The idea of linking several irrigation controllers over a large site to operate from a single location has long been an appealing one. What better way to monitor and manage a 100-plus acre site?
AT ONE POINT, THERE WERE MORE THAN 40,000 PAPER ROUTE CARDS
covering one of the walls at Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape
Care in Denver, Colorado. “Needless to say, it was an inefficient
process that was killing us and resulting in mistakes for our clients,”
recalls John Gibson, director of operations.
It was January of 1988 and
John DeCell was out of a job.
He’d worked as a loan officer for
the First American Bank in his
hometown of Baytown, Texas for
five-and-a-half years, but the
banking industry had fallen
under hard times and DeCell suddenly
found himself without a
job. Factor into this the added
pressure of knowing your first
son is only months away from
being born, and you’ve an idea
of the headspace DeCell was in
on this particularly tumultuous
You’re a skilled designer. You listen to your clients and understand exactly
what they’re looking for. You draw beautiful plans according to their wishes.
But do you ever wonder what business would be like if you could just get your
designs out faster?
Many busy entrepreneurs
get so caught up
in day-to-day operations that
they sometimes overlook
tools that could make running
their business a lot easier.
management software is one
of these tools.
Try to remember - although it's only September - that the holidays are just around the corner. The temperatures are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change, and before you know it, Santas will be ho-ho-hoing on every street corner.
Talk to any old-timer landscape professional about the good
old days, and he’ll tell you how the fledgling years of our industry
were the best of times and the worst of times. They were the best of
times in that opportunity was limitless. They were the worst of times in
that business systems were in the dark ages