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Customer training becomes a learning experience

Being the marketing director here at Practical Software Solutions is like being a utility infielder in baseball: You have to know a lot about many products, but you never really become an expert at one. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t mind being an expert in every software title… Read more »

What’s the big idea? Sage CRE says it may be yours

Have I ever told you how awesome my grandmother is? Grandma will be 95 this year. She belongs to the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, the local volunteer fire house auxiliary, the Red Hat Society, and volunteers at the local VA hospital. She helps drive the older ladies… Read more »

Sage CRE customers want to know: Where do I go?

In the past few weeks, we have been gearing up for the two biggest events on the Sage calendar: the Sage Inspire Tour and the start of Sage Summit registration. The Sage Inspire Tour will be rolling into Charlotte next month, and we’re thrilled that this event is finally coming to… Read more »

On 3D printing: Give technology time to mature

I’ve been keeping a closer eye on TweetDeck in the past few weeks, as we’ve got a few trade shows coming up on our calendar. Our Grower Vertical team is heading to MANTS (Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show) in Baltimore next week, and Susan Burris from our Sage Construction and Real Estate… Read more »

Document management plays huge role in modern business

Have you ever had deja-vu while you’re at work? During one of our latest Coffee Break with Practical Software Solutions meetings, we were discussing TimberScan for Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate. I had a feeling that I had already attended this meeting, even though this was the first time… Read more »

4 red flags when searching for software vendors

Most mid-sized businesses looking for software can’t go to the local computer or business supply store and buy a product off the shelf. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in — once you get to a certain size, your company’s IT world will be filled with servers, databases, and robust programs… Read more »

The measure of a man (in terms of coffee)

Tim Lambert makes coffee every morning. OK, that’s not the boldest statement one can make about a person. But like with many things, there’s more to the story. Tim usually arrives at least a half hour before everyone else. As part of his morning routine, he makes a pot of… Read more »

More room for women to break the ‘concrete ceiling’ in construction

People in construction

In the course of a day, I don’t always have time to stop and read every blog post that rolls through my TweetDeck feed. There are ones where I find the headline really interesting and beneficial, so I’ll just RT the link so our followers will find valuable information. Last… Read more »

What do concrete and greenhouse growers have in common?

For those who follow our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, this blog, or what have you), you may have raised an eyebrow this week. The last few weeks, we’ve been all about Grower Vertical, as our Sage ERP team exhibited at MANTS. We then followed some of our friends… Read more »

Wrenches Thrown into Construction Recovery

Last week, I had lunch with a very good friend of mine. I used to work for Karen Courtney, a Realtor with RE/MAX Leading Edge, and she was catching me up with the things going on with her business. She had some closings coming up — one that day, too… Read more »