Moving to Acumatica’s cloud ERP system immediately meant that Exera could do away with much of its manual processing of HR processes of the past.
For example, it did not have to look to spreadsheets generated manually to track the resources on hand in the day-to-day operations. Besides managing payroll, Acumatica’s system could enable it to track the personnel in the company better and the roles they were involved in.
Since Exera provides security services to clients across the country, it had to have a way to access its information in a distributed manner, rather than have it in silos. The cloud thus provided a friendly and powerful extension to what Exera used to run.
Most importantly, Acumatica’s solution has enabled Exera to cope with its rapid growth. Year on year, Exera has boosted revenue by 35 per cent as it grew its staff strength, says Hamilton. “We are glad that the system we have been putting together has helped us stay on top of things.”
“We had to customize the admin and management interfaces for diverse and distributed workloads that needed custom reporting because of requirements with local laws,” he notes. “Now, it’s really helpful to have that captured in the system.”
One particular feature that will make even more of a difference in future is the real-time financial reports generated by the system. Exera is able to pull financial data for each month, rather than wait 30 to 45 days, like in the past. The result: Better visibility and improved decision making.
“As the company got larger, we needed to manage cashflow more intelligently,” says Hamilton. “The real-time reports on cashflow and on P&L really help me look at things more holistically.”
Exera is working closely with NetSmart to roll out more modules that support its claims management and expenditure tracking processes. The local knowledge and close coaching that Acumatica’s partner provides have enabled the rollout to be up and running quickly, says Hamilton.
The technology rollout has gone well, he notes. “We too need to transform, especially with staff who are not so familiar with computers, to get the system to work for us.”