• Integrated Systems Vs Separate Systems

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    For example, a business owner signs up with SalesForce, a popular CRM, and then signs up for Freshbooks, a popular accounting software for small businesses. Signing up for both of these systems takes very little time and effort. (Of course, signing up for an integrated solution takes the same amount of time.)

    The business owner will also take about the same amount of time and effort to load data into the separate CRM and the accounting software as he or she will take loading the information into the integrated software. (Although, some time and effort is saved with the integrate systems, since accounts and contacts need only be loaded once, compared to twice with the separate systems.)

    But, when the business owner tries to connect information from the CRM to the accounting software, he or she is limited in option and must use a workaround. He or she could either a)install a third party integration software, increasing the chance of a system breakdown, b)hire someone to code a new integration method, increasing the cost and effort required to implement the whole system, or c) just deal with the separate system ad hoc, which ads complexity for the entire time the business owner continues to use separate systems.

    On the other hand, an integrated solution is just as easy to sign up for, easier to enter information in (since you are not entering information twice), and far easier to connect information, since the system is already designed with all the data connected.

    Therefore, considering the Ease of Implementation for the total business solution, an integrated system is easy to implement than disconnected solution.

    Ease of Use (Winner: Integrated)

    We have found that integrated systems are, in general, easier to use than a network of disconnected business systems.

    Every business system, integrated or not, has different levels of usability. It is not the scope of this report to compare all these systems. Rather, we’ve found that as a whole, integrated systems are easier to use because of their integration-a key requirement for business management systems.

    A business owner must be able to connect documents with customers, costs with service requests, and staff with projects, just to name a few. Using one system for project management and another for accounting and another for customer relationship management (CRM) compounds the difficulty of using the total business system for the user. The user is forced to integrate outside of the system. Once this step is taken, the integration is temporary and unusable by others. In other words, every time the integration must occur in a disconnected system, it must be integrated again by each user at that moment. The integration doesn’t last and it doesn’t transfer.

  • Five Tips to Help You Lighten Up

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    Almost all of us want to constantly adjust our weight. A handful of us are happy with our weight, others need to gain a few pounds. The rest of us “battle the bulge” almost constantly. No matter what your weight goals are, here I provide some important weight loss tips and tricks to help you achieve your ideal weight more faster.

    Eating more calories than your body needs to perform it’s daily functions, means that the extra calories will be stored as fat. If you do not eat sufficient calories to satisfy your bodies energy needs then your body will make make up the difference by taking what it needs from the stored fat in your system.

    Understand that every 3500 calories of unused energy stored by your body, is stored in the form of fat. So in order to lose one pound of fat you would have to create an energy deficit of 3500 calories by either reducing your intake or increasing your exercise level to burn up the 3500 calories. Keep in mind that it is not safe to lose more than 2 pounds per week.

    It can be refreshing to know that walking an extra mile every day will burn up 100 extra calories per day. Walking one mile uses up approximately 100grams of energy (the exact amount depends on your body weight)

    People who are overweight spend more energy in moving about than those who are at their ideal weight. It stands to reason that the heavier you are determines the amount of energy required to move. If you use calorific charts, always check to see what body weight is being referred to.

    Sometimes breaking things down into simple day-to-day terms can make all the difference; Any food or drink that contains about 100 calories, a soft drink or an extra slice of bread per day will add up to 10 extra pounds in one year if your exercise level is not increased.

    One thing is certain. Most people do not get enough exercise in their ordinary daily routines. If you are already over your ideal body weight get a check up before starting a diet or exercise routine.

  • Are You Consciously Creating Your Business?

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    We humans are masters at making stories out of things and that is where we can stick ourselves.

    We create conclusions and block the energy. The more we tell the story, the more we create it and then evidence of it shows up in our experience.

    When you are not creating consciously, then you are probably imitating other people’s version of business. This involves you doing what you have been taught is right, not necessarily what is right for you.

    Fine if it is working for you, not so good if it’s not.

    And so much of business is focused on fixing problems and scarcity. Scarcity of time, people, money, equipment, knowledge. The list is endless.

    Have you ever noticed that whatever you focus on in your world, good or bad seems to grow and become bigger in our worlds.

    What if, what is needed is a whole new paradigm?

    A paradigm that supports you in what you are looking to create and achieve in your business.

    Not one you buy from someone else, but one you create for yourself.

    In this paradigm you trust your knowing and use your awareness. You focus on what you desire to create and move in the direction.

    So let me ask you again. Are you consciously creating your business?

    Not so sure.

    Well which of this statements are most true for you? The first or the second.