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Affordable Cloud ERP for Small to Medium Businesses

Cloud ERP Solutions | Accountnet | New York, NYNot too long ago, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software meant spending tens of thousands of dollars, and required months of customization and training, which made this essential business planning tool out of reach for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs).  But with the advent of cloud ERP solutions, like Microsoft Dynamics, young companies can finally take advantage of what is becoming a business-critical tool to help better manage and track production, order processing, cash flow, orders, payroll and much more.

SMBs have already embraced cloud technology for resource-intensive functions like data storage, web hosting and email, but many are still struggling to find solutions for managing day-to-day business processes. Failing to get a handle of these processes can hinder a company from moving ahead with the critical planning required to grow the business. Many SMBs start with QuickBooks and build on it, integrating spreadsheet solutions and/or third-party add-ons, cobbling together home-grown systems for managing finance, purchasing, sales, etc.  Even the best of these systems will present problems scaling, and they lack the robust tracking and reporting features that would offer management the necessary insight to make better business decisions.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a great solution for SMBs that find themselves searching for an ERP provider, as there are no hardware purchase (which means a lower initial capital investment), it’s fast and easy to implement, and minimal training is required for anyone already familiar with Microsoft Office products. Dynamics GP provides incredible flexibility and allows your staff to access to the system regardless of their location. This, in turn, allows for greater collaboration across your supply chain or project team by giving them access to critical data in real time so that they can better plan their workloads and respond to changes or delays.

If your SMB is ready to make the move to better business planning using an ERP system, start by outlining the problems with your current set-up.  What gaps are you trying to fill by adopting an ERP (you may have different needs depending upon whether your company is manufacturing- or project-based).  Don’t be in a rush to choose, and make sure to get advice from the experts at Accountnet.  We’ve helped hundreds of clients spend less time struggling with outdated processes and more time strengthening vital client relationships and building their businesses.

Better Business Planning Can Ease Growing Pains

There comes a point in a business’s early life when a corner is turned and tasks that were once manageable start to get out of hand.  When you’re company was young, it was probably simple to turn around projects with a small team. A contract would come in, a spec would be created, each member of the team would get handle their respective tasks and you’d deliver your final product or service to happy customers.

But as you start to scale up, your once seamless operations may start to erode. Team members may drop the ball as information is shuffled between departments or individuals. You can spend a lot of time putting out fires – time better spent thinking about whether the processes that once served you well are still adequate for your business.

One of the earliest processes any business puts in place is an accounting system, and one of the most popular tools that they use from the outset is QuickBooks.  For most startups, after one or two years of growth, QuickBooks features will not be robust enough.  Accountnet’s Anne-Claire McCallister wrote this piece for Accounting Today that describes some of the signs that you’re ready to move off a basic solution like QuickBooks and take the next step in scaling your business to accommodate growth.

A business solution like Microsoft Dynamics GP represents a significant opportunity for your business to meet its growth challenges and to increase its bottom line.  It’s simple to learn and easy to use, works with your existing technology and delivers real long term value.  If you’re interested in learning more, you can listen to this recorded webcast by Microsoft. It gives you some tools to evaluate whether ERP systems from Microsoft are a good fit for you, examining questions like:

  • is my business ready for an ERP system?
  • what are the top considerations in evaluating potential software and vendors?
  • what are the potential benefits my business can enjoy with an ERP solution?

Microsoft’s ERP solutions for small business provide the insight and tools you need to increase sales, simplify business operations, and keep your people productive. There’s never been a better time to buy, with affordable, low monthly payments, cloud-based deployment options, and a trusted network of reselling partners like Accountnet standing by to help you solve business challenges, such as:

  • Increasing sales and profitability with better business insight
  • Keeping up with demand without adding headcount
  • Managing multiple lines of business, currencies, or multi-site locations
  • Simplifying and securing processes to reduce data entry and risk
  • Scaling operations to support ongoing growth
  • Take time today to change your business for the better every day

Call us at (212) 244-9009, or contact us via our website, if you’d like a free phone consultation to discuss your business’s unique needs.