ezi-sked iOS Alpha Release

Introduction

I am a self taught programmer. What I mean by this is, that the majority of my programming knowledge comes from what I learnt myself or could find good resources on. Now saying that, I have since done a bachelors degree, so I can reasonably call myself a profesional software engineer. But before starting uni I taught myself a considerable amount of programming knowledge. When I say, ‘taught myself’, I don’t want to undermine the importance of mentors and peer influences on my life. I have a fantastic support network that requires much recognition. Anyway, how does this relate at all to ezi-sked? Well during that time of learning I worked on a early prototype version of ezi-sked, because I had the need of a similar product at my own workplace.

ezi-sked iOS Alpha App Store

Why ezi-sked? (The short version)

While 15 and working in the fast food industry, I felt the lack of a effective rostering system at my workplace. It even went so far, that I missed shifts because I couldn’t access the rosters when I needed the information. So I set about creating a product that would solve my dilema. I have a keen interest in making an effective simple system for all users, both management and employees. My rostering will have a strong focus on getting employees to the shifts they are rostered for, Effective processes to ensure the shifts employees have rostered for them are ones they can actually work, in a seamlessly simple way. On top of that I have exciting plan to improve the alert systems so that everyone who is effected may have the correct knowledge, at their disposal when the need and want it.

Why ezi-sked iOS?

So I made a prototype sometime ago, now I want to get the ball rolling again, so for the Alpha release I decided to go mobile first. My plan it that decision is, I am able to expand and improve the app, with the development of the Web App Beta now so that I have a product that I can market to both stores and workers in fast food restaurants.

How & What features?

Now

At the current Alpha version as of (March 2013) ezi-sked has a limited functionality, in comparison to what it will have in the future. The features in the current version are creating editing and deleting rosters and shifts, so that you have a record of rosters with you wherever you go.

Future

Shifts arrive on your phone from your store manager and you can view them, call your manager. Also you can turn on the ability to be notified 30 min before your shift. You can also activate a feature where other people you live with can have rosters available to them aswel.

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Vehicle Log Book Pro iOS

After making Learner Log Book I needed another idea, the next logical step seems to be Vehicle Log Book Pro. The target Use Case for this app is an Australian small business owner that needs to keep records of the kilometers he travels in his car, so that he can claim them back on tax.

One big useful feature of this app that the others didn’t have is a email history feature. This takes the records stored on the iOS device and emails them in a .csv file. Normal usage for this feature would go along the lines of: once you have a reasonable amount of records (say 6 months) email them to yourself, check they are all there in the email, then clear the devices history. This feature means that records can be backed up and off the device, but not just that because it saves them to a .csv they can open it in excel and edit it and do data mining on it like a normal excel file.

I would like to thank my cousin for helping me with the logos.