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How to Use Software to Help Weather the Economic Downturn

Posted on July 13, 2012 in Blog ,Improve Profitability by

Focus on “Faster and Better”. Every asset, machine, tool and person you have must be accountable and cycle more quickly. Your business cannot survive unless you know where your resources are and how they can be used efficiently. Imagine being able to view where your people and equipment are at any moment so that you can plan to intelligently dispatch them to the next job. Take a Proactive Approach. Under normal circumstances a business owner will review financial information, overhead and direct operating margin at […]

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Job Costing Software is Key to Construction Profits

Posted on July 13, 2012 in Blog ,Improve Profitability by

Even in the best of economies more contractors go belly up than not. Knowing this, many builders reason that the best solution for dealing with risk is to keep their business modest. And yet, many fail. Nonetheless, for every failure, there is a success. What separates the winners from the losers? Job Costing software and best practices. Using job costing software is a lot easier than most trade pros believe it to be. The Small Business Administration study that established how risky the construction industry […]

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Five Keys to Success when Implementing Change

Posted on July 13, 2012 in Blog ,Change Management by

No matter what kind of change you are trying to invoke in your business; there are five key considerations to address to give you the best chance for success.  According to Dave Gustafson, NIATx (process improvement specialists) Director, these are the five most important factors in predicting organizational change improvement success. The Five Keys to Success when implementing change. Pick the right Change Leader.  Someone who has power, influence, prestige and empathy for the staff. Pick the right Problem.  What keeps the CEO up at night; […]

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Gaining an Edge: Don’t Tolerate Slow Financial Processes

Posted on July 13, 2012 in Blog ,Improve Profitability ,Q360 by

++Referenced from Big Fat Finance Blog++ Mary Driscoll December 20th, 2010 The never-ending pursuit of cost reduction in financial management operations is all well and good — but do not overlook the negative impacts of slow process cycle times. APQC research conducted during the fourth quarter of 2010 points to renewed enthusiasm among CFOs and controllers for investing in financial process improvement, with another round of cost elimination being the primary goal. Particularly in the area of accounts payable, we see large organizations taking steps […]

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Finding the mobile OS that’s right for your business: John Graham talks iPhone

Posted on July 13, 2012 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement by

Author: Tasha Caruso TELUS Talks Business With so many mobile devices on the market that support various operating systems, it’s often tough to know which will be the best tool to support you and your team. In series of four posts, we are speaking with Canadian business leaders about how and why they chose not just their device, but the operating system. As the Executive Vice President for software company Solutions360, John Graham’s path to the iPhone started when he purchased his iPad. What struck […]

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Five New Management Metrics You Need To Know

Posted on July 13, 2012 in Blog ,Improve Profitability by

Sometimes we focus too much on traditional metrics, here is a great post on non financial measurements…. This is a guest post from James Slavet of venture firm Greylock Partners. Slavet’s investments include Coupons.com, Groupon, One Kings Lane and Redfin. Greylock Partners has invested in Facebook, LinkedIn and Pandora.. After years of leading teams and then, at Greylock, watching some of the best startup CEOs in the world, I’ve learned that the most important metrics are often ones you never read about on the income […]

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Can’t Decide Whether to Love or Hate Service Agreements? You’re Not Alone

Posted on April 28, 2012 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement ,Improve Profitability ,Solutions 360 by

The following is a excerpt of a post by Christopher Neto of AVShout At Your Service Can’t Decide Whether to Love or Hate Service Agreements? You’re Not Alone  By Christopher Neto It has many names—a service maintenance agreement, a fixed-price support contract, a service level agreement, a maintenance contract, a service contract, or even an extended warranty (although this term can be limiting). The basics are that service agreements were originally developed as the insurance policy for products and services. For the customer it gave them piece […]

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