Schedulefly Stories

Growing a software business one restaurant at a time

Month: August 2007

Web Widgets and Gadgets

Every day companies are launching new products and services that are accessed via the Internet. The amount of information an individual must process each day of their lives is growing – almost every day. This information is coming from every conceivable direction – home, work, school, friends, church etc. The internet is clearly becoming the backbone for gathering and managing all of this information and making it available when and where it is needed most.

Personalized start pages like iGoogle, MyYahoo and Netvibes are becoming the dashboards of the internet – allowing users to drag and drop widgets of information and services important to them onto one page, giving them one site to visit each morning instead of dozens….

We realize the majority of web users are not yet using personalized start pages like the Schedulefly techies – but they will soon! Eventually all of the information that a person deals with will need to be mashed together in one place. Who knows where that one place will be. Today it could be google – tomorrow it could be an Internet enabled refridgerator in your kitchen or a dashboard in your car. Yes – I bet one day you will be drinking your coffee in the kitchen and using your touch screen fridge monitor to sift through local news, weather, your bank account statement…and yep – your work schedule!

When Schedulefly was created – we knew that the product needed to be ready to be “widgetized”, so it could be easily integrated into the lives of its users. For the business owner or the advanced techie, Schedulefly offers a powerful API that allows a deep integration of Schedulefly with their back office systems. For our end users – we offer RSS feeds that allow integration of work schedules and important company news into their day to day lives.

Here is a screenshot of a RSS Schedulefly feed inside a google homepage. Its the top left widget….

We also provide a secure feed for company messages left on the company message board. See the top left widget on this Netvibes personalized page…

The platforms that people use to aggregate all of the information in their lives will come and go – but the constant flow of information is here to stay. Users will adapt and change the ways they digest this information – we are making sure that our information follows them!

Schedulefly Web Service API for Developers

The Schedulefly Web Service API allows software developers to tap into the core functionality of Schedulefly. If you are a large organization that needs to integrate Schedulefly into your back office processes or you are simply a technology junkie who would like to display your work schedule in a wigdet on your own website – our API is the ticket.

Schedufly uses the SOAP and WSDL standards so a developer can program in his or her favorite environment – such as Java, Perl, or Visual Studio .NET. Currently we offer a few methods that allow you to progamtically access your work schedules and company bulletin board messages.

Check it out!
http://api.schedulefly.com

As we integrate with partners and customers – we will continue to expose more functionality.

Creating your 1st schedule in Schedulefly…

Did you ever imagine a day when you would plop down on the couch at home to create next week’s work schedule and have all of the critical information you need such as work preferences and time-off requests right at your fingertips?

Could you have imagined that it would take just minutes to create and post your restaurant’s work schedule online? Is there a service out there that could automatically send the schedule to all employees as a text message to their cell phone?

Click the image below to launch a Schedulefly screen cast showing you how this works…

NC Pizza Restaurants Dig Schedulefly

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers in Raleigh and Durham NC have been using Schedulefly’s web-based restaurant scheduling software for over a year. Karen, the manager who makes the Raleigh schedule, had this to say just last week…

I used to dread sitting down to make the schedule every week. Schedulefly has made the entire process so much easier, not only for me, but for my staff. I can work on the schedule and approve schedule changes anywhere and anytime. I make sure I have the right people scheduled for the right shifts at a glance.

My staff loves being able to access the schedule from home. In the restaurant industry we work on different time schedules than most of the world. If Jessica remembers she needs off for her Mom’s birthday at 3:00 AM she can log on and request the day off right then, in her pajamas. She doesn’t have to make a special trip to the store just to check the schedule or request a day off.

I also love being able to communicate with the entire staff with just one click. I can send messages when I email the schedule or send a note mid week to alert the staff to special events or just to tell them to keep up the good work.

The Schedulefly team does a great job of adapting and creating changes that make the service even better. I can send an idea or question and have a response almost immediately.

Schedulefly has made to once dreaded chore of scheduling much easier. I spend less time juggling staff scheduling problems and more time making sure our customers have great experience at the Mellow Mushroom.

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