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Deploying Software to Autonomous Stakeholders

November 12, 2019 | Chris Moustakas

The bigger an organization gets, the more decentralized it becomes. Sometimes this happens naturally, but usually it’s by design, as decentralization often provides efficiencies via quicker, more-local decision making. For example, large engineering and construction firms revolve around the individual projects, which are given a tremendous amount of operational freedom (within preset regulatory and quality parameters, of course).  An extreme example...

Top 10 Employees with Overdue Condition Reports

How to Use Reporting to Find Common Causes

November 8, 2019 | Chenise Leveriza

Cause analysis charts are easy to set up in your DevonWay application and will help you effectively analyze and communicate your data. In this exercise, we’re going to walk through the steps for how to create one by using 10 employees with the most overdue condition reports as a...

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Customer Story: Proof That Transparency Boosts User Adoption

October 25, 2019 | Chris Moustakas

Let’s face it, software isn’t always the most exhilarating thing. Getting users excited about software they have to use at work is a natural struggle, but there are concrete steps you can take to help boost adoption.  One of the most powerful techniques is to simply make it easier to retrieve data that users have entered. FirstEnergy,...


One Thing That’s Clear From the PG&E Blackout

October 16, 2019 | Chris Moustakas

Last week Pacific Gas & Electric, the largest utility in the US, shut off power to more than 2 million customers in the Bay Area, arguably the nerve center (sorry LA) of the fifth-largest economy in the world. Some estimates put the cost to the...

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Admin Fundamentals Part II: 5 Dashboard Tips for Users

October 3, 2019 | Chenise Leveriza

As a DevonWay Administrator, users may reach out to you with questions. These questions may range from “how-to” questions to “why” questions. In addition to answering their questions you can also provide them with helpful tips. In this article we’ll address 5 dashboard functionality tips to help you...

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Admin Fundamentals Part I: Knowing Your Roles

September 12, 2019 | Chenise Leveriza

If your company is an enterprise in a high process industry, you probably know that your applications require extensive role-based functionality. This may include access to certain fields at specific points in your workflow, the ability to re-open closed records, the ability to modify the...

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Which is Better, Paper or Electronic Work Packages? (Hint: Neither)

September 9, 2019 | Chenise Leveriza

While electronic work packages offer a large number of advantages over paper, from cost savings to real-time data transmittal, the reality is that even they are not the ideal productivity tool in the long run. With a mobile device in hand, the options open up tremendously to layer intelligence...

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Improving Your Mobile Work Management Implementation

September 4, 2019 | Chris Moustakas

I had the pleasure a few weeks ago of attending the 2019 Mobile Work Management Deployment and Implementation conference, hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Charlotte, NC. EPRI has done some seminal work on the topic, with a focus on the challenges that nuclear generating stations face when rolling out...

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How to Write Requirements for Change Requests

August 15, 2019 | Wade Watts

Do you submit tickets for non-incidents, or change requests, within your DevonWay application? If so, this is a guide to help you write requirements for these tickets. Including the right information up front will help you get your changes implemented as fast as possible and make for a smooth...

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New User Interface Objectives

August 13, 2019 | Chris Moustakas

One of the things I mentioned in my 2019 mid-year update is that we’re hard at work updating our browser user interface, with the goal being to give our users an easier, cleaner, more familiar, modern experience. Since the UI is such a core part of the overall DevonWay experience, I wanted to provide some more details...

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The Power of Integration: How to Escape Data Silos

August 5, 2019 | Chenise Leveriza

If there’s one thing that hinders productivity and efficiency for all of us (especially for those who work in highly regulated industries), it’s people working in their own silos. When this happens, teams are either storing the same or related data in multiple places, not limited...

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Coming Soon: PDF Annotation and other Work Execution Enhancements

July 10, 2019 | Jordan Smallwood

We are excited to announce that in the July 2019 mobile release, users will be able to annotate PDF’s natively on iOS and Android devices. While a seemingly simple milestone, we see PDF annotation as a key piece in empowering workers to capture insights in real time and share their visual...

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Is it Worth the Risk?

July 9, 2019 | Jordan Smallwood

As manufacturing and subsequent operational activities have increased the quality levels of coordination and planning of executional activities, we have seen a decrease in overall safety incidents based on OSHA’s study of injury per 100 workers (10.9 in 1972 reduced to 2.8 in 2017). One...

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Tools of the Trade

July 8, 2019 | Jeff Foust

An introduction to DevonWay’s expression language A homebuilder is only as good as the quality of tools they use. Similar to homebuilders, as module builders, we can utilize standard open source software to assist in our building process. No tech job would be complete without...

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2019 Mid-year Update

July 2, 2019 | Chris Moustakas

Now that we’re firmly in the back half of 2019, I thought I’d provide an update on what we’ve been working on and what we’re excited to start rolling out in the coming months. Before I do that though, I wanted to extend a very...

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4 Training Options for Continuous Learning

June 27, 2019 | Chenise Leveriza

Whether you just kicked off an implementation or you’re a longtime DevonWay power user, taking advantage of our free and paid options for training can only make your job easier and more effective. We highly encourage continuous learning and we understand that different people and...

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DevonWay 2019 User Group Highlights

June 20, 2019 | Jordan Smallwood

We had such a great time at this year’s User Group in Philadelphia that we figured we would share some of the highlights! If you want to join our user group to get the latest DevonWay updates or be a part of the next User...

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Please Help DevonWay Support the National Brain Tumor Society

June 18, 2019 | Chenise Leveriza

DevonWay is sponsoring the National Brain Tumor Society Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk in San Francisco this Sunday, June 23, 2019. We’re supporting this cause, not only to raise awareness, but to drive advancements in research and progress towards a cure for brain cancer.  Today, there are about 25,000 people diagnosed in the United States...


How to Copy Modules

June 10, 2019 | Jeff Foust

I often like to think of module development like building a house. With houses, there are a wide range of possibilities when it comes to size, layout, & design, not to mention, the internal décor of furniture, paint, & appliances.   With developing a module, lots of consideration goes into aspects such as fields and functionality, structure...


Mobile Release 1.16 – Geolocation and Android Changes

June 10, 2019 | Chris Moustakas

If you’re a large, distributed organization, the physical location of where an event takes place can be a critical piece of information. With the 1.16 release of the DevonWay app, targeted to hit the Apple and Google app stores by mid-June (we’re skipping Microsoft for this version), observations can optionally capture geolocation information. The app defaults its best guess...