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April 27, 2016
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The U.S. Senate voted last week to pass the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) by a vote of 85-12. This vote comes after the House of Representatives passed its energy bill last December (H.R. 8). The legislation makes several updates to the nation's energy policy.
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Prima Vista Patio Doors by Seaway Manufacturing Corp.

Seaway's Prima Vista sliding patio doors are constructed of heavy-duty, multi-chamber uPVC vinyl extrusions, offering superior thermal efficiency and strength, according to the company. The doors feature fusion welded sashes and a multi-point locking system to protect against forced entry. Constructed with steel reinforcement at both the interlock and the meeting rail, Prima Vista is installer-friendly and field reversible. Offered in a number of configurations and popular design choices, Prima Vista also features a patented sliding system for easy and quiet operation, the company reports.

 
The Talk

By Frank Bennardo, P.E., founder of Engineering Express
Our industry is excited about automation, and for good reason—it’s enabling businesses to work smarter and faster. A recent post on WindowandDoor.com noted how manufacturers are embracing automated products at ever-faster rates. But automation is as much, if not more, effective for processes as it is for products.
 
In particular, Professional Services Automation software can help eliminate frustrating processes. My experience is a testament to this: Engineering Express has achieved significant, measurable growth through automating our project management processes. Specifically for our business, PSA software enables:
  • Better accountability across teams, projects and tasks via a PSA that tracks all interactions,
  • A dedicated system of checks to prevent tasks from falling through the cracks (such as a big red “X” that appears on our dashboard if something is behind schedule),
  • Easier on-the-fly adjustments are possible because project statuses are continuously reviewed, 
  • A better understanding of the time needed for projects (we’ve significantly cut lead times by more than 50 percent and can now track/close more than 10 projects per day),
  • Clear visibility into the profitability of each client so we can match service with resources (i.e., when staff is out of office and an action needs to be taken), and
  • A single data set to represent a project from quote request through the project cycle, plus it can integrate with calculations, drafting and numerous third-party apps.
Before we integrated a PSA, my team wasted countless hours on manual processes that made it harder to anticipate potential issues and left errors in mistyping duplicate data. Like many of our peers, we were using a number of different systems, which led to a lot of disjointed communications and a lack of project status quality control.
 
Since adopting a more tech-forward strategy around project management, we’ve grown our business by more than 15 percent in a six-month period. The ability to easily upload data from the field and track and utilize it via a central source has revolutionized our business.
 
Take the survey, post a comment online and/or share your thoughts in an email.
Are you currently looking at automating your project management/enterprise resource planning?
Yes, and we plan to deploy one in the next six to 12 months
No, we're comfortable with our existing project management process
We already use one

How Has the Loss of Google's Right-side Ads Impacted Your Business?
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