Top 5 News Articles of 2016

Top 5 News Articles of 2016

Top 5 News Articles of 2016
Manufacturers know their product inside and out. But at Edgenet, we know the power of data, simple software and we know the sales process.
Taylor Kearns

In 2016, product data was a discipline to watch.  In this post, we’ve collected a list of our readers' top 5  most popular articles from 2016:

1. Keep it Simple, Software

Sometimes I get the question, “Why Edgenet’s m2o? Don’t we (manufacturers), know what’s best when it comes to how our products should be configured and sold? Why shouldn’t we make our own configuration tool?” Good question. And it has a simple answer. Manufacturers know their product inside and out. But at Edgenet, we know the power of data, simple software and we know the sales process. We know it so well that top Window and Door brands use m2o and put their own name to it. As a result, many dealers have been using m2o every day for years, without realizing it. That’s how confident window, door and window treatment manufacturers are that the right tool for the job already exists. And rightly so! m2o has been around for over a decade and processes $10 billion in orders annually.

 

2. Millennial Allegiance: How My 2-Week Temp Job Turned Into an 11-Year Career

In the business world, the millennial reputation is mixed. We’re known for our talent – but also our turnover. The median job tenure for a Gen. Y employee is just two years, according to a PayScale report – a far cry from the seven-year average for baby boomers. Another study from Elance-oDesk found that 53 percent of hiring managers found it difficult to find and retain millennial talent.

 

3. 5 Things We Wish We Knew Before Starting Our Careers

No one told me this, but I learned it quickly in my career: It is okay to pursue a job that you didn’t specifically go to school to study. I was a nursing major, but needed a part-time job while I was in school. My temp position at a tech company, Edgenet, seemed like a strange job to accept at the time. But I loved the company, the people, and the work there so much that 11 years later I’m still with the firm.

 

4. Making SaaS sticky: Why customer success is the industry’s new linchpin

Behind every great tech innovation is the need for effective tech implementation. But anyone who has ever been an early adopter of enterprise technology knows that no matter how remarkable the software is, integrating it into a business and its processes is rarely (read: never) an easy feat. Not only must customers understand how to use the new technology, they have to know how to maximise its use for their business. In the software as a service (SaaS) industry, this gets more challenging still. Time is a luxury most providers don’t have.

 

5. In Nashville, better keep your rivals close, and your employees closer

You don’t want your best employees to walk out the door. But in Nashville these days, preventing that is easier said than done. Nashville’s newfound national prominence and business growth means heightened competition across industries — from out-of-town banks and law firms, to the host of new hotels and restaurants as well as the city’s unprecedented boom in construction.

 

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