Manage Operations As You Grow Beyond Spreadsheets With SPOTS Tracking Systems

May 21, 2012

5:30 pm

When your startup is young, managing operations is easy – there are only a few of you, so it is easy to keep track of who is doing what.  But as you grow and add employees and customers, the days of managing operations with spreadsheets, email and reports come to a close.  You need something flexible that can change as you grow, but you certainly don’t need enterprise-level software.

That’s where SPOTS Tracking Systems comes in. Founded by Gustavo Ansorena, Jose Briones, Alberto Perez, and Alejandro Perez, the Dallas-based startup, which we showcased at last week’s Tech Cocktail Dallas mixer, provides cloud-based flexible-workflow management software to improve the profitability and efficiency of your operations.

While that is quite a mouthful, the software has a lot of really useful features for retail, service, and manufacturing companies.  For instance, you can tracks orders, information and items through fulfillment and keep an audit trail via social-media style comments

Because 3 of the 4 co-founders have worked at startups, they already understood that “value proposition, market segmentation and competitive analysis are critical for success,” said Briones.  So, while SPOTS 1.0 was developed in 2010 to fill the internal needs of a manufacturing company, they realized it was applicable to other industries as well.  Hence, SPOTS 2.0 (the current SPOTS) was started in mid-2011.

As Briones explained, the cloud is the future of software:

“The cloud will result in significant disruptions to the software business.  Launching a new software product in the cloud is orders of magnitude less expensive, thus many startups will create a new generation of products for businesses that will replace all of the existing products.”

When asked about emerging trends around business management tools, he added, “Products need to be flexible and adapt to the way people do business, not the other way around” – which makes SPOTS spot on (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!).

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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