Last month, ManagerPlus hosted clients from a diverse range of companies and organizations for a two-day Pro and Enterprise product training seminar in Clearwater Beach, Florida. ManagerPlus experts Peggy Frazier and Travis Cox were on hand to provide in-depth instruction on proper software configuration and navigation, and provided insights into how the different modules, like reporting, can be best utilized.
Attendees were encouraged to bring their databases, ask detailed questions, and share insights with their peers from different industries. Our clients often bring unique and innovative perspectives, making these sessions highly dynamic and rewarding.
Here’s what our clients had to say about the experience:
“The staff was very prepared, professional and helpful. The training material is great. I learned a lot at the seminar that will make my job easier,” Tracy Robinson, Seminole Tribe of Florida.
“I really enjoyed the seminar and learning how other companies set their ManagerPlus up. It’s a good way to learn what to do and what not to do,” Gwen Nguyen, Arkansas Secretary of State Continue reading
Construction Executive, a leading publication for construction professionals, has published an article by ManagerPlus on the high costs associated with work site conflicts. The article is featured in their new Risk Management newsletter. According to research, on-the-job conflicts costs an average of $11,000 per incident. See the full article here: http://bit.ly/1itq9CW
Barcodes have only been around since the 1960s, yet it would be hard to imagine a world without them. Over the past several decades, barcodes have become an everyday part of life. Everyone is familiar with the little black and white bars that are stamped on seemingly everything—and with the advent of smartphone apps that can scan and read them, barcodes have taken on a new life for consumers who wish to instantly compare product prices, find suppliers, or locate additional product information.
The fact that they’re so familiar, however, makes it easy to overlook—or take for granted—the enormous impact they can have on businesses that still use paper systems, or other outmoded forms of data management, to track assets and inventory.
Together with the right CMMS/EAM solution, barcoding systems can revolutionize a business. But first, it’s vital to understand the different configurations available, and to have the knowledge necessary to persuade key stakeholders that implementing a barcoding system will generate high ROI.
Here’s a breakdown of the “what,” “why,” and “how” of barcoding systems. Continue reading
Posted in CMMS ROI and Best Practices, Construction, Facilities, Fleet, Manufacturing
Tagged asset tracking, barcodes, barcoding, CMMS, data accuracy, data entry, data integrity, data management, EAM, Inventory, parts tracking, scanners
Plant Engineering, a leading publication specializing in plant operations, maintenance, technology, and news, has posted a letter to the editor by ManagerPlus on the subject of machine guarding safety.
The article begins: “At first glance, OSHA’s list of the Top 10 most common citations for 2013 seems to convey good news for machine guarding violations: they have dropped four spots from sixth to 10th compared to last year. Deeper analysis, however, reveals that this drop in rank masks the fact that machine guarding infractions have actually increased by 28 percent over the past year.” Read on here: http://bit.ly/1jkhbmA
Centralizing and standardizing parts inventory data is a critical first step toward cutting costs and improving allocation. But without data navigation know-how, this information will be of little use. ManagerPlus was designed with this in mind, offering intuitive controls that make analysis of inventory data quick and easy. We’ve put together a brief guide on how to use “List Grouping,” “Group Footers,” and “Print List”–a few of the ways ManagerPlus makes it easy to group and arrange data for quick insight and basic reporting.
Click on any image to enlarge. Note that your data will vary likely vary from the below examples.
1. Open ManagerPlus and click on the Inventory module
2. Right click anywhere within the Inventory module and select “Show List Grouping” from the menu that appears. A black bar will appear above the parts list with the prompt, “Drag a column header here to group by that column.” Continue reading
As the “green” movement has risen to prominence over the past decade, its mission of environmental consciousness-raising has helped to refine and expand recycling practices. Blue waste bins with the triangle arrow symbol, and the rules governing how trash must be sorted before going into them, are now a commonplace part of home and work life for many people.
For businesses, these basic recycling practices are relatively easy and inexpensive to implement. But that can be a problem: once the blue bins are in place, complacency often sets in, sapping the drive to explore some of the more innovative, larger-scale techniques and technologies that can be, in some cases, as good for the bottom line as they are for the environment.
In honor of America Recycles Day, we’ve researched some of these innovative techniques and technologies, and how they can achieve the dual purpose of cutting costs while substantially reducing environmental impact.
The following are just examples, but they should help illustrate the fact that recycling is an evolving field and new technologies are constantly emerging, so it’s important to stay up to date on the latest developments.
Anyone who works in the fleet industry will be familiar with core charges. When a price is quoted for certain auto parts, Continue reading
Posted in Construction, Fleet, Green, Manufacturing
Tagged bottom line, Cost Cutting, environment, green movement, innovationt, new technology, Recycling, Recycling benefits, Recycling ROI, sustainability, technology
ManagerPlus is pleased to announce that our long-time client Deer Valley Resort will be featured in a forthcoming issue of Leisure and Hospitality International Magazine, a leading trade publication for executives in the travel industry.
Located in Park City, Utah, Deer Valley Resort is a world-class destination for skiers, and offers year-round accommodations for vacationers of all kinds. The resort is comprised of over 15 facilities and surrounding properties, including lodgings, numerous restaurants and shops, ski runs, and more. For over five years, Deer Valley Resort has used ManagerPlus Enterprise to streamline and optimize the maintenance and care of these facilities.
Leisure and Hospitality International Magazine profiles provide an opportunity for a companies like Deer Valley Resort to offer insight into their business philosophy, including the expectations of their customers and how they approach meeting and exceeding them. Past profiles of other companies have included plans for expansion or remodeling, and discussion of competitive strategy. The Deer Valley profile will feature an exclusive interview with the resort’s president and general manager, Robert Wheaton. Continue reading
Happy Halloween everyone!
ManagerPlus staff donned their finest, most spooktacular costumes and showed off their pumpkin carving skills at a Halloween pizza lunch today.
Each employee posed for a picture in their eerie attire, and a vote was held to determine who was best dressed. Josh from sales took home the top prize with his transformation into Jack Sparrow. His costume impressed everyone with its intricate detail, and Josh did a spot-on impression of the popular pirate with musket in hand.
He was joined in the pirate world by Liz from sales who sported a tricorn hat as part of her getup. Jaime from QA dressed as the Cookie Monster and carried around a plate heaped tall with his namesake treat! Marc from sales terrified sports fans as a referee. Melissa from marketing dressed all in black and wore a big postage stamp to become–take a guess–get it? Blackmail!
Christina from QA looked stunning in a red and black dress and red mask. Kerry from sales sported bling, a gray track suit and a huge curly wig to become a rap star. Greg from partners/resellers was a goofy tiger, and Chris from marketing became, with only a pair of glasses, nearly unrecognizable (except for the name tag) as Clark Kent. Ben from QA sported a bright pumpkin costume.
Jack-O-Lanterns were displayed for judging as well, with Josh Kelly again taking home the prize for best with his elaborate creation!
ManagerPlus thanks the team for their participation and wishes everyone a fun and safe Halloween!
Happy Halloween everyone!
We kicked off a week of Halloween festivities today with “Pumpkin Aerobics,” an intense 40 minute workout session where the ManagerPlus team used pumpkins as medicine balls in a variety of fun and challenging exercises.
The session was lead by Greg Dibble, head of the partner/reseller division, who donned his finest exercise duds and kept everyone sweating throughout.
After the workout, team members were invited to take their pumpkins home, flex their finest carving skills, and bring their transformed Jack-O-Lantern back to the office Thursday for our Halloween lunch where we’ll be awarding prizes for best pumpkin and best costume.
We’re looking forward to an awesome week!
Over the past several decades, temperature fluctuations have made it difficult for facilities managers to estimate how much heating and furnace systems will cost to operate through winter. Regardless of how much these systems are used, however, there are some basic steps managers and maintenance staff can take to ensure that these systems are functioning at optimum efficiency while minimizing costs.
Here are a few tips:
Identify and eliminate all drafts. Air escaping through cracks in doors and windows can waste between 5% and 30% of energy costs. Continue reading