Fixed Price

Let’s Play the Billable Hour Lottery!

The latest video from CPA, VeraSage Fellow and professional comedian, Greg Kyte, makes a brilliant point about how risky it is to pay your attorney, CPA or technology consultant by the hour.  You might as well be buying… Continue reading

Bob’s Barbecue – The Absurdity of the Billable Hour

I’m always looking for ways to demonstrate the absurdity and inherent risk to businesses like yours who work with software consultants (or CPAs or attorneys) who bill for their time.

This past January at the international VeraSage conference, I was… Continue reading

Customer Spotlight: AccuForce Staffing Services LLC

AccuForce Staffing Services, LLC, a staffing company in Kingsport, TN has been a Sage MAS 200 user for the past few years.  Although technically a customer of Aries, the management team at AccuForce had not used our services… Continue reading

New Webinar – PlanetTogether’s Scheduling Optimizes your Resources

Join us for a Webinar on August 11

PlanetTogether’s Scheduling Optimizes your Resources

  • Advanced Planning & Scheduling systems save time and money
  • Allocate work to your resources based on your rules and requirements
  • Consider resource and material availability to enable… Continue reading

Honor System for Time Sheets? Only At Church!

 While visiting Charleston, SC this past weekend, my family and I stopped by the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.  It’s a beautiful Gothic cathedral which began construction in 1890 and is still a work in process.… Continue reading

What if the airlines billed for their time?

An example of how the billable time model doesn’t work in the real world.  Imagine if the airlines priced based on billable time:

The Knoxville businessperson stepped up to the airline ticket counter and asked to buy a ticket… Continue reading

What does your prospective software reseller actually sell?

You really need to look hard at what your prospective software vendor actually is selling. Most of the time – it is not what you are looking to buy.

You require results. You value those results so much you… Continue reading

Frequently NOT Asked Questions about software projects

Many websites post FAQs or Frequently Asked Questions.  While helpful, the answers to those questions don’t really help you determine what system or partner adds the greatest value to your company.

What follows is a… Continue reading

What type of relationship do you want with your software provider?

When performing your diligent research, be sure to articulate what type of relationship you want with your system provide.

You’ve come to a decision.  You need a new system.  You are not getting timely or accurate information. … Continue reading