TECHNOLOGY: WE EMBRACE IT!

by Chris Gurreri

There was once a time when we used calculators bigger than sewing machines and typed our letters without backspace keys. Our parents also walked 4 miles uphill, in the snow, both ways…to get to school. I still don’t know if I buy that one. But I’m not exaggerating when I say that technology has come a very long way since the Industrial Age in America.

Many landscaping companies, including Classic, have been in operation before the first IBM personal computers were introduced to the consumer market. Since then Apple and IBM have competed in a market now flooded with gadgets and software that put the world at our fingertips. It’s hard to imagine that a landscaping company could benefit from all these advancements in science and technology – after all, a mower is a mower, right? However, embracing and adapting to these changes is part of what has helped us to become an industry leader.

So back to the bulky calculators and typewriters. Tools that were once slow and cumbersome to move and operate, have now become small and very portable. In fact, in today’s world you can literally carry one device in your pocket that will act as a calculator, typewriter, telephone, and camera. I sometimes take all of this for granted, considering that less than 50 years ago, (which seems like a long time, but really isn’t) we still used many of those colossal-sized computing tools.

By incorporating these devices into our operations, our employees who are on the go or managing the business, can keep in touch with each other and the outside world at the touch of a button.

Another way that we’ve streamlined our operations is to adopt a web-based software program that enables one person to do the work of nearly three. The capabilities of this software is all encompassing, handling everything from billing to client care to business development. Not only do we cut labor time and costs, but we also become more efficient and, therefore, more effective in managing our accounts.

Web-based software also enables us to access our systems from anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection (not that it’s necessary to do work while in the Caribbean!). This also translates beneficially to our client base, as they will soon have online access to their accounts as well. Even if you’re on the road, you can access our systems from any device with wireless capabilities…it’s that easy!

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