Archives for September 2013

Your Company is Growing – Is it Time to Invest in an ERP System?

Cost control is a high priority issue for small to medium businesses. Everything costs – staff, office space and equipment, inventory of materials or products you may sell – all these are necessary investments for future business success, but can also create negative cash flow and lead to excessive debt.

Enterprise Resource Planing SystemMany business owners are outside their comfort area when it comes to selecting accounting software and business automation systems.  Do we really need it? Is it worth the cost? ERP solutions can become very expensive once you add up the cost of the base product, customizations and add-ons, etc.  How do you begin to select a high quality ERP and determine if and when you will reap a return on your investment?

Start by thinking about your business’s tangible costs. These include what you spend on things like inventory, distribution, IT support and labor.  A good ERP system, like Microsoft Dynamics GP, can help you reduce your tangible costs by improving your operating processes. For example, better purchasing and supply chain management helps you avoid over-ordering and reduces lost inventory.  ERP systems also improve communications among and between employees and managers, which leads to greater productivity. Greater productivity from your work force results in quantifiable savings.  These are just two way that illustrate how using an ERP system can bring visible ROI very quickly.

But implementing an ERP for your business has benefits that are not as immediately obvious.  The insights gleaned from having a consolidated view of all your data allows you to make more timely business decisions. Some of the more intangible benefits may include:

  • Improved customer response time
  • Enormous savings of time and effort for data entry
  • Uniform reporting according to industry standards

Accountnet is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and can help with the whole process of helping you move towards an ERP solution, from planning through implementation.  We work with you to determine your specific needs and select the right products, and then help customize, configure and train your team.  Because MS Dynamics products look and work the same as the familiar Microsoft Office suite, the learning curve is shorter which helps you reap the benefits faster than with other ERP solutions.

Contact us today for a free phone consultation and needs assessment.

Non-Profits Reap Benefits from Adopting ERP Systems

In the private sector, enterprise-level business intelligence tools are employed by companies to help them process massive amounts of data — around sales, client activities, accounting and finance, etc. – and turn them into actionable information. Having insight into these operations is extremely useful in making decisions for everything from marketing strategies to refining internal structures and processes. As ERP software for non-profits is finally coming of age, now may be the time for non-profits, municipalities and NGOs to start taking advantage of enterprise resource planning solutions within their organizations.

Check out this case study from Microsoft that shows how Bancroft, a private school for children with disabilities, manages growth and cut costs through the use of Microsoft Dynamics GP.



Non-profits serve numerous constituency groups that may include donors, government agencies, strategic partners — not to mention the individuals their programs serve directly. Non-profits are also regularly affected by changes to their operating environment such as new funding, tax reporting and regulatory requirements, and shifts in funding levels from year to year. And there are internal challenges, too, such how to track data for new programs and initiatives the organization may be rolling out, or any restructuring that may take place. Growing needs can sometime overwhelm the organization’s ability to get the most out of their existing IT processes.

Many non-profits have home-grown approaches for measuring and monitoring overall performance of fundraising campaigns. More often than not, this kind of broad reporting does not provide a robust, comprehensive, view of the data that might in turn reveal more about the donors themselves and their patterns of donation. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to have a more detailed understanding of the donor and his/her relationships with other donors? Understanding these relationship can eventually lead to repeated or ongoing donations and can inform how you move ahead with your campaign.

Contact us at Accountnet to learn how we can help non-profits, regardless of their size, take advantage of ERP solutions.