Five Reasons to Move Your Material Sales to the Cloud

1.  Quarries and scale houses are, well, ...filthy.

shane-mclendon-534662-unsplash-1Excavating and transporting raw materials is a dirty, dirty job. With the grimy conditions, remote locations, and spotty internet, we all know that pits and quarries are not the best places to keep your company's critical data. Despite the fact that power outages, PC crashes, and other catastrophic data failures are common in the industry, a shocking number of businesses still rely on archaic local databases to store their financial transactions. 

 

Thankfully, we live in the age of cloud computing, and with systems like Fast-Weigh 10, the aggregate industry is finally starting to catch up. Cloud-based platforms protect client information by providing real-time backups and foolproof operation contingency plans, all while your operators work from the scale house as normal. By storing and replicating all data in secure centers on both the east and west coast of the United States, we manage and protect your information constantly. This means that even if your Internet connection goes out, Fast-Weigh can keep operating locally and then upload once you're back online, providing total protection against any data loss.

 

2.  You can focus on producing and hauling material, not managing complex IT systems.

Your staff is knowledgeable about crushers, conveyors, and Caterpillars - not computers. Remove the burden of having to manage local IT resources and eliminate your expensive, complicated setup. Use a platform that simplifies your scale management system and offers a quick, easy setup with remote install options. That way, you can focus on selling product and getting trucks out the door, saving you both time and money.

 

3.  Work on your own terms, from anywhere.

Working remotely is all the rage these days. People expect to get their job done on their own terms, whenever and wherever they want. Don’t let your material ticketing software confine your sales data to the scale house, forcing you to have to call several people just to get an update on production or to make a quick change. Fast-Weigh 10 gives you an all-access pass, providing real-time information that you can manage from any device, whether its Windows, Mac, or mobile.


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4.  Help your customers and partners grow.

We all know that your customers and partners are critical to your success. By providing transparent, real-time operations or sales data, you can keep your customers informed and help your partners become more efficient. With Fast-Weigh 10, you can create user logins for both customers and haulers, providing easy access to their latest ticketing, dispatching, and invoicing data. Our integrated email alert system allows users to stay on top of all hauling or material purchasing, which helps them run their business.

 

5.  Modernize.

helloquence-61189-unsplash-1Running isolated systems with disconnected in-house servers is yesterday’s world. An ever-increasing number of experts across all business sectors now recognize that cloud computing can simplify and modernize your operations in every aspect. By embracing the cloud now, you can create a flexible foundation for your organization's future.

 

 

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For more information on our cloud-based truck ticketing and dispatching platform, visit www.tacinsight.com, give us a call at 865-219-2980, or email us at support@tacinsight.com.

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Expanding Your Material Sales Intelligence with the Cloud

by Steve Rasmussen 

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked a new prospect to estimate their annual or daily material ticket volume and they can’t readily provide this information. These questions should be easy for companies to answer, whether you're at the office, at home, or even traveling with a mobile device.

The producer and heavy civil markets have often lagged behind when it comes to investing in modern software that enables them to make simple management decisions. A 2015 analysis conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute demonstrates how poorly the construction and bulk material industries stack up in information digitization investment (click chart below to enlarge).

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Fortunately, with modern software technologies, companies don’t have to make large up-front investments to make a change. Cloud and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solutions are offering producers, contractors, and haulers the ability to track material sales and job tracking without large capital outlays. These platforms eliminate much of the cost and challenges faced by companies that operate plants or manage fleets of trucks. Outsourcing information technology can save you time, money, and resources spent managing those systems yourself.

Yes, there is generally an annual or monthly cost associated with these cloud-based software solutions, but when you add up the cost of purchasing on-premise servers, database software, on-site consulting, individual PC software licenses, and backup and recovery plans, you will find that cloud-based platforms typically provide a better solution at lower cost. Companies not taking advantage of cloud solutions are often blind to the total costs incurred from their business software. SaaS vendors, on the other hand, tend to provide upfront, transparent pricing without any hidden costs.

Migrating to the cloud means information can be readily available from any device or location from a simple web browser or mobile device. This provides you immediate access to all information and prevents data from being isolated in the scale house or with your IT department.

Most material ticketing and tracking softwares were developed using technologies that precede the evolution of cloud-based development. These Microsoft Windows programs are not well-suited for the always-connected world of Internet computing and have very limited cloud capabilities due to the underlying design of their system architecture.

The good news is, our industry is hopefully changing! A younger, more Internet-savvy group of leaders is moving up the ranks and demanding better information to make decisions. Software companies are being forced to stay current or be left behind. The Fast-Weigh 10 bulk material management platform is a leader in this new world of web-based technology, with a team of developers that are ready to help companies of all sizes leverage the benefits of cloud computing.

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Introducing: Fast-Weigh 10 Inventory

TAC Insight is pleased to announce our new cloud-based Material Inventory Module.

As part of our effort to provide continuous feature innovation, our new Inventory platform gives customers the ability to track inventory across all plant locations by Region.
 

FEATURES:

  • Simple web portal interface available from any computer, anywhere

  • Real-time inventory quantities based on the original set quantity received and sold units

  • Inventory valuation based on cost per unit at each location

  • New fields in the product table to track production cost and royalty amounts by location

  • Methods to track inventory by physical survey, adjustment, or received material

  • Integration of real-time ticket data from the Fast-Weigh 10 desktop scale application for outgoing and incoming tickets

  • New Inventory Dashboard by Region/Location with filter-by-date parameter

  • New Analytics reporting to provide dynamic view into your inventory data


For more information about Fast-Weigh 10 or our new Inventory Module, please visit us at tacinsight.com or contact us at support@tacinsight.com.

Fast-Weigh 10: Next-Level Material Management

Take ticketing and bulk material management to the next level. Get Fast-Weigh 10.


Fast-Weigh delivers a complete material management solution for companies of all sizes with a unified web, mobile, and desktop platform designed to grow with your business.
 

  • Quick and easy setup requiring no expensive training
  • No local servers, databases or complex IT infrastructure to setup or install
  • Simple, user-friendly ticketing
  • Centralized web portal with unlimited users
  • Production tracking and order/pricing management from any device
  • Direct integration with Viewpoint’s Vista and Spectrum accounting systems
  • Ability to share ticketing data with your customers and haulers
  • Real-time backup and data recovery
  • Automatic updates and ongoing feature development
     

Access and manage your data anytime, anywhere, from any device. Enjoy effortless ticketing from scale house PCs, unattended kiosks, and even your smart phone. Our platform supports all aspects of sales and bulk material transportation – dispatch, load-out, ticketing, billing, and delivery.

Introducing: Fast-Weigh Analytics

Experience your ticketing and financial data at a new level.

We are excited to announce the newest addition to the Fast-Weigh family of products. Fast-Weigh Embedded Analytics. 

Get deeper insight into your ticketing operations. View sales, customers, trucks, haulers, products, and more like never before with elegant, in-depth visuals that will revolutionize the way you monitor and
manage production.

Beta testing for Fast-Weigh Analytics is available now through the end of the year. If you're ready to take this stunning new feature for a test drive for 100% free, let us know. 

Beta testing ends December 31, 2017.