Yearly Archives: 2020

Make Your Scope of Work Statements Stand Out

Posted on June 1, 2020 in Around the Web ,Business Process Improvement ,Industry Discussion by

Good Scope of Work Statements Establish Boundaries and Responsibilities A well-defined and communicated scope statement is one of the primary methods of managing a client’s often-changing expectations of what they will ultimately receive from a project. This is developed during the proposal phase of the project — initiated as part of the sales cycle — and is included within the more comprehensive scope of work document. There are really two types of scope of work statements, each serving a different purpose in clarifying the scope […]

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Change Management Best Practices for Integrators

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Blog ,Change Management ,Q360 by

Communication is the key to successful change management Managing change is one of the big issues Solutions360 addresses with integrators, because change is not easy. And this topic has become even more important during these unprecedented times. Today, our CEO, Brad Dempsey is joined by Brad Malone, from Navigate Management Consulting to discuss how both organizations help integrators implement change. What are some of the critical success factors for change? “Change really has to come from the top down, from ownership,” Dempsey reports. “I think […]

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Q360 Helps Integrators Develop Best Practices for Access Control

Posted on February 10, 2020 in Automate Operations ,Business Process Improvement ,Q360 ,Solutions360 by

What is the best way for integrators to track of all those customer passwords? One the of questions Solutions360 always hears from integrators is how to store all their access information. Access control is a problem across the integration industry.  Technicians are installing IoT devices in customers’ network environments, and all of these devices have passwords and usernames. Plus, the servers and computers that technicians use also have passwords and usernames. Access control is also important from a managed service perspective. Many MSPs need to […]

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Best Practices for AV Sales People

Posted on January 20, 2020 in Around the Web ,Industry Discussion by

I’d like to describe some of the best AV sales people I’ve seen, from some of the best companies I’ve worked with. By Brad Malone, Navigate Management Consulting Most the integration companies I’ve worked with employ a range of sales strategies and styles. But in general, AV sales people take two basic approaches: the short-term sale (hunter), versus long-term relationship building (farmer). Both approaches can be effective in generating significant revenue. I’ve noticed, though, that the short-term sales person seems to have to work a […]

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Close the Profitability Loop in Your Job Costing Process

Posted on January 6, 2020 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement ,Increase Project Profitability ,Q360 by

Job costing is one of the most complicated issues that Solutions360 has seen in the integration industry. Solutions360 has worked with more than 200 integrators, and fewer than 10 percent were satisfied with their job costing process, prior to implementing Q360. Often there was no job costing process in place, so estimates were based on gut feel. And many integrators were not fully burdening costs. All of this contributes to a lack of visibility into the accuracy of an estimate. In today’s competitive environment, as […]

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Creating Culture for an Increasingly Remote Workforce

Posted on November 18, 2019 in Blog ,Change Management ,Industry Discussion by

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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It Will Take a Village to Make the Security Industry Cyber Secure

Posted on October 7, 2019 in Around the Web ,Change Management ,Q360 by

When it comes to who is responsible for the security industry’s cyber security preparation, the correct answer is everyone: manufacturers, security integrators and dealers, consultants and end users.   In Gordon Ramsay’s latest reality TV show, “24 Hours to Hell and Back,” chef Ramsay and his team pick a failing restaurant and, over the course of 24 hours, use a combination of training, physical changes and tough love in an attempt to get them back on track and save them from themselves. The theme of […]

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