01.22
2020

Encore’s Dispatching Scheduler: The Solution to Work Order Inefficiencies

In one of last week’s blog posts, we discussed some of the difficulties a field service company faced without having a tool to plan out their mobile employees’ work orders in advance. In addition to productivity and brand reputation suffering due to confusions in scheduling, the company was also spending too much money on paper documents to instruct staff that were handwritten and, at times, illegible.

Our flagship workforce management software Encore now enables businesses to manage workloads ahead of time with its Dispatching Scheduler feature. Available exclusively to users of the solution’s Ultimate tier, the Dispatching Scheduler provides an easy, yet intuitive way for your team to plan out customer visits and increase its efficiency.

Features of Encore’s Dispatching Scheduler:

  • A color-coded dashboard that provides easy identification for work order progress.
  • The ability to create service delivery windows for employees dispatched to new customer locations.
  • A feature for reassigning pending orders to new workers on the fly.
  • Calendar and Schedule rows that display availabilities, last known employee locations, and current assignments.
  • The ability to see lists of unassigned orders and drag and drop them onto user schedules.


Encore’s Dispatching Scheduler dashboard.

Benefits of Encore’s Dispatching Scheduler:

  • Distribute workloads more evenly.
  • Optimize employee schedules for higher efficiency.
  • Save time and money with intuitive scheduling that helps to keep employees informed.
  • Provide customers with more accurate service delivery times.
  • Graphics-based scheduling allows your staff to work faster and more interactively.

When applied to the field service use case, it’s easy to see how this powerful new capability could instantly improve the company’s processes. Encore’s Dispatching Scheduler allowed the business’s mobile employees to have easy access to their daily schedules, eliminating unnecessary back-and-forth communication from the office to the field and giving them a much more accurate timeframe for service deliveries. Due to both an increase in productivity and efficiency with the Dispatching Scheduler, their business was able to save significant revenue and also increase its opportunities from a strengthened reputation amongst its customer base.

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01.07
2020

Ways to Optimize Your Company’s Communication

Communication is essential to good business, and if it’s a skill that’s suffering at your workplace, there are undoubtedly hidden costs that come into play. Poor communication can result in lowered morale at best, and incredibly costly mistakes at worst. In fact, according to The Holmes Report, the total cost of ineffective communication for 400 surveyed companies with at least 100,000 employees was a staggering $37 billion. Given these potentially catastrophic results, here are four steps you can take to make sure your organization is firing on all cylinders when it comes to efficiency and clear directives.

Ensure proper email etiquette is in place.

Even something as simple as training your employees with a quick, 10-minute video on best practices for email communication is a great way to help verify that things are conveyed clearly, concisely, and professionally. Also, emphasize the importance of spelling and grammar checks across your organization; whether it’s responding internally to a coworker or manager, or externally to a business customer, it’s always important to ensure that communications remain accurate so that respect for the recipient is consistently upheld.

Schedule meetings that are actually productive.

Meetings that accomplish nothing are more than just a waste of time; they can harm workforce productivity if they’re taking people away from their work and nothing’s being done. To mitigate this, define a handful of specific goals that the meeting needs to accomplish prior to its start time, and once those goals are all accomplished, end the meeting promptly. This helps everyone remain focused on finding solutions, rather than on arbitrary conversations. Asking the individuals in the meeting for feedback about your strategies also welcomes additional diversity to the discussion, which is another essential element to good workplace communication.

Implement an efficient chain of command.

For certain forms of internal communication, such as purchase order or product collateral requests, it’s always a smart idea to establish protocols. Following standard operating procedures enables your team members to reach out to the correct individuals for these requests from the start, eliminate unnecessary back-and-forth, and ensure that the correct materials are received expediently.

Use Encore to coordinate with employees that work away from the office.

Our flagship mobile application, Encore, can help you more efficiently communicate with your internal and mobile staff by allowing your administrators to send out new instructions to them on the fly, receive collected data from the field digitally, and more. As the most powerful solution listed here for helping keep your communication inefficiencies to a minimum, Encore works to provide companies like yours with features for high savings.

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12.17
2019

Season’s Greetings From Actsoft and Our New Corporate Vision

The prosperity of our customers and business partners remains our highest priority here at Actsoft. This holiday season, we’d like to take a moment to thank each and every business we’ve had the chance to work with over the course of the past year, as well as restate our commitment to their successes both now and in the future.

We typically take this time of year to reflect on all of the efforts we’ve made in working on our solutions, individual customer experiences, and processes over the past few quarters to ensure they remained as positive as possible. Seeing what was most effective and striving to fill next year with even more of those moments is a key principle for our team. It’s also an exciting time for us during the holiday season because of our return to the drawing board, as we begin to conceptualize future enhancements to our mobile resource management applications.

Heading into 2020, we’re looking to collect even more crucial feedback from our customers and design software to match it, providing businesses with even more tools that they can use to gain an edge in their respective markets. We’ve also worked hard to compose a new vision statement for 2020 that speaks more directly to our recently refined corporate focus, development strategy, and dedication to customer success.

Our vision:

We foster lasting relationships, empowering the Actsoft community with creative business solutions that promote a more prosperous and productive economy.

Now that we’re equipped with a new vision statement, Actsoft’s overall business philosophy is more effectively aligned with the needs of the customer and partner relationships we service on a daily basis. Our unwavering commitment to helping your team achieve its maximum potential remains as strong as ever heading into the new decade.

May your workforce be filled with success this season and into the future!

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12.10
2019

Actsoft’s Strategic Partnerships

At Actsoft, we take pride in the strategic partnerships we’ve forged with many other industry leaders over the years. They’ve allowed us to construct better avenues to support our dedicated customers, establishing a variety of solutions options that can fulfill the needs of virtually any workforce.

We partner with makers of hardware and additional software solutions alike to bring your team all the tools it needs for increased efficiency, productivity, and savings. The returns our solutions can provide to your business are even more powerful once paired with the additional resources each of our alliances actively offer.

See our list of strategic partners here and what each can do to help your organization flourish.

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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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11.12
2019

Shipping During the Holiday Season and Actsoft Solutions

In 2017, UPS estimated that they’d be shipping nearly 750 million packages during the course of the entire holiday season. This year, that number isn’t likely to drop. With a steadily increasing number of gifts being given around Christmastime, companies that are in charge of package transportation must use technology and precision to ensure that there are as few delivery hiccups as possible.

At Actsoft, we engineer digital solutions that help streamline operations for companies in industries like transportation for both the driver and the administrator. By making things easier for all employees involved in the shipping process, our solutions help delivery businesses maintain efficiency, even during their busiest quarters of the year. Two applications in particular that we offer are essential for transportation companies: ELD and GPS Tracking.

Powered by VisTracks, our Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution enables delivery drivers to focus strictly on safe and efficient driving by automatically logging their active time behind the wheel. Rather than having to manually fill out nationally mandated forms for Hours of Service (HOS), semi-truck operators can reach their destinations as quickly and safely as possible with instant documentation preventing their attention from being diverted toward cumbersome paperwork tasks. Information about rest compliance that’s automatically logged on a driver-by-driver basis is readily available to administrators and can help reduce their business’s potential to incur regulatory fines.

On the administrative side, our solutions’ GPS Tracking feature enables location positioning to help keep cargo and trucks safe, even if they become separated from one another. Track semi-truck trailers, the vehicles themselves, and even employees during working hours with accuracy from our software’s live view map. Monitoring all mobile operations via GPS technology helps keep fuel usage optimized, package containers secure, and drivers accountable.

With the power of Actsoft solutions, transportation businesses can maintain ultimate control on their operations. Cut costs for your delivery company and keep efficiency high throughout the frenzied pace of the holiday season using our mobile management software.

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10.01
2019

How Football Player Speed Tracking Is Similar To Fleet Analytics

This past Sunday, Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns, helping his team secure a 40-25 win over the Baltimore Ravens. On his most explosive run of the day, an 88-yard bolt to the end zone, Chubb reached a ridiculous top speed of 21.95 miles per hour, per Next Gen Stats.

The National Football League has been experimenting with new ways to track player performance, measuring advanced statistics using cutting-edge technology. Thanks to concepts like ultra-accurate speed clocking and catch percentage measurements on tight-window throws, insightful data is readily available on how players are performing, and as a result, the performance analysis process is more detailed than it’s ever been.

At Actsoft, our applications’ GPS Tracking feature mirrors many of the innovative technologies the NFL uses to track routes and top speeds by its players on long touchdown runs. Our tracking solutions are able to record the top speeds and route histories of each individual vehicle in your organization’s fleet using a combination of hardware and software, providing a powerful new way for you to regulate operations in the field. From your Actsoft solution’s dashboard, see a live view map of your vehicles in near real-time, as well as the directions they’re traveling. Advanced statistics on stop times, route histories, and speeds traveled by your mobile employees in company vehicles are also available to managers, allowing your business team to enhance quality, safety, and efficient fuel usage. If certain staff members are traveling faster than you’d like for them to while en route to an assignment, use Alerts to receive  notifications any time your customized thresholds for speeding are exceeded.

With advanced technology that collects and reports data on your fleet’s activities, Actsoft solutions are designed to help your managers stay in control of the mobile workforce they employ. Use our tools to increase team accountability by identifying excessive speeding and unnecessary stops by members of your remote teams while they’re on their way to scoring you more business.

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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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01.15
2019

The Importance of Creating a Budget

Whether it’s in business or personal finance, the importance of budgeting can’t be understated. Out of control spending can derail finances for anyone, and companies that successfully keep their bottom lines in check are able to hire more employees, gain larger market share, and most importantly, avoid bankruptcy. Here’s a few tips on how to implement an effective corporate spending plan.

Sticking to a flexible plan

When formulating a budget, it’s important to avoid rigidity. While any spending plan has to involve some level of structure, a strict, no-exceptions-allowed plan can actually end up doing more harm than good, because it can be impossible to stick to. Always try to maximize the gap between your business’s cost of operations and the cash flow being brought in, but as more revenue is generated, feel free to scale up and spend more when necessary. With that being said, be sure to confirm that there’s more than enough profits to back up the expansion of your budget’s parameters before doing so.

Preparing for the unexpected

Any business will have unforeseen expenses come up at one point or another. However, the key differentiator between a financially smart business and one that’s lacking is in the preparations. Things that break in the office and deadline shifts requiring overtime are just a couple of examples of unexpected costs that may arise, and leaving room in your company’s budget for things like these eliminates the anxiety associated with scraping together sufficient funds to deal with them.

Keeping costs low

Don’t cut corners on expenses to the point where your business would suffer, but still look for ways to reduce spending wherever possible. By acquiring an Actsoft business solution, you can gain return on investment by creating new strategies to slash operational costs. For example, our Timekeeping feature allows your business to reduce unnecessary overtime, and accurately manage employee timecards. Wireless Forms is another application of ours that can allow you to save more through smartphone-to-desktop integration. Digitize budget proposals and any other company documents to eliminate paper expenses, unnecessary waste, and processing delays using this tool.

By putting in place a flexible but effective budget, your business can continue to thrive by remaining in control of its bottom line. To create new ways for your organization to retain more of its profits, use the power of our business solutions, and lower your team’s cost of operations.

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01.08
2019

Corporate Growth and Motivating Employees

As any corporation experiences growth, the need to cultivate new leaders within it will naturally exist. For many employees, the prospect of eventually rising to a management role is something that they strive for, and if your organization is continuing to expand, there’s nothing but positive trajectory for everyone.

With corporate growth, however, comes the need to develop the skills of staff. Over time, the valuable traits that each of your employees bring to the table for your business’s success should be identified, refined, and highlighted. Effective management starts with empowering those around you, and routinely motivating them through the progression of their abilities.

If there’s potential for growth within your company, better candidates may be more enticed to take open positions, allowing you to hire only the most impactful people. Individuals that truly make a difference for your organization typically all have strong work ethics, and new positions created during times of expansion can help to put in place additional structure for your organization.

By using Actsoft solutions to help your team flourish, you can provide your employees with clearer paths to success. Features of our digital products like GPS Tracking, Dispatching, and Wireless Forms all continue to play an active role in helping countless businesses reduce the costs of their operations, and maintain higher standards of efficiency. As any company’s bottom line must be in good standing before more employees can be brought on, our solutions can help to increase workforce productivity and efficiency, saving additional funds. New hiring is a huge benefit, and a great sign that growth is occurring. It also leaves room for tenured staff to potentially achieve positions of leadership.

If staff feel empowered to ascend in their careers, the ramifications for your business are huge. Employee productivity as a whole can increase, and you’ll be able to continue effectively growing your company. To gain a better handle on growth, bring down operational costs, and make promoting your team members easier, allow Actsoft’s suite of applications to help.

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