The DataMyte Digital Clipboard is more than a productivity platform. We also help create digital apps for various purposes such as data collection and analysis procedures. This article will discuss the key features you should include in creating a data collection app and how you can use DataMyte Digital Clipboard to make it.
Creating an app of any kind is a long and winding process. Once you finish outlining the structure of your app, it’s time to build it from the ground up using our app-building tools and features (more on DATAMYTE later). Each phase will require a clear understanding of several things, including:
- How you approach development
- A clear outline of what functionality each app version will include
- Key features of mobile data collection tools in your app.
What You Will Need
Before creating an app for data collection, you must have some key things to consider. These include the following factors:
A Development Plan
This step is all about determining how you will build your app. First, make sure you keep your team organized and focused on their designated assignments. One particular app development method that can significantly help is ‘Agile’ — otherwise known as ‘Scrum.’ Agile involves the principle of incremental development and constant reevaluation of the product. In short, you’ll build your app in iterations instead of all at once!
Through Agile, you can stay focused on your project priorities while validating each milestone you reach along the way. There are tons of app-building methodologies you can use. First, make sure that the entire process is clear to each team member and that everyone agrees to the roles you assign them. Then, once everything is in place, establish mechanisms to make sure your team sticks to the plan.
Create a Versioning Plan
During the build phase, you will come to realize that not everything will fall in place in the first version of your app. That’s why you need to map out a versioning plan. First, assess each phase of the project by acknowledging which is a priority. Next, identify what modules or features can be released in different versions and set a timeline for each. This will help keep your team organized while building your app, and it will also give you an idea of when the final product will be ready for launch.
Versioning is key to a successful app release — make sure that whatever plan you come up with is clear to everyone on the team.
A Clear Understanding of Mobile Data Collection
There are some key aspects you’ll want your app to have regarding data collection. First, make sure that you can easily collect data offline. This will be important in areas without reliable internet connections. Second, make sure that your app has a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate.
People will be more likely to use your app if it’s not difficult to do so. Finally, make sure to export data in various formats for further analysis. This will allow you to conduct comprehensive research on the collected data.
A Clear App Outline
Here’s where you outline what functionality each version of the app will include and when it should be completed. Make sure to have a clear understanding of how this data will work together when added up. Then, assign a deadline to each version and notify your team when their task is due.
Now that you’ve got an outline, it’s now time to build your app. With the workflow and structure you’ve outlined during the outline and design phase; you can now start integrating everything you’ve planned.
Many versioning plans start with a prototype for initial testing and then develop a complete product. Make sure you build your prototype on the actual app-building platform before starting the process. You can use the DataMyte Digital Clipboard tools to create interactive mockups that look similar to an intuitive and functional app.
Once the prototype is designed and ready for testing, validate it with your end-users. Always ask a lot of questions during this phase. For example, does your design address the workflow challenges you’ve pinpointed during the scoping phase? Did you manage to comprehend the participant registration process accurately? Does the overall design and functionality have any gaps that need fixing?
Create an App for Data Collection Using DATAMYTE
The DataMyte Digital Clipboard provides useful tools to help you create your data collection app and have it up and running as soon as possible. Now that you have a general understanding of the entire app creation process, let’s create an app for data collection using the DataMyte Digital Clipboard.
Creating an app on DataMyte Digital Clipboard is centered around workflows. As mentioned before, app development goes through various phases and deals with different scenarios and situations. Therefore, it’s important that you can create workflows for each specific phase and scenario to determine how your app will work and what users can do while using it.
You can create workflows using the platform’s ‘Workflow Builder,’ which is available on its dashboard menu. Creating an app on DataMyte Digital Clipboard is as straightforward as ever, thanks to its intuitive and easy-to-use drag-and-drop capabilities.
With the Workflow builder, you can create actionable workflows that will later turn into functional apps for you to share with your team members or clients. Special tools you can use include:
- Text Box
- Choice List
- Group Header
- Date Time
- Web Link
- And more!
Wide Range of Widgets for Data Collection
With DataMyte Digital Clipboard, you can easily create your user interface and populate it with the controls you need for data entry. You also have access to a wide range of widgets that will make data collection easier, faster, and more accurate. In addition, the platform also offers other interesting features such as Tasks, Actions, Data, and much more.
You’ll have access to various tools that will help you move from start to finish. The result would be a fully-functional app that will track and collect data in the field. You can also sync it with a secure server and provide real-time feedback. In addition, you’ll be able to export your data into different formats for further analysis.
The DataMyte Digital Clipboard has a lot to offer regarding app development. No more coding or any other hard and complicated tasks. With DataMyte Digital Clipboard, everything is simplified so you can focus more on developing your app the way you intend it to be.
Learn more about the DataMyte Digital Clipboard and all of its features when you visit our website.