Archives for May 2013

Microsoft Dynamics an Affordable Business Management Solution for Non-Profits

For non-profit organizations, finding ways to improve operations with minimal staff and resources is always a challenge.  Technology plays a vital role in helping non-profits reduce administrative costs and enabling them to do more for less, but many organizations are not financially capable of implementing quality accounting and CRM systems.  Additionally, the number of products available on the market makes it difficult to properly vet and select a system that fits your company’s specific needs.

Microsoft DynamicsEvery non-profit organization is different. For example, social service agencies need robust reporting to meet regulatory compliance and securing future funding.  Professional associations may have multiple networking events to organize as well as tracking certification of its members.  And special interest groups (like civic or religious organizations) may rely heavily on fundraising initiatives.

Because Microsoft Dynamics SL and GP are among the top recommended accounting tools for medium to large-scale businesses and organizations, they are often overlooked by non-profits who may think they need $50,000 to implement this type of enterprise solution. But cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics products are now being offered with non-profits and smaller-scale businesses in mind.  With a cloud ERP hosted solution your organization will be able to use MS Dynamics SL or GP for a lower subscription fee instead of paying for an entire software package and the hardware necessary to accommodate a full-blown system.

In addition to the affordable price point, there are other benefits of MS Dynamics cloud ERP:

–          An online solution is general deployed faster compare to setting it up on premises;

–          The low monthly fee makes it easier to manage your organization’s cash flow; and

–          A cloud-based solution helps minimize your internal IT overhead.

Why MS Dynamics for Non Profits?

MS Dynamics provides non-profits with solutions that help ease operational management – financial management, business information analysis, human resource management, grant management and customer relations management.  This gives you full control over your business processes and provides insight to vital business intelligence and financial information anytime, anywhere.

Accountnet has always stressed building customer relationships based on trust over quick sales. In effort to help you make the right business purchasing decisions, we take the time to work closely with you in order to map out a customized solution to meet every NPO’s unique needs.  Get to know more about how your organization can benefit from cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics through Accountnet, a MS Gold Certified ERP partner.

How Smaller Healthcare Service Providers Can Remain Profitable under “Obamacare”

Much of the public discourse around the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as “Obamacare” — has focused primarily on its impact on large scale healthcare providers, such as hospitals and large medical practices. Third party payers, like Medicare and the big insurance companies, now expect healthcare service providers to contain costs, consolidate operations where possible, and be more accountable and able to report activities around patient record keeping, billing systems, financial accounting and practice management.

While hospitals and other larger healthcare providers may have the IT resources in place to meet these new challenges, smaller practices may find themselves under increasing pressure to lower costs, too, or be replaced by more efficient competitors.  These small healthcare practices are generally independently owned businesses, with Health Care Costs one or two professionals and a few administrative staff to assist with paperwork.  In many cases, paperwork is just that – work performed using paper processes! Trying to consolidate and make sense of your practice’s clinical and financial data is nearly impossible this way.

While the traditional healthcare model may have tolerated inefficiencies, the landscape is rapidly changing as healthcare consumers demand better service and third-party payers are discounting their fees for services.  State healthcare exchanges are starting to roll out now (and should all be in place by 2014) and how smaller healthcare providers bill their local exchanges and remain profitable is what will ultimately define their success going forward.  The only viable long-term solution is to start using IT automation systems.

There are many third-party companies that specialize in healthcare management functions, providing HR, accounting, payroll, billing, marketing and even case management services.  They sell these services a la carte, or as part of a completely outsourced practice management solution.  But outsourcing to these companies can cost up to 35% of a practice’s revenue, which makes it unappealing to many smaller providers.

The best option is to find a way to improve internal business management processes using information technology, reducing the amount of time healthcare providers need to spend on billing, purchasing and supply chain, HR and/or case management.  Converting manual paper processes to an automated IT system offers many benefits to physicians and practice managers, including the immediate benefit of being ability to quickly and easily access information electronically from the office, home or hospital, and knowing that the information is up-to-date and accurate.

The biggest long-term benefit to the small healthcare practitioner is the ability to analyze billing trends, patient payment history and practices, and profitability by code or other criteria. Physicians and practice managers can see real-time data, and can access robust analytics and reporting functions that would otherwise take months to assemble.  Less time spent on paperwork means more time seeing patients, which means increased revenue and profitability for your healthcare practice.

Among the most affordable and flexible practice management solutions is Microsoft Dynamics GP.  If your practice already uses familiar Microsoft tools such as Word, Excel and Outlook, then Microsoft Dynamics GP is almost a “no brainer.”  The screens look and flow just like other Microsoft products, making for a short learning curve for staff, and the software can be scaled according to the individual practice’s needs. Moving to integrated practice automation tools like Microsoft Dynamics GP can help the small practice flourish and adapt to shifting trends in the healthcare market.  Contact us at Accountnet if you’d like to learn more about how we can help.

Improve Organizational Performance with ERP Software

With the American economy showing signs of recovery recently, it’s a good time for businesses to start shifting their focus from cost reduction to improving organizational performance.  Of key important to professional services firms and other project-centric companies is the need to identify trends that can be used to make informed business decisions going forward.  Decisions around new market opportunities, acquiring and retaining customers and perfecting operational processes are all affected by the quality, accuracy and timeliness of the information on which they are based.

ERP Software | Accountnet | New York, NYThe information you need to monitor and drive your company’s performance can be overwhelming and difficult to collate across multiple systems. Your ability to expose relevant data and turn insights into action will determine how successful your company will be as the economy continues to improve. If you don’t currently have Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, you are likely relying on multiple databases and processes to track purchase and invoice requisitions, employee expenses, and project costing and accounting.  Getting a “big picture” view can be quite a challenge, not to mention time consuming.

ERP software like Microsoft Dynamics can speed up the time it takes to gather information while also allowing you your executives to spend more of their time addressing more pressing questions. By employing a flexible ERP system, either desk-top or cloud-based, you can automate processes and generate reports to meet differing stakeholder needs.

Using an ERP system can help your company break through information silos to establish a single view of critical information as it applies to specific projects, resources, team members and customers.  Microsoft Dynamics is an especially powerful tool as it allows you to monitor and report on all information, activities, project budgets, costs and billings which can help improve financial performance.

Although cost reduction won’t likely disappear from your overall goals, the need to expand your focus to take advantage of growth opportunities is a must. The benefits of automating processes and workflows using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is possibly the single most important step you can take to increase efficiency and help your company turn insights into action.

Accountnet, Inc. Named a Top 100 VAR for 2013

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Accountnet, Inc. has been named a Top 100 VAR for 2013 by Bob Scott’s Insights. The Top 100 are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software. The selection is based on annual revenue generated by each reseller. A special report that includes names of the organizations selected for this year’s Top 100 list, ranked by revenue, is downloadable at


“We want to congratulate this year’s class of Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs,” said Bob Scott, executive editor of Bob Scott’s Insights. Bob has covered this market for 22 years through print and electronic publications, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time, and has continued to address that market as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant since 2009. He has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 14 years, and has published this information via the Bob Scott’s Insights newsletter and website since 2009.


Acccountnet, Inc. reached the Top 100 by building customer relationships and customizing software solutions to meet the needs of  each client. To quote COO John C. Peace, “We have always stressed a consultative approach versus a ‘quick sales’ approach for existing customers as well as new clients. Instead of pushing a hard-sell approach, we get to know prospects and customers first so we can map out a solution customized to each business. The sales process takes longer, but we believe in the long run it leads to more relationships, mutual satisfaction between our firm and our clients, and trust.”