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.

Stand Alone Reporting Tools for ERP Systems

Scribe | Stand Alone Reporting Tools for ERPIf your company uses an enterprise resource planning (ERP) or general ledger system, you may already be aware of how these systems connect to and are fed by other data sources, sometimes via real-time integration with other systems or servers. That’s what makes ERP such a powerful tool for collecting and consolidating information.

But you may also be one of many ERP users that’s discovered that native reporting functions aren’t always sufficient to give you what you want and need, especially when it comes to real-time data.

That’s where stand-alone reporting tools for ERP systems come into play.  More and more report writing products are appearing on the market each day, including many that offer live integration with the general ledger.  These report writers provide the perfect complement for any ERP system, with intuitive interfaces and dynamic design and output that go above and beyond what native reporting functions offer.

Accountnet works with clients to help them sort through the options. And as demand for flexibility in terms of cloud and mobile accessibility for financial reporting increases, Microsoft is leading the way by making more of these stand-alone reporting tools available for use with their Dynamics ERP product line. For example, Scribe Software allows for live-time sharing of financial data while maintaining control and access to Microsoft Dynamics GP, giving you the ability to:

  • Synchronize data automatically to sales, service, and support systems.
  • Eliminate the need for reports, CSV file exports, and ad hoc requests from other areas of the business.
  • Enhance customer information with key financial data to help the business make better decisions when selling servicing its customers.

Account can help you evaluate what is most important to the success of your team: data integration methods; Excel, web-based and/or proprietary interfaces; the ease of use for business professionals, among other considerations; in order to help you select the right reporting tool for your particular ERP system. Get in touch when you’re ready to take a step toward better financial reporting.

Project-Based Business Have Special ERP Needs

microsoft-dynamics-sl-capabilitiesFor project-based businesses, the heart of any ERP system is the underlying accounting component. Design and architectural firms, construction companies, government contractors or business management consulting firms – these types of organizations need to track all the activities of their R&D staff, operational teams, marketing department, etc., for various client project or in-house administrative tasks. Most accounting software isn’t built specifically for project work, and most industry-specific solutions lack adequate accounting tools.

Ideally, an ERP solution allows you to view all the moving parts of your project-based company in context, so that you have a good snapshot of what’s going on at all times and the status of your current projects: budget vs. cost, staffing level – things you need to know to keep the project on track and on budget. Microsoft Dynamics SL bridges the gap with comprehensive project management functionality integrated with distribution, service, and robust accounting capabilities. It combines powerful project and financial management capabilities to help businesses deliver services and manage customer demands while ensuring compliance with current accounting regulations.

Where companies will see especially enhanced value is when adopting Microsoft Dynamics SL as part of their Office 365 business solution. The interoperability between Microsoft Dynamics SL and Office 365 provides enhanced productivity, mobility and business intelligence functionality: document management and collaboration, Excel-based analysis, and many other features available in the cloud with Office 365.

Being able to access reports (SQL Reporting Services reports, Microsoft Excel charts and Management Reporter reports) from one central location gives you’re the flexibility to work with any of your preferred devices from anywhere.  You can connect to more than 100 predefined views of your financial data via an interactive screen that allows you to sort and select information, filtering and saving of custom views or connecting to a custom SQL Server® view. The Quick Query Web App provides access to information on smartphones, tablets or desktops machines, giving you a truly portable view of your business data wherever you find yourself working.

Download Microsoft’s capabilities guide for more information.

And contact Accountnet to learn more about how we help project-based companies get started with Microsoft Dynamics SL.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Can Ease Year-End Drudgery

The end of each year may find everyone in the office celebrating – except for those employees in the Accounting Department that have to deal with preparing tax reports and W-2s, printing and mailing everything out to all the appropriate recipients. Or those in Benefits fielding inquiries from employees who want to know how much vacation and/or sick time they have left. The end of the year can be very stressful for staff responsible for any kind of year-end reporting, but with the right tools, though, these chores can be completed accurately and on time.

A good enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, like Microsoft Dynamics GP, makes it easy for everyone in your organization to enter the data all year long. Capturing and organizing all your payroll and related data means a lot less fuss and worry at year’s end, and the sophisticated business intelligence and rich reporting functionality available through MS Dynamics GP means year-end reporting can be another thing to celebrate.

In addition to the support provided by your Value Added Retailer, like Accountnet, the Microsoft Dynamics online community has a wealth of resources to assist, including the Microsoft Dynamics GP Year-End Closing Blog Series for 2013 and this comprehensive video presentation “What’s New in Year-End 2013.”

Interested in making a move to Microsoft Dynamics GP in 2014? Contact us at Accountnet for a free phone consultation.

You Purchased an ERP System and Your Employees Won’t Use it – What Happened?

Over the 17 years that Accountnet has been a leader in the accounting software industry, we‘ve seen the competitive landscape change drastically.  As systems become more complex, overly aggressive integrators and VARs tend to make outrageous promises to potential customers just to close a sale. Most of these vendors fail to recognize the most important aspect of an ERP implementation: the software itself is only half of what is needed to be successful.

change-aheadObviously starting with good software, like Microsoft Dynamics, is a prerequisite for a successful ERP implementation, but the reality is that your internal workflow processes and organizational issues are the most important things to address when deploying an ERP solution. Key among those processes and organizational issues is user adoption – that is, making sure your employees embrace the new system and the changes it brings.  Many of our competitors provide their clients with canned training modules because they don’t concern themselves with user adoption – and they think about training as just a minor deliverable of the larger contract. Unfortunately, failing at user adoption will lead to failure of any ERP solution, no matter how well the software works.

Another reason companies fail when deploying a new ERP system is that they don’t have a grasp of the bigger-picture and don’t know where to begin when it comes to designing their system to meet internal workflow and operational needs.  At Accountnet, we differentiate ourselves by ensuring that our customers have clearly defined business processes that can be mapped to the transactional nature of the software. We help with this critical piece of planning so that your staff and management truly understand the new system, what is expected of them, and how it all ties together in a way that makes the company more efficient and effective.

Once the business processes and supporting workflow transactions are determined, you still need to define employee roles and responsibilities. Just because a staff member has been trained to create a work order or process an invoice doesn’t necessarily mean that they understand their place in the overall process. Moving to an ERP solution may involve significant changes to job roles, so it is important that you have a framework for defining and instituting these changes. Management and your HR department should be involved in this process.

Many ERP vendors and project teams are relieved when they finally go live with a system – they consider the project “delivered” at that point. At Accountnet, our work doesn’t stop at launch. In reality, most user adoption issues are identified well after a system has launched, and most of the benefits don’t kick in for a few months, when all employees are comfortable with their new roles and how to use the system to manage their daily tasks.

If employees abandon the software and revert back to legacy processes, then the ERP is at risk of completely failing to deliver any value whatsoever. Having an effective change management plan will ensure that your staff is not only prepared to adopt the new system, but that they will continue to improve their individual and team performance in the weeks and months that follow. The investment in ensuring strong user adoption has returns that exceed the investment multiple times over.

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.

Your Company is Growing – Is it Time to Invest in an ERP System?

Cost control is a high priority issue for small to medium businesses. Everything costs – staff, office space and equipment, inventory of materials or products you may sell – all these are necessary investments for future business success, but can also create negative cash flow and lead to excessive debt.

Enterprise Resource Planing SystemMany business owners are outside their comfort area when it comes to selecting accounting software and business automation systems.  Do we really need it? Is it worth the cost? ERP solutions can become very expensive once you add up the cost of the base product, customizations and add-ons, etc.  How do you begin to select a high quality ERP and determine if and when you will reap a return on your investment?

Start by thinking about your business’s tangible costs. These include what you spend on things like inventory, distribution, IT support and labor.  A good ERP system, like Microsoft Dynamics GP, can help you reduce your tangible costs by improving your operating processes. For example, better purchasing and supply chain management helps you avoid over-ordering and reduces lost inventory.  ERP systems also improve communications among and between employees and managers, which leads to greater productivity. Greater productivity from your work force results in quantifiable savings.  These are just two way that illustrate how using an ERP system can bring visible ROI very quickly.

But implementing an ERP for your business has benefits that are not as immediately obvious.  The insights gleaned from having a consolidated view of all your data allows you to make more timely business decisions. Some of the more intangible benefits may include:

  • Improved customer response time
  • Enormous savings of time and effort for data entry
  • Uniform reporting according to industry standards

Accountnet is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and can help with the whole process of helping you move towards an ERP solution, from planning through implementation.  We work with you to determine your specific needs and select the right products, and then help customize, configure and train your team.  Because MS Dynamics products look and work the same as the familiar Microsoft Office suite, the learning curve is shorter which helps you reap the benefits faster than with other ERP solutions.

Contact us today for a free phone consultation and needs assessment.

Five Reasons to Look Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 for Your Growing Business

Known in a previous incarnation as Microsoft Great Plains, Microsoft Dynamics GO 2013 is a cost-effective ERP solution designed to meet the needs of your growing company. MS Dynamics GP integrates all of your business functions (supply chain, accounting/finance and more) into one, easy-to-use software package that is the best in its class and truly affordable.

Here are five reasons why you might want to take a look at Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:

  1. Familiar Look and Feel.  Everyone hates having to learn new systems, but MS Dynamics GP 2013 looks and works exactly like the other Microsoft products (Outlook, Word and Excel) your employees use every day.
  2. Enhanced Functionality with Free Modules. The Dynamics GP 2013 Starter Pack includes many modules that you used to have to purchase separately.  With the rollout of MS Dynamics GP 2013, each user now has access to all of the modules included in the Starter Pack.
  3. Flexibility of Implementation and Room for Growth. MS Dynamics GP 2013’s out-of-the-box functionality can get up and running quickly and can be deployed on your own servers, in the cloud, or in some combination.  And if your requirements change down the road (as they will, when your company is growing) additional modules are available to serve a wide variety of business needs.
  4. Leveraging Data for Better Business Insights.  MS Dynamics GP enables you to integrate and automate your financial and operational processes, and makes it easier for your employees, vendors and customers to share information and insights with one another.  This allows you to glean insights that can help streamline productivity and save money.
  5. Web Access. Dynamics GP’s web client provides you employees with easy access to the data they need no matter where they are, via PC or mobile device.

For an overview of some of the features in Dynamics GP 2013, check out this demo:

And call us if you want to know more about how Accountnet can help your business get started with Dynamics ERP!

Five Tips for Adopting an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Successfully implementation of an ERP solution is a team effort involving your CFO, CIO and key players in your organization.  To make the most of this essential technology, make sure to follow these five tips:

MS Dynamics ERPSpend time planning.  Enterprise Resource Planning software provides management capabilities for finances, human resources and payroll, manufacturing and supply chain, project management and more.  Within your organization, the departments handling these functions are probably using their own processes and systems, so if you are thinking about adopting an ERP solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains), you should start by devoting adequate time to the planning phase, conducting a thorough needs assessment.  It’s important to understand the details of your company’s various business processes as these are all likely to be affected by an ERP implementation.

Get buy-in earlyEqually important to your ERP planning is the need to prepare employees for the coming changes.  If you can’t get your staff to use your ERP solution, then you’ve wasted your time and money.  Include as many people as you can during planning phase by asking all levels of management and staff for their input.  What data is important to them, how are they currently collecting it and what challenges do they face with their daily analysis and reporting needs? Knowing the answers is important not only for selecting the right ERP system, but also for engaging employees and demonstrating they have a stake in a successful ERP implementation.

Devote time to training:  Make sure training sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each department or function, so that staff understands which parts of the ERP they will be using.  Don’t overwhelm by trying to make everyone understand all the capabilities.  Providing training sessions that are more job-specific and relevant make it easier to learn and boosts employee confidence.

Don’t overcomplicate things:  If users become frustrated with overly complicated software, they will eventually abandon the system.  Easy-to-use software, like MS Dynamics GP, with a user interface that looks and operates like the familiar Microsoft Office products, allows for customization that allows users to see only those functions they need.

Choose a reliable ERP software providerSelecting the right vendor is another important factor.  Accountnet has helped hundreds of companies adopt an ERP solution that matches their business goals and has deployed it according to our clients’ timetables and within their budgets.  We are Gold Certified Partners for Microsoft Dynamics in New York City, serving the Northeast from Boston, MA to Washington, DC.  Contact us today for a free needs assessment or to learn more about Accountet’s services.

Five Business Benefits of Microsoft Dynamics SL Cloud ERP

Cloud ERP with Microsoft Dynamics SLCloud computing.  It’s been a buzzword for the past few years, but the reality of cloud ERP systems is only starting to penetrate much of the business community’s consciousness. What was once a major concern for companies considering adopting an Enterprise Resource Planning system — the cost — is no longer an obstacle.  Cloud ERP solutions, such as Microsoft Dynamics SL, provide greater economic and operational flexibility to smaller businesses and project-based companies that once believed that these sophisticated systems to be out of their reach.

  • Quick set-up.  Instead of the weeks and months required to purchase and set-up a new server, load, configure and debug software, cloud-based ERP solutions can be deployed more quickly, which helps your company see a faster return on its investment.
  • Reduces capital expenditures and operational costs.  Many project-based businesses (creative agencies, consulting firms, government contractors) are not in a position to invest thousands of dollars on IT infrastructure each year and hope to stay profitable.  Using a cloud ERP solution means that all the software updates, security patches and hardware infrastructure costs are included in a set monthly fee based on the number of people using the system.
  • Scales up as your business grows.  Microsoft Dynamics SL cloud-based ERP allows you to adjust users and applications according to the changing needs of your business.  Since there is no capital investment and no IT team needed, you can change course as your business situation dictates.  Testing and rolling out new applications is much easier, risks are mitigated and training costs are reduced.
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity.  A cloud system’s core function is to provide the infrastructure for business continuity, so when disaster strikes you can focus on your people and facilities instead of worrying about your data and day-to-day operations.
  • Improved Security.  Contrary to the belief that data stored in-house is more secure, what is often overlooked is the fact that Cloud ERP providers are likely to have much more experience securing data than your internal IT people have.  The reality is that business data centers are usually no more than locked rooms that do little to protect against natural disaster or break-ins.  In many cases, cloud computing is likely to be more secure than your current set-up.

Understanding Your Options

When it’s time to choose a provider, contact us at Accountnet for a preliminary ERP needs assessment and a more detailed conversation about your options.  We can tell you about our services: customizing Microsoft Dynamics SL for your unique business needs, integration for connecting your ERP with related programs, consulting around security protocols, disaster-recovery capabilities and much more.