We speak with services leaders every day. One thing is clear — services firms have a profound need for business intelligence to make sense of vast information sources. Most of their systems, even if mission critical, are often best described as silos of information storage, with people lobbing key data over very high walls.
People often ask about where the idea for Mavenlink came from. The truth is, the seed actually got planted more than 20 years ago, while I was at Accenture.
Remember when your agency first started out? Maybe, if you were lucky enough to be there. Even if you weren’t, you can guess.
If there’s one thing that gets everyone out of bed in the morning, it’s our work, and the prospects for contributing to the growth of our personal and national economy. That’s a pretty lofty statement.
You are only as good as your people.
Congratulations! You're experiencing agency growth!
You’re probably building successful campaign strategies, retaining talent, winning new business, and positioning your agency in a way that works. There’s a huge opportunity for your growth. It’s blue skies and smooth sailing ahead!
The new year is upon us. Technology is everywhere. Integrations are plentiful. APIs are a must. Big Data is common. Dashboards let everyone from executives to project executors act on critical intelligence.
So what does this mean for professionals managing the bottom line?
Close your eyes and visualize the connection points between your systems for project management, project accounting and resource planning. Now add in your CRM and accounting systems. What does it look like?
In today's economy, the cost of producing goods is rapidly declining. At the same time, the services-oriented market is booming. The services industry has grown by more than 65 percent in the past 50 years.
In this services-oriented future, your people are your product. That's why it's important to ensure you hire, and retain, positive teams with great service. They are key to productivity.
Your services business lives and dies by its profit margins. Business professionals say all the time, “We have more sales than ever. My company is growing. But I’m not making money. I don’t get it.”
While we wish every project could go off without a hitch, we are also big believers in pragmatism. Every project is going to run into a few roadblocks, like bugs, client changes, or tickets — all of which can impact scope and timeline.
Good utilization is the hallmark of a well-run agency or professional services team. When your team is consistently busy delivering work (and not so busy that they burn out), you can hire reliably and invest in your business.
Rate Cards are a powerful way to standardize project pricing and improve the efficiency of your team’s billable projects. Since we first launched this feature last year, we’ve been listening to feedback from Rate Card power users. Today, we are excited to share with you some new enhancements that make Rate Cards even more versatile.
In an effort to make the settings area for your Mavenlink projects more intuitive and even easier to get to, we’ve made a few recent improvements. Most notably? We’ve moved the gear icon to access your settings to a position that is more noticeable: right next to your project’s name.