Yearly Archives: 2020

Solutions360 Releases New Job Costing Survival Guide

Posted on September 21, 2020 in Blog ,Improve Profitability ,Increase Project Profitability ,Q360 ,Solutions360 by

Why Is Job Costing So Important in 2020? Over the last 20 years, Solutions360 has worked with hundreds of businesses to help apply technology that improves business process management and profitability. One of the most complicated issues that Solutions360 has encountered in the professional services space is the practice of proper job costing methods. Less than 10% of the companies that Solutions360 works with do an accurate job of job costing prior to our engagement. The primary reasons for this are: Estimates are based on […]

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Solutions360 Joins NSCA As a Sponsor for 2020 P2Pv

Posted on July 28, 2020 in Blog ,Industry Discussion by

Solutions360 leads business transformation discussions throughout NSCA’s 2020 Pivot to Profit Virtual (2020 P2Pv) thought-leadership campaign. Newmarket, ON, July 28, 2020 — Solutions360 is proud to announce its sponsorship of NSCA’s 2020 Pivot to Profit Virtual event (2020 P2Pv), a year-long initiative that will help integrators through business transformation conversations at a critical market juncture. To support integrators as they evolve in a constantly changing market, Pivot to Profit began in 2016 as a two-day event focused on all-important business-transformation strategies, such as shifting to […]

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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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Labor Burden Is a Crucial Concept for Running a Profitable Integration Business

Posted on June 8, 2020 in Business Process Improvement ,Improve Profitability ,Q360 by

If you hear the term “Labor Burden” and you want to glaze over a bit, don’t Understanding Labor Burden, as applied to the direct hourly cost of your billable labor (Technicians, Engineers, Programmers, Project Managers, etc.), may just change your business. Labor burden is a crucial concept in running a profitable company.  It helps managers understand the true costs and resulting profitability of people, projects and departments.  It helps to determine how you should be pricing your labor, and when to hire more when needed. […]

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10 Critical Reports in Q360 to Help You Make Informed Business Decisions

Posted on April 27, 2020 in Business Process Improvement ,Improve Financial Management ,Q360 ,Solutions360 by

Author: Tofiq Indawala, PMP As businesses face this unprecedented time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to critical business data has become even more vital. Businesses need critical data faster and more reliably then ever before to help make important business continuity decisions. In this article, we will review a few reports that will help you narrow in on the critical information to help you make the right business decisions. 1. Sales Forecast The sales forecast will help you narrow in on what and […]

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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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Why Are Standards Important, and How Do We Get Our People to Follow Them?

Posted on March 2, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

When we follow standards, it allows us to establish, measure and assure a certain level of quality, and predictability, to our clients and to one another. These days, many people have a hard time understanding why some people don’t seem to know how or care about doing the “right things” the “right way.” It seems that it’s more important to them to do things “their way,” instead of following a standard method which delivers the defined results, and is repeatable across all of the individuals […]

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