12.18
2019

Mobile Technology: 5 Ways Mobile Devices Can Improve Field Services

Nowadays, it de rigueur to see people of all ages walking around with the latest mobile device in tow. Little Johnny is busy playing games on his new tablet, while grandma is Facetiming with her loved ones. These devices are increasingly becoming more powerful, sleek, and easy to use. So why not use what’s hot and apply it to your business?

Chances are, if you own a service company, your techs in the field already own a smartphone, tablet, or both. Even if they’re one of the few that don’t own one, odds are they at least know how to use one. With mobile technology booming, why not utilize the power of these devices to increase your daily productivity?

1. Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle
Route optimization is key when dispatching mobile workers. It is vital that drivers know both the address of their destination and a clear-cut way to get there. A good mobile device can intuitively provide driving directions and route alternatives which will get techs to job sites with ease.

2. The Early Bird Gets the Worm
No one likes to sit around and wait for the cable guy or electrician. Knowing exactly when a driver reaches a job site is imperative to a dispatcher’s workflow. With mobile technology, the home office has a bird’s-eye view of what is going on in the field. So when a customer calls, they can receive an accurate estimated time of arrival rather than a dreaded five-hour estimate.

3. Communication is Key
Every service company knows that jobs are not always cut and dry. Unexpected issues can arise, no matter the size of the job. With an effective mobile solution, workers can quickly alert the office of a new update in the schedule. Being able to communicate in near real-time is a benefit to both customer and technician. The office is alerted of the issue and can assist the technician by providing a resolution on the spot.

4. Clipboards are a Thing of the Past
Gone are the days of the bulky clipboard. No one wants to manage stacks of paperwork. Digital technology can eliminate paperwork and maximize efficiency. Can you imagine doing away with unnecessary trips to the office to pick up and drop off work orders? Now you can create wireless versions of your paper forms and take them on the road using something your company already has: mobile devices. This way, workers can collect information and signatures from customers and transmit data back to the office, without any delays or the worry of errors due to illegibility.

5. Prove It
The customer may always be right, but having the ability to prove the whereabouts of a technician through GPS check-in helps keep everyone honest. If a customer mentions that a tech was late to a job site, the dispatcher can quickly validate the exact arrival and departure time. Mobile devices also allow workers to capture photos, signatures, and proof of delivery and service.

It’s safe to say that smartphones and tablets are game changers in the world of field service. When technicians are armed with the tools that mobile devices offer, they are able to complete tasks more quickly, respond to customers more efficiently, and stay focused on their daily workload. If mobile devices make all that and more possible, isn’t it time that you tried one to help increase the efficiency of your business?

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11.26
2019

The Benefits of a Company Newsletter

Keeping everyone in your organization on the same page is essential to success, and one tried and true method of doing so is through a recurring newsletter that’s sent internally to your employees.

As a dynamic piece of content, your newsletter should effectively blend both graphics and text to convey your messaging. And while not all of the benefits of a newsletter may be strictly numbers-based, there’s something to be said about how creating one can bring your company closer together and work to inform employees of happenings in your organization, particularly outside of what their typical day-to-day schedules would normally include. Here are three major pluses that composing a newsletter can provide to your business.

Enhanced focus

Coordinate with your company’s leadership team about what topics will be addressed for your newsletter and try to thread a singular message throughout the entire piece. This works to provide insight to your staff and helps them realize the most important major corporate-wide objective at hand, improving organizational clarity.

Initiatives communicated

Reiterate the current primary goals for your business when creating your newsletter. If there are any key projects affecting multiple departments, provide updates within the content on what’s been accomplished, as well as what’s on the horizon. Communicating initiatives and documenting their progressions gives your team everything it needs to seamlessly shift from one task to the next in a more efficient, productive manner.

Buy-in generated

Featured sections of your newsletter where different viewpoints or departmental highlights are given can greatly improve engagement across your entire workforce. If multiple individuals from various departments have a hand in sharing information for your newsletter, buy-in is generated and employees become even more empowered.

For any other methods of communication your company may require, Actsoft solutions can help. With features built into our all-in-one business management software that help you reach your mobile employees nearly instantly, you can coordinate operations with ease. An effective newsletter keeps your staff up to date on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis; for all other needs, our solutions allow you to efficiently communicate with them at a moment’s notice.

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11.22
2019

Using Actsoft Solutions to Sustain Your Business

Reliability is a big part of what we develop our applications for at Actsoft. We place a heavy emphasis on making our solutions ultra-dependable in order to help your business ingrain every feature of them into routine operations for consistent, sustained support that continues to elevate the power of your workforce.

Versatility is another philosophy we’ve made essential to the design process of our solutions. For our customers, having a single application to address many of the challenges associated with managing mobile employees, assets, and vehicles is critically important. Michael Courter, Actsoft’s vice president of product management, knows the value of consolidation and adaptability as two essential traits for our software, and he’s continuously learning about new ways in which they’re improving processes for our clients.

“One of my favorite things to do is to go out and visit with customers. It’s important to see how they are using the product and gain feedback on how we can make things even better,” said Courter. “As part of this, it’s always amazing to see how leveraging Actsoft solutions has made an impact on so many businesses. From using forms to capture information, leveraging GPS Tracking and Job Dispatching to save time and money, or using geofence alerts or other methods of communication throughout the software, companies have transformed how they do business.”

Courter believes in the power of what Actsoft solutions can do for organizations of any size. Through systems integration that provides adaptability to workforces, as well as a suite of features to streamline communication, our products bring dispersed staff closer together and reduce gaps in their teams’ productivity, efficiency, and transparency.

“Implementing technology that connects the office to the field not only saves our customers money,” Courter said. “It also continues to help them truly provide better service in order to gain and retain more of their own customer base.”

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11.06
2019

What Makes Encore’s Wireless Forms Feature Dynamic?

Encore’s Wireless Forms feature offers a much more robust experience to companies than what traditional paperwork offers. By allowing your mobile employees to document and submit form data from a smartphone or tablet, the feature is able to harness all the capabilities of mobile technology to increase efficiency and detail with every form submission. Here are three specific ways Wireless Forms offers a more dynamic documentation process than traditional paperwork.

Dynamic fields

Perform anything from mathematical equations to signature captures with dynamic fields on Wireless Forms. These portions of a digital form provide more versatility and functionality than traditional paper documents, making the form completion process simpler, smarter, and more detailed. Four types of dynamic fields include:

  • Signature Capture (with a touchscreen device)
  • Photo Capture
  • Audio Capture
  • Barcode Scanning

Data analysis

Form data submitted back to the office from the field is formatted and collected on our Encore solution’s dashboard, making it easy for your administrative team to see and analyze graphical representations of all submitted data from your company’s mobile staff. Manual data entry is eliminated from paper forms to desktop computers, increasing your team’s productivity and providing it with extra insight on your workforce’s activities.

Faster information reception

Instead of having to drive truckloads of paperwork to and from the office, or worse, paying for security companies to transport it far distances, rely on Wireless Forms to transmit information nearly instantly on a highly safeguarded digital platform from mobile devices back to the office. Encore Vault’s heightened security levels are able to help keep document data secure at rest and in transit, allowing you to receive document submissions quickly and confidentially.

Reduce paper costs, damage from handwriting or mathematical errors, and wasted time with Wireless Forms. By providing your team with additional savings avenues, this feature of Encore adds documentation that’s truly dynamic to your workforce’s processes.

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10.22
2019

Actsoft’s Strategic Partnership With Geotab

As a strategic partner of ours that supplies top-notch fleet tracking devices and fleet technology, Geotab is the perfect complement to Actsoft’s solutions. Our alliance with Geotab allows us to pair ultra-advanced hardware and fleet diagnostics with the workforce management capabilities of our solutions to give your team a truly robust digital management platform.

Through Geotab GO9 devices, the MyGeotab software, and Actsoft integration, companies can have a rich and detailed fleet management experience, gaining tools for advanced collision detection, driver reports, and more, as well as the features they need to effectively manage all other aspects of their workforces.

After employees have exited their business vehicles and begin working, insight can sometimes become lost; this is where handset tracking comes in. Our solutions provide device monitoring technology, allowing you to keep tabs on each member of your team during working hours in the field. In addition to handset tracking, we also provide solutions for Timekeeping, Job Dispatching, Intra-Company Messaging, and Wireless Forms, allowing your team to take its processes fully digital and control its operations with higher efficiency. When paired with Geotab’s proficiency in the fleet management sphere, our solutions can provide even greater potential for your business.

Use Actsoft and Geotab to gain full insight on both your fleet and remote workforce in near real-time. Our strategic partnership with Geotab allows us to expand the capabilities of our mobile management solutions, help our existing customers continue to succeed, and create meaningful new relationships both now and in the future.

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10.21
2019

How to Make Data Work For You

Every day companies are collecting data, whether intentionally seeking it out or as a byproduct from conducting business as usual. This information is usually varied and potentially meaningful, from customer service queries and sales information to ethnographic and geographic statistics. All of it can make an impact on your business if its properly understood and used to inform strategy. According to “Hypotheses in Marketing Science: Literature Review and Publication Audit” by J. Scott Armstrong, Roderick J. Brodie, and Andrew G. Parsons, marketing research uses the scientific method in that data is collected and analyzed to test prior notions or hypotheses. Experts in marketing research have found that studies featuring multiple and often competing hypotheses yield more meaningful results than those featuring only one dominant hypothesis. Therefore, objective analysis coupled with a few hypotheses and a structured series of tests may be the smartest way to yield positive results.

With so many avenues from which companies are receiving information, figuring out how to capture that information, or even how much of it to capture can be daunting. (Do we need to figure out how many clients with red trucks are purchasing a particular product, and if there’s a trend?) However, the good news is that with the acceleration of technological progress, there’s also more access to data-capturing tools, and at more affordable costs. Who knows? You may even have those tools now, but don’t realize it.

Actsoft’s Wireless Forms is a perfect example of a solution that provides various functionality, including data capture and analysis. Many clients use these forms, which replace cumbersome paper variations, simply for placing orders. This is fantastic as it saves them time, energy, and tons of money on paper costs and storage. But many are missing out on leveraging all that data they’re collecting to spot trends among their customers. And what’s more, this component of Wireless Forms is included in the monthly costs, so it costs nothing extra to get reports, charts, graphs, and more. All you need to do is set the parameters and let our software do the rest.

In this day and age, when more and more people are competing for business, it’s necessary to take advantage of every opportunity to gain insight into your customer base to hit that sweet spot others might be missing … even if just barely.

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10.08
2019

How Actsoft Solutions Help Improve Your Bottom Line

With every new innovation we add to our solutions, we’re continuing to make things easier, more efficient, and more connected for your business. And all three of these aspects working together result in a major boost to your company’s bottom line annually, with reductions in costs such as:

Fuel

Managing a cost-conscious workforce isn’t exactly simple, but it’s easier to do with GPS Tracking. Our solutions provide near real-time updates on your fleet vehicles’ activities, allowing you to be notified of any instances of excessive idling or speeding by your drivers. Equipping your vehicles with devices like the Geotab GO9 also remains a great way to integrate Encore, our flagship solution, with intuitive hardware that provides diverse insight on how your vehicles are routinely being operated. When it comes to fleet management, use this tandem of software and hardmount technology to identify and curb costly practices your mobile employees may be unintentionally conducting.

Paper

Antiquated processes like filling out paper documents and manually delivering them can be largely eliminated with Wireless Forms. Our applications provide the tools you need to go completely digital with all of your company’s documentation, helping to reduce potential costs associated with paper usage like errors from manual data entry, high purchasing expenses, and time spent driving paperwork back to the office.

Overtime

Actsoft’s Timekeeping feature gives businesses like yours the ability to clamp down on unnecessary overtime payouts with mobile time-punches. Your remote employees can clock in and out using a smartphone or tablet from our Encore solution’s single integrated portal, allowing them to track start and stop times while working with greater accuracy. Over the course of weeks and years, all those saved minutes from more accurate time-punches can have a sustainable positive impact on your company’s bottom line.

To find out more about how our solutions can help carve a path to savings for your workforce, check out our interactive return on investment calculator here, or schedule a demo today to gain an in-depth look at what our applications can do.

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09.23
2019

Practical Uses for Form Workflows

As one of the most dynamic tools that our Wireless Forms feature has to offer, Form Workflows* is an essential way for companies using our solutions to streamline their documentation processes. This is done through employees digitally sending incomplete forms from one mobile device to the next, allowing them to fill out any relevant information in a seamless chain of command. In addition to helping your staff save time, Form Workflows can also help enhance the accuracy of your documents’ data, as well as allow you to implement authorization processes for submitted forms. Personnel who have greater permissions are able to reject and send back an electronic document once it’s been submitted to them to the previous user if there are certain portions missing or if the data is incorrect. Here are a few practical ways that Form Workflows can be used in three different industries:

Construction

A construction company can rely on Form Workflows to track the near real-time progress of their building projects with documentation routing. As certain aspects of a project gradually become finished, the teams that were responsible for their completion can fill in details about the construction site’s timeline and send them back wirelessly for management at the home office to review.

Healthcare

For healthcare organizations, monitoring medical services delivered remains key for quality control and verification purposes. Using Form Workflows, these companies can store and transmit data back to headquarters in a highly secure environment, giving individuals on their administrative teams extra abilities to sign off on and evaluate details about conducted patient visits.

Transportation

Moving cargo is easier to do by using Form Workflows to help trace vehicle stops and shipment statuses. Truck drivers who are taking goods from the warehouse to the airport for worldwide distribution can use a tandem of Form Workflows and Signature Capture to ensure that deliveries are successfully handed off. As a result, customer service can remain optimized, as increasingly efficient workflow tracking provides more realistic package arrival times for the clients awaiting them.

Find out more about how Form Workflows can help your organization implement accuracy checklists, save your company time and money, and improve its service levels to customers today.

*Form Workflows is a feature exclusively available to users of Encore’s Ultimate tier.

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09.05
2019

Why Data Encryption Matters

In today’s digital age, data is increasingly valuable. With that, however, comes an even greater necessity to protect it. Hefty fines can be leveled against organizations that fail to adhere to federal regulations on certain data types like Personal Health Information (PHI). Any kind of financial information that becomes compromised can also subject the firm in charge of it to massive data breach payouts.

The answer why is simple: Data is crucial to personal security. The potential damage that leaks or hacks can wreak on anything from privacy to financial health can be devastating to both the customer and the company storing it.

So, if your organization is in charge of keeping data heavily secure, what are some of its options? One of the most cost-effective but secure ones lies with our Encore Vault solution. Along with being backed by mandatory and thorough compliance training for our employees on a routine basis, our application is equipped with a slew of security levels to help you truly lock down client information, including:

  • TLS 1.2 data encryption
  • FIPS 140-2 compliance
  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • Advanced Data Security (ADS)
  • Microsoft Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Support of HIPAA compliance for sensitive medical information

Encore Vault’s proficiencies aren’t strictly limited to efficient data collection and highly secure storage, however. The solution provides tools for you to coordinate all aspects of your mobile workforce on a platform that’s even more safeguarded. Powerful features like Job Dispatching, Intra-Company Messaging, and GPS Tracking still allow you to monitor points of interest regarding your workforce in the field and adjust workflows in near real-time. Encore Vault is designed to give companies in finance, healthcare, the public sector, and more all the functionality they’ve come to expect from a top-tier workforce management solution, but with the uncompromising levels of encryption they require.

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08.27
2019

A Synopsis of Encore Vault

Our Encore Vault solution is built to encompass all the additional security measures your organization may need over its data, communications, and analytics. Backed by Advanced Threat Protection for Microsoft Azure (ATP), Vault is a highly secure version of our flagship application that is an ideal fit for companies who require additional safety protocols.

At Actsoft, our staff have been through stringent training sessions in order to make sure that the services and engineering processes we abide by align with any and all security regulations; as a result, we’re able to provide a product that can now even more directly assist businesses in verticals like healthcare, professional service, and the public sector.

Encore Vault’s Wireless Forms feature supports compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which remains a necessity for many businesses, particularly those in healthcare. In addition to incurring costly fines, organizations whose documentation procedures don’t comply with federal mandates may be subject to additional sanctions; Vault’s ability to help check the compliance boxes for your company allows you to benefit from its features even faster and keep fines away. Affordable solutions for Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) are also offered with Vault, making it a truly dynamic and useful application in the healthcare space.

Aside from HIPAA compliance, Wireless Forms with increased security measures is valuable to organizations in other industries like professional service and the public sector. For these fields, remote data collection needs to stay highly secure, and with ATP locking down form transmissions, organizations in verticals like these can still reap benefits of saved time, money, and heightened efficiency. Data breaches can also be incredibly costly to recover from for any company’s bottom line; Vault helps mitigate data loss potential with geo-redundant storage, expanding the ways that your company can stay protected.

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