Monday, June 3, 2013

An Easier Way To Establish Equipment Budgeted Hourly Cost Rates

Many of our subscribers have been asking for an easier way to calculate and update their equipment budgeted hourly cost rates. After all, the industry best practice is to update BHRs at least annually.
For years our consultancy has used software or spreadsheets to calculate BHRs for our clients. We often have to create “workarounds” in these limited software products to get true results. Spreadsheets are a better option but required a lot of work every time we want to update rates or add another piece of equipment, even with our creative Microsoft Excel formulas and links.
Which is why we decided to develop the Cost Rates Advisor budgeted hourly rates software. Cost Rates Advisor was designed based on proven cost accounting principles, best practices, and standards used by the industry experts including the Printing Industries of America (PIA), National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), Specialty Imaging Graphics Association (SGIA), and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). The software has built-in "best of breed" formulas, intelligence, and functionality that makes it a superior product for developing hourly cost rates.
The innovated design of the Cost Rates Advisor simplifies the entry of data with an intuitive, straight-forward user interface. All of the entry screens, reports, and help screens provide hyperlinks and drill downs directly to the source data.
A Data Import Wizard saves users hours of manual data entry by importing income statements, budgets, expenses, payroll information, fixed assets, cost centers, and other data directly into the Cost Rates Advisor database. Import templates and field mapping functionality enables the export of data from accounting or MIS software into Cost Rates Advisor.
Interested in learning more? You can try the Cost Rates Advisor for just $59 or $39/month for the yearly plan. There is no obligation and you can cancel any time.

Example Cost Rates Advisor Detail BHR Report