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JourneyApps is the app development platform that lets industrial companies become digital leaders. IT teams use its low-code platform to quickly build and reliably run complex apps for field workers, even in the most challenging environments. With hundreds of customers around the world, JourneyApps helps them keep their competitive edge with intelligent work automation and informed decision-making.

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  • DENVER, January 24, 2020 – JourneyApps, the low-code app platform for industrial companies, just announced that it has launched a new feature to transfer data between end-user devices without the need for any kind of connectivity — whether cellular, WiFi/LAN or Bluetooth. The new PhotonSync feature was created to address the need that industrial field workers have to transfer data between users in areas where there may be no internet connectivity or local network available.

    “Think of PhotonSync as a cross-platform version of Apple’s AirDrop” said Kobie Botha, Chief Product Officer at JourneyApps. “It lets field workers share data and enables them to execute their work more efficiently, saving precious time. This ultimately translates into cost savings and value for our customers, and our customers’ customers.”

    An example of where PhotonSync is being used is for shift handovers that are performed by oilfield service companies. Their crews often work at highly remote sites with no connectivity and no network infrastructure. One crew will capture a large amount of data about an oilfield job on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. When a shift change occurs and another crew takes over, they need to transfer the data from the previous crew, but there’s often no cellular internet, satellite internet or WiFi. Therefore, they would typically put a file on a USB stick and hand it to the other crew — an insecure and very inefficient method. PhotonSync securely and reliably connects these work crews regardless of where they are — allowing them to digitally transfer data to each other in seconds.

    PhotonSync uses animated QR codes to transfer data from one device to another, using similar technology to that used on NASA’s Mars exploration rovers to communicate with the Earth — known as fountain codes. The name PhotonSync is derived from the fact that only the device’s display is used to transfer data (hence, photons). PhotonSync can transfer data between devices running different operating systems — whether iOS, Android, Windows or others. PhotonSync doesn’t require any setup — making it faster to use than methods such as Bluetooth for transferring certain types of data, such as the job data that are often recorded by industrial field workers.

    “Our customers were facing a challenge on a daily basis: How to transfer data between devices while in an offline environment without having to use hardware such as USB drives. While looking for the fastest and most effortless solution, we pushed ourselves to think outside of the box — and created PhotonSync”, said Botha.

    PhotonSync is now generally available to developers building applications on JourneyApps. As with all apps built on JourneyApps, it will work on any device with a camera, across all supported operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux).

    “We look forward to seeing how our customers will use PhotonSync to herald a new frontier of industrial connected workers without limits”, said Conrad Hofmeyr, CEO of JourneyApps.

    About JourneyApps: JourneyApps is the app development platform that lets industrial companies run better and be digital leaders. IT teams use its low-code platform to quickly build and reliably run complex apps for field workers, even in the most challenging environments. Based in Denver, JourneyApps helps more than 100 customers around the world keep their competitive edge with intelligent work automation and informed decision-making for all employees. More information at

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    The past five years have marked a sea change of industrial companies quickly coming to the realization that their future is digital. Digital data is suddenly seen as more valuable than oil. These companies woke up to find themselves in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) — where sensors and cyber-physical connected systems have changed the very definition of industrial machinery. This has led to an arms race of software acquisitions by industrial manufacturers.

    “To build or buy” is a classic strategic question for large corporations, and when it comes to an area that is as far outside an industrial company’s core competency such as cloud and mobile software development, buying rather than building is often their chosen chess move. According to the New York Times, citing data compiled by Bloomberg, in 2016, the number of technology companies acquired by nontechnology companies (682) outnumbered those acquired by technology companies (655) for the first time ever.

    In the past few years alone, we have seen giants such as General Electric acquire ServiceMax, Siemens acquire Mendix and Mentor Graphics, and United Technologies acquire Predikto, to name a few among many examples.

    Jeff Immelt, the former CEO of GE (a customer of ours), foreshadowed this metamorphosis in 2015 when he said, “Industrial companies are in the information business whether they want to be or not.” The most recent company to make headlines in this regard is Honeywell, whose new CEO is betting the company’s future on software.

    The Strategic Drivers Behind Digital-Industrial Acquisitions

    The importance of digital technology in almost all industries is undisputed, and not embracing it all but guarantees that large, established corporations will fall behind their competitors. In fact, two-thirds of business leaders agree that they need to be more digitized to ensure they stay competitive. This pressure bears down strongly on industrial companies, with the emergence of Industry 4.0 and most notably the industrial internet of things (IIoT).

    “Go digital or go extinct” is not merely a siren song. There are several strategic benefits that can be unlocked by a digitization strategy, through a shrewd approach to acquisitions.

    Differentiation By Using Digital Technologies To Fuel Expert Advisory Services

    Digital technologies enable industrial companies to better monetize their domain expertise — by enabling them to offer value-added services that leverage insights from sensor data, computer models and artificial intelligence (AI). Such services are typically designed to help their customers obtain better performance from their industrial assets.

    Creating new defensible revenue streams from unique value-added services is a strategic necessity in the face of globalization and manufacturing commoditization. As lower-cost manufacturing powerhouses such as China and India are on the rise, they are slowly eating away at the traditional bread-and-butter product lines of high-tech manufacturing stalwarts in the U.S. and Europe. Reinvention is the key to survival for long-established manufacturers.

    Take Emerson (a customer of ours on other projects) and its Connected Services. The company paired its Plantweb IIoT platform with expert advisors who remotely monitor sensor trends from devices and then proactively advise customers on critical maintenance and upgrade requirements to ensure operational continuity and high performance in large-scale plants such as oil refineries.

    To unlock this benefit, industrial companies should ask themselves, “If deep-rooted expertise is currently a reason our customers stick with us over lower-cost competitors, how can software and digital data amplify that value-add?”

    Achieving Higher Margins On Digital Revenue Streams

    It is no secret that software businesses are particularly attractive to investors due to their inherent high scalability and high margins (due to the extremely low marginal costs of selling incremental units of a software product). The sky-high price/earnings multiples of public software companies is evidence of investors’ love for digital businesses.

    By deriving more and more revenue from digital product and service lines, industrial companies can start reaping similar rewards. Notably, Honeywell’s software strategy is currently being widely credited for its stock price rally.

    The challenge that large industrial companies face is that it’s difficult to move the needle on profit margins in a multibillion-dollar business. Therefore, it is important to analyze how digital revenue streams can be interwoven into all traditional product lines. If you can release software that complements existing equipment or services that you provide, the software sales can piggyback off your existing sales channel and achieve significant scale quickly.

    Avoiding Disruption By Not Ceding Ground To The ‘Digital Natives’

    Software and digital companies are disrupting traditional nontechnology industries at an astounding pace — upending business models that have been stable for decades.

    Well-timed strategic acquisitions are a key strategy to avoid disruption. As Anthony Armstrong, co-head of technology mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley, put it, “It’s better to acquire disruptive technology than to be disrupted by that technology.”

    It’s not only startup companies that pose a risk of disruption: Industrial companies fear ceding ground in areas like IIoT to the “digital giants” such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Acquiring nascent software and digital companies can often stave off the threat of disruption by a digital giant.

    Take General Motors’ acquisition of self-driving vehicle startup Cruise Automation — a move certainly timed to offset the threat of disruption of the auto manufacturing industry.

    The famous motto of Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel, was “Only the paranoid survive.” As industrial companies want to secure a prosperous future, they certainly need to be paranoid and ask, “Who’s about to eat our lunch?” This can lead to an acquisition strategy that staves off the threat of digital disruption.

    Embracing The Brave New Digital World

    A thoughtful acquisition strategy can help industrial companies to come out on top in the new cyber-physical industrial world. Careful execution is also essential after setting the strategy in motion. As Barron’s remarked about Honeywell’s software strategy, “The potential is large, but there is no guarantee that software as a strategy will work. One need look only at GE to see the perils of betting on the IIoT to transform a company.”

  • Only low-code app platform purpose-built for industrial work environments; Connects every field worker to enterprise data for maximum productivity

    DENVER, Nov. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire -- JourneyApps, the app development platform that lets industrial companies run better and be digital leaders, is gaining significant traction with its effort to put the full power of enterprise data and workflows into the hands of field workers, even in the most challenging environments. JourneyApps now has a dozen Fortune 500 companies as customers with more than 20,000 active users. It takes the guesswork out of building, deploying and managing custom field apps, making connected work a reality in industries such as oil & gas, mining & metals, chemicals, utilities, construction and high-tech manufacturing.

    “Industrial companies increasingly realize the importance of a successful digital strategy. The CEO of Schlumberger is right that the future of oil & gas is digital. Yet before JourneyApps, the industrial space lacked a rugged app platform suited to its unique needs to make that transformation a reality. With JourneyApps, industrial companies no longer have to hunt for scarce developer talent and spend millions of dollars and years of time to solve complex challenges such as making enterprise data available offline on a mobile device,“ said Conrad Hofmeyr, CEO and co-founder of JourneyApps.

    JourneyApps is a cloud-native, all-in-one platform, boasting everything from a modern, browser-based low-code IDE with GitHub integration, to a cloud backend with data storage and document automation. Every app built with JourneyApps runs on any device and automatically comes with strong audited security.

    JourneyApps customers are leading Fortune 500 industrial companies including General Electric, Emerson, Halliburton and National Oilwell Varco to name a few.

    “We used JourneyApps for a global initiative for tracking our rock tools product and contract performance — called My Rock Tools Track,” says Charles Macfadyen, Head of Digital Solutions for Rock Tools at Sandvik. “Track is having a significant impact on our business. It is helping us reduce the number of wasted man-hours attributed to managing inventory on remote sites by tenfold or more. I see JourneyApps as a key partner in our digital ecosystem — helping us to be a technology leader and a service leader.”

    All apps are fully functional in an offline environment by default. Whether a worker is deep underground, on a remote offshore rig or simply has intermittent network connectivity, JourneyApps automatically enables its powerful bidirectional data sync engine for each app with zero setup or configuration required. Using the JourneyApps hardware engine, developers can also connect to devices such as RFID tags, laser barcode scanners and thermal printers with a single line of code.

    The serverless compute engine makes it easy to integrate data from the field with any existing enterprise system or BI platform an industrial company already runs, giving even remote users who wear gloves two-way access to enterprise data as if they were at a desk. The results are faster roll-out and higher productivity, which boost the bottom line for industries with thin margins.

    “We built the best data sync on the planet so that our customers don’t have to build it themselves. And that’s just one of many unique technologies packed into the platform. No other company delivers a platform so well suited to the unique needs of industrial companies. They can now confidently deliver digital innovations into the hands of their field workers within weeks using small IT teams,” said Hofmeyr.

    The ease of enabling connected work is welcome news to companies in asset-intensive and cyclical industries such as oil & gas. “It is imperative that operators and service companies in the oil and gas industry find ways to do more with less and bring the power of data to the field,” said Jim Crompton, a former Chevron executive for 37 years, co-author of the book A Digital Journey: The Transformation of the Oil and Gas Industry, and advisor to JourneyApps. “The challenge of the digital oilfield has moved from producing more barrels to producing those barrels more efficiently, safely and with a minimal environmental footprint.”

    About JourneyApps:
    JourneyApps is the app development platform that lets industrial companies run better and be digital leaders. Small IT teams can use its low-code platform to quickly build and reliably run complex apps for field workers, even in the most challenging environments. Based in Denver, JourneyApps helps more than 100 customers around the world keep their competitive edge with intelligent work automation and informed decision-making for all employees. More information at

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  • Offline Data Sync? Solved.
    We’ve spent 10 years building the best offline data sync on the planet — that you can start using within minutes....

    • Syncs fully relational data, with a universal data model.
    • Intelligent data partitioning — only sync what’s needed.
    • Encrypted on all devices, SOC 2 approved, GDPR.
    • Handles degraded connectivity with no user impact.
    • Peer-to-peer sync without WiFi or cellular (PhotonSync)
    • Bandwidth-efficient, ultra-scalable, configurable conflict resolution, continuous data integrity assurance.
  • Peer-to-Peer Data Sync? Conquered
    PhotonSync allows data transfer between user devices without the need for any kind of connectivity — whether cellular, WiFi/LAN or Bluetooth....

    • Works across different operating systems — iOS, Android, Windows, etc.
    • Useful for shift handovers between crews in areas with no connectivity.
    • Fast and highly fault-tolerant
  • Supercharge your IIoT Deployment
    Connect your IIoT system to your field apps with JourneyApps — creating a closed digital control loop on smart assets....

    • Ingest MQTT data in the field on mobile devices.
    • Embed streaming Microsoft Power BI dashboards into field apps.
    • Trigger workflows and actions in field apps in response to IIoT events.
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