The right place at the right time

 

When you’ve got a busload of thirty kids coming to stay with you for a week, it’s vital that you have everything ready and set up. Because those kids aren’t going to tolerate waiting around, doing nothing, when they’re supposed to be on the expedition of a lifetime (well, the year).

We worked with several Outdoor Education Centres building a resource planning tool that meant that they could be sure that when a school came to visit, they had enough staff, the right equipment and correctly assigned accommodation available. A complex problem, that could be boiled down in to four simple questions – who needs to be available, what do they need to take with them, where do they need to be and when do they need to be there?

Because, for nearly all businesses, if you get the right people and equipment in the right place at the right time you’re already winning. Get it wrong and you’re wasting time and money. Get it right and you’ve got happy customers.

Planning your resource usage is a problem that’s unique to you – but it’s a problem that’s easily solved with the right software.

 

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You look fantastic

 

People don’t hire EchoDek because we’re great. Although we are.

It’s because we make them look great.

(Sure, they were pretty good-looking to start with, but we add that cherry on the top.)

 

One of my clients had a data problem. Or rather, their customers had a data-problem.

They did print management – handling the design and production of printed materials.

Which meant lots of data flying around. Mainly in spreadsheets.

As print deadlines approached, people got stressed. Revisions became more important.

But could you be sure that the spreadsheet you were editing was the latest version?

What if Sally was making changes here while you were making changes there?

Can we really be sure that what we are sending to the printers is 100% accurate?

 

So we built a database for them.

Their customers upload their data into theĀ storage area and edit it from there. We could link to any existing systems they already had, butĀ ours would become the “truth”. If it wasn’t in there, it wasn’t going to print.

 

Say goodbye to multiple versions of a spreadsheet.

Say goodbye to two people overwriting each others changes.

Say goodbye to last minute panics over who has the master copy.

 

We built the database. And our client looked fantastic in front of their customers.

 

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