Archives for November 2014

ERP System Basics

Among the things our clients cite as their top business challenges, trying to come to grips with the choice of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and vendors remains the most vexing.  That’s because every organization has unique needs and requirements, so ERP will never be a “one size fits all” solution.  At Accountnet, we conduct a full Needs Assessment and assist with the ERP software selection process to determine which solution will work best for your business.

ERP system basics | Accountnet | New York, NYHaving a basic understanding of what ERP software is, where and how it originated, and what the benefits and drawbacks are is always a good place to start.  Here are a few quick points to know:

  • While ERP has its roots in the manufacturing industry, over the decades ERP systems have evolved and expanded to include all core business functions for almost every industry sector. ERP software come in all shapes and sizes and is usually available as a client server application, a hosted service, or even as a cloud-based web portal.
  • ERP applications are generally modular in nature (for example, supply chain management, sales order processing, accounting and human resources) with modules sharing vital business information in a central database repository. ERP systems typically carry out financial and business planning functions that might formerly have been handled by many smaller, standalone applications.
  • A major benefit of having a modular ERP system is that it can integrate multiple processes and parts of the business, making the business run more efficiently. By automating various functions, you eliminate overlap and duplication of effort, and also benefit from improved system processing (for example, better order tracking from acceptance through fulfilment).
  • By centralizing data, the usual problem of keeping information in synch between multiple systems is reduced, allowing managers to get a more accurate view of vital business statistics.  Having a single data repository can also lower the risk of losing or exposing sensitive data, assuming you take appropriate data security measures.

Along with the many benefits and advantages, you should understand the potential problems you may encounter BEFORE moving ahead with purchasing an ERP system.  ERP systems can prove to be complex and difficult to customize – make sure you have the support and guidance of a trusted ERP vendor.  Accountnet is a Gold Certified Partner for Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning. Contact us to learn more about how we can get your business started with ERP.

The Case for the Cloud

By the end of the year, more than 80% of medium-sized business in the U.S. are expected to adopt some form of cloud computing system, which signals that cloud technologies are being adopted faster than the IT industry overall.

Case for Microsoft Cloud Most of the companies that Accountnet moves to the cloud have chosen Microsoft as their provider. The Microsoft Cloud gives businesses a connected platform that helps automate their core processes and lets them grow their operations efficiently by easily scaling up or down as their business needs change.  Since the introduction of Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics ERP becomes one piece of a total business solution that helps SMBs focus less on their infrastructure and more on their strategic needs.

The move to the cloud is just part and parcel of the revolution happening in business today, with more flexible ways of sharing information and the ability to visualize and interact with data in real time from virtually anywhere.  Microsoft meets the needs of businesses by uniquely bringing together the tools they need to manage operations, keep team members productive and bring you closer to your customers. Microsoft Dynamics in the cloud can have your team sharing, connecting, and collaborating regardless of where they need to work with security-enhanced access via web browser.

Pairing Dynamics ERP with Office 365 allows you to bring your email, calendar, and files together with your data, reports, and business management software, giving you the ability to see the big picture with one-click access to the details.  You can also simplify your workday with a single sign-on user experience – no need to remember separate passwords for separate functions.

The Microsoft Cloud provides a connected cloud platform that gives you the freedom to deploy and use technology in the way that makes the most sense for your business. It also keeps your IT manageable so you get the most out of your investments. Click on the image above to see the full “Case for Cloud” infographic and contact Accountnet when you are ready to make the move. We can help you determine the best solution for your unique business needs.