Matt Draper

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How to Prevent the Most Common Distributed Workforce Problems

More businesses than ever are leveraging distributed workforces, with employees spread around the world and many working from home or in remote office locations. Approximately 50% of the workforce will be remote by 2020, according to MarketWatch. While the use of a distributed workforce brings numerous advantages and reduces the cost of running a business, it also creates a new set of challenges. The following complications commonly occur when leveraging a network of remote employees, but by...

Is Agnostic Integration Right for Your Services Business?

Today’s services organizations commonly leverage ERP, Software as a Service (SaaS), and other cloud services to collect and utilize the data they need to effectively do business. However, these systems frequently lead to information silos, creating cloud integration challenges across organizations. Being able to overcome these challenges through an effective integration strategy means that a company’s solutions can be put to far better use.

Trends for the Services Industry in 2019

The services industry saw many changes and trends across 2018 – some expected and others surprising. The ability to predict what 2019 will bring for services organizations can help prepare for the year ahead, but looking back on 2018 is equally important.

What are Your Services Firm’s New Year’s Resolutions?

It’s almost 2019, and while people around the world are making New Year’s resolutions, fitness goals are not just for individuals. The New Year can be a time for services firms to commit to healthier habits, too. According to The Washington Post, 25% of New Year’s resolutions are broken by January 7. But having the right fitness goals in place can mean a world of difference for your business, so long as your company stays committed.

Three Steps for Effectively Managing Scope Creep

Scope creep is one of the easiest ways for project margins to be eroded. Small changes and additions to a project, additional work hours, and shifting deadlines can often happen without a company noticing until the scope of work has grown to the point of being unprofitable.

The Top 6 Pressures Facing Services Firms Blog Series: Remote Teams and Subcontractors

The services industry is experiencing new types of pressures that are changing businesses around the world. In this blog series, we will examine the six major pressures facing services firms today, their causes, and how you can successfully respond.

Client Success: Mavenlink Reduces Project Administrative Time by 65% for Donesafe

Donesafe provides compliance management software that connects workers in the field to in-office management through a modern platform with end-to-end functionality. Learn how Mavenlink helped Donesafe reduce its project-related administrative time by 65%.

12 Innovative Examples of Project Management Software

Project management software (PMS) helps companies more effectively manage both day-to-day and long-term projects by providing crucial insights into the lifecycle of tasks and availability of resources. Together, these elements help businesses execute project strategies for improved employee utilization and greater profitability.

Full-Time vs Contract Workers at Your Services Firm

Success for a services organization hinges on making the right hiring decisions. Your services firm can set itself up for consistent success by making the right choices in who to hire, what skills to look for during the process, and when to choose between full-time employees and contract work.

Is Your Company Working with a Hairball Infrastructure?

Clients consistently demand more from services firms, including faster time to completion, more specialized projects, and a wider variety of services. In response, firms today are quickly adopting new applications to keep up with rapid changes in their industry and increase customer retention. With focus on keeping pace with modern demands, these fast adoption strategies may not take proper software integration practices into account, resulting in data silos.

The Top 6 Pressures Facing Services Firms Blog Series: Short-Term, Project-Based Work

The services industry is experiencing new types of pressures that are changing businesses around the world. In this blog series, we will examine the six major pressures facing services firms today, their causes, and how you can successfully respond.

How an Operational System of Record Enables Full Cycle Resource Management

Effective resource management requires continual iteration and optimization for companies to better understand how they can make the most of their workforce. Using a strategy known as Full Cycle Resource Management, businesses can continually understand and improve resource utilization, no matter the industry.

The Importance of PTO Planning

The holiday season is here and businesses everywhere are preparing for the impact of paid time off (PTO) on the availability of their workforces. While the end of the year highlights the toll PTO can have on business operations and profitability, companies are affected by holidays, vacation, and sick days all year round.

How to Improve Your Chances of Project Proposal Approval

No matter the size of the business, a successful services firm depends on successful project proposals. While no two business-client relationships are the same, there are certain elements that will improve the chances of any project proposal being approved. Including these elements in your proposals will give you greater confidence in your client relationships and enable you to accurately plan resources for future projects.

Secrets of Success for Professional Services Leaders

Becoming a leader in the professional services field requires adaptability. Learning from today’s high-performing services businesses and tailoring their winning strategies to your own unique challenges and goals is key. Mavenlink’s 2018 State of the Services Economy Report surveyed 576 executives from different service-centric industries to better understand how businesses both succeed and fail in today’s market. High-performing services organizations, those who reported achieving 91-100%...