Yearly Archives: 2021

The Myth of the Perfect Project Estimate

Posted on March 30, 2021 in Business Process Improvement ,Improve Profitability ,Industry Discussion by

Is it better for a project estimate to be precise or accurate? It’s my experience, over hundreds of AV integration projects and hundreds more in numerous industries, that most people believe a precise estimate is more accurate — and that most of the time, “precise” and “accurate” are considered synonymous. So let’s look at the science of estimation and dispel some myths and confusion about what makes a ‘perfect project estimate.’ First, let’s define some terms: Precision typically means a degree of reproducibility or exactness; […]

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What Happens When the Project Estimate Doesn’t Match Reality?

Posted on February 3, 2021 in Blog ,Improve Financial Management ,Increase Project Profitability ,Solutions360 by

There is widespread belief in the integration industry, that the most important measure for a project manager is to be ‘on time and on budget,’ and that a good project manager will make it so. But this assumes that the estimate is accurate. Is this a familiar conversation in your integration business? “Well, our estimates have to be good.” “Why?” “Because we always hit them.” This would be all right in a world with perfect estimates, but what happens when the project estimate doesn’t match […]

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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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Buying vs Leasing, Which is Better?

Posted on August 31, 2020 in Around the Web ,Improve Financial Management ,Solutions360 by

The most important distinction between buying vs leasing is how the finance charges are paid. If you have ever bought a house or a car, or started a business, you likely have experience with loans. A question you or your customer may be wondering is when to lease and when to buy using a loan? In this blog, we will compare the two. A loan is ideal for collateral you want to own at the end of the term; something that holds its value past […]

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4 Mistakes That Are Hurting Your XaaS Sales Approach

Posted on June 29, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

Changing the Way You Sell HaaS and Financing Ultimately, adopting an As-A-Service or subscription model will change your business for the better, but there is more to making the change than building out the offering. Once you are ready to get started, implementing HaaS requires a change to your sales team selling method. In Part 1 of this discussion, we focused on best practices for implementing HaaS in your integration business. Without a doubt, adjusting your sales tools and approach is not always easy. Just […]

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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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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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