The old adage “time is money” isn’t just true, it is an understatement. You can always make more money, but you can never get time back. In business, time wasted can cost a company millions of dollars. It is more than chats around the water cooler. Searching for information, keeping track of details, and even the number of keystrokes can affect a company’s bottom line.
In the nineties when the internet was still in its infancy, Bob Egan, CEO of Egan Sign, saw the potential of applying technology to the sign industry. The inefficient and antiquated process of digging through filing cabinets or even sorting through Excel was a time-waster.
Understanding the importance of efficiency, Egan decided to invest in developing a database management system (DBMS) to streamline operations. The system was eventually named Sign Manager™ and is the core of Egan Sign allowing the team to manage every aspect of the signage process.
Sign Manager™ is used daily in every department. Project Managers use it to keep track of all the moving parts of a project and reference previous jobs. The Graphics department uses it to prioritize work and to communicate with others. And lastly, Accounting uses it to keep track of important documents and invoicing. As you can see, it really is the basis of day-to-day life.
You may be thinking, “That’s great for you, but how does this affect me?” The answer is your projects get done on time while saving you money. Reduction in man-hours saves us money which in turn keeps costs low for you. It’s as simple as that.
Another benefit of Sign Manager™ is it helps Egan be a paperless company. It is important to us to do what we can to help the environment. According to Reduce.org, the average office employee uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year. That is 20 reams of paper or 1.2 trees per person per year. That is a lot of trees especially considering how long it takes for them to grow. Going paperless not only saves trees but also reduces CO2 emissions and fossil fuels used for producing and transporting paper and ink.
In short, we want our employees to work smarter, not harder, and to do our part for the planet. Investing in ourselves and the planet is not a choice, it’s a no-brainer.