Solutions (OneSource) was first conceived by Steve Childs, the current
President & CEO of OneSource in the mid 1990's. At the time, Steve
was the President & CEO of a small office paper recycling & shredding
business in Anaheim, California called Recycle California! (RCI).
Initially, RCI struggled with several software
issues. After performing considerable research, it became apparent that
the software problems RCI faced were, in fact, common to most businesses,
including the realities that:
- Storing redundant data in 2, 3, 4 or more
software applications is very time consuming and inefficient.
- Most accounting software has too many screens,
requires too many clicks to get things done, and doesn't put enough
focus on the customer record.
- Most software on the market is written for the
masses, and is thus too generic for most businesses
- Most software is too rigid--not customizable
Having determined that RCI could increase it's
volume, with the same personnel (thus reducing personnel and overhead
costs), provide significantly better customer service and grow
faster with the solution to these problems, (since RCI could not find
a solution that met all of these needs) Steve hired a Microsoft Access/Visual
Basic programmer to write a custom application to combine and automate
the sales, invoicing, contact management, dispatching and customer/government
reporting tasks. Long story short, RCI quickly became a trendsetter in
the industry and grew over 30% per year for 7 years straight.
Having experienced the dramatic difference and
the competitive edge that the custom application provided to RCI, Steve
became interested in the idea of helping other small business owners grow
and manage their businesses with greater ease. Consequently, Steve sold
RCI and started OneSource in December, 1998.
Initially, OneSource focused primarily on the original
idea--that of designing and developing 'custom' software applications
for individual businesses. While the idea had considerable merit, OneSource
began to realize that the "off-the-shelf" software model had
merits of it's own. (Less expensive, immediately available, more stable,
) Thus, it became apparent that what the market really needed
was a combination of several features & benefits, including software
- is ready to use out of the box.
- centralized business processes into 1 place
- programmed by developers, but designed by
real world 'users'.
- simplified tasks--especially
the most redundant, time consuming tasks.
- had fewer screens! (making
it easier to learn and easier to use).
- put the customer record at the center
of it all--rather than just a
extra detail in the accounting system.
- could be customized to fit the needs
of your industry or better yet--your business.
- is supported by a smaller company
helping smaller companies--one that knows you by name.
- provides more value for less money.
With the new direction in mind, OneSource Software
Solutions released the first version of ONESOURCE, in the spring of 2002,
which integrated CRM/Contact Management, Order Entry, AR/AP, Inventory
Management, Purchasing, Accounting/Banking, Document Management, Custom
Reporting, etc into one solution.
Drawing from literally 1000's of one-on-one conversations
with business owners and users, OneSource has continued to focus and zero
in on simplifying the tasks that seem to be the most crucial and time
consuming: Order Entry, Item Pricing,
Purchasing, Inventory Management, Accounting,
If you are a current or prospective OneSource
customer, and would like to learn more (or tell us more) about how we
may be able to help simplify and grow your business--please feel free
to contact Steve Childs, the President/CEO of OneSource Software Solutions,
at (801) 748-4804.