06.14
2019

Uber Elevate and Business Innovation

Uber unveiled this week that the third test city to be added to the list of its long-anticipated “flying taxi” service will be on the other side of the globe, in Melbourne, Australia. (The first two being stateside, in Los Angeles and Dallas.) If you haven’t been following the story, the hugely popular ride-sharing company — which revolutionized the way we all think about taxi services — has long been touting its plans to take to the skies, offering users a virtually traffic-free ride experience. (As it stands, Uber is already set to whisk people to and from JFK Airport.)

The designs for the taxi, recently unveiled at the company’s annual Elevate conference, reveal what can only be described as an airplane-helicopter hybrid, with a sleek, futuristic vibe that channels everyone’s favorite space toon: the Jetsons. It’ll be at least four years before we even see this innovative new option take flight, according to Uber, but it’s still exciting to know changes like this are on the horizon.

This type of thinking — never being satisfied with the status quo — is what catapulted Uber from a “nobody” startup to a major tech leader. The company developed a genius way to completely change an industry that was virtually untouched for decades and its popularity sparked like wildfire. Where other companies may be satisfied at the rapid success, the powers that be at Uber know that real success comes from constant innovation, from always looking for ways to push their business in new directions.

In that same line of thought, our software serves as a means to help push already successful businesses forward. With our suite of solutions, we don’t purport to provide expertise in every single industry. Rather, what we do is give businesses in virtually every industry imaginable the means to vastly improve their processes. We give you a way to maximize your efficiency — through use of features such as Wireless Forms, Job Dispatching, Timekeeping, and others — in order to make the most of what you’ve already built on your own.

One of the great benefits from our solutions is their ability to help you shave precious time off each of your tasks. This saved time creates the opportunity for you to take on even more business, which helps to boost your bottom line. But in addition, some of that saved time can be devoted to ideating, crafting new ways to take your business to an entirely new level, much in the same way the folks at Uber continue to do.

We never stop working on ways to improve our software and roll out even more features that exist to help you make more money. We hope that our role in helping you simplify everyday tasks can also play a part in the greater evolution of your business.

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06.07
2019

Dark Phoenix and Rapid Business Growth

This weekend, comic book fans everywhere will flock to theaters to see the big-screen interpretation of beloved X-Men character Jean Grey as she descends into the chaotic, out-of-control Dark Phoenix. In the movie, the good-natured Grey finds herself unexpectedly wielding immense amounts of psychic powers that quickly compound exponentially, causing her to rapidly spiral out of control.

By now, you may be asking yourself: What the heck does any of this have to do with managing my remote workforce?

Work with me here. In the movie, Jean Grey struggles to maintain control of her powers as they expand way beyond her wildest expectations. While she always knew she was capable of great things, never before did she think her mutant abilities would grow to such levels. Because she hadn’t expected it, she never prepared for it, and so she was ill-equipped to manage it.

Similarly, when you’re running a business and you experience a burst in growth, you may find yourself struggling to keep up. The trick, of course, is to prepare yourself ahead of time. Implement the proper tools that give you the right kind of control over your business’s processes so that, if you do experience that sudden boost from out of the blue, you’re already in a good position to field the influx of necessary work to keep everything running smoothly.

That’s where our solution comes into play.

Implementing Encore into your company’s day-to-day operations gives you an additional level of control and organization, making the process of expansion — even if it comes from out of nowhere — much more manageable than if you were on your own.

Take our Job Dispatching feature. Using our software, you’re able to see the status of every available worker, including the number of work orders on their plates, as well as their current locations, whether they’re at a job site or on the road. Having access to this information, it’s much easier to make an educated decision when new work orders come in and you have to determine who to assign them to.  You can do so right in the application, without ever having to pick up the phone or require the worker to come back to the office to retrieve new assignments.

Once those work orders are disseminated to the crew, they can power through on-site paperwork faster than ever, thanks to our Wireless Forms. With such time-saving features as calculations (with no risk of math errors from trying to add things up in their heads) and decision logic (which skips over unnecessary sections or shows relevant ones based on previous responses), workers can fill these out quickly, freeing up more time to take on additional jobs. Plus, when your forms are digitized, you don’t have to worry about back-office mistakes made from misinterpreting chicken scratch handwriting or forms being lost in transit.

If your sudden business boom means you’ll be dealing with the production and/or distribution of a lot of inventory, you’ll really love Barcode Scanning. This is used in conjunction with our Wireless Forms feature and can really speed up the act of checking products in or out of the warehouse. Rather than manually count each box that comes or goes, simply scan barcodes as they are loaded or offloaded from the delivery truck. You’ll greatly reduce the risk of human error and have a much more accurate accounting of your inventory.

And of course, as you grow, so will your team. It’s inevitable. That’s when our Messaging feature comes into play. With it, you can quickly and easily send group (or individual, if need be) messages in order to make sure important updates are received by all, regardless of whether or not they’re in the office or out in the field. This helps keep everyone on the same page and, depending on the update, can also keep your workers safe.

We’ve barely begun to scratch the surface here, but one thing is for certain: Bringing Encore into your life is a surefire way to streamline your day-to-day operations so that, when the unexpected arises, you don’t spiral out of control like Jean Grey.

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10.02
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Field Service

Whether your field service business deals in machinery installation, commercial repair work, landscaping, or industrial servicing, the need for efficiency persists. And as employees of field service-based companies are typically supplied with tasks located away from the office, transparency between company headquarters and remote work zones is key to a job well done.

At Actsoft, we know the inconveniences that can be posed from the burden of having to manage a mobile workforce, and the diversity of the field service industry makes it a perfect fit with the power of our versatile solutions. Here’s a few of the ways that our software is able to bring extra efficiency, sharpened communication, and greater modernity to your workforce’s operations.

Staying connected

Directing in near real-time is simpler than ever with Actsoft’s solutions. Your field technicians can remain connected to headquartered administrators by using GPS Tracking, Messaging, and Job Dispatching to facilitate better communications channels, and make adjustments on the fly. Quickly disseminating directives out to your team’s various components also becomes a much easier process, once the power of mobile technology has been tapped into. Our solutions excel at integrating smartphones and tablets with the desktop computers at your home office, tying everything together digitally.

Increasing efficiency

If your field service company was given a tool for reducing wasted time, improving productivity, and holding employees more accountable all in one, what more could it accomplish? Using the features of our software packages, feel free to save your business more money and resources. Unnecessary trips to the office can be trimmed down with Timekeeping, as staff can clock in and out remotely via mobile devices. Give back more time for your employees to tend to the needs of customers in the field, and make the most out of every work day by enhancing your team’s productivity.

Powering workforces

The future landscape for mobile workforces includes an increasing reliance on technology to streamline operations. Teams that are managed using the latest in business-enhancing solutions are poised for success, savings, and tighter coordination. Let’s get to work on making your business thrive, with the capabilities of our unparalleled solutions supporting it the entire way forward.

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06.19
2018

Helpful Ways to Maintain Peace of Mind

In virtually any scenario, peace of mind is something many of us seek. Whether it’s while you’re trying to effectively direct a team, meet an important deadline, buy a home for the first time, or even plan a vacation, maintained mental calmness can be a very beneficial asset to have. Thankfully, there’s never been a more diverse assortment of resources available in today’s world to help you with this.

Recent trends in both technology and business are all about moving toward simplified, more productive workflows, and ideally, these processes will be optimized for efficiency. In turn, employees become positioned to complete their jobs with ease, which alleviates the stress load for everyone. With a team full of driven individuals that all have peace of mind behind every single project that’s on the table, great things are bound to occur.

So, how does one go about finding mental clarity in personal and business life alike?

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, something such as traveling abroad can be an essential supplement to your well-being, and it’s one of the best ways to sustain high levels of peace of mind. Experiencing cultures and landscapes that you’ve never witnessed before expands horizons, while also allowing you to become better-rounded as an individual.

On the business side, mental clarity allows employees to do their jobs faster, better, and with less stress involved. For companies with dispersed mobile staff and assets in particular, Actsoft solutions make workforce management easier, smarter, and more effective.

Our organization specializes in the simplification of your business’s daily processes. Features of our solutions like Wireless Forms and Messaging allow your company to communicate and transmit information back and forth more efficiently, which can bring an extra measure harmony to your workforce. On the heels of greater collective peace of mind and enhanced productivity, your company may ensure that its employees are happy, healthy, and more efficient than ever before.

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05.23
2018

Yanny vs. Laurel: The Polarity of a Single Sound

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past few days, it’s that sounds can be subjective, and also intensely debated.

Yanny or Laurel? Which is it?

The argument over what is actually being said in a now-viral audio clip exploded last week when an online poll was published on social media, asking people whether they were hearing the voice on the clip saying the word “Yanny” or the word “Laurel.” Since then, the discourse ramped up on an unprecedented scale, with #teamyanny and #teamlaurel trending on Twitter, and scores of posts related to the audio clip being penned from all over the country.

As reported by CNN, Brad Story, professor of speech, language, and hearing at the University of Arizona, said that the science behind the sound byte’s perception primarily lies in the recording’s quality, as well as the different mediums that people choose to listen to it through, like mobile devices and headphones. These, he said, could naturally leave the clip open to some discrepancies in terms of the ways that individuals were audibly processing the recording. However, Story also conducted an acoustic analysis of the clip by recording his own voice saying each respective word, and then visually analyzing the frequencies of those recordings in comparison to the waves of the original byte.

He found that certain letters in the separate clips he recorded displayed striking similarity in terms of resonance, and Story also said that altering the pitch of the viral version can even result in both words being able to be heard. And while the debate over which word is truly being articulated ultimately simmers down to a lack of clarity within the audio of the original sound byte, once these slight scientific nuances are also thrown into the mix, it’s certainly much easier to now see how one person’s Yanny could be another’s Laurel.

At Actsoft, we’re all about helping businesses find better levels of clarity that can result in streamlined operations and boosted efficiency. Through our solutions, administrators can gain assistance in directing the various facets of their mobile workforces by conveying information to remote workers with less ambiguity and more sharpness. Features of our applications like GPS Tracking provide clear communications of where remote employees are in near real-time, and with the security of our Messaging tool, your organization can connect freely, knowing that memos and work orders are untampered with and sent to employees as originally intended.

During critical situations when productivity hinges on the clear delivery of instructions, there’s little room for debate, Yanny and Laurel aside. Let Actsoft help your business improve its internal communication and transparency today, and begin to discover unparalleled ease when it comes to coordinating the different aspects of your mobile workforce.

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