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Avoid Getting Lost in Your Accounting Software

Avoid Getting Lost in Your Accounting Software
Six teenage boys “jacked up” on Mountain Dew crawled into the white Chevy Suburban I drove in high school. Growing up in Oregon we were river rats, more likely to be on the river than in math class. This particular trip was different, it was a night rafting trip, and the excitement was palpable. We loaded our rafts (well, pool toys that would serve as rafts) and headed to the river. When we got to our drop-in point we discovered that the parking lot was closed, and we had to change our plan. We knew the river by heart, like the lyrics to the new Blink-182 single, and thought a change would be fine. We moved our drop-in point down the river to a spot we weren’t familiar with and jumped in, hyped and ready to raft. As the night wore on the river became unfamiliar and we realized we were lost. Our original plan was specifically designed from point A to point B. With that purpose in mind we would have returned home safely. Once we had to change our plans with no purpose other than to be on the river, we got lost. Just as there are hundreds of rivers in Oregon, there are hundreds of accounting software options. How do you pick the right accounting software and not end up lost? There are a couple key things I tell my clients to look for. Was the software built with your specific industry in mind? Just like each river is vastly different, so is ea......
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Get the Most Out of Your Software’s Help Content

Get the Most Out of Your Software’s Help Content
Has the company you work for ever disrupted your routine by introducing a new software platform? They promised it would make your job easier and the company more profitable, but here you are struggling to learn a new system. A software solution is supposed to provide an organized structure to work in, usually based on research about best practices and user experiences surrounding a set of tasks. But no matter how perfect any software solution is, when it’s new to you, there is a steep learning curve. Take, for example, Entrata®, the complete property management solution. It has been designed to help leasing agents and property managers do their jobs as quickly and easily as possible. But for it to make your life easier, you have to learn how to use it. That’s why software solutions often come with Help Centers full of support and training resources. You may not be aware of this, but as you read this article, there is a team of millennial hipsters throwing nerf balls over cubicle walls and eagerly developing help and support content for the software your boss just told you to start using. These folks want you to get your job done without tripping too much over a new software platform. Their own jobs depend on it. So what can you do to get on board with a new software solution and become the expert around the office? Get the most out of the help content already built in to your property management software. The web ......
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Five Things to Ask Before Taking on Cloud Technology

Five Things to Ask Before Taking on Cloud Technology
Cloud-based applications can offer your property management company numerous user and cost benefits such as streamlined business operations, ease of collaboration and more efficient application development. However, choosing the wrong vendor can have unforeseen consequences. When choosing a technology provider it is important to consider these five questions in order to avoid the most common pitfalls of adopting cloud-based technology: How much control will you have over your data and software services? Your software vendor should offer you protection and the ability to own your software and data and run it from anywhere. In many cases, software providers have a tendency to stockpile data, making it incredibly difficult for a property management company to access and utilize their data. Make sure your vendor allows you unlimited access to all of your data regardless of the circumstance. What will it take to integrate?Many property management software companies will pile on the fees and charges for integrations to discourage you from using competing products and services. Find a software company that allows you to build your own, custom suite according to your company’s unique needs. Don’t let one provider bully you into using their inferior products or keep you from using your current system because they lack the ability to support the integrations you need. When choosing a provider, find out exactly what level of customizability your provider will allow you to have and how much it will cost you to modify it to fit your needs before you sign on the dotted line. How secure is the......
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