instead of using smart phones as a data collection device uses in-vehicle GPS devices. With the data collected through these devices, the Xora application lets organizations track the exact GPS locations of their vehicles in near real time on Google maps, monitor their speeds, the time it takes them to travel from one location to another, and when, where and for how long they stop.

In addition, the solution allows customers to use the data to analyze productivity or respond to customer inquiries about the estimated arrival time of a service provider or a delivery. The solution also can be programmed to send automatic alerts if drivers are speeding, spending too much time in one location, or traveling into or out of specific locations. With workflow triggers, the system can automatically begin tracking a job when a driver crosses into a geofenced area that delineates a customer location.

As part of the solution, the Xora management application includes a library of 30 pre-configured reports on the data collected, and also lets users create their own reports around their exact needs. Reports can be exported into spreadsheets or integrated with other applications to assess productivity, optimize routing, manage fuel costs, or create driver safety reports for insurance purposes.

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