Does Dynamics GP in the Cloud Provide Security?

Microsoft Dynamics GP helps you gain deeper business and risk insight from internal and external data. A more comprehensive approach improves the accuracy and integrity of insight that you can gain with actuarial, financial, and operational risk. Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers breakthrough insight into business performance and profitability, improve combined and loss ratios, and provide an integrated view of enterprise-wide risk exposure.

New technologies such as cloud computing involve legitimate worries about placing sensitive data and company information in the hands of others. The recent advances in cloud computing now offer accounting software initiatives a wide range of opportunities to save time, resources and money all while keeping important and confidential information secure.

The idea of externalizing data to a third party or remote source brings with it a number of questions over privacy and ownership. However, many cloud hosting sites have built-in encryptions that provide increased data protec­tion and disaster recovery. Many companies have limited resources to dedicate to IT security and will benefit from a team of full-time IT professionals monitoring data and taking proactive measures any time there are security concerns – 24/7. So, a quality cloud provider will be contractually and monetarily obligated to security, privacy and uptime.

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 GP in the cloud can have your team sharing, connecting, and reporting regardless of where they need to work, with security-enhanced access via a web browser.

Since its introduction, Microsoft Dynamics GP has become one piece of a total business solution that helps organizations focus less on their infrastructure and more on their strategic needs. By deploying in the Microsoft cloud, you will gain a connected platform that helps automate core processes and grow operations efficiently by easily scaling up or down as business needs change.

Pairing Dynamics GP with Accountnet’s setup team integrates your data, reports, and business management software, giving you the ability to see the big picture, with one-click access to the details. We can enable your private cloud, which will provide a connected 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. More and more people can move off QuickBooks to get the financial consolidations and currency tracking you deserve. Contact Accountnet when you are ready to make the move. We can help you determine the best solution for your unique business needs.

How Does Microsoft Dynamics GP Help You Better Control Your Accounts Payable?

Did you know that by using important finance information already in Dynamics GP and pushing the boundaries of process automation, you can increase productivity, efficiency, and control over your AP processes?

You can quantify the real business impact AP automation has throughout the invoice lifecycle due to:

  • Reduced error rates
  • Faster workflows and approvals
  • Improved visibility and tracking
  • Better deployment of working capital

Controllers have realized the detriments of paper-based accounts payable processes, and the benefits of document management to help curb these challenges. Document management/ AP automation solutions utilize optical character recognition (OCR) technology, which automates the capture of data from invoices and other documents. This means that paper does not need to be scanned and information entered manually. When this information is extracted, the solution matches all related documents to a transaction and links it to the information within Microsoft Dynamics GP. AP automation automatically routes documents to appropriate staff members for review and approval. This is based on your organization’s unique business rules and can be adjusted. As documents are being automatically routed, document management also allows for real-time visibility into the process. Managers and executives can see the status of invoices, identify bottlenecks and improve their decision making. This all comes together in the seamless integration of a document management solution with Microsoft Dynamics GP. It eliminates manual data entry and consolidates all financial documents into a streamlined paperless business process.

Microsoft Dynamics GP helps you gain deeper business and risk insight from internal and external data. A more comprehensive approach improves the accuracy and integrity of insight that you can gain with actuarial, financial, and operational risk. Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers breakthrough insight into business performance and profitability, improve combined and loss ratios, and provide an integrated view of enterprise-wide risk exposure.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Accountnet helps companies get up and running with Microsoft Dynamics. We don’t just install and configure the software – we train your accounting staff to use it to create the reports they need, so they can analyze data as needed. Our solutions give both technical and non-technical employees the information they need to do their jobs well — wherever they are, in whatever application they choose to use. Take the next step towards growth with Microsoft Dynamics GP. Contact us at Accountnet to learn more.

How Can Microsoft Dynamics SL Be Tailored To Your Business Needs?

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Companies have ever changing needs. One of the many reasons customers use Microsoft Dynamics SL is because it can support different types of business needs in parallel, unlike some solutions that focus on one industry. It bridges the gap with comprehensive management software functionality integrated with robust accounting capabilities.

Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers the flexibility and agility that growing companies need to support business today and to be prepared for the future. For financial and project management with better reporting, Microsoft’s quick-to-implement, easy-to-use business management solution has the power to support your growth ambition. And Microsoft Dynamics SL works together with Office 365 to extend the value of your business application with enhanced productivity, collaboration, mobility, and business intelligence.

With Microsoft Dynamics SL, users can

  • Access role-specific information and can perform data-entry tasks, like project time and expense entry, and analysis—all from a smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
  • Drive better decision-making, manage people and finances, and maintain profitability for client services and projects.
  • Have access to powerful project and financial management capabilities designed to meet your unique business needs.

Microsoft Dynamics SL allows you to implement and use SL in a way that fits your business needs. The built in functionality and flexibility makes it a great fit for many industries, especially for companies that use financial tracking across multiple business settings. Additionally, Microsoft Dynamics SL can be deployed in the cloud, hosted with the help of Accountnet, or on your servers. Start with what you need today, and easily adapt as your business grows.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Accountnet helps companies get up and running with Microsoft Dynamics. We don’t just install and configure the software – we train your accounting staff to use it to create the reports they need, so they can analyze data as needed. Our solutions give both technical and non-technical employees the information they need to do their jobs well — wherever they are, in whatever application they choose to use. Take the next step towards growth with Microsoft Dynamics SL in the cloud or on your servers—the choice is yours. Contact us at Accountnet to learn more.

Is Deploying Microsoft Dynamics in the Cloud secure?

A cloud environment 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. Microsoft Dynamics accounting software, such as Dynamics GP and SL, has become one piece of a total business solution that helps organizations focus less on their infrastructure and more on their strategic needs. Pairing Dynamics GP or SL with Cloud software integrates your data, reports, and business management software, giving you the ability to see the big picture, with one-click access to the details. Accountnet provides SaaS pricing and hosting options for Microsoft Dynamics by working closely with Data Resolution, a SaaS and web hosting site.

Azure and other public cloud environments, such as AWS, deliver extraordinarily comprehensive cloud computing solutions, but neither natively provides compliance reporting, leaving you to architect, implement, encrypt, and manage it on your own. By choosing managed services from Data Resolution, you can focus on your business rather than hardware and monitoring. Data Resolution manages cloud networking components and virtual machines with optimized tools and processes and can help you with:

  • Migration
  • Enterprise monitoring and reporting
  • Compliance
  • Automatic backups and replication

Data Resolution, a long-standing Microsoft Partner, offers a turnkey approach to achieve and maintain compliance and security on Azure and other cloud solutions and combine it with our expertise in building and managing a cloud environment.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Accountnet helps companies get up and running with Microsoft Dynamics. We don’t just install and configure the software – we train your accounting staff to use it to create the reports they need, so they can analyze data as needed. We can also enable your private cloud, which will provide a connected platform that gives you the freedom to deploy and use technology in the way that makes the most sense for your business. If you want to know more about cloud deployment options, discuss your own managed backup and replication plan, or learn more about Microsoft Dynamics GP in general, you can Contact us at Accountnet and speak to our consultants.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Provides What You Need Without Added Complexity

For companies moving from QuickBooks, we offer a proven process, refined by many QuickBooks customers who have made the change to Microsoft Dynamics GP. When you choose Microsoft Dynamics GP, you can focus on growing your business, rather than on the technology supporting it. Everything you need – your operating system, database, personal productivity tools, e-mail, and business management system – comes from one trusted partner, Microsoft. By delivering a cohesive solution that helps lower implementation and long-term ownership costs, Microsoft Dynamics GP frees you to harness the power and flexibility of an award-winning business management solution.

 

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“QuickBooks has basic accounting functions, but what Microsoft Dynamics GP offers is the ability to stay on one product for the entire lifecycle of the company. It grows with your business. If you’re going to stay small or simply maintain your AP system, something like QuickBooks might work well, but if you intend to grow the business, the last thing you want is to have to convert another accounting package later on.”

Anne-Claire McAllister,

President, Accountnet, Inc.

 

Microsoft Dynamics GP will put all of your important data right at your fingertips without added complexity. With quick access to financial reporting and integration with other systems with greater accuracy, you won’t need to waste time calling managers or digging through the books. Powerful and personalized business intelligence makes it even easier to make the smart, quick decisions that drive growth. Microsoft Dynamics GP software gives your people the tools they need to connect and manage your entire business, from financial to operations, with the insight you need to make smart decisions. Start with what you need now and easily adapt as your needs change, in the cloud or on your servers—the choice is yours.

 

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Accountnet helps companies get up and running with Microsoft Dynamics. We don’t just install and configure the software – we train your accounting staff to use it to create the reports they need, so they can analyze data as needed. Our solutions give both technical and non-technical employees the information they need to do their jobs well — wherever they are, in whatever application they choose to use. Take the next step towards growth with Microsoft Dynamics GP. Contact us at Accountnet to learn more.

Leveraging ERP with the Best Reporting Tools

The widespread adoption of ERP systems has enabled companies of all sizes to store more data with greater accuracy than ever before, but sometimes that introduces new problems — like not having easy ways to report on all that data.  Inferior reporting tools will limit an ERP’s usefulness, and most companies still rely on the same sort of operational reporting they’ve used for decades; reports that typically provide only a transactional level of detail, for example: open purchase orders by customer.

Newer methods and tools look at trends over time, consolidating organized views from multiple data sources to provide a more analytical approach to reporting.  This is known as Business Intelligence – the information you need to make better decisions about how to run the business, not just reporting on transactions.  One example of a BI report might be determining your top ten vendors based on purchase order dollars over the last five months.  Meaningful BI reports should be available to your managers and workers in real-time. Data should be presented in an easy-to-use format with the original system of record as its source.  Your business users should be able to easily access reports without requiring any special IT skills or having to learn how to use complicated reporting software.

If you’re planning an ERP implementation for your business, it’s important to consider your business users’ reporting needs as an integral part of your overall system requirements.  Don’t rely solely on a product demo to determine if the ERP software and reporting solution will work. If your reporting falls short, user adoption may be low and your ERP rollout may ultimately fail. After all, it’s the reports that your users need – timely and accurate data delivered to them when and where they need it.

Accountnet can help you determine your business’s unique requirements and find the right ERP and BI reporting solution for you.  We are a Gold Certified Partner for Microsoft Dynamics, and can help you determine whether Microsoft Dynamics GP or Microsoft Dynamics SL, paired with powerful BI reporting tools, might benefit your operation or whether a cloud ERP solution, like Acumatica, is a better fit. Contact us to take advantage of a free needs assessment to get started.

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. 

Small Healthcare Companies Choose Acumatica Cloud ERP Over NetSuite

Acumatica is an integrated set of web-based business management tools: accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), content management and more.  Designed to improve the productivity of small to medium sized companies, more and more healthcare organizations are making the move from NetSuite to Acumatica, a better choice for businesses that require deeper functionality and more flexibility for integration and customization.

acumatica-health-care-erpWith Acumatica, managers and employees can access their business applications and data anywhere, anytime, using any browser, at prices that are very competitive with NetSuite. Acumatica’s integration of a document management system also allows your staff to create and share internal information and attach supporting documents (such as forecasts and receipts) directly to screens, articles, and transactions, ideal for health care providers with multiple locations that need to share and consolidate patient payment records and receipts. Information sharing is accomplished using role-based security policies, so each person in the organization sees only what they need to see.

Acumatica runs on a standard Microsoft Windows Server platform using Microsoft SQL. By developing on proven tools used by thousands of developers, Acumatica can adapt to business process changes that many growing business undergo  with extensibility and customization options that are superior to many competing cloud ERP systems.

Davis Medical Electronics, a small business healthcare company located in California that sells cardiology equipment and supplies, considered NetSuite but ultimately chose Acumatica because of its competitive pricing and the benefits that cloud technology provides.

Read Davis Medical’s case study on the Acumatica website.

Acumatica is sold only through Value Added Retailers, like Accountnet, because of our experience in technical consulting, CFO-level expertise, accounting experience and technical service. If you would like to discuss how Acumatica can help streamline your operations and realize significant long-term cost savings, contact us for a free needs assessment.

Accountnet, Inc. Named a Top 100 VAR for 2013

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Accountnet, Inc. has been named a Top 100 VAR for 2013 by Bob Scott’s Insights. The Top 100 are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software. The selection is based on annual revenue generated by each reseller. A special report that includes names of the organizations selected for this year’s Top 100 list, ranked by revenue, is downloadable at http://www.bobscottsinsights.com.

 

“We want to congratulate this year’s class of Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs,” said Bob Scott, executive editor of Bob Scott’s Insights. Bob has covered this market for 22 years through print and electronic publications, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time, and has continued to address that market as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant since 2009. He has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 14 years, and has published this information via the Bob Scott’s Insights newsletter and website since 2009.

 

Acccountnet, Inc. reached the Top 100 by building customer relationships and customizing software solutions to meet the needs of  each client. To quote COO John C. Peace, “We have always stressed a consultative approach versus a ‘quick sales’ approach for existing customers as well as new clients. Instead of pushing a hard-sell approach, we get to know prospects and customers first so we can map out a solution customized to each business. The sales process takes longer, but we believe in the long run it leads to more relationships, mutual satisfaction between our firm and our clients, and trust.”

 

 

 

 

How to Buy a Business Solution from Microsoft for Your Organization

Customers do not purchase Microsoft Dynamics business solutions directly from Microsoft. Rather, they purchase from a world-class network of partners who provide planning, implementation, customization, support and services.

Costs typically depend on:
Product capabilities you choose to deploy. Microsoft Dynamics GP is available under the Business Ready Licensing program, which allows you to choose from two levels of functionality:
Microsoft Dynamics Business Essentials provides core financial management.
Microsoft Dynamics Advanced Management offers more advanced functionality. You can also purchase additional add-on components.
Number and specific roles of people who will use the solution. You have options for full access to all functionality or for limited access, depending on a user’s role.
Service and training that you require on an ongoing basis.
Software deployment method, for example, on-premises or hosted deployment.

Get up and running fast with SL
Moving to a new business management system might seem overwhelming, but Microsoft Dynamics SL simplifies the process with a solution that is designed to get you up and running quickly—without expensive development or increased manpower.
Microsoft Dynamics GP is highly scalable and compatible with the technology you already use so that it delivers long-term value without high costs down the road.
Microsoft’s commitment to innovation means you are investing in a business platform that will always keep you on the forefront of what’s ahead.

Service plans
You can maximize the value of your investment in Microsoft Dynamics with a service plan. It allows you to upgrade to newer versions of the applications whenever they become available, as well as receive updates and tax and regulatory releases. You can have access to comprehensive online support and services, assisted support, unlimited online training, technical documentation, and much more.

Learn more about services and support plans for a Business solution from Microsoft
Contact Accountnet, in Metro New York, for a free ERP assessment to review and to help plan for 2013. Assessments are first come first serve. For more information or to attend an event near your office contact Accountnet, your Microsoft Gold Certified Partner www.accountnet.com Our temporary number is (917) 463-4850, since the main lines have not yet restored.