With the third quarter implementation deadline looming, Cianbro needed a new approach for receiving bulk items, and the organization needed to find it quickly. The company mulled over a couple of different options, including native iOS and Objective-C development, before turning to Telerik® Platform by Progress.
“We wanted to be able to handle multiple devices, while still utilizing a skillset that our development team already possessed, and Telerik gives us that,” Wiers added. Having used Telerik solutions for 12 years to deal with .NET development challenges, using Telerik Platform to design and deploy a mobile barcode application was an easy choice.
Unlike other solutions, Telerik Platform enabled Cianbro to vastly decrease the time spent in development, even though the barcode application was the company’s first project using the framework. “If we look at something like Objective-C and try to go through straight native development, it doesn’t just require learning a new language,” Wiers explained. “You’re learning a new toolset as well, which increases the amount of development time needed to get up to speed on the technology.”
After just a couple months in development, Cianbro was able to create a mobile application that enabled users to quickly look up barcodes from the palms of their hands instead of having to page through entire binders. With the app in tow, workers can simply enter the item name and search for it from their mobile device. The app then presents employees a barcode they can use with the EMS scanner and an image of the product so they know they’re scanning the correct item.
“Telerik Platform has provided flexibility and productivity in our development process, while keeping support costs low,” said Wiers. “It will allow us to produce scalable mobile applications to improve the business productivity with a modern user experience.