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TECHNOLOGY REVIEW By Chris and Kathi Morrison Chris and Kathi Morrison own and operate The Image Specialists, a full-service graphics company based in Clements, CA. Chris is also a Microsoft-certified systems engineer. KeyedIn™ Manufacturing - Sign Edition Software Internet access to your cloud-based management data and analytics KeyedIn Manufacturing’s Sign the Edition software, developed for custom-sign-manufacturing industry, received input from Intl. Sign Assn. members Sign Edition is a broadspan, automated, cloud-based (SaaS) business-management software application that, KeyedIn says, will help you analyze and control your entire enterprise – sales, estimating, scheduling, production, installation and more. It also features fully integrated, financial-management and accounting tools. Worldwide access Most interestingly, you don’t buy any additional software or hardware. The cloud-based package operates on most workstations, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, so there’s no need for special systems, sophisticated machines or an IT support group. Even better, you can access your system from any area that’s Internet connected – via Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari or Google Chrome – and quickly review any part of your database. It’s not just management data. You Key Information KeyedIn Solutions, Inc. 5001 American Blvd. West, Ste. 1010 Minneapolis, MN 55437 (877) 932-4402 Contact: Brigitte Merten, director of marketing (877) 932-4402, X229 can quickly gain sales information, bring up a customer-relationshipmanagement screen or generate proposals from within the system, and print or email them to a client. You can also access impressive, corporate-look forms and templates that help build attractive bid presentations. Everything updates automatically. And, get this: converting a quote to a sales order automatically creates your shop work orders and needed purchase forms. The system includes time and expenses recording forms, plus screen tools that access resource requirements, or assist project-planning and other business challenges. Customizable KeyedIn’s reporting structure, equipped with customizable dashboards and indicators, allows you to intercept and deal with changes. For example, the system will help you monitor real-time job costs and task-status information for each project. Essentially, you can become aware of problems before they become issues. It will also highlight related risks and help you see, analyze and schedule adjustments for unexpected costs. You can store sign drawings in a customer’s data file. You can also copy-and-paste sign data, or information from one file to another, to save preparation time on bids and projects. Or, place automatic, task-management reminders. Improved productivity We recommend you take a look at KeyedIn’s Sign Edition. The company says Sign Edition users have experienced a 25% productivity improvement in throughput, lead and shipping times. It also offers a consulting service that may help you develop new markets, drive up your ROI, or learn unique ways to improve your business model. Remember, it’s cloud-based, so all the software is already in place – you simply access it via the Internet, fill in the blanks and become operational. ■ 40 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / NOVEMBER 2013 /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - November 2013

Signs of the Times - November 2013
ST Update
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review - Caldera Flow+ 2.0 software and its Version 9.20 RIP
Technology Review - KeyedIn™ Sign Edition software
New Products
Design Matters
Enter the ST Intl. Sign Contest!
Deep Thoughts
Temporary Vanity
LEDs: The Omnipresent Illuminators
Accessible Training
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - November 2013