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What is an API?

By Pixis Team on Mar/20/2018

What is an API?

To Pixis Software, an API means using data to create experiences that make your life easier, streamline your processes, and expand your business.

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Topics: Data Management, Automated Process, Software Development

Construction Case Study: Software Integration for Better Project Tracking & Reporting

By Pixis Team on Mar/05/2018
  • Installed Building Products is an insulation installer and home energy performance monitor for new residential construction

  • Accounting Program Integration with Work Orders using Energy Star and REM/Rate


Installed Building Products (IBP) is the second largest insulation installer for new residential construction in the United States.

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

8 Mobile Apps Our Team Can't Live Without

By Pixis Team on Jan/30/2018

Being that we're developers, we know the power of an app to make our lives a little easier and more enjoyable. Check out our team's list of apps we’re using now, and see if it can introduce you to a new way to work (or play).

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Topics: Insider, Data Management

How to Find a Reliable Custom Software Development Company

By Pixis Team on Jan/15/2018

Do you have a software problem or frustration that’s hindering your business’ efficiency or success? Instead of trying to figure it out on your own, or hiring (and trying to retain) a new employee, it may be time for you to reach out to a software development company that can help.

It can seem like a daunting task, and you may ask yourself, how do I know who to choose? Or, what do I look for? We’ve put together a few tips on finding a reliable software development company to help you through this process.

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

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

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, Automated Process, Business Data, Data Management, 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: Case Study, Custom Software Development, Data Management, Data Analysis, Reporting

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: Automated Process, Data Management

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, Automated Process, Business Data, Data Management

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