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What Software Buyers Can Learn from Agile Development and Lean Manufacturing

Software companies long ago abandoned complex release processes where comprehensive new versions would show up every few years. So why do software application buyers continue to plan for and tolerate implementation schedules that span several…
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How to Grow Your Service Contracting Revenue 24.3% Year Over Year

On average, commercial service contractors who use ServiceTrade grow their invoice revenue by 24.3% year over year. All you have to do is buy ServiceTrade and you’ll grow! Our work here is done. The end. If only it were that simple.…
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The Economic Downturn is Coming. Are You Ready for Greedy Growth?

Trade wars have sent steel prices up twenty five percent and farmers are getting killed by the collapse of the agricultural commodities market.  Job growth slowed to a paltry 75,000 in May, and the two prior months of April and March were…
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Commercial Service Contractors - Can You Reduce Busy Work in the Busy Season?

Busy season is here for many commercial service contractors.  Being busy is much better than the alternative, but this busy season may be a good opportunity for you to examine your current operations and workflows and ask, "What are my people…
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Cyber Attacks in Fire and Life Safety

In 2019, there’s a fresh wave of ransomware hackers targeting US-based fire and life safety contractors that have legacy server systems. Several have been either forced to pay a bounty or face devastating disruptions when the cyber attack…
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Avoid This Pitfall When Going Paperless

When we talk to commercial service contracting companies about going paperless, the conversation usually starts with how they envision paperless processes will benefit their back offices by saving time and money. They want to send invoices…

End of Quarter Questions for Commercial Service Companies

Think back three months ago to the start of the year - did you set goals for your business? Of course you did. But how do you know your goals are focused on the right things?  That you are monitoring the right numbers? To help make…

Growth Benchmarks for Service Contractors

At ServiceTrade we know that you want to be the best commercial service contractor in your market. It's difficult, however, to be the best if you don't know what the "best" is. You could only guess about how your peers were performing, until…
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5 Questions to Help Service Contractors Build More Valuable Businesses

Much of the popular culture in management consulting today is focused on the customer experience. Matt Dixon, the author of one of my favorite management books, The Challenger Sale, is spending many of his cycles promoting another of his…