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InFocus 2016 is here, bringing refined experience and performance. It also sets a foundation for infinite expandability through the upcoming InFocus Marketplace. Here are some highlights.




Clearview Office Space 1

Last month Clearview moved into a spacious new facility. The offices are inside the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research in Bedford County, Virginia. The space lets us do things that weren't possible before, like hosting local tech meet-ups and on-site client training. Even as this post is being written there's a training session in progress. We're excited about this new chapter at Clearview!








Each year PSMJ Resources, Inc. conducts their annual A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey. From that survey, an exclusive list of industry leaders are selected for their achievements in running productive and profitable businesses. These industry leaders are welcomed into PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence.




InFocus represents a breed of software that is best described as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). ERP software is distinguished by its ability to deliver an integrated suite of business applications. In the case of InFocus, these applications include: Accounting, Job Cost Management, Time and Billing, Resource Planning, Marketing Support, and Business Intelligence (BI).

These applications are fully integrated into InFocus rather than existing as a collection of loosely linked modules or third party add-ons.

The ability to deliver an integrated suite of applications is fundamental within the architecture of InFocus. ERP capacity was designed into the software from inception and incorporated into the original tables and scripted code. Ongoing development has assured that the software makes best use of the latest technologies and design approaches. Unlike many software products still marketed to the A&E design industry; InFocus is not the result of a cobbling of new modules and features onto a 1980’s legacy time and billing system.




Releasing big features like ones found in InFocus 2015 is exciting. But it's just as important to consistently release fixes and small improvements that help our clients work smarter. InFocus 2015.1.1 is one of those releases. It addresses small bugs, makes the UI behave more consistently across applets, and improves keyboard navigation.




We're excited to announce InFocus 2015. With over 200 new features, fixes and refinements, it's a big release. Almost everything we’ve done is in response to a client survey given a few months ago. In particular, clients told us they needed easier reporting, faster loading in key areas and a more cohesive user experience. InFocus 2015 delivers that and a lot more.




QuickBooks is a well-known accounting software package for small business.  It is often recommended to startups and small businesses by their CPAs, especially if that CPA does not have a lot of experience with professional service firms, primarily because (a) it is fairly cheap, and (b) the accountant knows it (more convenient for the accountant).

So when is QuickBooks a good choice? 




If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a chart is worth 1,000 numbers.

Years ago I was a consultant in the transit industry doing a maintenance study for NJ Transit.  They had about 11 maintenance garages, and we were comparing several metrics amongst the garages.  One metric is Miles Between In-service Failures.  Believe it or not, this number is surprisingly low in the transit industry, as I recall something like 11,000 miles.  That was about what most of the garages were reporting, but one garage was reporting 42,000 miles.

Either the manager of that garage was fudging his numbers or he didn’t know the definition of “In-service Failures” or he should have been in charge of the maintenance for all of NJ.  What struck me at the time was that we were getting the numbers from all of their standard reports, but no one noticed this garage until we put the numbers in a bar chart. 





It might seem strange to talk to architects and engineers about the importance of measurements. They live and breathe physical measurements. But we’re going to talk about a different kind of measurements. Measurements that tell us how our businesses performed in the past, how they are performing now, and how they will perform in the future.

These measurements of performance are often called metrics.