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Case Study: Construction Co. needs Sage 100 and ADP Payroll Software Integration

By Pixis Team on Dec/13/2017
  • Kasco Construction

  • 60 weekly software users

  • ADP Payroll integration with Sage 100 Contractor

Kasco Construction Services is a general contractor and construction management firm in Missouri specializing in healthcare and institutional work. Its services include: construction management, construction manager at risk, designing, building, estimating, fire stopping and general contracting.

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Topics: Case Study, Software Integrations

Excel Tips to Make You Look Like a Rockstar at Work

By Pixis Team on Nov/22/2017

So you use Microsoft Excel everyday for work. Does it sometimes take you much longer than it should to complete tasks? Do you ever feel like you are still only using the basics? Could your spreadsheets be smarter or better organized? Here are some Excel tips that can make your tables easier to update and manipulate without all of the manual data entry issues

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Topics: Spreadsheets

Best Accounting & Payroll Programs for Your Business

By Pixis Team on Nov/22/2017

When it comes to running a business, software that can keep your accounting and payroll organized is a must have. These programs can aid in decreasing human error, automate processes to increase productivity and turn focus to other priorities, while creating one place for all accounting and payroll documents to live. We’ve put together a list of some of the best accounting programs and top payroll programs based on company size, to better inform you of the options you have. If you don’t see something that fits your needs, it may be time to speak to a software development company to see if a custom program is right for you.

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Topics: Data Tracking, Data Management, Automated Process, Business Data, Software Development, Custom Software Development, Reporting

Why It's Time to Upgrade from Microsoft Access to a Custom Application

By Pixis Team on Oct/27/2017

Often a company realizes they need something more than Excel to track information and records so they use Microsoft Access. Access is a database management system with a graphical user interface and software development tools; we often find they are poorly designed which makes them only marginally better than Excel since the databases are set up in a similar manner.

Sometimes a company may have someone on staff who has a working knowledge of Access, but it is often poorly designed, and used inefficiently since the employee may not know how to properly setup a database. We’ve compiled a list of issues that come with using Microsoft Access (due to its outdated format) and how an upgrade to a custom application using a database, such as Microsoft SQL Server, can solve these issues.

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Topics: Automated Data, Data Management, Automated Process, Business Data, Software Development, sql server

Case Study: Custom Software Development for Logan Labs

By Pixis Team on Oct/17/2017
  • Logan Labs - Soil Testing Laboratory

  • 8 Software Users

  • Data Collection and Reporting

Logan Labs is a soil testing company in Ohio that specializes in “analytical and consulting services to all areas of the agricultural community.” When Logan Labs first came to Pixis Software, it was using a Microsoft Access program, and while it worked, it required all of their data entry into tables. This was way too cumbersome and tedious. 

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Topics: Data Management, Custom Software Development, Reporting, Data Analysis, Case Study

Custom Reports = Better Decision Making for Your Staff

By Pixis Team on Sep/30/2017

Do you loathe pulling reports?

Does it take you much longer than it should to create a report with all of the information you need?

Do you actually get analytics out of your reports or just tables of data you have to sort through?

Are you constantly interrupted with questions from your coworkers about data?

If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, your reporting is a problem. 

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Topics: Data Management, Automated Process

Why Automated Processes Are the Holy Grail for Established Businesses

By Pixis Team on Sep/07/2017

At a glance, many can identify with the expression “From Point A to Point B.” On a basic level, people think about this expression in terms of traveling, on a more complicated level, though, it is extremely applicable to business.

If a CEO comes up with a new idea, they have to make sure that it goes through the right departments and people so it ultimately becomes a process. Ipso facto, from Point A to Point B. Generally, this is the end for most companies. However, this shouldn’t be the case. Going from the inception of an idea, to the creation of a process can feel like a completed model, but there’s one step missing - automation.

If you can move your processes to the background through automation, you’ll get from Step A to Step B in the most effective way possible. Thereby, affording you the following benefits:

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Topics: Automated Data, Data Management, Automated Process, Business Data

Should You Hire an IT Employee or IT Company for Your Business' Software Development?

By Pixis Team on Sep/06/2017

A variety of companies seek outside help for everything from manufacturing to information technology support. In general terms, this is called outsourcing. However, outsourcing doesn’t necessarily mean sending your work outside of the country - it just means sending your work to someone who is not part of your internal resources. In the modern business landscape, outsourcing is especially common with technical applications. Why is this the case?

Simply put, companies can’t do everything. Growing and established companies alike do not have the capital to hire employees that can help with every facet of their operations. Furthermore, companies generally only need help with a specific project or issue at any given time - something that does not require a full-time employee to resolve.

In these cases, organizations can look to hire outside help through outsourcing. This way, they can receive the expert help they need without wasting time and money hiring and retaining new employees.

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Topics: Software Development

5 Signs It's Time You Stop Tracking Business Data with Spreadsheets

By Pixis Team on Jul/18/2017

If you run your own company, you likely have grown to know and love Excel and other spreadsheet-based applications. (Alternatively, if you’re a traditionalist, you likely know and love paper-based spreadsheets.) If you’ve been in business for a long time, spreadsheets likely evoke a sense of nostalgia and comfort. For newer business owners, they are likely one of the fastest ways to track data, that they know of.

Utilizing spreadsheets for tracking business data is still common among a variety of businesses, but industry experts argue that this shouldn’t be the case. Today, projects are larger and more complex than ever, and they require the appropriate software to efficiently manage them.

It’s time for your business to move beyond time-consuming and ineffective spreadsheets. Don’t believe me? If your company fits one or more of the criteria below, you can greatly benefit from leaving spreadsheets behind and utilizing an automated system.

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Topics: Data Tracking, Data Management, Automated Process, Business Data