The Service Equation: 4 Keys for IT to Create Value for the Business

IT organizations struggle with the challenges of shrinking budgets, ever-changing technology, compliance pressures, and more. For greater efficiency, many IT organizations are turning to information technology service management (ITSM) to help improve processes. But there’s still too much focus on technology and not enough on business outcomes. Learn key strategies for changing your approach to delivering IT services.

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Evaluating Routing Software: 4 Things You Can't Do Without

The path to deciding on a routing software solution has some key considerations. These variables will impact the return on investment (ROI) you get and influence how smoothly you can integrate the software into your enterprise.

This paper outlines four key things to consider that will impact ROI and the effectiveness of your transportation and routing management solution. First, the specific industry knowledge and expertise of your routing software vendor will guide you to a better software decision.

Next to consider is the quality, quantity, and accessibility of training for your new routing software. The training and support offered will have a huge impact on its value to your business.

The adaptability and flexibility of your routing solution are also important factors to ensure that the software aligns with your business, and not that your business bends to the software. These are a few things a software partner needs to be able to explain and provide if it’s crucial to your business:
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  • Dynamic routing
  • Off-day deliveries
  • Variables in your route specifications
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