The How-to Guide to Optimizing Your Professional Services Organization

Consultants spend considerable time thinking about their clients’ businesses, discussing key elements of their strategy and business model. But the professional services (PS) executive team also needs to manage the tactical and operational activities of the PS organization. This document represents key aspects of a PS management routine that will help streamline your focus and heighten your ability to execute.

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Four Reasons Why QuickBooks Is Failing Your Services Business

This white paper draws on real-world stories of small and medium-sized professional services organizations (PSOs) that have upgraded from QuickBooks at critical junctures in their development. It also outlines four common business process inefficiencies that you might see reflected in your own business—the reasons why QuickBooks may be failing your services organization. Read More

The Top 5 Mistakes Professional Services Firms Make and How to Avoid Them

Over the past decade, demand has shifted from “hard” services, such as manufacturing and production, to technology- and knowledge-based services. While the growth trajectory for a strong professional services organization (PSO) is seemingly limitless, PSOs face a number of challenges, from increased competition to lack of available skilled resources. Read about five common mistakes seen within the professional service industry, as well as practical strategies for avoiding them. Read More

The Wizards Behind Google Apps: Advice for Admins From Admins

Your organization’s IT staff is crucial to the successful implementation and maintenance of Google Apps. In this white paper, learn how to help your IT department get ready for the move to Google Apps and hear from a variety of IT specialists that have already been through the transition process. Read first-hand accounts from IT experts about the collaborative and financial benefits of switching to Google Apps’ cloud services, the ease of the data migration process, and how to use Google Apps Directory Synch (GAPS) to configure and synchronize accounts. Learn details on how to protect your data with the use of Google Vault and other third-party services to monitor data storage and further secure your information. An overview of mobile device management is also provided.

No transition is problem-free, so this Google Apps guide offers a comprehensive list of other helpful resources for reference, if any issues present themselves during transition and training. Ten time-saving tips for setting up efficiently are also included. Google Apps recommends starting by slowly introducing Gmail and Drive across your organization, adding and expanding Google Apps tools with the success of this base introduction. Learn how your IT department will save time as cloud-based software improves rapidly, adding and improving features on a monthly basis with little interruption to your organization. Following the guidelines in this white paper, you’ll ensure the smoothest possible transition to Google Apps. Read More

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Taking Control of Your Business: Growing Profitably in the Professional Services Market

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How can a professional services firm grow profitably while providing clients with the services and project pricing they demand? The firm must rely on best-practice solutions to gain control over every aspect of business—from business development to resource planning to billing. Firms that plan and staff projects by relying on combinations of spreadsheets and management instinct will fall behind. Read More
 
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