Yearly Archives: 2020

Does Everyone Understand the Purpose of Your Processes?

Posted on December 14, 2020 in Business Process Improvement ,Industry Discussion ,Q360 by

What is the purpose of your processes? And does everyone understand the value? If an integrator is engaging in an activity on a daily basis, people need to know why. Everyone should understand why processes are in place. Mature companies document and improve their processes incrementally — in a nonjudgmental fashion — attempting to remove waste, variation, or steps that don’t add value. They don’t throw everything away and start over, blaming everyone who was ever involved in creating the process. That would be a […]

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How Good Are You at Predicting the Past?

Posted on December 7, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

The better you are at predicting the future, the better decisions you will make. One of the things I like about The Economist magazine is that, unlike most publications at this time of year, it doesn’t simply forecast what lies ahead, but evaluates the forecasts made last year. Were their forecasts accurate or not? Were they based on sound reasoning? Were they grounded in valid assumptions? The application to your integration business is that while It’s all well-and-good to look to the future and forecast opportunities and […]

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Make Your Integration Business Stronger During Ups and Downs

Posted on November 23, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

There is no such thing as perfect, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for incremental improvements. That’s what continuous improvement is all about.  It’s understanding that there is always room to better a process or structure and taking defined steps to recognize where improvements can be made and implementing and measuring these changes. The good news? Though these changes might be incremental, the financial gains can be massive. As the name ‘continuous improvement’ indicates, this is done on a recurring basis. Continuous improvement is […]

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Strategic Planning Pitfalls to Avoid

Posted on November 2, 2020 in Achieve Business Growth ,Blog ,Solutions360 by

Tis the season! No, not the holiday season, although that will soon be here! For business owners and leaders, it’s time to reflect on the past year, examine the competitive landscape, explore possible initiatives and set goals. A good strategic planning process will help you: Align company goals with your company mission and vision, Define steps to achieve these goals, Assign responsibility and timelines, Track progress toward this year’s goals but also take steps to achieve your three to five-year goals. Strategic Planning can be a powerful […]

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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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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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Better Processes Equals Better Projects

Posted on May 19, 2020 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement by

When was the last time your integration business focused on process improvement? Process management is an exercise in efficiency – it is all about doing the correct things while minimizing waste. There are a lot of programs out there that address process standardization and improvement in more words than I’ll use — programs such as Lean, Six Sigma, Business Process Engineering, SIPOC (Supplier, Input, Process, Output, Customer), and so on. More study on any of these topics will certainly yield positive benefits, especially at an integration […]

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