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Finding Meaning in Unstructured Data

Finding Meaning in Unstructured Data

Data sets so complex that managing them through traditional data processing methods becomes difficult are collectively known today as “Big Data”. It’s used to extrapolate trends in everything from customer spending to bird migrations. But many smaller organizations struggle to manage even modest (let alone “Big”) amounts of data on their own. This diverse, disparate data exists in spreadsheets, CRMs, […]

November 25th, 2014|Tips & tricks|

Give Yourself the Gift of Productivity This Year

Give Yourself the Gift of Productivity This Year

Good News: productivity among U.S. workers is up more than one percent from Q2 of 2013 to Q2 of this year according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Depending on how you measure, worker productivity is at or near all time-highs even while wages as a percentage of GDP hover near historical lows (we’re at about […]

November 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The Real Cost of Hiring a New Employee.

The Real Cost of Hiring a New Employee

The next time you’re thinking about hiring someone to help with routine data entry or maintenance tasks, consider this: The total yearly cost to employ that person may exceed 160% of their salary. Where’s the extra money go? We consulted Q2 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDLS) to find out.

First, […]

October 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|

3 Reasons to Automate Business Processes in Your Organization

3 Reasons to Automate Business Processes in Your Organization

Since the days of the automaton, workers have been searching for ways to automate the manual business processes that steal time from more important jobs. Communicating with colleagues, manipulating spreadsheets, entering customer information into a CRM…these are all examples of time-consuming manual processes that can be done better and faster by someone (or something) […]

October 8th, 2014|business process automation|

How Does Your Data Adjust to Change?

Just when you thought everything was perfectly in place, changes occur.

And nothing changes more often than the information in one’s database. There are address changes, name changes, interest rate changes, billing coding changes, regulatory and compliance changes.

The list of changes goes on and on…and it never stops.

For some, change is the enemy and remains an ongoing obstacle that will never be overcome. […]

October 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|

Reducing Health Insurance Overhead Costs

Health Insurance Overhead Costs

In many ways, running a health insurance company is no different than running any other business. There are expenses – administrative costs, overhead, cost of goods – and hopefully, profit. Unlike most other industries, however, the federal government regulates the business of health insurance by dictating how much of a payer’s income must be spent on “goods” (i.e. patient care) and […]

September 15th, 2014|Health Insurance|

Foxtrot is the Answer to Simplify Processes

Throughout our business lives, we have all heard it over and over…Keep It Simple, Stupid or KISS.

Our Foxtrot technology fits right in with the philosophy of KISS. Our customers tell us simplicity is one of the most popular features of Foxtrot.

When we asked our customers about the values of Foxtrot they considered most important, six of 10 said, “Foxtrot can automate […]

September 11th, 2014|Tips & tricks|

5 Steps (and 1 Solution) to Faster Card Breach Recovery

By now, you’ve heard the news about Home Depot, and how the numbers to millions of customers’ cards have potentially been lifted from POS machines in stores throughout the country. Home Depot joins Goodwill, Target, and many other “big box” stores whose customers (and, by extension, YOUR customers) have fallen victim to card fraudsters in the last year […]

September 8th, 2014|Data security, Tips & tricks|

New look. New products. New EnableSoft.

That “whoosh” sound you may have heard over the Labor Day holiday may have been the arrival of our handsome new Enablesoft Website and the debut of Foxtrot Version 10, Enterprise Edition, which contains great new features and an eye-catching new look.

Why the changes?

Three reasons:

We have listened to our customers. As Foxtrot has become popularized in the financial and healthcare industries, and other […]

September 3rd, 2014|Recent News|

3 Ways to Prevent Errors in Excel

Let’s get this out of the way: Your spreadsheets are full of errors.

In an analysis of multiple studies dating back to 2008, Marketwatch reported last year that almost 90% of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets contain errors. Even when created with the utmost care, the number and complexity of the formulas contained in our spreadsheets create significant opportunities for bad data. With about 1 […]

August 28th, 2014|Tips & tricks|