Yearly Archives: 2020

What A Comprehensive Scope of Work Document Looks Like

Posted on July 6, 2020 in Blog by

Here is an outline of the major components of a comprehensive scope of work document In our recent blog post, Make Your Scope of Work Statements Stand Out, we talk about how good scope of work statements help establish boundaries and responsibilities. Today, Brad Malone, of Navigate Management Consulting, continues this discussion, describing what your scope of work documents should look like. I have heard many terms used to describe the contractual aspects of an audiovisual integration project: bill of materials (BOM), scope of work […]

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Project-Based Financial Concepts for Integrators

Posted on June 22, 2020 in Improve Financial Management ,Increase Project Profitability ,Industry Discussion ,Solutions360 by

Recently, our CEO, Brad Dempsey, joined Brad Malone on the Navigator podcast. This episode is part of Navigate Academy Module 4 Project-Based Financial Concepts In terms of maturity, Solutions360 sees a wide range of integration companies. “We see the complete gamut of maturity,” says Dempsey. “It really runs from lifestyle businesses – small businesses started by somebody who had a passion or a skill with an opportunity to do something – all the way up to very professional companies that are even ISO certified.” “If […]

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Video Demo: Q360 Cash Flow Forecasting Dashboard

Posted on May 4, 2020 in Business Process Improvement ,Improve Financial Management ,Q360 ,Solutions360 by

We are excited to release the newly updated cash flow forecasting dashboard in Q360 Why is cash flow forecasting important? The object of cash flow forecasting is to compare how much cash you receive each month to how much cash you must disburse. Solutions360’s new worksheet tool will help you to forecast both sides of this equation. This month-by-month look forward can help integrators manage growth, as well as predict any impending cash flow crisis. 7 Tips for accurate cash flow forecasting in your integration […]

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Resource Management – Getting What You Need from Workers

Posted on April 14, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

What is the best way for systems integrators to handle resource management? Resource management is such an important issue, it invariably leads to other questions: How do we manage the utilization of our resources effectively? How do we set objectives that our people can meet? How do we motivate and incentivize people to meet those objectives? How do we set up clear and definable metrics? There are three steps: 1. Alignment Establish and communicate to our people the organization’s vision and mission. This allows employees […]

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Don’t Be a Cash-Blind Owner Part 2 – Sources & Uses of Cash

Posted on April 6, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

What makes a financially successful integration business? One with high profits? One with a solid financial plan? Many owners believe that, if profits are solid, then the company is solid. As we revealed in Part 1 of our blog series, Don’t Be a Cash-Blind Owner, however, they’re pretty upset when they find out that isn’t reality. These are “cash-blind owners” – owners who don’t know anything about their cash flow. How do you know whether you’re a cash-blind owner? Try answering these three simple questions: Do […]

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Don’t Be a Cash-Blind Owner Part 1: Days Sales Outstanding

Posted on March 16, 2020 in Blog by

During my decades-long career as a CFO, I’ve had the great pleasure of knowing and interacting with many superbly talented entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, some of these remarkable individuals are also what I call “cash-blind owners.” This “disorder” describes otherwise-savvy business owners who are totally oblivious to the monthly cash activity of their business. Because many owners in the construction trades evolve from being tradesmen, this disorder occurs with a greater frequency within our industry. Individuals suffering from this disorder typically hound their CFOs for monthly income […]

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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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