job costing

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

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 […]

Solutions360 Releases New Job Costing Survival Guide

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 […]

Buying vs Leasing, Which is Better?

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? […]

4 Mistakes That Are Hurting Your XaaS Sales Approach

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 […]

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

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 […]

Best Practices for AV Sales People

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 […]

Close the Profitability Loop in Your Job Costing Process

Job costing is one of the most complicated issues that Solutions360 has seen in the integration industry. Solutions360 has worked with more than 200 integrators, and fewer than 10 percent were satisfied with their job costing process, prior to implementing Q360. Often there was no job costing process in place, so estimates were based on […]

Who Owns the Estimating Process – Sales or Operations?

Who should be responsible for the estimating process? One of the issues that Solutions360 often addresses with customers is the estimating process. Today, our own Tofiq Indawala, is joined by Steve Riley, of Navigate Management Consulting, to discuss who should be responsible for the estimate. “This is a conversation I always have with customers during […]

Top 5 Benefits of Selling As-A-Service through Financing

Our partners at GreatAmerica Financial Services commissioned a 3rd party research firm to conduct a survey with 194 C-level partners at MSPs and UC Solution Providers. While a variety of information was collected, perhaps some of the most notable is what the partners listed as the top benefits of financing. The benefits of financing are plentiful […]

How Can Systems Integrators Defend Labor Hours Beyond the Job Site?

On this NSCA Industry Insights, Chuck Talks Labor & Installation Standards A questions that NSCA often hears, is how do systems integrators defend labor hours beyond what time is spent on the job site? This issue is especially prevalent for integrators that work with construction managers and general contractors, but even some end-users. “They just […]