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Project Management – Punch Above Your Weight

When it comes to delivering high calibre projects on-time, on-budget, anywhere in world … innovative small businesses can compete with the best of them. In fact, small scale can bring a number of advantages, such as speed, adaptability and close customer relationships, that bigger organisations find hard

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Worldwide IT spending to grow in 2016 – but only just

Just how much will the tech-crazy world blow on IT in 2016? Around US$3.54 trillion… While that number represents growth, it is only just in the green according to the Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast. At a mere 0.6 percent over 2015 spending, the researcher is anticipating

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The Benefits of Case Management Software

Case management software comes with a plethora of benefits and can dramatically increase the efficiency of those working in the legal sector, whilst keeping them more organised and able to keep track of their workload. The software is used to record things such as legal expenses, lawyer-to-lawyer

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How to justify your technology choice

As technology plays an ever-stronger role in modern business models, predicting and measuring productivity gains from technology investment is becoming paramount to getting project sign off. Alex Gelman shares an excerpt on the topic from his book ‘A practical guide to selecting and justifying the right business technology‘… The

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A Better Way to Access Business Software

For many years now, there has been a general trend in business to focusing on what you do best – that is, your core competencies – and engaging third parties to provide other equipment, people, expertise, and services. Typically specialist providers can do those other things better,

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Modular Accounting Systems vs ERP Systems?

Growing companies who find they are straight-jacketed by their current accounting systems are typically faced with the difficult decision of upgrading as they grow. They can either choose to implement an all encompassing system or to ‘bolt on’ smaller applications in order to add capabilities to what

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The Many Faces of Time Management Processes and Software

When choosing a time management or time tracking tool, it is best to consider the needs of your organization and why and how you need to track time. A practical consideration and application of your business process will go some way toward choosing the appropriate tools to

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Using Time Accounting to Create a Culture of Accountability

If you own a company or manage a team of employees, you understand the challenges of motivating staff and establishing a culture of accountability and an understanding of objectives and goals. The best managers and leaders know that you cannot intimidate an employee into good performance, nor

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Ever wondered which ERP vendor is best?

Panorama Consulting Solutions ranks ERP vendors for 2017 and comes up with a winner… That winner is Epicor – but at iStart, we have a nagging suspicion that the very notion of ‘the best ERP vendor’ is something of a ‘how long is a piece of string’

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Four Software Applications for your Professional Service Firm

In a recent Webinar, Software Shortlist explored key factors that make Professional Service Firms unique. What distinguishes service firms from any other business? What is unique about professional services? And what software is really critical for an owner of a service firm? Out of this analysis came a concise

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