Check out Acumatica's first infographic! Cloud ERP: An Adaptable & Flexible Option For Medium-Sized Businesses
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When I started in ERP more than 20 years ago, ERP was not as widely used as today. People were still talking about other terms like Computer-Aided Process Planning, etc., but the idea was still the same: Connect everyone and every function and every location in the organization.
As ERP came to its own, big organizations started embracing the idea to connect all the different parts of the enterprise, from human resources, to finance, to the supply chain. The vision was for all employees in far-flung locations to participate in workflows. But technology at the time kept the ERP dream just that — a dream.
The challenges were many-fold.
People didn’t necessarily have access to terminals or servers, or didn’t have a PC, so not everyone had a device to access the ERP. Secondly, from a licensing perspective, traditional ERP “per user” pricing made it extremely expensive to include everyone in the system. Thirdly, from an infrastructure standpoint, not every location could be connected since the pre-Internet days meant connection to an ERP server was costly. Finally, most ERP systems were not able to include partners and customers in a secure way to participate.[Click to continue...]
You are an ERP vendor or developer of business software. You have a cloud strategy and you’re looking for the right partner to take you to the next level. I’ve talked about Acumatica’s OEM Advantage, but today I’d like to go into detail about how Acumatica is the right business choice for you.
1. Fast time to market
Developing a robust cloud platform and building advanced ERP applications on top of it can be a long process. We know it, because we have been doing this for the last five years. If you decide to do the same from the scratch, it will take the same time. Re-using the Acumatica platform and ERP is a much faster way. In a year or less, Acumatica’s comprehensive education and onboarding processes can help any company without a cloud solution get on the cloud. And it is proven by our partners.
2. Better return on investment
Software companies that develop software for end-customers should focus on the needs of these customers instead of developing and managing the platform to run functions from General Ledger to Accounts Payable. Think about it. Hardware was a platform in 1970s. Operation systems were platforms in 1980s. Database servers were platform in 1990s. Nowadays, standard General Ledger is a platform for developers of business applications. There are no value for users in GL itself, because all GLs are the same. So there is no need to create one more implementation of GL. Take the most adaptable one and create unique functionality for your customers on top of it. By partnering with Acumatica, OEMs enjoy continuous innovation from our development team without investing in the platform. No investment into development means lower costs for OEMs in the long run. Let the vendor take care of creating the next version for tablets, or mobile, or whatever the next new platform is.
I've shared in my earlier blog that we were planning to launch a new opportunity management functionality at our partner portal. It took us a few weeks to adjust the solution and we went live on May 30.
This joint opportunity management with partners is another milestone in our internal business automation plan that’s based on Acumatica CRM, portal and project modules. We will continue "dog fooding" new Acumatica products internally prior to the upcoming 4.1 release later this summer.
Here’s how partners will benefit from the joint online opportunity management solution:[Click to continue...]
Time is money. And that’s especially true for businesses who need to process and ship orders as fast as possible to get paid. How do you know if your order management process is good enough?
Whenever you process a sales order, you need to ask yourself these three things:
(1) Where are the items located in my warehouse? Do I need to prioritize one location over another?
(2) Will the item fit in a bag, or a box? What size?
(3) What shipping company do you use that is cost efficient and ships on time? Can I keep my shipping company tracking number with my shipment information for future reference?
To make sure you get these requirements when you buy an ERP software. I’ve worked with hundreds of our customers and I know what needs to be done to dramatically improve the order management process flow.
By automating these processes with Acumatica, customers have been able to cut cost, improve processing time, and increase overall satisfaction of their customers. Here’s how Acumatica works for you:[Click to continue...]
Christian Lindberg, Vice President of Partner Solutions at Acumatica, was recently interviewed by Channel Insider, a website that covers technology and industry news.
Lindberg discussed how Acumatica’s offerings are not only simple to set up and manage, but also run entirely within the browser. "What distinguishes us as an application is that we are totally born of the cloud," he said. Lindberg also talked about Acumatica’s unique flat-rate pricing and the importance of partnership. View the article in its entirety here.[Click to continue...]
It’s hard to argue with the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
That’s why many businesses resist upgrading and end up using old versions of software.
Upgrading is seen as a pain and businesses want to make sure they can substantially benefit from upgrades before taking any associated risks.
This is why Acumatica’s Cloud offering uniquely provides the benefits of SaaS, but still lets you control your upgrade schedule.
With other providers, upgrades can be extremely disruptive. Just imagine being forced to stop work in the middle of your busiest season to prepare for the upcoming upgrade!
What’s more, with Acumatica, businesses have the opportunity to do a pilot upgrade before and take new versions through a test drive before scheduling the actual production upgrade. This provides the peace of mind and ensures a seamless transition.[Click to continue...]
Usability is huge in product design. As usability is a key theme for our upcoming 4.1 release, as well as for releases in the coming years, we want to make sure we are doing our best to keep usability top of mind in building our product.
Usability is not something you fix or improve — once and for all. How usable the product is greatly depends on who the users are, how they use the product and what they expect from it. These variables change all the time.
Some years back, Windows 95 was awesome and super usable. But today, people want cross-device apps and touch interfaces. Who knows what users will want tomorrow…Google Glass? As one of the leaders in the Cloud ERP market, we’re constantly looking at how to optimize our product for usage patterns of today. At the same time, we strive to predict and prepare for the new concepts and technologies of tomorrow.[Click to continue...]
In a March 2013 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Acumatica, customers rated security and privacy as the top concern when using Software as a Service. More than half of the SMB decision makers (58%) said that they were concerned about security and privacy. Out of that number, 36% was very concerned about security and privacy.
The survey queried more than 350 software decision makers, asking them to rate how concerned they were over a list of potential issues. Other issues that ranked high in terms of concern were integration with other applications (55%) and financial lock-in to a single vendor (55%).[Click to continue...]
The Acumatica ERP Freedom Tour rolled into San Jose this week and what a party it was! Guests at The Grill in the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose enjoyed drinks, fabulous food, special entertainment, and got a taste of cloud ERP freedom. The party was topped by the Acumatica Twins, who posed for pictures with fans.
Watch their popular Acumatica Twins versus NetSuite Guy (Mac vs. PC Parody) video here.
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