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Why Off-the-Shelf Software Comes with an Expensive Learning Curve

Lance Keene

If you had a choice between ordering your meals off of the McDonald’s Dollar Menu or having your meals prepared from scratch by a personal chef, which would you choose? A gut ...

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Why you need to drop ASP.NET and use .NET Core instead

Lance Keene

The future of .NET is .NET Core, which will be soon replacing ASP.NET that we have come to know and love since 2002. But what are the primary advantages of .NET Core over the ...

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Custom Software: The Benefits After an Acquisition or Merger

Lance Keene

One of the major challenges that comes along when any business acquires or merges with another company is, ironically, change. After all - mergers and acquisitions are designed to ...

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Off-the-Shelf Software is Limiting Your Company’s Productivity

Lance Keene

Whenever company leaders look for new opportunities to increase employee productivity, they typically turn to software as a way to accomplish precisely that. "Our old systems ...

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Using Off-the-Shelf Software to Manage Customer Relationships

Lance Keene

You may think that the ultimate success of your company will live and die based on the quality of the products and services you offer... but from a certain perspective, you'd ...

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Manage Company Operations with ASP.NET Custom Software

Lance Keene

Over 43% of the world's population is connected to the Internet. Let’s face it, business is driven by the Internet, and the competition is stiff. Maintaining a competitive edge in ...

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Why Spreadsheets Aren’t the Answer for Managing Your Operations

Lance Keene

Your grandfather may have been the king of improvisation when working on a car or tasks around the house. Unable to find a screwdriver, he may have grabbed a knife you’re your ...

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Shortcuts Don't Save You Money in Business

Lance Keene

Many businesses are tempted to take shortcuts in order to save money. They believe that if they can pay less for certain products or services, they can boost their profits by ...

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Why Do I Need Customized Operations Management Software?

Lance Keene

One of the goals of every business should be to run efficiently. That cannot happen if the right employees, systems and processes are not in place. Ultimately, your entire ...

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Your Software Can Be a Competitive Advantage

Lance Keene

Every day you make many decisions for your business – those decisions range from budget and return on investment to growth and competitive advantage. Yes, as a business owner, you ...

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Can Software Hinder Innovation?

Lance Keene

Technology and innovation seem to be synonymous and, in many ways, they are. In the 90s we were all focused on the innovation known as the computer. We wanted the latest computer ...

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Finish Your Software Project Without Starting Over

Lance Keene

No software development project is fully without complications. Sometimes it can be as simple as evolving specifications, while other times it may be as momentous as losing your ...

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Your Operations and Software Are Vital to Your Business.

Lance Keene

If you had to make a list of all the elements that are most critical to your business, your operations - that is, the processes and procedures at the heart of it all - would be ...

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Consistent Software Delays and Issues? Here's How to Fix Them.

Lance Keene

Even the best software development projects can get delayed - anyone who has been in the business for any appreciable length of time can tell you just how true that is. Sometimes, ...

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Why Are Software Design & Planning So Important?

Lance Keene

Customization When you purchase software for your company you have two choices: custom software and packaged software. Purchasing software is much like purchasing a suit. ...

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SMBs: Outsourcing Software Development Can Help to Grow Your Business

Lance Keene

As a small business, having in-house IT personnel can be costly. With consistent changes in technology, it may beneficial to consider outsourcing this function. Although when most ...

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Is Your Software Built for You or All Your Competitors?

Lance Keene

Technology companies have dominated the industry for the last ten years, offering solutions that cater to specific customers. This was previously seen as a benefit, as companies ...

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Processes Drive Your Business. Software Should Enable Them.

Lance Keene

As a business owner, having the right processes in place is an essential core part of your infrastructure. When implementing your systems and processes, customized software is ...

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Processes Slowing Down Your Business? Maybe it's Your Software.

Lance Keene

When you first start a business, so much of your time is devoted to figuring out the processes, workflows and procedures that you need to keep moving forward in the most efficient ...

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Myth: Custom Software is Expensive

Lance Keene

One of the most common myths about custom software that has existed for far too long is the idea that it is an unrealistic option for a lot of businesses due to the high costs ...

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Need a Collaboration Tool? Create One Specifically for Your Business.

Lance Keene

According to one recent study, roughly 75% of employers rate both teamwork and collaboration is "very important" qualities that directly contribute to the ongoing success of an ...

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3 Business Functions Best Suited for Custom Software

Lance Keene

Custom software should be aligned with your business goals and objectives. When considering these objectives, there are three functions that work best in this scenario: reporting, ...

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5 Pieces of Information You Should Have for Your Software Team

Lance Keene

To achieve the best results from systems and processes, organizations should seriously consider custom software solutions. This alternative will ensure the company gets the most ...

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Defining Efficiency as a Software Requirement

Lance Keene

As a business, increasing the efficiency of your systems is key in ensuring you get the maximum return on your efforts. Every system you employ should focus on having the best ...

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When to Change Outsourced Software Development Teams

Lance Keene

As we grow and mature we outgrow things. You may notice that your favorite clothing no longer fits you the way it once did. You might even notice that you’ve outgrown some ...

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Building a Solution for Importing Data

Lance Keene

What do you do when your company needs to manage large amounts of data and has outgrown the previous way of handling the needs of their clients? Find a way to address the ...

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How to Ease the Pain of Losing Your Programmer

Lance Keene

As companies grow, having programmers or software developers is almost a given. Customized software development and platforms that cater to your specific business model becomes a ...

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Best Practices for Tracking & Reporting Customer Information

Lance Keene

These days, data is everywhere - and this is one trend that shows absolutely no signs of reversing itself anytime soon. According to one recent study, more data was created in the ...

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Your Ability to Customize Spreadsheets is Limited

Lance Keene

Spreadsheets offer a low-cost option for organizing data. If you have a Microsoft Office package, you have access to Excel. Or, you may choose to use a free spreadsheet program ...

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Software Should Be a Strategic Purchase

Lance Keene

As a business leader, nearly every decision you're making on a daily basis has both a short-term and a long-term effect. The short-term effect involves how a particular move or ...

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How Spreadsheets Limit Strategic Growth

Lance Keene

According to one recent study, only about 80% of the businesses that open their doors today will survive to celebrate their one year anniversary. Of those that reach that ...

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The Software You're Familiar with Isn't Always the Best Choice

Lance Keene

Regardless of the type of business you're currently running or even the industry that you're operating in, one thing is for sure: you've likely taken a great deal of care to make ...

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Why Your Company Needs Software Specifically Built for Your Business

Lance Keene

There's a myth that is unfortunately all too common that tells us custom software is something that can only benefit certain types of organizations. Sure, a Fortune 500 company ...

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How To Remain Compliant Without Drastically Changing Your Processes

Lance Keene

Most industries must meet local, state and federal compliance standards (especially regarding privacy and documentation) to continue operating without interruption. Modifying your ...

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The Inefficiencies of Spreadsheets - Is there a better solution?

Lance Keene

If you examine the day-to-day processes of many early-stage companies, you'll often find that they have one thing in common: a lot of them use spreadsheets to manage a wide range ...

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Developing a Customized Reporting Plan For Your Company

Lance Keene

Every company has to collect and report on data, whether it's for their own internal management or client services. Also, every company is different, with unique needs regarding ...

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The Limitations of Using Spreadsheets for Compliance

Lance Keene

Businesses still use standard spreadsheet applications for a wide range of different reasons. Sometimes they're used for menial and administrative tasks like data entry, other ...

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Eliminate the Human Error in Your Operations Management

Lance Keene

Most people think that the IT issue that is preventing them from working is the result of failed technology. They jump to all kinds of conclusions: “It must be a bug in the ...

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The Hidden Costs of Off-the-Shelf Software

Lance Keene

Every business is a bit different from the next - they all have their own unique outcomes that they're trying to achieve and challenges that they're trying to solve. This, in ...

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How Custom Software Can Save You Time

Lance Keene

The major problem with off-the-shelf software and other types of pre-existing solutions is that they just aren't set up with your specific business in mind. Not only does your ...

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5 Reasons You Should Have Your Own Web Application Built

Lance Keene

ou've been looking a long while for an application that suits your company's needs, but you haven't found the right app out there. At this point, you may be considering having a ...

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Railing the Derailed Project

Lance Keene

Anyone that has worked on projects long enough understands that it is not unheard of to have a project get off track. There are many modalities of defining “off track” and several ...

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The greatest programmer ever! Not only writing code but saving lives.

Lance Keene

You probably get a hundred spam email scams per week. They are usually easy to spot but the scammers are getting more creative.

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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Development Team

Lance Keene

So you are responsible for hiring a team to work on a software application for your company. It’s an application that a majority of your fellow employees will be using on a daily ...

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Workflow: Improving Organizational Efficiency through Web Applications

Lance Keene

Whether it's allowing your sales support staff to manage financial transactions in the field or consolidating your customer information, web applications can improve your ...

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2 Big Reasons Your Company Should Invest in Web App Development

Lance Keene

Anybody who doubts the popularity of web applications should consider the example of some of the most popular traditional desktop applications on the market. The latest versions ...

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Can’t make business decisions without the right data?

Lance Keene

“Houston, we’ve had a problem.”  Of course, I’m referring to James Lovell’s call to the NASA control room at Johnson Space Center and the historic Apollo 13 mission in 1970.  And, ...

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What is SQL Server?

Lance Keene

People learn from a very early age to organize large amounts of information into manageable groups based on relationship. Most information can be organized into lists. For the ...

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5 Reasons Using Spreadsheets Like a Database Can Boxes You In

Lance Keene

A very good friend of mine, who just happens to own a small winery here in New Hampshire, stopped in to see me this week.  It was a friendly visit, but as usual we got talking ...

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Meeting a Legend in Computer Science: Grace Murray Hopper

Lance Keene

The Google Doodle of Grace Hopper brought back fond memories of when I had an opportunity to meet her back in 1981 as a fresh graduate of the Army Computer Science School. She ...

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ASP.NET: Embrace New Technology Without Overhauling Your IT Department

Lance Keene

Just recently, we were approached by a regional marketing firm in New England with a rather unique, but solvable problem for one of their clients, a global manufacturer of ...

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ASP.NET: The Answer to the Construction Industry's Data Management

Lance Keene

ASP.NET is Microsoft’s premium web development tool. Keene Systems belief in Microsoft’s overall value to business operations has led us to become the leading ASP.NET development ...

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What is ASP.NET?

Lance Keene

As a manager or business owner, you want the best infrastructure you can possibly have that will give you a tangible return on investment (ROI) and align with your business goals ...

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Senator Scott Brown visits Keene Systems

Lance Keene

Former US Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, visited Keene Systems. Scott wanted to see what we were doing to create jobs in the area.

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Walt Havenstein, candidate for NH Governor pays Keene Systems a visit.

Lance Keene

Today Walt Havenstein stopped in to visit with Keene Systems. He and Lance Keene had a good discussion about the challenges of doing business in India. As director and chief ...

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US Senator Kelley Ayotte Visits Keene Systems

Lance Keene

Today we welcomed United States US Senator Kelley Ayotte at the new Keene Systems office. We had discussions about what Keene Systems is doing to create new jobs in the area and ...

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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster pays Keene Systems a visit.

Lance Keene

Today we welcomed United States Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster to the Keene Systems office. She stopped in to see how the 5 member businesses in the Enterprise Center are doing ...

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Advantages of Porting Legacy Desktop Applications to Web Applications

Lance Keene

If you're still using antiquated desktop systems, you may want to consider a move to a web application. Web applications have become incredibly popular for corporate use. With a ...

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Getting at the business intelligence you need to make decisions

Lance Keene

Acquiring timely and actionable business intelligence is an incredibly important component to a company's success. Business intelligence allows a company to react to new ...

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3 Solutions to Ending Data Chaos

Lance Keene

Lance Keene's article on Ending Spreadsheet Data Chaos: Spreadsheets vs. Off-The-Shelf Solutions vs. Custom Web Based Applications appears in Yahoo Small Business: Click here to ...

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Outsourcing as a Solution for Overworked, Understaffed IT Departments

Lance Keene

With web technology dominating many areas of business today, companies are finding it difficult to continue supporting their office with their internal IT staff. As the ...

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Keene Systems in the Manchester Union Leader

Lance Keene

Today Keene Systems was mentioned in the Manchester Union Leader in a story by Dan Seufert. Click Here for Story.

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US Senator Jeanne Shaheen pays Keene Systems a visit.

Lance Keene

Today we welcomed United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen to the Keene Systems office. Jeanne Shaheen was the former governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003 but is now serving ...

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Liberate your staff: Move your paper process to a web application

Lance Keene

If you are frustrated because you can’t get reports and information about your business fast enough to make decisions or respond to customers, you’re not alone. Many companies ...

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Lance Keene MSNBC interview on creative financing for small businesses

Lance Keene

While attending a The Boston Business Expo this week I was asked to give an interview with MSNBC and give some advice to other entrepreneurs just starting off their businesses.  I ...

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Keene Systems Meets with Govenor of New Hampshire

Lance Keene

Yesterday I attended the grand opening of the Plymouth Enterprise Center in downtown Plymouth, NH. We will be moving Keene Systems to new office space in the Enterprise Center ...

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Outsourcing Your IT Needs: Is It Time?

Lance Keene

A tremendous amount of companies today are outsourcing their IT tasks. Technology has advanced to the point where outsourcing is an extremely viable and cost-effective option, and ...

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Why Are You Still Running the Company on Spreadsheets?

Lance Keene

Company productivity can skyrocket with the implementation of comprehensive software solutions. Nevertheless, some companies are still using outdated technology such as ...

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The Advantages of Mobile Data Entry for Project Management

Lance Keene

Project management is one of the most important components to a successful enterprise. Supervisors need to be able to check on their employees, the hours spent on each project, ...

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Mobile enabled web apps can reduce costs and improve productivity

Lance Keene

It goes without saying that easier access to business applications improves the productivity and responsiveness of a company’s road warriors, but extending access to business ...

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5 Business Process Re-Engineering Tips

Lance Keene

Here are 5 ways you can go through a business process re-engineering, develop custom software solutions and make your business not only more successful but have the decision ...

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