From floppy disks to cloud technology: Dave Affleck's journey with a la mode

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 Thinking about the early days of a la mode brings to mind nostalgic memories – software on floppy disks, hefty user manuals, big boxy white computers…

The technology seems archaic now, but at the time it was cutting edge.

Dave Affleck, the man, the myth, the legend was one of the founding members of a la mode to get down and dirty with this top-of-the-line technology. He hopped on the a la mode train back in 1991, and he’s been riding along for the adventure ever since. In fact, he’s been with the company longer than any other employee. 

Make minor edits and review changes — all without opening your report

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It sounds too good to be true.  How much time could you save if you didn't have to open your report just to double-check a field entry or print a page?  Even better:  What if you didn't have to unsign your report to make a minor edit to your invoice?  With TOTAL, it's possible!

Employee Spotlight: Heather Huskinson

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Like appraising, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math) industry is dominated by men, which is why our next Employee Spotlight pick is extra special.

Heather started at a la mode as a support technician in 2013.  It was obvious she had a knack for solving problems, so our QA department snatched her up so she could test updates before they were released.  After a couple of years of doing some good ol' quality assurance, she moved over to developing our desktop formfiller, TOTAL — which is no small task. 

Snap photos and enter details room-by-room in TOTAL for Mobile

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Are you an appraiser who relies on paper to get through each inspection?  If so, you're probably spending too much time re-typing your work at the end of the day.  We've designed our free mobile app to keep all your work in one place — through every step of your inspection, room-by-room.  On your next assignment, check out the Rooms tab in TOTAL for Mobile.  You won't see this feature in our desktop software — it's designed specifically to improve your workflow in the field!

Employee Spotlight: Michael Yancey

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When you encounter a software question, your first step is often to seek out help.  Many of these questions make their way to our tech support line — but not all of them!  Sometimes, simply sitting down with a step-by-step guide or a quick how-to video is enough to get you back up and running.  We know this, so we've spent years building up a support database like no other.

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