Archives for July 2015

Excel Reporting Comes Full Circle

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Microsoft Dynamics, Accountnet has been at the forefront of the revolution in enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for almost 20 years. The whole movement towards ERP systems was built around the desire to reduce dependency on Excel as a working tool. Microsoft Dynamics GP has matured to the point where this has been mostly accomplished, which makes it a bit ironic that after all the technology refinements the first question end-users always ask is, “how can I get these results into Excel?”

Excel and ERPWhile ERP has been a boon to companies seeking to consolidate and share business data, many of the people charged with doing more in-depth analyses (accounting, sales, shipping departments, etc.) need and want more than dashboard views and basic reports; for them Excel is a tool of choice. User adoption of your company’s ERP system is likely to be better when the tool being used for reporting is already familiar to the users and they can leverage their existing skills to use standard Excel functionality for generating charts, graphs and pivot tables.

If the data that is needed for the report can be generated using the existing interface (for example, Microsoft Dynamics GP) and exported in the format required for presentation of the report then there’s no issue – reports produced directly from your ERP system are probably the best choice for high level reporting. But if data needs to be sliced and diced before final presentation, then Excel becomes not only a familiar reporting tool, but an essential one.

A simple case study: Our client needed a way to reconcile customer deposits and wanted to be able to report on their liability by customer. The data was there and easy to retrieve from the ERP system, but in order to combine data from several different database tables, a special view needed to be set up and then connected to Excel. Now, this Excel front-end allows our client to pivot or arrange data as needed to report on fulfillment information, collections, and to satisfy any auditors.

Contact Accountnet if you would like to learn more about Excel reporting options for Microsoft Dynamics.

Accountnet Inc Receives 2015 Best of Manhattan Award And Accounting Today Magazine Top 100 VAR

Accountnet Inc. has been selected for the 2015 Best of Manhattan Award in the Computer Software category by the Manhattan Award Program. Each year, the Manhattan Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Manhattan area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Manhattan Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Manhattan Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Manhattan Award Program

The Manhattan Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Manhattan area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Accounting Today Magazine Top 100 VAR

Accountnet, Inc., an ERP provider and ERP consulting and development company announced today that it has been named to Accounting Today’s 2015 VAR 100 List for excellence and growth in the ERP industry. Each year, Accounting Today Magazine develops a special report featuring an exclusive list of companies from the extensive network of ERP VARS. The companies listed are recognized for their expertise in aiding customers through the ERP selection and ERP implementation process.

“We’re honored to be named to Accounting Today’s VAR 100 list again this year,” said John C Peace, COO. “We’re thrilled to consistently appear on the list due to our team’s hard work and customer-centric attitude continue to set Accountnet apart as an industry leader.”

Each year, the prestigious report not only ranks the top ERP VARs, but also examines the current trends and topics in the industry. This year, the report covered the challenges and opportunities faced by companies in the industry and discussed the increasing emergence and growing popularity of cloud ERP systems.

Value Added Resellers for ERP

With widespread adoption of ERP systems – both for the large enterprise and small to medium businesses – the need for business owners to ascertain the Total Cost of Ownership for any proposed ERP solution has become a priority issue. TCO for business systems needs to account for the cost of conversion, any required customizations, implementation and integration with other internal systems, training, support and maintenance; all on top of any licensing costs for the software itself.

Value Added Resellers for ERP | AccountantValue-added resellers, like Accountnet, are staffed by experienced consultants who understand the work being done by their clients’ organizations to provide informed, high-level engagement in ERP system selection across the enterprise. VARs have a “big picture” view of ERP implementations and can assess all the factors (including TCO) that management needs to consider before making a decision that will impact the company for years to come.

Once an ERP product is selected, VARs ensure that customizations made during the implementation process stay compatible with any future version of the software. Accountnet routinely holds demonstrations of Microsoft Dynamics GP & SL and provides answers to real-life questions that prospective clients have when reviewing ERP systems. We also provide training, an essential but under-emphasized success factor in many implementations.

For almost 20 years, Accountnet has been providing tremendous value as a Microsoft Dynamics Value Added Reseller in the Northeast, helping our clients get a handle on daily operations so that they can start leveraging the business intelligence data made available through the ERP system.  From early assistance getting an accurate estimate of TCO, through implementation, to helping clients adopt best practices to comply with regulatory reporting challenges, Accountnet’s experts are here to help grow your businesses.

Contact Accountnet when you are ready to make the move. We can help you determine the best solution for your business software needs.