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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10.16
2019

Everyday Choices Companies Make That Waste Money

In our frenzy to bring in more money, drive business, create better marketing strategies, schedule more meetings, and hire more salespeople, we often forget the old adage: “It’s not always what you make, but what you save.” If for every dollar we earn, we blow two, then we’re spinning our wheels and running an inefficient operation. In a time when companies are fighting to succeed, we’ve identified the most common ways companies bleed money and how to avoid these pitfalls.

Everything Counts

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “The small expenses add up quickly, so auditing basic costs, from travel expenses to utility costs, is essential … All the little things can really add up, and it is very easy to let it get away from you.” Daily tasks that could easily be automated turn into hours and months of manual labor over the long-term, costing businesses a lot of money that could have been better used in more meaningful ways.

A good example of this is payroll. Often the person in charge of payroll has to verify hours, spend time gathering data, make sure forms are filled out properly, and more. However, a simpler and more efficient solution would be to use mobile time-clock technology.

  • Moble Time Clocks: Actsoft has helped countless businesses integrate their payroll with a simple wireless time clock which allows employees to clock in from anywhere, use GPS verification to identify and time stamp their locations, as well send images and forms via email or text. After a brief and easy setup, this is a task that can be left to software so your employees can make more substantial contributions.
  • Automate Processes: Another common time drain is repeating processes that could be automated, such as work orders. Instead of manually inputting data each week, let Actsoft’s software auto-generate information with the frequency of your choice. It will also deliver these work orders, requests, or other information, and automatically send new order notifications. Plus, it can inform customers that a worker is on the way, and provide proof of delivery and work completion, including signature and pictures.

Paper Costs
It seems like a no-brainer: Eliminate paper costs and save money. But it’s easy to get stuck in a paper rut when there’s no clear alternative. Before you write off the idea of going paperless, think about the efficiency of the internet, providing the information you need instantly. You don’t have to have it delivered, mailed, or faxed; simply open a browser and you’re in!

  • Paperless Alternative: Actsoft’s Wireless Forms operates in just this way, by giving you the power to convert all your paper forms — from contracts and invoices to disclosures and other important documents — into digital ones that you can access from anywhere. Use your laptop or mobile device to fill out forms — complete with digital signatures and images — so business can be wrapped up on the spot. Think of all the saving in paper storage alone! Not to mention the risk you’re taking by using hard copy when a single digital form can live in several places, never to be misplaced again.

Wasteful Ways
Another major contribution to a shrinking bank account is maintaining a fleet that is operating poorly. This can include anything from bad driving habits that increase liability (speeding, hard accelerating and braking, etc.) to inefficient route planning. Actsoft provides solutions that can help curb bad habits and optimize routes, so that fuel costs are down, wear-and-tear on vehicles is lessened, and liability is reduced.

Our high-performance GPS tracking devices, combined with Actsoft’s reliable functionality, provide extensive visibility into the day-to-day activities of fleet vehicles, allowing you to:

  • Identify the locations of fleet vehicles or cargo
  • Review idle and stop times
  • Expedite dispatching
  • Improve fleet-routing efficiency
  • Reduce theft of high-value assets
  • Ensure equipment is located at the job site

Re-Buying What You Already Had
The ultimate in company wastefulness is re-buying costly equipment that was stolen due to lack of proper security measures. While alarms and cameras may deter a criminal, one of the best ways to prevent a theft from happening is to receive near real-time alerts when a door opens or a piece of equipment moves.

Furthermore, recovering stolen property is much easier when it’s tracked by a concealed GPS-enabled tracking device. With near real-time updates, you can see where your equipment is at all times.

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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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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08.20
2019

Mobile-izing Your Workforce

What does this information mean for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses globally? In a word: mobile-ize. Your mobile device is one of the most powerful — and economical tools — available. This small computer has the power to practically connect you to anyone, anywhere, anytime. But more than that, it gives you the flexibility to do business wherever you are. From taking payments to taking pictures to tracking inventory and more, your mobile device is the new office. More and more entrepreneurs are fulfilling orders from the road, running payroll from their home office, and sending invoices and contracts between flights.

As many smaller-to-mid-size businesses know, the key to success is flexibility and right now the most flexible weapon you have is your mobile device, tablets, and smartphones.

The question is: What apps do you need to maximize your business’s potential? Many experts say to start by eliminating paper. Expensive, inefficient, and high risk, paper is one of the first things businesses should cut from their monthly expenses. Imagine replacing paper contracts with digital ones — available right on your phone or tablet. You can fill out a form, sign a contract, submit an invoice, and more with applications such as Wireless Forms. The application stores the data and, once in coverage or connected through Wi-Fi, sends the form to the office.

Running out of contracts, order forms, and other money-making documents is a thing of the past. With Wireless Forms, you create the form you need — complete with specific fields, questions, and even answer styles, such as radio buttons or multiple choice. And just think of all the time you’ll save, and guesswork you’ll eliminate, by having digital answers instead of handwritten ones. No more coffee spills ruining a document or lost-in-the-mail contracts. It’s all there, ready to deploy back to your email, home office, or third party.

And if doing business from virtually anywhere isn’t enough, solutions like Wireless Forms also allow you to create reports based on the information you collect in your forms. For example, if you want to find out how many people ordered a particular product, simply schedule a report so you can analyze the data and get a clear snapshot of your customers’ behaviors.

Are you ready to monetize, optimize and mobile-ize?

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08.02
2019

The Do’s and Don’ts of HIPAA Compliance

If your company has a long history of working within the medical world, then there’s a good chance that you have a deep-seated understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The rules, which were passed by Congress back in 1996, were put into place in order to protect patients’ coverage and personal information, as well as reduce the instances of healthcare fraud.

But if your company is still in the early stages of branching off into healthcare-related services, or you just want a refresher course, you may not be as familiar. For those in need of some brushing up, we thought we’d share a list of some of the biggest do’s and don’ts to make sure you’re staying compliant when handling such sensitive information.

DO
First and foremost, it’s of the utmost importance that you know exactly what is considered protected health information (PHI). Examples include names, addresses and contact information, social security numbers, medical record information, personally identifying dates (birth, death, appointments, etc.), and photographs. If you’re unsure whether something qualifies, your best bet is to err on the side of caution and treat it as though it does.

DON’T
If you need to have a discussion about a patient of yours with someone else, make sure that person is authorized and that you aren’t doing it in a public setting. Instead, find a private setting to do so and avoid the potential that anyone else overhears what’s being discussed.

DO
Keep your login information to yourself. Under no circumstances should you ever share this information with anyone else, even if it’s a colleague that you trust. Along the same vein, never write down this information even as a personal reminder for yourself. In both situations, it constitutes a breach of security and counts as an infraction.

DON’T
Never leave patient information in plain sight. This means that, whether you’re at the back office or in the field, don’t leave your devices unlocked and able to be seen by anyone else. It doesn’t matter if you’re stepping away for 20 minutes or 20 seconds.

DO
When patient PHI and ePHI retention periods expire and you are no longer required to hold onto this information, if you choose to dispose of the records, you must be sure they are fully destroyed. Hard copies must be shredded, pulped, or incinerated, while electronics must be securely wiped or the device on which the ePHI is stored can be destroyed, if need be.

DON’T
If your patients want access to their own records, it’s your responsibility to provide them within 30 days of their request. If patients choose to share this information with other entities, that is at their discretion, but denying them the right is a violation and can result in hefty fines.

DO
Implement software that truly supports HIPAA compliance. The Vault tier of our Encore software allows you to collect sensitive customer information and transmit it to your back office with complete end-to-end data encryption. We even brought in third-party experts for an additional layer of vetting to help make sure we covered all our bases and confidently stand by our ability to keep your client information safeguarded.

You can never be too safe when you’re working in the healthcare industry. By taking a few cautionary steps, as well as implementing trustworthy software to help you with your daily needs, you’ll be well on your way to running a HIPAA-ready business.

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07.12
2019

That Busy CEO Life and How Actsoft Can Help

Recently, while perusing the latest tech headlines, as I’m wont to do, I came across a headline that stood out to me for two reasons. One: Even though it was clearly labeled a sponsored post, I actually felt compelled enough by the headline to click through, which is a rarity for me. (Kudos, Mashable, you clever monkey.) Two: It promised to show the day of one New York City–based CEO in 60 seconds … a New York minute, if you will. Given the nature of the company I worked for, I thought it would be both interesting and insightful to get a little glimpse of what that life can be like.

If you’re a business owner, you’re more than familiar with the concept of nonstop busy days. Days where, between your personal responsibilities and your work obligations, your waking hours are pretty much spoken for. But as we’ve mentioned in the past, as important as it is to give your all in making sure your company is a thriving success, it’s just as vital that you carve out time to maintain some semblance of a work-life balance.That’s why it’s essential to find and implement the right tools that serve to streamline processes, cut out unnecessary steps, and improve efficiency in your day-to-day activities. That’s exactly where we come into the picture.

Using our suite of tools, business owners are given the ability to simplify many of the daily tasks they and their team undertake. Timely procedures are sped up, leaving your workers with more time during the day during which they can take on more work orders, increasing your company’s bottom line.

As a business owner, you can rely more on your management team to mold your field workers into a synergetic efficiency machine using these day-to-day tools. This lets you focus on the bigger picture, which our tools also help with while removing the necessity of being on-site as frequently as you would need to be otherwise.

Using our system, you can pull up top-level overviews of the goings on at your business, running reports on everything from timekeeping (to make sure employees aren’t clocking egregious amounts of overtime due to early/offsite punching in/out) to vehicle paths (to curb inefficiently long routes driven between job sites, as well as excessively wasteful idling times). Forms that require your signature, such as expense reports, can all be digitized and sent to your phone, letting you quickly sign off and pass them along to your accounting team for faster processing.

All of this — and so much more — can be done using our tools. Not to mention, our recently released Manager App gives you all of this functionality from your mobile device, so you don’t even have to be at a desktop anymore, giving you so much more flexibility to run your business without giving up your social life.

Our job is to make your job easier. Because part of owning a successful business is being able to make the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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07.10
2019

Talent Is Not the Key to Success

You might be surprised by what is. In a word: organization. The ability to assemble a variety of moving parts in such a way that they work efficiently is the key to any company’s success — whether you own an accounting firm or doughnut shop. Understanding and managing the flow of daily operations can save businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars. And with today’s user-friendly technology, more and more people are adopting software solutions to help them streamline their processes and manage employee activities, meetings, appointments, and projects.

“Time management isn’t just a personal productivity issue over which companies have no control. It has increasingly become an organizational issue whose root causes are deeply embedded in corporate structures and cultures,” says Aaron De Smet in McKinsey Quarterly, speaking on the necessity of sound time management throughout a company’s internal structure.

From Forbes to the Wall Street Journal to week-long trainings and seminars, there are countless articles citing top organizational applications while managers across the country attend high-ticket conferences on, you got it: How to get organized.

Actosft’s suite of solutions helps to optimize daily performance through a wide range of functions designed to make each minute count. They were also designed to help employees reduce the amount of busy work they do so that areas like innovation, customer service, and critical thinking–oriented issues can take precedence.

Features of these two solutions include meaningful ways to tackle some of the most common communication and administrative tasks of most companies and organizations, such as:

  • Instant Visibility View your entire workload and status updates for each job, assignment, stop, or project.
  • Drag-and-Drop Dispatching Assign work simply with a drag-and-drop interface and workers will be notified with each update.
  • No Lost Paperwork Attach Wireless Forms to orders and collect job updates, inventory utilized, before and after pictures, and signatures.
  • Calendars and Scheduling Sync workforce availability with customer schedules.
  • Detailed Profiles Create detailed profiles of your customers and employees while having complete access to current workload and job history.

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06.28
2019

Summer Vacation Season and Workforce Management

Believe it or not, 2019 is already halfway over. That means business owners everywhere are beginning the processes of reviewing all the important numbers as we approach the end of Q2. As they do this, they’re also making any adjustments needed so they’re able to hit the ground running the second Q3 starts.

Kicking off Q3 with a bang can seem like a daunting task, because not only might there be huge expectations from a business point of view, but there’s also another major event taking place at the same time: the unofficial launch of the vacation season.

Just in time for schools across the country to wrap up classes, summer this year officially kicked off on June 21. With mercury levels rising, kids out of the classrooms, and parents itching to get away for some quality time with the family — not to mention vacation deals galore — this is when businesses everywhere tend to notice their teams may not be running at maximum capacity.

But running with a less-than-full staff doesn’t mean your numbers have to suffer. Vacations go hand-in-hand with operating a business. This time of year just happens to be when more people are out more frequently. So how do you go about making sure it’s business as normal all through the summer?

That’s when our software comes into play. With a proper workforce management software in place, like our flagship Encore solution, you’re able to maintain a bird’s-eye view of all the goings on at your business, no matter where you are or how many people are actively working.

Job Dispatching helps to make sure all of your work orders are being addressed in as efficient a manner as possible. Have projects mapped out well in advance and then in comes a vacation request? No problem! Reassign the work orders to team members who have the availability.

Wireless Forms helps to speed up processes whether you’re fully staffed or down to one person. Eliminating guesswork due to chicken-scratch handwriting is a huge timesaver. Decision logic helps workers zip through forms quicker than ever since the system automatically skips over sections deemed irrelevant to the job at hand. And with no need to drop off forms back at the office, “paperwork” can begin processing almost immediately.

Now, with fewer people helping to produce the same amount of work, it may be inevitable that some overtime comes into play. But with our easy-to-use Timekeeping feature, you can help to minimize the amount you’ll have to pay out. First, with GPS-based punch ins, you can make sure you aren’t paying your workers until they actually show up at a job site. Second, with on-call reporting, you can quickly review the number of hours each person has worked and assign new orders accordingly. Finally, if you do have to rely on some overtime, you can keep the peace by dispersing the work evenly.

Vacation is a necessary part of every business. Your workers do their best work when they are rested, both physically and mentally. And you’ll able to run a successful operation knowing that, thanks in part to our streamlining solution, while your hard-working team is off enjoying the fruits of their labor, it’s still business as usual on the work front.

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06.26
2019

How Small Business Is Helping the Environment

It’s easier than ever for entrepreneurs to start a business. With the low cost of setting up an LLC, creating websites, and other tools needed to market and do business, there are virtually no barriers to a new enterprise.

The one thing many of these businesspeople are doing right is cutting expenses and overhead in all the right places. Today, savvy entrepreneurs are using tools they already have to conduct business efficiently and affordably.

While larger enterprises with deeper pockets often waste money on unnecessary expenses, small businesses can’t afford to waste a penny on things like paper — especially when there are tools, like Actsoft’s Wireless Forms, that are more cost-effective and work better.

Along with eliminating paper waste, we’re seeing the small biz folks also eliminating employee waste by getting their remote workers to clock in and out from their phones and work from home. While many start-ups don’t have the budget for big offices, electric bills, and insurance, they’re employing freelance staff to work remotely — while using innovative tools to track time. This way they can keep track of hours without wasting a lot of time and money filling out paper forms.

Our software allows remote employees the ability to clock in from anywhere. All this adds up to a more environmentally friendly company that uses resources wisely and mitigates risk.

If you want to know how much you can save by cutting down on inefficient processes, call Actsoft today and we’ll do a free evaluation.

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