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Lone Star Enhances the Customer Experience with a Focus on Process

Posted on November 19, 2018 in Customer Success Stories ,Industry Discussion ,Q360 by
Lone Star Enhances the Customer Experience with a Focus on Process

Increasing complexity in the AV industry is driving integrators to look at process A focus on process has not always been necessary for success, but it has long been a priority at Lone Star Communications. Ray Bailey, CEO, and Patt Bowles, Chief Customer Experience Officer, share their thoughts on the company’s attention to process and how this drives customer satisfaction. Lone Star has been ISO 9001 certified for 15 years, which is a rare achievement for an integrator. The ISO 9001:2015 standard is based on […]

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Genesis Integration Harnessed the Power of Data with Q360 PSA Software

Posted on February 12, 2018 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement ,Improve Profitability by
Genesis Integration Harnessed the Power of Data with Q360 PSA Software

Big Data is on everyone’s lips as both a challenge and an opportunity for 2018, with a promise that increased information will allow us to yield valuable insights and make better business decisions. Organizations that manage to make sense of their data, and use it to make informed business decisions are gaining competitive advantage. We spoke with Kelly McCarthy, President at Genesis Integration about this trend, and its impact on technology integrators. “With Q360, the amount of data available to us grew considerably, and our […]

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5 Best Practices from AVI Systems for a Successful ERP Implementation

Posted on January 15, 2018 in Blog ,Customer Success Stories by
5 Best Practices from AVI Systems for a Successful ERP Implementation

  Preparation and organization were keys to AVI’s successful Q360 implementation       Anyone who has ever experienced an ERP implementation, will tell you there is nothing ‘easy’ about it. But according to Kendra Lettau, Process Management Architect at AVI System, there is much that can be done to make an ERP implementation run smoothly. AVI Systems went live with Q360 in September, 2015. A little more than two years later, the company can look back and point to some best practices that helped […]

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Q360 Drives Business Transformation at Adtech Systems

Posted on September 18, 2017 in Blog ,Customer Success Stories by
Q360 Drives Business Transformation at Adtech Systems

Client Profile Adtech Systems opened its doors in 1988 as a projector reseller. Over the years, the company has evolved to become one of the premiere professional audio/visual integrators in New England. Today, Adtech has 170 employees, and operates across three states, serving some of the largest organizations in the region. In March 2015, two local entrepreneurs – Dustin Campbell and Philip Muscatello – purchased a majority interest in Adtech Systems. Dustin and Phil have extensive backgrounds in business operations and management across a variety […]

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How Do You Know You Are Ready for an ERP Implementation?

Posted on December 9, 2019 in Change Management by
How Do You Know You Are Ready for an ERP Implementation?

This week, our CEO, Brad Dempsey, is joined by Brad Malone, Partner at Navigate Management Consulting, to talk about change management and ERP implementations. More specifically, how do integrators know when they are ready for all the change that will happen as part of an ERP implementation? Without a doubt, a successful implementation requires a readiness and a willingness to change, on the part of the entire team.   How do resistance and unwillingness to change drive the outcome of an ERP implementation? “We speak […]

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A Focus on Quality Will Impact Success in Your Integration Business

Posted on December 2, 2019 in Blog ,Improve Profitability ,Increase Project Profitability by
A Focus on Quality  Will Impact Success in Your Integration Business

There are four ways to measure work in your integration business Quantity First are measures of output, starting with Quantity: how much work was produced.  You can usually identify and report the number of units, pounds, or other output measures, no matter what kind of work it is:  So many bricks laid, so many bags of pretzels shipped, so many ounces of gold mined.  Managers generally seek to increase Quantity. Quality The second output measure is Quality:  how good is the work produced? Were all the […]

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Who Owns the Estimating Process – Sales or Operations?

Posted on November 25, 2019 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement ,Q360 by
Who Owns the Estimating Process – Sales or Operations?

Who should be responsible for the estimating process? One of the issues that Solutions360 often addresses with customers is the estimating process. Today, our own Tofiq Indawala, is joined by Steve Riley, of Navigate Management Consulting, to discuss who should be responsible for the estimate. “This is a conversation I always have with customers during implementation,” Indawala reports. In terms of process management, who should be creating the estimate, and who should be creating the engineered solution? “We often see sales reps that have experience […]

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Creating Culture for an Increasingly Remote Workforce

Posted on November 18, 2019 in Blog ,Change Management ,Industry Discussion by
Creating Culture for an Increasingly Remote Workforce

Many organizations, Solutions360 included, are moving to more of a remote workforce. Today, our CEO, Brad Dempsey, speaks with Brad Malone, Partner with Navigate Management Consulting, about some of the challenges that Solutions360 has faced while embracing remote working, and how the company has addressed those challenges. “The first thing, that’s most important, is you need a culture that supports the communication necessary for remote workers,” says Dempsey. “Communication comes in many forms. A lot of us instantly think of email and possibly some video […]

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Yes, Your Customers Want AV-as-a-Service!

Posted on November 11, 2019 in Achieve Business Growth ,Blog ,Solutions360 by
Yes, Your Customers Want AV-as-a-Service!

We have been talking a lot lately about the benefits of embracing the AV-as-a-Service business model. But, this is not a new concept, it is just fairly new to the AV space. “Customers are already consuming other technology that way, because it’s being sold like that by vendors in other technology verticals,” says Chad Sowers, Director of Business Development for GreatAmerica Financial Services. “Now, customers are starting to expect the same from AV, and that’s where GreatAmerica comes in. We can essentially be your bank […]

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Keeping Score in Your Integration Business

Posted on November 4, 2019 in Around the Web ,Blog by
Keeping Score in Your Integration Business

Where in your organization are you keeping score, and who is responsible for it? Toward the end of the fiscal year, most organizations will set out strategic goals for the following year. Whether that’s sales, performance, customer satisfaction or profitability. But, how do you know if you are reaching those goals? Today, Brad Malone talks about this, on The AV Profession podcast, with Tim Albright. A lot of organizations have soft goals like, “We’re going to increase sales.” That’s good, but based on what? Is […]

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Why Integrators Should Pivot to a Managed Services Provider Business Model

Posted on October 28, 2019 in Blog by
Why Integrators Should Pivot to a Managed Services Provider Business Model

Why does NSCA put such a focus on what IT VARs are doing, and the managed services provider business model that prevails in the IT space? One question that NSCA often gets from integrators is, “It seems you are steering us towards becoming an IT VAR rather than an AV integration firm. Why is that?” This issue actually came up a lot at the recent Pivot to Profit Conference, and is the topic of our video Question of the Week, with Chuck Wilson. “Really the […]

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