Archives for February 2014

Acumatica Cloud ERP and Reporting

As smaller businesses come to embrace Enterprise Resource Planning software (either as an on-premises installation or by leveraging the growing number of cloud ERP providers), we see that systems are often badly implemented.  Perhaps it’s because the vendor miscalculated the implementation costs, or poor planning ran up the budget, causing the customer to scale back on functionality and sacrifice the more powerful features. Or maybe the customer hadn’t taken steps to ensure adoption of the new system.

Regardless of the reasons, one area that is often overlooked during the planning and scoping of an ERP implementation are the reporting needs.  Reporting is a clear point of frustration for smaller companies, many of whom may have becoming used to the flexibility of reporting in QuickBooks.  The majority of small business users will have no internal resources to work with products like Crystal Reports.  So it’s important when considering any ERP software solution to take a look at the reporting tools that are available for the platform.acumatica

One ERP system with a very good set of reporting features is Acumatica.  Acumatica offers cloud-based ERP applications for small and midsized businesses including financial management, distribution, CRM, and project accounting suites.  Acumatica also includes a set of general purpose reporting tools that and tailored to meet the information needs of all roles and people in your organization and can be used to deliver customized views of business data to every department in your organization.

Acumatica’s reporting dashboards present summarized views of key information using tables, pie charts, and other graphics. Clicking on a web-based dashboard element enables users to drill-down to successively higher levels of detail. Each user can design their own dashboard with little or no training to deliver real-time information, customized for their particular needs, and each can create their own “home” dashboard as well dashboards for different modules.

Acumatica provides a desktop application and web based tools for developing new reports.  The desktop application allows you to create new reports or customize any predefined report using a visual report designer. The web based reporting engine allows you to create reports which are tightly integrated with your general ledger account and sub account structures across multiple ledgers. The report writer allows you to specify row sets, column sets, and unit sets to create complex reports with a hierarchical drill down structure.

Interested in learning more? Contact us at Accountnet for a free phone consultation. 

Better Business Intelligence Reporting

When ERP systems started emerging in the 90s, businesses embraced them as they held out the promise of improving their business processes with an integrated set of tools and applications. Now, with the introduction of vastly improved Business Intelligence (BI) reporting software, like Solver’s BI360, organizations are finally provided with a way to make educated decisions based on real-time information.

BI360 is an Excel-based reporting application with predefined templates and user-defined reports that run live on Microsoft Dynamics GP. Metrics from other data sources (spreadsheets, cloud, in-house databases, etc.) can also be included. The easy-to-use report writer provides financial professionals with detailed reporting capabilities in a variety of layouts and presentation formats, providing a 360-degree view the organization’s overall health and arming the executive staff with the information they need to make better and timelier decisions.accnet

BI360 dashboards unify the organizations most important assets: its people and its data. Using convenient, web-based dashboards, your people have a way to visualize trends in the data, identifying issues, and ultimately driving success.  With BI360, you can create your first dashboard and see results in minutes — not weeks!

Today’s ERP applications make it easier than ever to view real-time, daily cash flow and budget-versus-actual reports.  BI360’s budgeting module is a flexible budgeting, forecasting and modeling solution without the typical long implementation and high cost of other legacy planning software.

At Accountnet, not only do we work with our client organizations throughout the process of ERP selection, software integration and implementation, we also assist post-rollout, providing assistance with internal change management, training and support.  When clients engage Accountnet, they know we have the experience to hedge against project cost overruns and they won’t be stuck with ERP software that doesn’t meet their unique business needs. Our industry-specific expertise helps our clients achieve measurable business improvements and a real return on investment. Contact us for a free consultation around your ERP and business intelligence reporting needs.