Boucher looked at large ERP systems from SAP and Microsoft Dynamics, but decided they didn’t fit his requirements. One proposal included several programs bolted together but lagged in some technologies Ergoresearch needed, and would not be easy to integrate with their existing systems. The other offered a web-based program, but it was based on ABAP, a difficult programming language as a base, which didn’t provide a solid foundation upon which to grow, Boucher says.
Although suitable for large enterprises, Boucher found neither large tech company’s solution compelling. But Acumatica’s ERP, built on Microsoft’s .NET technologies, is architected for the future, he says. “Our IT team really liked the structure. They are so happy about how the infrastructure is built, how easy it is to adapt to, and that it is the best of breed programming language.”
Boucher liked Acumatica’s unlimited user business model rather than its competitor’s license fees per user. “If we were billed by the user, there would be a heavy amount of reoccurring costs, and that’s not great,” he says.
Acumatica is web-based and suits the company’s mobile workforce. Some employees travel to the company’s 14 retail outlets or its 100 satellite offices visiting doctors and working on orthotics for knees and feet. “We needed a highly flexible infrastructure that wouldn’t be a chokepoint in our system,” he said. “We want to be very agile, and that is the case with Acumatica.”