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3 Essentials for Any GPS Fleet Tracking System
There's no question that any modern logistical operation moving significant amounts of overland freight need a GPS fleet tracking system. The amount of investment and liability that goes into every shipment these days requires a level of security that goes well past hourly situation reports or logbooks kept on paper and pen.
Virgilio, we get asked this question a lot (for good reason). Michael put together a really solid blog post listing 14 strong competitors to Quickbooks.
There's several different ways you can tailor a CRM system depending on what kind of system you have. Many of the larger cloud-based solutions can be expanded considerably through third party apps and add-ons, though a lot of those apps aren't free and sometimes even carry their own monthly subscription ...
Generally speaking every cloud-based CRM vendor is going to recognize the fact that any data you store on their servers is still proprietary to your organization, though it never hurts to check the fine print. In terms of disaster recovery, that's actually one of the places where the cloud ...
Louis, I'd highly recommend Atlassian Confluence. Atlassian's project management systems command a whole lot of respect, especially among people in software development.
It's hard to truly beat Zoho's price point, but two strong contenders are Insightly and Highrise. Insightly is free for up to three users (with a hard storage cap of 200MB) moving up to $29/mo. for 4-6 users at the next tier. Highrise is $24/mo. for 1-6 users, but also gives ...
Try checking out Selectica CLM, which has been cited as one of the leaders in sell-side contract management.
Donald, Netsuite ERP is probably one of the best-known ERP system right now that's offered as a purely cloud-based solution, but there are plenty of other traditional vendors like Microsoft, SAP and Oracle who have cloud spinoffs of their flagship ERP offerings. What kind of other features are looking for ...
Intuit has a fairly effective comparison chart for what you get with every version of QuickBooks currently on the market.
Tier 2 ERP is systems designed for mid-market enterprises. Examples would be Sage 500 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Here's a
3 Metrics You Should Be Following in Your Fleet Tracking Software
There's no avoiding it. When you implement any kind of tracking software, especially the sort that collects data in real time, by nature you're going to be accumulating a ton of data. With all the different types of data a fleet tracking system logs--vehicle run time, amount of stops, idle time, mileage rates and routes progress to name a few--and the fact that many logistics fleets are operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it follows that you're going to have a good amount of raw data on your hands before long.
Mylene, Sage 50 (formerly Peachtree) actually is an accounting software itself, so adding another accounting suite onto that would be superfluous. Similarly, Sage 500 has its own accounting suite built in.
Michael, what kind of solution are looking for specifically? Is this purely an accounting application? There are plenty of accounting systems on the market now geared towards NFP operations.
One thing you should be keeping tabs on is the trend towards Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) setups. By that I mean more offices are being pushed towards an IT environment where employees can use their personal devices to do their work and store work-related data. More often than not ...
Lacey, K-1s are more commonly associated with specialized tax preparation software like Turbotax and Thomson Reuters' Ultratax CS.
Oscar, I'm assuming on the programmer side, or at least have some level of coding experience. Regardless though, I'd recommend you start out by visualizing the full breadth of your idea if you haven't already. There are tons of templates for doing this, but try using the Lean Canvas, which ...
Duane the most obvious choice is SugarCRM, which is the leading open source CRM in terms of support and documentation. Granted, SugarCRM's credentials as a "true" open source application have been in dispute for awhile now. Of the multiple versions of SugarCRM, only one is labeled as an out and ...
I'd recommend taking a look at
Seeing Green: Using DCIM to Cut IT Power Consumption
There’s more pressure than ever these days for IT to do more than just keep everything online. More people at C-level positions (and not just CIOs) are gaining a better understanding of IT matters and, consequently, adjusting their expectations. Optimization and cost savings have become recurring themes on enterprise IT strategies. Data center infrastructure management (DCIM), takes those themes to heart and makes them central to what it offers to data center managers.
Ahmed, what percentage of the adviser's time is going to spent being mobile or otherwise outside the boundaries of the office network? My own take is that you should pursue systems that at least have a cloud sync option (like Saleswah). SaaS CRM gives you the advantage of not having ...