Zumero at Pilot Flying J
With over 650 retail locations in the U.S. and Canada, Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas and one of the largest purveyors of over-the-road diesel fuel in the United States. To support its network of locations, Pilot Flying J uses an increasingly mobile array of software applications. Many of the mobile applications need a solid offline strategy since a reliable data network cannot always be assumed, and many also require integration with existing technologies. To help with these requirements, Pilot Flying J uses Zumero for SQL Server (ZSS) as a building block for mobile apps needing offline support with data sync.
“Zumero allows me to build mobile apps where my users can access their data whether or not they are in an area where a network is available”, said Troy Burns, Mobile/Web Developer at Pilot Flying J. “The apps continue to work as normal when the devices go offline and the data is automatically synchronized with the server when they’re back online. The sync process is very fast.” In addition to the offline features, Burns said users of the new apps are surprised by the increase in speed and responsiveness compared to older offerings. “Users love how quickly data is loaded, and not having to wait on a network request”, said Burns. “That’s another benefit of having data stored directly on the device”. Burns also added that he spends less time writing server-side code which helps to decrease the length of his development cycle.