Archive Monthly Archives: December 2010

QuickBooks Tips – Part 2

Since our oil & gas accounting software that integrates with QuickBooks is our most popular software package, I know a lot of readers out there use QuickBooks for their business accounting needs. It’s probably why our first Basic QuickBooks Tips post several months ago was so popular.

I’ve decided to expand on that original post with five more tips you can use when operating QuickBooks.

Tip #1: Customize your icon bar so you have instant access to the features you actually use

If you are anything like me, you probably have about five-six functions you complete in QuickBooks almost daily and you go through the same motions of getting there just because it’s habit, right?

By customizing your icon bar (see image below), you can give yourself a quick way to get to those functions with the press of a button.

QuickBooks icon bar

The icon bar is located directly below the menu bar (File, Edit, View, List, Favorites, etc. ). Use the double arrow button at the far right of the bar to pull up the list of all icons you can include in your icon bar. Select the last option, Customize Icon Bar to bring up a screen where you can select which icons to include and which to leave off.

Tip #2: Use the quick math calculator to easily complete calculations in a field, instead of having to use a calculator first, then entering the data in.

While I may think I’m a math whiz, it’s inevitable that I’ll forget to carry the one or move a decimal point at some point while trying to calculate a price in my head.  For a simple way to calculate on the spot, simply hit the = key in any numerical field. A mini-tape will appear (you know, like that tapes that come on serious calculators accountants and bookkeepers use?). You can begin calculating your figures within the same cell.

Hitting the C with clear the entry. Hit C twice to clear the whole tape. It’s that easy.

Tip #3: Edit your preferences and create a few shortcuts for yourself.

You may know that there are company preferences for the QuickBooks company you operate in, but did you also realize you can set personal preferences in some of those screens as well? You can set default accounts for writing checks, paying bills and posting sales tax and deposits too, as well as how you want features to appear in QuickBooks, what warnings you want to appear, what keyboard shortcuts you want to be able to use, how you wants dates to automatically fill in, spelling preferences and more.

Go to Edit > Preferences to begin setting them up. See the screen shot below to see what categories are available.

10 Oil & Gas Apps for your iPad and iPhone

We’ve all seen the commercials Apple has banked much of its marketing on in the past year or so, with the highly recognizable voice saying, “There’s an app for that” and “There’s even an app for that,” demonstrating the innumerable ways Apple’s rapidly-dominating products including the iPad, iPhone and iPod make life easier with all the things you can do with one. Well ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you: there are even some apps for the oil and gas industry.

Oil & gas iPad appsWith literally hundreds of thousands of apps available, the possibilities of how you could fill your time either productively or not are endless. As a recent iPad owner, I’ve been overwhelmed with the ways I can integrate my iPad into my work life – allowing me to work on the go so much easier.

Here are 10 oil & gas related apps that perhaps, can you help your work on the go be more productive and easier as well.

*Disclaimer: I’ve actually been using all the apps I’ve noted as free, but haven’t tested all the ones that cost anything.*

Oil & Gas News

Cost: Free

Description: This app was created by the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association and provides current national & local news about the oil and gas industry and association news related to the Haynesville Shale.

Review: While this app is primarily designed for the iPhone, it still functions just fine on the iPad. The only issue with operating it on the iPad is that the size of the app the same size as the iPhone app would be, making it slightly smaller than what is easy to read. The app does have a feature that allows you to zoom in 2x, making it fill the whole screen, but it makes the graphics blurry and not easy to read.

If I lived in Louisiana, this would be the first app I downloaded simply because it has a wealth of knowledge specifically for those in the Haynesville Shale area and for those involved in the association. With that being said, the News & Updates section of this app is loaded with fantastic articles that are frequently updated on a variety of topics from across the nation, including editorial and opinion pieces I find very interesting to read. If for nothing else than this feature, I would highly recommend it to all those in the industry wanting a clean looking and easy way to read a variety of pieces about our industry.

The Oil & Gas Journal

Cost: Free (For the App)

Description: The is the iPad/iPhone/iPod version of the Oil & Gas Journal magazine and it features a digital version of what the actual magazine and newsletters look like, including technical and specialty articles, statistics and critical news analysis.

Review: To actually be able to use this app, you have to be a digital subscriber of the Oil & Gas Journal magazine, which right now is running at about $50 for the year. You can view thumb-size images of all the pages, but to actually be able to read anything, you have to sign in.

Personally, I’ve never really enjoyed this magazine just because it has such as global focus and most of what I do on a daily basis is focused on the United States and local area. If you are a digital subscriber to this magazine and appreciate all the news worldwide about the oil and gas industry as a whole, then this would be a great app because the graphics are phenomenal and it will be very easy to read on the go. If you aren’t willing to be a subscriber, then this app isn’t for you.

Oil & Gas

Price: Free

Description: This business app gives you up-to-date crude and natural gas prices on the market, as well as the current share of Dow Jones and NASDAQ, showing any changes and what percentage the prices are raising for falling.

Review: This app is super easy to use; you simply open it and it refreshes with the most recent price. For a quick way to view the price at any given time, this is a simple, no-fuss app put out by Arrow Engine Company.

TexasT – Oil & gas Conversions

Price: $5.99

Description: This app allows you use its converting tools for all the elements involved in the oil and gas industry including crude oil, ethane, butane, petroleum coke, as well as volume and metrics calculations.

Baker Hughes Rig Count

Price: Free

Description: This app displays an interactive map of the United States showing all the rigs for oil, gas and thermal that Baker Hughes has drilled. The map allows you to zoom in to any area and drill down specifically for one type of product at a time, depth of rigs, well type, location and trajectory. There are also several views of a Standard map and a Satellite version.

Review: I have no idea what I would use this application for personally, but it is super cool, so I’m keeping it installed on my iPad. I love that you can change the parameters to search how you want and see the vast number of rigs the company has across the country. I recommend this free download even if you only keep it one day, just to see how cool it is to interact with this map.

Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary

Price: Free

Description: This app lets you look up any word imaginable related to the oil and gas industry. You type in the word and it brings up a list of possibilities that begin with those letters.

Review: I found this app extremely helpful. Not being out in the field since I deal with the computer scene of the oil and gas industry, I don’t know a lot of the lingo operators and accountants use when discussing how their business operates. This glossary allows me to look up any word and see a good definition of it, as well as any pictures that are related, if the are available. For those who ever need to look up a word related to the industry, I would highly recommend it.

Oilfield Pipe Volume

Price: $0.99

Description: If you ever have a need to calculate the volume or capacity of a pipe, then this app is for you. Designed for oilfield personnel, this app lets you input the inside diameter and height or depth of the pipe, then you choose the units that you need the volume in and let it calculate it for you.

Natural Gas Royalty Calculator

Price: $1.99

Description: This app is a tool that lets you estimate natural gas royalty income based on your royalty interest, natural gas wellhead price, well production rate, the number of acres in the production unit and the number of production acres in the unit that belong to you.

History of Petroleum

Price: $0.99

Description: This reference app gives you history, images and stories about the petroleum industry.

Pipeline Regulations

Price: $12.99

Description: This reference app gives you a handbook on select pipeline regulations from CFR 49 to take with you on the go. The parts included in this app are:

– 40- For Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

– 190- Pipeline Safety Programs and Rulemaking Procedures

– 191- Transportation of Natural Gas and Other Gas by Pipeline; Annual Reports, Incident Reports and Safety-Related Condition Reports

– 192- Transportation of Natural Gas and Other Gas by Pipeline: Minimum Federal Safety Standards

– 193- Liquified Natural Gas Facilities: Federal Safety Standards

– 194- Response Plans for Onshore Oil Pipelines

– 195- Transportation of Hazardous Liquids by Pipeline

– 198- Regulations for Grants to Aid State Pipeline Safety Programs

– 199- Drug and Alcohol Testing

These are the 10 most useful I’ve found so far. You’ll notice that there isn’t anything related to the oil and gas accounting industry, so perhaps in a future post, you’ll hear me announcing a SherWare app for your oil and gas accounting you can take on the go too.

Have you used any of these apps? Are there any that I haven’t seen yet that should be added to this let? Let me know.

10 Oil & Gas Apps for your iPad and iPhone

We’ve all seen the commercials Apple has banked much of its marketing on in the past year or so, with the highly recognizable voice saying, “There’s an app for that” and “There’s even an app for that,” demonstrating the innumerable ways Apple’s rapidly-dominating products including the iPad, iPhone and iPod make life easier with all the things you can do with one. Well ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you: there are even some apps for the oil and gas industry.

Oil & gas iPad appsWith literally hundreds of thousands of apps available, the possibilities of how you could fill your time either productively or not are endless. As a recent iPad owner, I’ve been overwhelmed with the ways I can integrate my iPad into my work life – allowing me to work on the go so much easier.

Here are 10 oil & gas related apps that perhaps, can you help your work on the go be more productive and easier as well.

*Disclaimer: I’ve actually been using all the apps I’ve noted as free, but haven’t tested all the ones that cost anything.*

Oil & Gas News

Cost: Free

Description: This app was created by the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association and provides current national & local news about the oil and gas industry and association news related to the Haynesville Shale.

Review: While this app is primarily designed for the iPhone, it still functions just fine on the iPad. The only issue with operating it on the iPad is that the size of the app the same size as the iPhone app would be, making it slightly smaller than what is easy to read. The app does have a feature that allows you to zoom in 2x, making it fill the whole screen, but it makes the graphics blurry and not easy to read.

If I lived in Louisiana, this would be the first app I downloaded simply because it has a wealth of knowledge specifically for those in the Haynesville Shale area and for those involved in the association. With that being said, the News & Updates section of this app is loaded with fantastic articles that are frequently updated on a variety of topics from across the nation, including editorial and opinion pieces I find very interesting to read. If for nothing else than this feature, I would highly recommend it to all those in the industry wanting a clean looking and easy way to read a variety of pieces about our industry.

The Oil & Gas Journal

Cost: Free (For the App)

Description: The is the iPad/iPhone/iPod version of the Oil & Gas Journal magazine and it features a digital version of what the actual magazine and newsletters look like, including technical and specialty articles, statistics and critical news analysis.

Review: To actually be able to use this app, you have to be a digital subscriber of the Oil & Gas Journal magazine, which right now is running at about $50 for the year. You can view thumb-size images of all the pages, but to actually be able to read anything, you have to sign in.

Personally, I’ve never really enjoyed this magazine just because it has such as global focus and most of what I do on a daily basis is focused on the United States and local area. If you are a digital subscriber to this magazine and appreciate all the news worldwide about the oil and gas industry as a whole, then this would be a great app because the graphics are phenomenal and it will be very easy to read on the go. If you aren’t willing to be a subscriber, then this app isn’t for you.

Oil & Gas

Price: Free

Description: This business app gives you up-to-date crude and natural gas prices on the market, as well as the current share of Dow Jones and NASDAQ, showing any changes and what percentage the prices are raising for falling.

Review: This app is super easy to use; you simply open it and it refreshes with the most recent price. For a quick way to view the price at any given time, this is a simple, no-fuss app put out by Arrow Engine Company.

TexasT – Oil & gas Conversions

Price: $5.99

Description: This app allows you use its converting tools for all the elements involved in the oil and gas industry including crude oil, ethane, butane, petroleum coke, as well as volume and metrics calculations.

Baker Hughes Rig Count

Price: Free

Description: This app displays an interactive map of the United States showing all the rigs for oil, gas and thermal that Baker Hughes has drilled. The map allows you to zoom in to any area and drill down specifically for one type of product at a time, depth of rigs, well type, location and trajectory. There are also several views of a Standard map and a Satellite version.

Review: I have no idea what I would use this application for personally, but it is super cool, so I’m keeping it installed on my iPad. I love that you can change the parameters to search how you want and see the vast number of rigs the company has across the country. I recommend this free download even if you only keep it one day, just to see how cool it is to interact with this map.

Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary

Price: Free

Description: This app lets you look up any word imaginable related to the oil and gas industry. You type in the word and it brings up a list of possibilities that begin with those letters.

Review: I found this app extremely helpful. Not being out in the field since I deal with the computer scene of the oil and gas industry, I don’t know a lot of the lingo operators and accountants use when discussing how their business operates. This glossary allows me to look up any word and see a good definition of it, as well as any pictures that are related, if the are available. For those who ever need to look up a word related to the industry, I would highly recommend it.

Oilfield Pipe Volume

Price: $0.99

Description: If you ever have a need to calculate the volume or capacity of a pipe, then this app is for you. Designed for oilfield personnel, this app lets you input the inside diameter and height or depth of the pipe, then you choose the units that you need the volume in and let it calculate it for you.

Natural Gas Royalty Calculator

Price: $1.99

Description: This app is a tool that lets you estimate natural gas royalty income based on your royalty interest, natural gas wellhead price, well production rate, the number of acres in the production unit and the number of production acres in the unit that belong to you.

History of Petroleum

Price: $0.99

Description: This reference app gives you history, images and stories about the petroleum industry.

Pipeline Regulations

Price: $12.99

Description: This reference app gives you a handbook on select pipeline regulations from CFR 49 to take with you on the go. The parts included in this app are:

– 40- For Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

– 190- Pipeline Safety Programs and Rulemaking Procedures

– 191- Transportation of Natural Gas and Other Gas by Pipeline; Annual Reports, Incident Reports and Safety-Related Condition Reports

– 192- Transportation of Natural Gas and Other Gas by Pipeline: Minimum Federal Safety Standards

– 193- Liquified Natural Gas Facilities: Federal Safety Standards

– 194- Response Plans for Onshore Oil Pipelines

– 195- Transportation of Hazardous Liquids by Pipeline

– 198- Regulations for Grants to Aid State Pipeline Safety Programs

– 199- Drug and Alcohol Testing

These are the 10 most useful I’ve found so far. You’ll notice that there isn’t anything related to the oil and gas accounting industry, so perhaps in a future post, you’ll hear me announcing a SherWare app for your oil and gas accounting you can take on the go too.

Have you used any of these apps? Are there any that I haven’t seen yet that should be added to this let? Let me know.

Software Buying Trends of 2010

The majority of those reading this blog probably can remember the first time they used a computer or when computers started becoming common in their lives.

software buying trendsFor me, I remember vying for a chance to play Oregon Trails in elementary during lunch time instead of having to go outside for recess. (I know – it’s a lame memory because I’m not old enough to remember computers the size of entire rooms).

Perhaps that’s why it seems so crazy to me that just since the 1990s the number of people owning their own computers has exploded. In a survey this summer, Elastic Path Software, a leading enterprise ecommerce solutions provider for the software, media, telco, online services, and digital reseller markets, found that 99 percent of adult software consumers in the U.S. have access to either a PC or laptop at home or work – and that a large majority also have either a smartphone or iPad as well.

I hadn’t seen anything similar to this research recently so I thought I’d share of a few tidbits from it. The survey emphasizes personal software purchases, so I adapted the tidbits to fit those of you seeking to purchase for business and/or personal reasons.

Tidbit #1: Search engines and online product reviews are the No. 1 places people start when researching software products to buy.

According to the report, 49 percent of software consumers start their search probably on Google, and 44 percent rely on customer product reviews posted online. This isn’t terribly surprising, as it’s definitely the two places I look before I buy any product – whether it’s an online sale or not. I did find it slightly surprising since I do consider primarily using search engines and product reviews a generational thing that my generation (Gen-Y) would do more than older generations that would typically make up those purchasing software.

The other two places people start in the study are friends/family and colleagues and the software company’s website.

This statistic alone is enough reason for us to continue adding as much information, reviews and additional features to our website to further help those in the software-purchasing process.

Tidbit #2: Good reviews, brand reputation and already owning or using a product of that company are the biggest influences in purchasing software.

This is something that we are definitely seeing more at SherWare compared to how we’ve seen potential clients purchase in the past. Prospective clients are definitely wanting to utilize our case studies, references and have talked to others in the industry about our software, compared to earlier clients who often found features or our competitive pricing strong enough reasons to purchase.

Tidbit #3: Half of software consumers were only moderately satisfied with the website user/online checkout process on websites where they could purchase software online.

With sites like Amazon.com and Zappos.com that have amazing online shopping experiences, it forces other websites with shopping carts to boost their experience up to similar levels too – accounting for the level is discontentment consumers have with online shopping.

This is why you will see our online store is currently under reconstruction as we work to provide the best online shopping experience so that it’s as easy or easier to shop online as it is to call and order directly from us.

Tidbit #4: Software consumers still want a physical backup of their software if they choose to digitally download when purchasing.

Despite the fact that 80 percent of software consumers prefer to purchase their software online, nearly half (41 percent) still want to receive a physical backup of their software if they choose digitally download the software when they initially purchase it. Of those, nearly 40 percent would be prepared to pay extra for the CD to have as a backup should they need it in the future.

Tidbit #5: Software consumers love to share with others how they feel about their software, so keep them happy!

I’ve touched on a similar topic previously on the importance of keeping your current clients happy as opposed to continually trying to attract new ones. This statistic solidifies the argument that it is not only economical but business-savvy to keep your current clients happy.

64 percent of software consumers will recommend their software to friends, family or colleagues and 39 percent have done one of the following: wrote an online review, shared through social media such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube or shared in user forums.

This is an important statistic for creating a viable online community where clients and potential clients can interact unbiased by software vendors.

Tidbit #6: The No. 1 reason clients switch software programs is dissatisfaction with your product (either its too slow, too many bugs, etc.)

This statistic should remind software companies the importance of user-testing and keeping the software as error-free as possible. Companies that strive to provide a healthy balance of innovative, easy-to-use and well-working software with values that offer high levels of customer service, support and satisfaction are ones that will prosper in the future.

What is your experience with buying software? Do you find yourself fitting the statistics from this year?

The Nitty Gritty: How companies decide on purchasing software

I’ve already written a few blog posts this year on tips and strategies for picking the best software for your company. As I was doing some research this week though, I came across a software-buying process that a software consultant created – giving me a different perspective on how many of you approach purchasing software.

tips for picking softwareIn the software world there are often two extremes of people who purchase software: those with a mile-long list of requirements and features they want the software to include, and those that have no requirements for the software, they just want something that works.

In our most successful relationships with prospective clients, we’ve found that those who fall somewhere in the middle usually find the most success in evaluating and purchasing a product that suits their business needs.

Case in point: Too many companies develop extremely detailed requirements before looking at the different oil and gas accounting software packages available, and then are disappointed as they begin testing the various products as there is no perfect solution that fits the checklist.

So Tip #1: Create a broad list of “must-haves.” Aim for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 attributes you judge the software on. If the package doesn’t have these “must-haves,” then it won’t make the initial cut. This list of “must-haves” isn’t limited to what functionality the software has either. You can come up with a list that includes operating system, cost, time to implement, support or any other requirements that will help you narrow the candidates down.

At this point, you can often start to narrow down your list without even having to contact us, just by checking out all the software companies’ websites.

Tip #2: Before you jump in and purchase a new product, analyze exactly why you want to upgrade/change. Most software switches are driven by the biggest problem you’re experiencing with your current software program. As you compare products, make sure that your favorite options will solve the problem you’re currently experiencing.

Tip #3: When you go to schedule a demo, make sure you drive the agenda of the demo. At SherWare, we have no problem going over the basics of how our software works when you request a demo. But the basics of the software are probably not the driving reason that you’re wanting a new oil and gas accounting product in the first place. Before you begin the demo, make a list of what items you want to see.

Come up with a list of questions/scenarios that you want the new software product to solve better/quicker/easier than your current product. Also, give your demonstrator an idea of who will be viewing the demo and what their role is in the purchasing process.

The more you can help us see how you intend to use our oil and gas software, the better we can assist you in seeing the features and functions you need to make an informed decision. It does you no good to see a demonstration of how the software handles joint-interest billing owners if your company only deals with net owners and takes your portion of expenses owed out of any incoming revenue. By outlining what you’re looking for, we can save you time in the process.

Tip #4: Pull out that mile-long list of functional requirements and check away. After viewing any demonstrations of the packages still in the running, meet with the other decision-makers in this process and decide which 2-4 packages (depending on how many you’re beginning with) are the best fit.

Once you have your best options in front of you, go through them with a fine-tooth comb at this point to see what differentiates the products. Gather input from all sides of the business that will be interacting with the software from accounts receivable to data entry and billing, etc. Rate each functional checklist item from this perspective: exceeds requirements, good fit with requirements, fits with a workaround, can be modified to fit or will not fit requirements.

Give each vendor still in the running time to comment and review your ratings, as they may be able to offer insight into a piece of information you’ve overlooked or didn’t realize was already built into the software.

Tip #5: Give the software vendors the time frame you’re working on to get better service. This may seem like you’re showing your hand too early in a poker game, but by letting your vendors know from the start what you are looking for, who will be making decisions and by when you expect to make a decision, this allows them to plan their conversations around your schedule so that you receive help and guidance when you need it – and not when they need a sale.

As you look into oil and gas accounting software for your business this next year, perhaps these tips will help the process go smoother. Are there any other tips I should add?

Sustaining a dating relationship with your software company – Part 2

In the last post we looked at some logistics of dating your oil and gas software company.

You could now say that we are in a committed dating relationship. You’ve purchased our software and have begun to install and use it. Are you still feeling as gushy and lovey dovey towards us as you were when you first decided to purchase?  We hope so and here’s why:

dating your software companyStatistics show that it is five times more expensive to attract new clients, than it is to keep the current ones you have happy. Not only is it economical to make sure we keep our clients happy from when they purchase throughout the lifetime of the product – but our business depends on it. You are the ones who make our business grow through networking and spreading the word about us to others. It’s vital to our future to offer the best service possible.

So how do we make the relationship last?

Maintaining a committed relationship takes time, effort and mutual respect. For those of us at SherWare, this means continually investing in the relationship by providing you with our three heavy-hitters, as I’ll call them, principles that we won’t budge on for anything: a product that works and works well, offering superior support to help through any rough patches, and helping you understand how to use our product best for your specific business.

To start, it’s important that we get to know you. We know when we talk to you on the phone or work with you through e-mails that you have a family, perhaps an annoying co-worker that bugs you and a list a mile long of things to get done yesterday – you’re a real person and we’ll treat you like one.

It’s also about keeping in contact with you. We strive to keep in contact through e-mails, periodic surveys, newsletters, giveaways, seminars, User Conferences, etc. You’ve all heard married couples spout that the other person makes them a better person. It’s true in our case. Being around our clients, understanding their questions, hearing how they use our product at their business and helping to foster other relationships with our client base, helps us to be a better software company. We value your opinion and will often ask for your input.

To keep the spark alive, we want to continually offer new things to you: new ways to learn the software, new networking opportunities, new features and products, better ways to contact us, an easier way to contact us, etc. If we only keep on doing the same old thing and never improve, we’ll get old fast.

When we hit a rocky patch, as many relationships do – no matter how benign or severe, we make sure we deal with problems immediately and up front. We systematically work through any support incidents as soon as a fast as we can. If we see an emergency crop up, you can know that we will all be pitching in to make sure it’s resolved immediately.

The flip side of dealing with problems is that we have to know about them. Please keep us informed if you run into an issue or have something that needs dealt with immediately. It doesn’t help anyone if you can use the product as you need to, and we can’t correct it without knowing about it.

We at SherWare want to be “The One” for your oil and gas accounting needs, and we’re committed to doing whatever we can to make sure we offer you the best product, service and support available. Want to go grab a cup of coffee?

Dating your oil and gas software company – Part 1

My brother recently started dating someone new, which has led to me receiving humorous questions about where to go for a date, funny things the new girlfriend has said, gushy quips about how perfect the girl is, etc.

dating your software companyBeing the “wise” older sister that I am, (read: married), he seeks answers to questions from me such as how do you make the relationship last, do you always feel this way about them and how do I keep her liking me this much?

To me, memory lane is a funny thing. Can anyone else conjure up happy feelings and thoughts from when you first began dating someone significant? You know – someone you thought could be “The One”? You get butterfly feelings in your stomach when you get a glimpse of them far off, you can giddily talk for hours about nothing every day and be thrilled about it; you laugh at all their jokes, you spend every waking moment possible with them or thinking about them. Could life ever get better, you think to yourself?

As I found myself answering some of his questions, I began thinking in parallel to my role at SherWare as someone who deals with customer satisfaction. If I consider our clients in a dating relationship with SherWare, then my brother’s woeful dating questions can also apply to how I relate to my clients.

Like most relationships, it all begins with something that catches your eye or something you’ve hear about us. Perhaps it is from another client telling you why they like SherWare’s oil and gas accounting software, or maybe you see online that we’re the only oil and gas program that integrates with QuickBooks.

That could be enough to interest you into seeing what SherWare’s all about. Is the company really as smooth and attractive as they all say?

You get to know us a little bit by checking out the website and chatting with some members of SherWare’s team.

We begin to do the get-to-know-you dance. You ask us a little bit about how we work and how we can work for you; we find out where you’re located, what you’re interested in and how can we help you best.

Like most budding relationships, we’re charming, we answer your questions and we’re helpful. It’s enough to make a commitment and purchase SherWare’s software.

But as I’m sure you all too well know, it takes a lot of effort and time to pursue and attract new clients. So, what happens when the dazzle wears off, and we’re in this relationship for the long haul?

Read in my next post five “dating tips” for making the relationship last between us and our clients.

Let SherWare help you cross off a few year-end goals – Part 3

In the previous two posts, we looked at two year-end goals some of you might still have on your list regarding researching oil and gas software and making a decision about whether to purchase a program.

setting year-end goalsToday, we’ll look at the third goal in this related list:

Goal 3 – Implement a new oil and gas accounting system:

If you want to be up and running by the beginning of the year, let us help you achieve that goal.

Once you make a decision on purchasing SherWare’s software, here is how we can get you ready to go buy January.

–          We send out hard copies of the software and e-mail you links to begin downloading everything directly from SherWare’s servers, the same day that we receive payment for your software.

–          Upon purchasing the software, you are assigned to a trained support technician and enrolled in our New Client Consulting Program that gives you five hours of free training on a one-on-one basis with your support technician. Learn how to set up your software correctly and learn how to use the program from the beginning so you are ready to go in January with your first distribution in the new year.

–          Worried about not implementing it in time? SherWare programmers can convert your data to your SherWare program to save you time from entering past history – and to help you get up to speed from the minute you start. Read more about our conversion services.

From learning about our company and products – to helping you make an informed decision and getting the software up and going as soon as possible, SherWare staff can help  you cross one more business goal off your list for the year.

Contact me if you have any questions or would like to get started!

Let SherWare help you cross off a few year-end goals – Part 2

Last post we looked at how we can help you research oil and gas accounting software. Today, I’d like to look at a related goal:

Goal 2 – Make a decision on an oil and gas accounting program:

setting year-end goalsWe know coming to an agreement and finally making a decision is one of the hardest steps in the software-buying process. We’d like to make the process a pain-free as we can, which is why we answer any question you can throw at us – to help you get a good understanding of how our product and the SherWare atmosphere works.

We offer free demonstrations of any of our software programs so that you can see precisely how it works – and get insight into how well it can work for your specific business. Contact us by phone at 888-446-2218, e-mail: info@sherware.com or by putting in a request on our website at any time to schedule a demo at a time convenient for you.

You can find out more about how our free demos work in this What to Expect with Demos white paper.

We also would love to put you in touch with current clients in your area to get a firsthand opinion of how SherWare works – straight from a client. Let us know if you would like references for your area. We’ll be glad to accommodate you!

In our next post, we’ll took at our third year-end goal that some of you may have lingering on your list, Implementing a new Oil & Gas Software program.