18.12
2018

Optimizing Your Fantasy Football Team for the Playoffs

If your fantasy football team is fortunate enough to still be relevant this time of year, consider yourself blessed. Maybe you’ve been combing through every last shred of fantasy football advice you can find, scouring the waiver wire for players that can give your team the competitive edge it needs. Or, maybe you’ve barely paid attention to it and have somehow lucked your way into the postseason. Regardless, it’s a privilege to be one of the final teams left standing, no matter if there’s a cash prize or simply water cooler bragging rights to be had for winning.

As obvious as it sounds, having an optimized roster for the fantasy football postseason will put your team in the best possible situation to come away with a win. Don’t overcomplicate or overthink your starter choices, and make sure you’re closely monitoring the injury reports. There’s nothing worse than one of your players potentially registering a zero when all the chips are on the line. Also, when choosing your championship roster, analytics can help, but I’ll always be a firm believer in going with the safe option: sticking with whatever lineup you’ve been able to most consistently win with thus far. There’s no point in trying to drastically reengineer something that was never broken to begin with.

Much like how optimizing your fantasy football lineup will give you the best shot at winning your playoff games, Actsoft solutions can help to optimize your business’s mobile workforce, and give it a competitive advantage over other companies in its market. For example, our products’ GPS Tracking and Dispatching features both provide boosts to productivity by saving employees time in the field, and helping them stay accountable. By using our software to manage and streamline operations, you’ll be able to save money, and empower a winning workforce.

While no amount of fantasy football research can fully predict what will happen come game time, our software remains consistently reliable at enhancing your business. Actsoft can provide you with steady returns on investment by helping your team save resources, stay punctual, and become more productive. Good luck in the playoffs!

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04.12
2018

Handling the Inefficiencies of Harsh Winter Weather

The biting cold of winter can bring with it a slew of inefficiencies for organizations that must regularly deploy a mobile workforce. From icy roadways causing driving hazards to snowstorms affecting work performed outdoors, the toll that harsh winter weather imposes on operations should always be accounted for in any business’s game plan.

Construction and transportation companies in particular must deal with some of the worst symptoms of bad winter weather. As either road travel or working outdoors are essential to both of these industries, safety remains a major concern. And while our software can’t prevent bad weather from occurring, it can help your team stay on its feet during these kinds of less-than-ideal conditions. Features of Actsoft solutions like GPS Tracking make navigating roads simpler to do, especially when icy conditions have impacted available routes. In the case of an emergency situation, pinged positions of your employees’ mobile devices and fleet vehicles help your business know the whereabouts of its workforce’s various pieces on the fly. These positions also assist your administrators with finding the best routes for company drivers to take to job locations in the field.

Building delays from blizzards or other forms of inclement seasonal weather can also pose threats to your business’s success. However, our applications can help you communicate more efficiently with your staff during times like these, and find a more intuitive method to convey crucial information about project statuses. Save time and money by coordinating your workforce from the convenience of a single digital solution, and connect your team across distanced locations, even in the midst of bleak conditions outside.

Through the power of Actsoft, fight the inefficiencies that harsh winter weather can create for your company’s objectives. Our products make gaining insight into field operations and employee communication easy, no matter the amount of forecasted snowfall.

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30.11
2018

Holiday Travel and Fleet Tracking

As we discussed recently, Thanksgiving is the holiday that ushers in the unofficial start to the end-of-year holiday travel season. And it’s no secret that, particularly during this exceptionally busy travel season, you can expect to pay a premium when it comes to air transportation. This year, travelers can expect to pay nearly $400 for domestic round-trip airfare, a pretty steep price to pay (especially this time of year) when budgets are stretched thin by the spirit of giving.

So it should come as no surprise that many travelers choose to seek out alternative modes of travel during the winter months, all in the name of saving money. (Not to mention, for relatively local travel, it can be a time-saver and it alleviates you of the added stress of dealing with airports when crowds are at their worst.)

Because of this, bus travel has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. With new, growing numbers of passengers taking to the road instead of the air, the industry quickly realized it had to adapt to a wide variety of travel preferences. This resulted in a whole slew of enhancements being made, including the addition of amenities like Wi-Fi, on-screen entertainment, satellite radio, and even meals served. Travelers can now even choose between ultra-affordable, middle-of-the-road, and luxury buses.

What does all of this mean for you, as a transportation provider? Passengers have come to expect a lot more, and they want you to deliver. Just like the airlines some now use as a backup plan, they want to know that their bus will pick them up, depart, and arrive at the intended destination on time.

Our solution means that you can keep track of every bus in your fleet, so you know exactly where each vehicle is, in near real-time. Because of the flexibility of our software and its ability to integrate with other programs, you can feed this information into tools that then relay it to your customers, keeping them as up-to-date as possible.

Additionally, during a time when congestion on the roads (particularly highways) can be at peak levels, we can help you relay alternative route suggestions to drivers that can allow them to bypass as much as possible. You’ll save on the expense from gas wasted while needlessly idling in potentially avoidable traffic and keep all those eager travelers appeased. (Trust us. Even as passengers, anxiety while stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic is a real thing.)

Driver safety is another factor that directly impacts both your bottom line and customer satisfaction. With our tracking devices, you can keep a record of your driver’s behavior, including speeding, hard accelerating, and hard braking. Speeding puts your driver, your fleet, and your customers at risk, which can then lead to major expenses, whether from a damaged reputation or (worse) actual injuries suffered. Hard acceleration is a great way to waste gas. And hard braking is dangerous and makes your passengers uncomfortable.

If you haven’t implemented any vehicle tracking into your fleet before now, you’re doing yourself, your company, and your customers a great disservice. We can help you deliver a tremendous experience while also putting money back into your pocket. And there’s no better time to take your company to the next level than right now, as we approach one of the biggest travel times of the year.

You’ll thank us. And then your customers will thank you.

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16.11
2018

Thanksgiving, the Holidays, and Managing Your Business

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With it marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. It’s a time when we all — even those of us down here in the Sunshine State — start to break out the warmer clothes as the mercury levels perpetually drop. It’s when you and your family come together to celebrate, catch up, and enjoy a plethora of hearty home-cooked meals (while dodging the uncomfortable questions about your life choices that inevitably come your way from that one distant relative you only see this time of year).

Beyond the gathering of friends and family, the roasted turkeys and hams, the piles of sugar cookies, and the exchange of gifts, there are still businesses to be run. And as a business owner, you know by now that, similar to the slew of vacation requests that come in each and every summer, this is another time when work crews tend to be working at half capacity due to all the time off requests.

What does this mean for you? Simply that, during the holiday season, you need to make some adjustments in order to allow your staff the time off they’ve earned, while keeping up with business as normal. (Not to mention, you may actually be even busier than usual, so slowing down is not an option.)

That’s where our software comes in. When you have our solutions in place, the level of efficiency you’re able to run your business at increases exponentially. How? Here are a few examples.

Wireless Forms
Ditching those cumbersome paper forms is the easiest way to save time on the job. All the information your workers need to collect from customers, including signatures and photographs, is done and sent back to the home office in near real-time, directly from the field. With only pertinent information included on the forms and no illegible handwriting to decipher, this is processed much quicker. Plus, since workers no longer have to go back to the office to turn in stacks of paper, they can easily fit more customers into their daily schedules.

Dispatching
It’s one thing to have a carefully orchestrated schedule set up ahead of time, so you can prepare your team to tackle each days’ work in a way that makes the most sense. But as we all know, the unexpected is almost always bound to pop up. Customers cancel. New customer requests come in. People call out sick. Using our dispatching feature, you can see a top-level overview of each person’s schedules, availabilities, and current locations. So when new orders need to be assigned, you’re able to send it to the right people, fitting in as many as possible.

Timekeeping
With decreased staff numbers come increased hours for the ones holding the fort. Our mobile timekeeping solution not only lets staffers make the most of their workdays by eliminating the need to stop by the office before heading to the first job site, but also by letting management review hours worked no matter where they are. This helps administrators make smarter decisions when distributing tasks so that unnecessary overtime is avoided when possible, or at least minimized when unavoidable.

These are just three of the many tools in our suite of solutions. As you can see, there’s already so much they can do to help you run a more efficient business and, in doing so, increase your bottom line. Whether your business is in peak vacation season, or it’s just another normal workweek, you’re going to get the most out of your workers the minute our software becomes a part of your daily procedure. It will allow you to approach the holiday season — and every other time of the year — with far less stress, and more confidence that it will be business as usual … always.

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13.11
2018

The Benefits of Integrated Technology

The businesses of today rely on technology to power their workforces, especially if they’re mobile. Without solutions for managing remote operations, it’s difficult for companies to optimize efficiency and maintain a competitive advantage over other organizations in their industry. The problem, however, lies in the fact that these businesses often times use multiple different applications to handle their various inefficiencies. In doing so, they can end up paying much more for a laundry list of different software licenses, and still not have the same kind of control that a single, end-to-end business application would provide them with. Instead of buying a wireless forms solution, a tracking solution, a dispatching solution, and a timekeeping solution, why not just acquire one that includes all four, plus even more tools to make your business thrive?

At Actsoft, we realize that today’s companies need solutions that don’t add more guesswork and unnecessary costs to their daily processes. That’s why we’ve created Encore, our flagship application for data collection and business management. With Encore, you’ll be able to seamlessly integrate your remote staff’s mobile business devices with your organization’s desktops, and manage from the convenience of an all-in-one solution. Reap benefits like these as a result of integrating your business’s technology, through our most intuitive application’s potential.

Stronger Connectivity

Integration naturally bridges gaps in communication, making connecting with your team easier than ever to do. Encore’s Dispatching and Messaging features provide a seamless environment for effective, on the fly communication, and establish links between the handsets of mobile employees and your office’s backend systems. Save time and money by efficiently rerouting staff as need be, and getting crucial instructions to them quickly.

Accessibility

What more could your business accomplish if it had nearly instant, yet secure access to the valuable data it’s gathered from the field? Integrating technology allows your mobile operations to succeed, and provides your home base with all of the information it requires more efficiently. Wireless Forms on Encore lets you easily create digital copies of all of your business’s most important documents, and enables your employees to submit forms from the field. In doing this, supervisors have faster access to analytics, and can make data-driven decisions for saving revenue, and smarter resource allocation.

Consolidation

Reduce the amount of different solutions your business uses with Encore. As an all-in-one application, it can help your company save, centralize its information, and simplify the ways that it manages. Learn more about how Encore can help you integrate and enhance your business today.

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30.10
2018

How Inefficient Quarterback Play is Similar to Poor Management

Quarterback is far and away the most important role one could have in the game of football, and it’s arguably the most essential position in all of sports. No matter what a football team’s offense does, nearly everything is channeled through its quarterback orchestrating efficiency on a routine basis. Elite signal callers are experts at managing multiple responsibilities when directing scoring drives, and tend to make their best plays during high-pressure situations, while thousands spectate.

Generational talents at quarterback, like the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, can make up for personnel deficiencies on their team by elevating the effectiveness of players around them, and using an extensive knowledge of various pre-snap coverages to audible out of bad plays before they even have a chance to develop. They’re more than capable of putting their team on their back and carrying it to victory during less-than-ideal situations, especially whenever not a lot of extra help is available.

In addition to being tasked with directing excellent passing attacks, NFL quarterbacks are typically anointed as the faces of billion-dollar franchises, entities that are just as much businesses as they are ball clubs. Signal callers at the professional level become highly marketed for jersey sales, advertisements, and other forms of revenue streams. Quarterbacks that struggle at the professional level, however, often times cripple their team by negating effective drives with costly turnovers, and it’s no secret why when they don’t receive nearly the same kinds of lucrative contracts and endorsement deals that the superstars do. The game and position is constantly changing, but one thing will always remain essential: a need for long-term efficiency.

In this respect, running a business is in a lot of ways similar to quarterbacking an NFL team. Without a foundation of efficient, low-mistake management, today’s companies aren’t able to sustain success. The same goes for any NFL offense that’s under the guidance of a franchise gunslinger.

The best NFL quarterbacks are proficient at making adjustments, based on what they’re seeing from an opposing defense in near real-time. Much like managing a company with mobile employees, good quarterbacks are also versatile leaders through efficient communication with their team members. Features of Actsoft solutions such as Dispatching help businesses communicate better on the fly, and relay important updates or changes in workflows to mobile employees quickly.

In recent years, most NFL teams are relying on a throw-first offensive strategy, which enhances the importance of having a competent player under center even more. Learn how Actsoft solutions can help you better quarterback your team, and build a more productive, versatile, and efficiently-managed business today.

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23.10
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Healthcare

Much like the public sector, healthcare is often times a mission-critical industry. Mere minutes and seconds can have life-saving implications, especially when it comes to emergency response. Because of this, organizations that provide medical services need solutions that can keep them better in tune with their mobile employees. Crucial situations that call for clear, open lines of communication are more easily managed through Actsoft’s workforce management applications, and we take pride in being able to assist organizations that help those in need find greater efficiency.

Fleet Tracking

Ambulance fleets that are monitored using our solutions’ GPS tracking capabilities are better equipped to operate safer and more efficiently. Our fleet tracking applications go even further than traditional solutions by displaying data charts about the activities of each of your respective fleet vehicles, allowing you to make better, more informed decisions about your mobile workforce. Let Actsoft solutions help your team regularly reduce its ambulances’ fuel consumption and wear-and-tear today.

Dispatching

Easily make on the fly adjustments to your workforce using Actsoft’s Dispatching tool. Both palliative care services and EMS can use the power of mobile technology to strategically direct the different parts of their workforce in near real-time, as employee positions in the field help administrators dictate who should get routed to a new location. With Dispatching, your workers can receive nearly instant notifications of procedural adjustments to their handsets, making your team better-rounded and more versatile than ever before.

Wireless Forms

A system for digital documentation takes the guesswork out of filling out and submitting paperwork, and is an especially useful asset in a time-sensitive industry like healthcare. Wireless Forms lets healthcare companies fill out forms electronically, and aspects of the feature such as decision logic help to reduce entry errors by showing employees only relevant portions of a document to complete, based on their previous answers.

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11.10
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Transportation

In the wake of a brutal natural disaster, supplies are in critical demand. Before power restoration and rebuilding comes the provision of emergency aid to those in need, which often times comes in the form of bottled water, medicine, and food deliveries to shelters, and the transportation industry plays an essential role in accomplishing this.

Bringing goods to areas that have been hit hard by a volatile weather system isn’t always easy, as road blockages, flood waters, felled power lines, abnormal traffic patterns, and other obstructions can impair efficient delivery. However, transportation companies that offer assistance in scenarios like this can use Actsoft solutions to mitigate operational hindrances, and better help people that have been caught in some of nature’s most destructive potential.

GPS Tracking

Even after a storm has passed, there’s still a significant level of danger in reaching areas that have been damaged by blistering winds, torrential downpours and structure-devouring storm surges. Our GPS Tracking feature helps transportation companies monitor the near real-time positions of their employees, fleet vehicles, and assets, and enhances driver safety by keeping administrators constantly in-the-know about their locations. Should an emergency occur on the job, supervisors can know exactly where any of their dispersed employees are, making emergency situations much more manageable.

Dispatching

Mobile technology and Actsoft innovations work together to bring dispersed workforces into a more connected state. If adjustments in delivery assignments need to be made on the fly, our Dispatching tool allows administrators to contact their drivers nearly instantly through integrated desktop-to-smartphone communications. With relief efforts requiring high levels of flexibility, Dispatching is a valuable asset for 21st century transportation companies to have in their repertoire, especially during times of catastrophic weather.

Traffic Overlay

After a weather event like a hurricane has ceased, it may take a while for traffic patterns return to semblances of normalcy. Emergency deliveries, however, don’t have time to wait when the public is in dire need of survival supplies. Using Traffic Overlay, a recent enhancement to our Encore solution, organizations can see near real-time congestion patterns on their live view GPS map, and then select the most efficient routes for their drivers to take to affected areas.

Extreme weather phenomena are often unpredictable. Let the power of our solutions revolutionize your transportation business into the most productive, efficient, and versatile version of itself, and provide disaster-stricken areas with unparalleled assistance during aftermath recovery.

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09.10
2018

How to Prepare for Inclement Weather

If you’ve been watching the news the last few days, you know that the latest hurricane of the 2018 season threatening the U.S. — Hurricane Michael — is currently barreling its way into the Gulf of Mexico. As it makes its way north, it’s expected to charge up using the warm waters of the Gulf, increasing in strength until it makes landfall, potentially as a Category 3 storm, which means its wind speed will range from 111–130 mph.

As of now, the hurricane’s path is expected to take it to the Florida Panhandle, landing somewhere around Panama. But because these storms are so unpredictable, here at Actsoft, we’re also taking precautions in the event that it takes a sudden turn east toward the Tampa Bay area, where our home office is located.

Inclement weather is not always just an inconvenience. Storms, such as a Category 3 hurricane, can be devastating to the communities unfortunate enough to be caught in their paths. That’s why, whenever possible, local authorities give as much warning to prepare residents for what may come.

That same preparedness is important for business owners. Solutions like the ones Encore provides often prove to be critical during just such situations.

In the event of a sudden storm, GPS Tracking can help management determine exactly where their deployed field employees are and, in the event there are people in the path of the storm, group messages can be sent to warn them all to seek shelter. Similarly, those messages can also serve as a means to check in with everyone to make sure they’re all safe, sound, and out of harm’s way.

However, if there are days’ advance warning, as in the case of the fast-approaching Hurricane Michael, those same group messages can be used to send a message to all mobile workers in the storm’s trajectory, giving notice as to the company’s plan of action.

Conversely, if you’re in the business of helping people during storms, whether it be through rescue efforts or utility repair, Job Dispatching is the best way to make sure your team is getting to job sites that are of the highest priority and urgency. Plus, since dispatching is tied into GPS, you can make sure you’re sending the closest available person so you’re maximizing time, allowing you to serve as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time.

And of course, from an accounting perspective, our Timekeeping feature lets you keep track of all the extra hours workers are putting in while helping to keep others safe, making sure they’re properly compensated as they potentially put themselves in harm’s way during, and in the wake of, the storm.

Whether you’re also in the path — potential or otherwise — of Hurricane Michael, or any other future storm that will inevitably surface, please stay safe and out of harm’s way whenever possible. And if you do need to put yourself on the line, be careful, and keep in as close contact with your team as possible.

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02.10
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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