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SaaS in AV: Another “Thing to Learn,” or a Time Saving AV Solution?

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

AV companies face an interesting dilemma in 2016: companies in industries all around them are adopting SaaS tools to optimize their projects and workloads while gaining better efficiency, while AV companies themselves struggle to find a SaaS solution that can fit their processes well enough to merit a switch from the disjointed project management tools they’ve used for decades.

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Topics: AV Teams, AV Industry Pro Sessions

Finding the Optimal Workflow in your AV Crew Management Process

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Process improvements are the key to establishing a workflow that improves your AV team’s productivity and helps your team deliver exceptional work for clients.


But before you can make any crew management process improvements, your organization needs to identify where inefficiencies exist, what possible solutions may fill them, and how to get the rest of your team on board with these new changes.

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Topics: AV Teams, AV Industry Pro Sessions

The Right Time to Throw Out an Inefficient AV Project Planning Process

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s easy to cling to an AV project planning process that has been with your organization since its start -- your employees are used to it and it works (for the most part) -- but it’s important to consider whether your process is still serving your company as well as it could.

 

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Topics: AV Industry Pro Sessions, AV Teams

Strategic Workforce Planning Tools that Save AV Planners Time

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Strategic workforce planning is all about having the right crew members in the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost. It’s a process that involves internal coordination and communication within your AV team, effective crew member selection and scheduling, and working with crew members to get them on board and up to speed quickly.

 

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Topics: Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Teams

7 Reasons your AV Scheduler Needs a Field Service Software

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 12, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Many industries utilize field service softwares as a solution for managing mobile workforces and widespread resources. There are many benefits to doing so, from improving communication and tracking to organizing your internal management processes into one streamlined system.  

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Topics: Working with Contractors, Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Teams

How to Manage AV Labor Costs on Any AV Project

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Occasionally, before you even realize it, AV labor costs can spin out of control. By the time this happens, it’s too late to fix the problem. In order to stay on-budget, AV schedulers and planners need to take proactive measures when managing per-project labor costs. While this is often easier said than done, introducing an online platform that tracks labor costs is one of the easiest ways to manage budgets accurately, effectively, and without increasing your workload. Below are just a few of the ways an AV crew management tool can help you manage AV labor costs on any project, before costs get out of hand.

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Topics: Workforce Intelligence, AV Teams

How to Reduce AV Project Costs with Expense Management Software

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Changing project needs can easily and quickly cause AV project costs to increase beyond what was originally budgeted. Perhaps a client requested equipment that was outside of the original scope and required the addition of skilled crew members, or perhaps the client bumped up the event forcing you to add more labor to the project in order to meet your deadline. In either case, while Project Managers and Account Executives can’t avoid these scenarios, they can improve how they monitor and attempt to stay on budget by investing in an expense management software that will give them better project status and cost insights.

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Topics: AV Teams

Why You Should Fire Excel as Your AV Scheduling Tool

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 29, 2016 2:30:00 PM

The dreaded AV scheduling spreadsheet. It’s an AV scheduler best friend and their worst enemy. It contains all of the information you need to keep your project on track, on budget, and on time, helping you manage all of your crew management processes. But, as handy a tool as it is, it’s also outdated. While your Excel scheduling spreadsheet may keep your AV project on track, it also may stagger behind industry trends and technological advancements in the business world that could improve your scheduling process and bring you even better insights.

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Topics: AV Teams, Crew Management & Scheduling

AV Crew Scheduling: How to Facilitate a Smooth Live Event

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Live events are make or break. Your AV team and crew gets one chance to either make it all go right the first time or miss the mark. Adding to the challenge, live events can be unpredictable with deadlines and scopes that are constantly moving. While these obstacles can be hard to overcome, you can defeat them and set your live event up for success with careful AV crew scheduling, planning, management, and preparation.

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Topics: Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Teams

4 Employee Scheduling Software Features for Stress-Free AV Projects

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 12, 2016 2:00:00 PM

 

Coordinating a group of people to do anything can be hectic -- especially in the world of AV. Between communications, multiple databases, availability, and evolving project requirements, simply scheduling your crew for a project can cost you a substantial amount of time and money. Fortunately, the addition of a crew scheduling and management software can alleviate many of these scheduling tasks and help you manage your AV crew with greater ease. When introducing a crew scheduling software designed specifically for AV projects, there are a few stand-out features you should expect to find that will instantly take the stress out of crew coordination and scheduling.

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Topics: AV Teams, Crew Management & Scheduling