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Choosing the Best Modern ERP Platform

A Modern Business Platform

Businesses selecting ERP business software often focus on the cost and functionality of the software they are evaluating. And while the functional fit of software to current business processes is important, the ability of the software to adapt to future business growth can be just as vital considering the cost of upgrading or replacing your ERP after only two or three years. Much of that future adaptability depends on the underlying platform on which the business management software is built.

Today’s Reality

The widespread use of eCommerce and mobile apps have forced ERP and CRM applications to add those capabilities. Unfortunately, legacy ERP platforms are often incapable of easily adapting to these new requirements. For some legacy providers, their solution is to offer cumbersome add-ons, sometimes with standalone databases. Others respond by taking old, legacy applications and adding additional software to the front-end to make their last generation software appear to be cloud applications.

In other instances, hard coded interfaces are created that break instantly when one of the two systems are upgraded. None of these are efficient, long-term solutions. A true cloud and mobile system is designed differently than a typical legacy client/server system.

Choosing the Best Modern ERP Platform
Use IDC’s selection criteria to avoid choosing the wrong solution.

A Modern Business System

The architecture of today’s modern business system combines the three important areas for an ERP evaluation: User Experience, Application Functionality and ERP Technology.

  • User Experience

    Anywhere, anytime access using any device with a browser. The ability to view and interact with every page of the application on

    • Customizable views and dashboards, so every user can set their preferences in the user interface
    • Flexible reporting and Business Intelligence capabilities standard
    • Role-based permissions to allow access to specific fields or entire applications, depending on the role of user
    • Increased productivity by finding information faster with improved keyword search, data entry with suggestions and auto-complete, drag-and-drop functionality, and real-time connectivity with Excel
  • Application Functionality

    One database with real-time integrated processes to ensure data accuracy (such as merging ERP and CRM in a single system)

    • Embedded user-defined workflow processes, such as approvals, to be routed automatically
    • Optional industry-specific product extensions to enhance base functionality
    • Integration with other software solutions through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that do not change with every release
    • Global capabilities, including multi-company, multi-language, and multi-currency support
    • Auditable with an electronic record of transaction activity
  • ERP Technology

    True cloud, with NO software installed on your device. Built for the cloud, but can also run on your local servers.

    • Add users, including customers or partners, without having to buy additional user licenses or install software on their devices
    • Built with common Microsoft tools for ease of future development

Acumatica’s ERP platform leverages the world’s best cloud and mobile technology to deliver a suite of fully integrated business management applications such as Financials, Distribution, CRM, Manufacturing, Service Management, Project Accounting, and Business Intelligence.

The Acumatica ERP platform is a scalable infrastructure of core components that run in the background so you can focus your attention on workflows, productivity, and business logic—not technology. Because Acumatica’s ERP platform uses standard web technologies and development languages, you can modify your business logic using the platform tools or a separate integrated development environment.

To dig deeper, view this 17-minute video that provides a comprehensive overview of Acumatica Cloud ERP including the applications, user interface, workflow, reporting and the modern web platform on which Acumatica is built.

Acumatica Overview V2 (17 minutes)