Innovation is the lifeblood that keeps new ideas flowing through business and creates the competitive edge which drives industries forward.
Innovation in the development of software has become so frequent, and often so groundbreaking when done in the correct way (apple take a bow….) that we have grown to expect it. I would go so far as to say we have been spoiled by digital innovation over the past 10-15 years, so much so that it can be difficult to recognise the difference between software which offers new services and offerings to add to an existing business or that which offers genuine innovation with the potential to change an industry forever.
While the digital age may have killed off many of the traditional skilled roles of factory workers in industries as diverse as textiles to electronics, the computer has also brought with it innovation to transform entire industries.
Easily the biggest digital innovation of the modern age was the invention of the internet bythe UK’s very own Sir Tim Berners-Lee (brilliantly highlighted during the recent Olympic opening ceremony, just in case anyone thought the internet came from Silicone Valley!) and one which completely changed the way in which we approach work. From sending emails instead of letters, finding information immediately instead of through library books to more recently being able to access data pretty much anywhere thanks to cloud computing – the world wide web completely changed the way in which people conducted their work and opened up vast new industries.
Take for instance the retail industry. The advent of online shopping was an innovation which radically overhauled the pricing and availability of many retail businesses, forcing some retailers to remove themselves from the high street altogether and making mail order delivery an option on everything from clothes to books to the weekly food shop.
Another industry that was changed forever through the innovative vision of just one person was the airline industry. Once the domain of the rich, the glamour of the jet age long since passed with the downfall of Pan Am and increased competition in the skies but it was Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the businessman who introduced Easyjet in 1995 who truly paved the way for a new era in the UK airline industry. Taking the lead from Southwest Airlines in the USA, Easyjet brought no-frills air travel to UK passengers and opened up domestic and international travel as an easily affordable and everyday occurrence for hundreds of thousands of passengers. By stripping back every aspect of flying, from food to baggage to boarding, Easjyet could keep costs low but turnaround times high to make a more profitable business. The effect on the wider industry was huge, no-frills airlines have become the norm when travelling to domestic and European destinations and purchasing flights online rather than through a travel agent the accepted way to travel.
We often use the term ‘disruptive technology’ forkykloudand its condition survey app because much like the examples outlined above, it has the power and the ability to disrupt an entire industry and bring it headlong into the future. For building surveyors, the app reduces the time spent completing a survey by 50% – no spreadsheets, no need for cameras, not even the need for drawings. Everything can be managed by the kykloud app to create detailed and accurate property surveys onsite. The benefits? By completing twice as many surveys business can be more competitive, more efficient and crucially more profitable by stepping into the future and replacing manual surveys with the kykloud. Our customers’ clients are seeing the benefits too, through the use of cloud based tools for managing and reporting data, with reports landing in their inbox in 1-2 days when they used to wait weeks.
The kykloud condition survey app has brought innovation to the building surveying industry with the potential to change the way surveyors carry out their business forever.