Scott Wyatt of Advantage Integrated Solutions and early adopter of the Intuit Partner Platform recently completed and published the, Advantage SmartRoutes for TomTom GPS, application to Intuit Workplace. We had a chance to catch up with Scott to hear more about his application.
So… Scott, what is the Advantage SmartRoutes for TomTom GPS application?
Advantage SmartRoutes is an application designed for any company whose staff or contractors drive frequently for sales, service or other calls. SmartRoutes, combined with TomTom GPS devices help centralize, organize, assign and optimize the driving work. It is a complete commercial solution to improve productivity, service, and lower costs.
Wow! That’s powerful -- how does it work?
It provides a central repository (or sync with QuickBooks customers) to consolidate all the places personnel need to drive. Then, it geocodes this information using Yahoo! Maps and allows users to visually build optimal itineraries. Once the route is built, SmartRoutes pushes the itineraries into a selected TomTom GPS unit, which is passed to the driver. It becomes an ‘intelligent navigator’, taking the driver(s) to all the places they need to go, in sequence and most efficiently.
Yes, SmartRoutes syncs with QuickBooks data to make all customers available within the app. The customer information is then geocoded for mapping and route planning.
How long did it take you to build the app?
Approx 400 man-hours. We contracted outside Flex expertise.
What advice would you give to other developers interested in
Keep your first version simple for lower cost and quicker to market success. Then build on additional demand-driven functionality as necessary.