FBBS now has a connected, cloud-based business solution that can be accessed no matter where an employee is located – at one of the company’s three locations, on the road, or at home. “Acumatica allows anyone access to the system, wherever they are. If someone needs to work from home and be productive, they can do that,” Slaughter says.
The ability to access data remotely when the pandemic hit was critical. “The cloud access from anywhere was a big deal for us,” he says. “We just couldn’t do that with our old system, and we would have been in a world of hurt during this critical time.”
Obtain Critical Information Quickly
Slaughter and the FBBS team now readily access the information they need. They don’t hunt around, export data from various software, and then import data into yet another software package. “On a daily basis I can see information quickly,” Slaughter says. “I can create a Generic Inquiry and manipulate the view to get to the data that I want to see. With Acumatica, the sky’s the limit. Whatever we want to see, however we want to see it, we’re able to create a simple inquiry to make that happen.”
The ability to access the information he wants quickly allows Slaughter to make better, more-informed decisions, he says. “I like to make decisions based on data, and with Acumatica, peeling the layers back and diving deeper is easy to do. We are no longer making guesses but decisions with the data to back it up.”
A Flexible Solution that Connects Easily
Acumatica is intuitive and easy to use. “Acumatica is much more user friendly than what we had before,” Slaughter says. “The integration with Microsoft Office, especially Outlook and Excel, has been great.”
Slaughter likes that Acumatica is a flexible platform right out of the box that doesn’t require outside customization. With Acumatica’s modern Open API structure, the solution can be quickly personalized to suit an employee’s unique needs. “I love that Acumatica is so flexible that you can tailor it to work best for what your business processes are,” he says.
Improved Insight into Inventory
Specialty orders that need some fabrication are routine at FBBS. The company sells a lot of products from various manufacturers that combine a large number of SKUs. Fabrication requests and special orders made tracking those orders and inventory in its legacy software nearly impossible.
“With Acumatica, we can see what we have. Gaining visibility like that has been a huge improvement,” Slaughter says. “With our specialty orders and fabrication, we couldn’t just set up a SKU before.” CAL Business Solutions helped FBBS configure Acumatica to identify and categorize different lot sizes, specialty work, and nontraditional work to be easily accessible and identifiable.
“Acumatica can be configured to do all the things we needed for our industry, but it also has the flexibility to go above and beyond,” Slaughter says.
With Acumatica, FBBS knows what’s in stock, and more importantly, where it is.
“Acumatica handles inventory so much better than our old system,” he says. “This is a big-time saving for us to see live inventory availability across our three different locations and not have to resort to various spreadsheets or wander through our yards of products like we did before.”
Modern Business Platform for Growth
Slaughter and Frederick Block, Brick & Stone now have a modern, ever-evolving business foundation for growth. Gaining reliable, remote access via the Cloud prepares them for the future. FBBS operates much more efficiently, employees are more productive, and can work from anywhere they have access to an Internet connection.
“Acumatica certainly makes us a better business,” Slaughter says. ”It’s been very beneficial to understand and see what’s going on in our business, in real-time.”
“There are a lot of features and modules available in Acumatica that we haven’t utilized yet. But thinking ahead to where our business may be five years from now, we feel like we have a solution for our business that we can easily add to and grow with over time,” he adds.
Slaughter likes that Acumatica is building a strong user community, which the company taps to improve the software on a continual and scheduled basis. He also likes that Acumatica holds an annual user Summit where he can learn about new third-party add-on applications and understand new functionality.
“There is a lot to like about Acumatica and I love that they are quickly growing,” Slaughter says. “I like that they are putting money back into the solution to make it better for everyone. We now have a business solution that we know is going to continue to improve over time.”