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Myths of SaaS

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A hot topic in the technology world today revolves around SaaS vs. on-premise. What type of solution deployment is best to fit your business’ needs, and why you would select SaaS vs. on-premise? There are many conflicting views or myths that follow SaaS based solutions. Let’s first start by defining what SaaS means. SaaS, or Software as a Service, is a software delivery model in which software and storage are provided in the cloud. An end user accesses the software via an Internet browser, not on a local server or computer, as is required for on-premise software. This means you  

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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

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If you are a business owner, you may be very familiar with the old adage, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.”  Specifically, if you are the owner of a job shop or a contract manufacturing facility, it is critically important to understand the current state of your business through the use of real time key performance indicators or KPIs.  The challenge for many job shop owners is understanding first WHAT to measure, then setting a goal or standard metric by which your current state is measured against also known as benchmarking, and then putting corrective actions into place to  

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The Power of Association

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If you’re anything like I am your work days are packed, demanding and often exhausting. It was hard to imagine tacking on another work-related responsibility. Herein lay my initial resistance to getting involved with sign industry associations. The fact is, no one understands your sign shop  business more than other sign shops. And because KeyedIn is committed to being a key partner for these businesses, it was evident that supporting and collaborating with industry associations would be of great value for our customers and the industry as a whole. KeyedIn Solutions is seeing the benefits of being part of the  

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Accurate Job Costing—Critical for Today’s Custom, Make-to-Order Manufacturer

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If you are like many small shop owners today you may be using a standard, off-the-shelf accounting package to manage your manufacturing operations.  However, one of the shortcomings of a general accounting solution is, often, these solutions are not robust enough for adequate job costing in a custom, make-to-order manufacturing environment.  If you are the type of manufacturing operation where labor costs account for as much or more than the material that goes into a job, these accounting solutions may not provide you the necessary tools to analyze job profitability adequately by operation or routing step. As a make-to-order manufacturer,