Yearly Archives: 2020

5 Actions Productive People Take That Most People Don’t

Posted on August 4, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

If you want to reach your goals, surround yourself with productive people. It will only be a matter of time before their good habits rub off on you. Two and a half years ago, I made a decision that would change the trajectory of my career: I challenged myself to get to know one new person a week who was doing something I thought was cool. This decision alone was worth its weight in silver. What turned it to gold, however, was asking a few […]

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All Sales People Should Create This One Thing for Themselves

Posted on July 13, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

This is a guest blog post by Chris Peterson, Principal at Vector Firm Greg Maddux, former Major League Baseball player, four-time Cy Young Award winner, and MLB Hall-of-Famer, was known for his control.  He wasn’t overpowering but was always in control of his pitches and his ego. It was his control that led to his greatness. However, if you watched him closely, there were a few times during every game when Maddux lost control of his temper while he was on the mound, and sometimes […]

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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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