How Equipment Rental or Plant Hire Services can Benefit Your Start-Up Enterprise

BackhoeContributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Once an entrepreneur gets into the construction business, they soon find out that the business is not the easiest one to survive. It’s an exciting business to be sure, and there are lots of ways to make big money, but there are also lots of important decisions to make. One of those essential decisions is about whether to rent or buy the equipment needed to do the job or not. The fact is that it’s an easy decision; once you’ve looked at all the possibilities, it’s easy to see why hiring equipment makes so much financial sense. The advantages are simply too numerous. Here’s a short round-up of how equipment rental or plant hire services can benefit your start-up enterprise.

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The Ways Cloud SaaS Can Improve Efficiency

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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Modern business apps offer more than just a helping hand with emails and fundraising, they are essential to entrepreneurs in order to manage business as usual, leaving you free to focus on business development and growth. Integrated, cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are able to work on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones in order to handle tasks such as project management, video conferencing, internal communication and much, much more. In addition, the SaaS revolution has also enabled many entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground quickly. Instead of the need to code your own internal platforms to take care of processes, there is a variety of ready-made options to choose from. Here are just some of the ways in which SaaS is enabling startups to be more efficient and competitive.Continue reading

Mobile Device Trends that Affect Your Business

Mobile DevicesContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Mobile device users are doing more shopping from their smartphones and tablets, the latest Monetate Ecommerce Quarterly report for Q2 2015 indicates. With worldwide smartphone shipments reaching 1.44 billion, the average number of page views per visit from mobile devices rose from 6.22 in Q1 to 6.29 in Q2. This correlated with a 9 percent rise in conversion rates and a 3.4 percent increase in average order value, which rose to $118.26. As mobile commerce grows in popularity, businesses are adapting by adopting technological innovations that support consumer demand for smartphone shopping. Here are a few mobile technology trends that companies doing e-commerce business should pay close attention to.Continue reading

Effective Data Storage In Remote Environments

dreamstime_xs_32304795Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

A major concern for organizations with remote locations such as offices and branches (ROBOs) is providing an easy to manage infrastructure while ensuring application reliability. The amount of hardware required onsite is vastly reduced which is a major benefit for hard to reach locations such as weather stations, wind farms and oil rigs.

The concern with these wasn’t just providing IT to a remote location but whether it would stand up to the rigors of bad weather and fluctuating temperatures.

Virtualization to the rescue

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Take a Shot of Scrappiness and Call Me in the Morning by Emily Hennessee

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I’m delighted to post this story on behalf of Emily, who sent it to me as evidence that she was becoming more scrappy. In this story Emily shows us how we can help our teams think things through and clarify goals by asking good questions and facilitating discussions that people are “too busy” to have without our influence. It can take courage to schedule a meeting when people feel they have “real work” to do. But – done right – meetings ARE real work. Read and learn from Emily’s courageous leadership! – Kimberly Wiefling, Author,Scrappy Project Management Continue reading

Similarities Between Parenting a Newborn and Project Management by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

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(Posted anonymously on behalf of a program engineering manager at a fine, upstanding organization where it would  be  best if his name was not used.)

Things are going well on the home front. I am beginning to draw a lot of correlations between parenting a newborn  and  succeeding at work. A few examples: Continue reading