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Acumatica 2018 R2 Overview

Acumatica 2018 R2, released on September 19th, includes significant enhancements to our Industry Solutions, Best in Class Modules and the Acumatica xRP Platform.

The new features address three specific areas:

  1. Customer satisfaction
  2. Usability
  3. Compliance

These continuous improvements increase the value of each customer’s investment in their Acumatica solution.

Acumatica 2018 R2

Benefits for Customers

Here’s a high-level overview of selected enhancements.

1. Acumatica Technology and xRP Platform

Mobile functionality has always been one of Acumatica’s top priorities. In 2018 R2, you’ll see usability improvements such as push notifications, navigation, and customization updates. In addition, our user interface now includes targeted pop-up notes, branch navigation, and improved date management.

Reporting now displays pivot tables along with the Generic Inquiries. Also, you can add a side panel in the Generic Inquiry function that allows users to manage the details of specific records in an inquiry using the same screen. If you create and distribute regular reporting packages, the new release allows you to string reports together by creating multiple reports and merging them into a single package before sending them as an HTML or PDF file.

We’ve included usability enhancements throughout 2018 R2. As you sign on to Acumatica, you’ll be greeted by a Welcome page that offers links to helpful resources. Pop up notes increase your productivity in working with documents, customers, vendors, and items. Improved navigation between companies and branches will increase usability and productivity for customers with multiple entities.

To help navigate between legal entities and branches or warehouses. Review the related details of the inquiry on the record they selected.

2. Best in Class Business Functionality

Financial Management is the heart of the Acumatica platform. We’ve made significant enhancements to close financial periods by company by providing different financial periods to manage books separately for each company in the same tenant. This means multi-entity companies can now close books independently of one another. We’re also providing a Tax Calculation Integration Plug-In to support a choice of sales tax calculation providers. And as promised, we’re offering more functionality to support ASC 606 compliance in deferred revenue recognition.

For Project Accounting we’re releasing labor cost rates and project labor cost accounting integrated with payroll. Also, new project quotes (convert opportunity to project) simplify project sales and pricing by supporting complex quote processes. This usability enhancement supports a connected business in which people on the road can work collaboratively with project managers to create quotes and easily convert them to projects.

CRM upgrades include Outlook integration enhancements that will link email activities with any contact in the system. The new Portal setup by branch allows users to display financial documents associated with all companies and branches, which enables organizations with multiple companies and branches to better control information that is visible to specific customers. This release also includes GDPR Compliance Tools to safeguard handling personal data. These tools let users protect personal data and restrict its processing.

Acumatica for Mobile Push Notifications for Business Process Monitoring and go directly to the document to respond. Visual representation on “Inventory Turns” to measure and alert performance.

3. Industry Specific Solutions

Distribution Edition offers several ease-of-use improvements. Improved discount functionality will save time in sales, order management, purchasing, and accounting. New landed cost document types capture and allocate landed costs while streamlining purchase receipt processing. They also provide landed cost allocation capabilities. The purchase return process enhances control over returns, including the necessary accounting transactions. Improvements to shipping functionality enable you to accurately match freight costs to shipments and reduce operating costs.

Manufacturing Edition delivers enhancements in Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), equipping manufacturers to consistently and cost-effectively set accurate and reliable delivery dates. Engineering Change Control provides additional revision status controls in the BOM to help you simplify and control product changes, improve product design, and reduce costs. Production Management enhancements streamline production of a stock item and simplify production management. For project-centric manufacturers, the new Project Accounting integration improves project visibility while reducing operating costs over multiple production runs so that businesses can determine profitability for large jobs and contracts.

Field Service Edition provides new functionality for creating a sales quote and a service order from an opportunity, along with the ability to easily copy notes and attachments into orders. Service orders can allocate items and display calculated tax amounts. To address the needs of repair and maintenance companies, we added inventory allocation controls and scheduling improvements that will help organizations ensure parts are ready when appointments are scheduled. Updates to pre-payment and tax calculation on orders make it possible for field workers to complete transactions while on the job. Improved cost tracking provides insights on service order profitability.

Commerce Edition improvements support omni-channel sales. We provided additional sales order processing workflows so that transactions originating from online systems with up-front payments can be processed and calculated differently from transactions entered by salespeople with payment terms.

Construction Edition includes enhancements to the Procore integration for managing field operations through real-time access, as well as upgrades to construction project management. Requests for Information (RFIs) improvements include a lifecycle management capability for requests, notifications, tracking, automatic email linking, and conversions from RFIs to change requests. New project issue management equips all team members to document, communicate, and manage issues on phones, tablets, and computers. Compliance improvements include automatic processing—for example, when a check is issued, Acumatica links it to the Lien Waiver on the bill and pre-fills the amount. Usability enhancements include adding stored materials to pro forma invoices, as well as import and export scenarios to update cost to complete, percentage of completion, and cost of completion for Work in Process (WIP) reporting.

Released in September, Acumatica R2 is designed to meet the latest needs of midsized companies. Learn about the four most important enhancements in a new report from Nucleus Research.

A look at Acumatica Cloud ERP Product Growth

It has been said that “past performance is generally the best predictor of future behavior.” Looking at our own past, we believe it’s an easy bet that Acumatica’s customers will continue to receive a stream of useful, well-executed product and technology enhancements for the foreseeable future.

With each release, Acumatica refines our business application’s functionality, user interface, reporting and more to deliver valuable tools to our users. We also control enhancements to the technology our product is built on – the Acumatica xRP platform. Substantial technical improvements are made with every release to improve Acumatica’s performance, mobility, deployment and integration capabilities.

To demonstrate our commitment to enriching and modernizing Acumatica systems, check out the progress we’ve made in our latest releases below.

Delivering More Enhancements to the Acumatica Platform in Acumatica 2018 R1

With the release of Acumatica 2018 R1, we are providing significant new functionality to the field service, project accounting, and inventory modules, as well as improved usability, mobility, financials, CRM, and platform enhancements. In addition, we are expanding the industry offerings with the general availability of Construction Edition, as well as Distribution Edition (coming in early April) and Acumatica Business Intelligence with Reporting, Dashboards and Data Analysis.

  • Acumatica 2018 R1
  • Acumatica Construction Edition
  • Acumatica Distribution Edition
  • Acumatica Business Intelligence with Reporting, Dashboards and Analytics

Below is a summary of these four areas:

1. General Availability of 2018 R1 on March 19th

Enhancements are being delivered in

  • Usability
  • Financials
  • CRM
  • Project Accounting
  • Field Service
  • Platform

Learn more:

  • View a short video by Ali Jani, Chief Product Officer, from Acumatica Summit 2018, summarizing the 2018 R1 highlights
  • View the 2018 R1 release of Acumatica

2. General Availability of Acumatica Construction Edition – Available Now

The Acumatica Construction Edition was announced and demonstrated in January at IBS (International Builders Show) and WOC (World of Concrete).  It provided the proof that for both residential or commercial contractors, Acumatica Construction Edition will help manage specific business management needs, including: job costing, compliance management, retainage, change orders, and document management.

For more information  please visit the Acumatica Construction Edition.

3. Announcing Distribution Edition – Available in April 2018

Many firms have distribution requirements, including retailers, manufacturers, service providers and wholesale distributors. Distribution Edition Includes Advanced Financials, Advanced Inventory, Sales Order Management, Requisition Management, Purchase Order Management, Advanced Fulfillment, and supports up to 10 entities at bundled pricing. The full range of modules are available as optional add-ons.

For more information please visit Acumatica Distribution Edition.

4. Business Intelligence with Reporting, Dashboards and Data Analysis

Quickly getting to the information buried in the vast amount of data is very important to help in making effective business decisions. Acumatica now has put our collection of self-service reporting and data analysis tools together in one place that is easy to find on the Products Menu here (https://www.acumatica.com/cloud-erp-software/reporting-dashboards-and-data-analysis/).  This collection includes:

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