How to Stop Falling Prey to Manual Processes

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If you’ve ever had to use a purely manual process, you understand why the phrase “work smarter not harder” is so popular.

Manual processes are often inefficient, redundant, and fraught with opportunities for error. That’s not a winning combination.

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The Key Step in Successfully Leading Software Implementations

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So, you’ve taken on the lead system implementation role, and finally your retail business has made the decision to make the leap to a more robust cloud-based point of sale system. Everyone is excited about the move, but hold on, are you missing something —how sure are you that the new application will play nice in the sandbox with your other applications?

Sounds funny right? But it’s unlikely anyone will get a chuckle out of a scenario where employees are left dealing with incorrect data or orphaned records passed from one system to another…if passed along at all.

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Do you have room for SaaS in your budget?

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While many businesses adopt cloud-based services as a cost cutting measure, implementing SaaS solutions must fit both your budget and your goals.

The decision to take on new SaaS expenses typically fall into a few categories. Often, the solution is:

  • A replacement for an existing core service,
  • An additional service to meet a newly identified business requirement, or
  • For a solution that isn’t a business requirement, but simply a “nice to have” software.
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Survival Prepping: Steps to Take Before Your Workforce Scheduling System Cuts Out

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With intermittent outages a fact of life in the Internet fast lane, you need to think “contingency plans” when beefing up on online services like workforce scheduling. After all, every manager wants their employees to show up on time for work, or at least know who’s on that day.

Internet Outages? Remember the Salesforce.com outage in May? Or how about Google Drive and Google Docs hiccup outage last November? And, of course, there is always the potential your own Internet connection will go down.


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Want to Find Your Perfect Accounting Software? Write A Personal Ad!

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Dear current accounting software solution,

Though we’ve been together for a long time, it’s time to break up. I’ve grown while you’ve stayed the same sweet little program you always were. That’s right: it’s not you, it’s me.

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“Talk to You in 2021” — What to Do When There Isn’t Budget

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(Originally published on SaaStr — more on that here.)

“Thanks for the discussion, but we’ve have 4 years more on our contract with your competitor. Talk to you in 2021.”

— email forwarded from SaaStr community CEO this week

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Managing Remote Workers is Different — Not!

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Consider this: by 2020, half of all people may be working remotely, a dramatic shift that will affect both NewCos and BigCos alike.

While employees everywhere may cheer, this statistic is likely less appealing to managers who worry that they’ll need to learn a whole new set of skills.

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6 Financial Facts Solo Entrepreneurs Need to Know

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So you’re considering quitting the rat race and becoming an entrepreneur — congratulations.

Whether you’re working on a killer startup with a few pals or embarking on a career of self-employment, you’re about to discover what life is like when you have maximal control.

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Five Ways BigCos Can Partner With Scrappy Startups

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We are living in an entrepreneurial renaissance. Every day, thousands of creative business people bring new solutions to market, addressing an ever expanding set of problems and opportunities. Incumbent businesses can either view these insurgents as competitive threats, or they can view entrepreneurs as outsourced R&D.

But outsourcing R&D only works as a corporate strategy if an incumbent company can truly recapture that innovation. Very few BigCos are really good at finding nimble ways to recapture innovation. Those that fail will be left to fend off a whole host of new competitors. Here are a few ways to integrate corporate R&D and the startup ecosystem:

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Helicopter Management, Teal, and Stirring The Soup

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We’ve exchanged command and control for coax and manipulate

You thought things were political before?

The irony of fostering autonomous and self-organizing teams is that it eventually negates the need for traditional management. This is a common pattern observed during re-orgs and “transformations”. Being savvy career-wise, management tries to adapt and in the process becomes even more spooky and political. It’s like parents transitioning from command and control to helicopter parenting. In some cases it is downright Orwellian.


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