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Brian Villaros

Sage X3 interactive product tour

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Take the Sage X3 Interactive Product Tour and see what Sage X3 can do for you!sage_x3_preferred_rgb1

This is a pretty slick tour where you have the ability to navigate through the menu bar and view areas that interest you the most or through areas you want to learn more about. Topics include dashboards, customized data views, creating sales orders, tracking materials, and calculating costs, quality control management, cash management optimization, and much more.

Sage X3 is easy to use, robust, and simplifies every part of your operation leaving you lean and ready for whatever comes next.

Start your Sage X3 Interactive Product Tour!

Best budgeting solutions for Sage ERP X3

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Third party budgeting software vendors are competing to make their Sage ERP X3 add-ons more powerful, more secure, and easier to use. This article will explore what to look for in today’s best budgeting solutions for Sage X3.

Web Budgeting solutions versus Traditional Enterprise Budgeting software

I’m just going to cut to the chase: for most people, budgeting is a dreaded task because it can be logistically messy, tedious due to the traditional process of manually linking together spreadsheets, but your outlook will drastically improve with modern budgeting and forecasting tools, by independent software vendors (ISVs). If you’re a company of a healthy size, you’re likely outgrowing manual Excel budgets, so take note of third party planning tools to accelerate and improve your process. Today’s best budgeting solutions invite you to facilitate secure collaboration, offering ownership to contributors and less tedium as a budget manager.

Planning processes typically require more than one person to contribute to the finished product.  Budgeting entails comparing historical actuals with research for projections. Excel is trusted and utilized around the world, but it can be tedious when involving multiple players in the collaborative process of planning. A lot of finance departments are still using Excel, while some have implemented Sage Budgeting & Planning, so an investment in an ISV solution beyond their license, might seem like a cost that can be avoided. This article will discuss the list of benefits associated with deploying a third party budgeting solution for an improved Sage X3 experience.

ISV planning solution implementations have become more prominent recently, likely because of the secure, but flexible abilities to collaborate for all contributors involved.  Moreover, some budgeting solutions are Excel-powered, some are web-based, and some are driven by both the familiarity of the spreadsheet program and the accessibility of the web. The premier ISV budgeting tools also incorporate accounting logic with the business end user in mind, with easy-to-configure automation and reuse of templates.

Third party software vendors have heard consumer needs for a secure and logistically streamlined experience.  Some budgeting tools allow budget managers to give department supervisors ownership of the budget they have to manage, without back-and-forth e-mails with potentially heavy spreadsheet attachments or tedious linking together of disparate spreadsheets. The budget manager can then oversee a complete, cohesive, and collaborative budget. And it’s not too good to be true – your return on investment will not just be money, but time and energy as well.

When it comes to investment in a modern, dynamic budgeting solution, you will see results in terms of money, time, and staff morale. But maybe you’re wondering: what should I looking for as I start shopping for a budgeting solution to upgrade their Sage X3 budgeting experience? Main considerations include Excel, proprietary, and/or web platforms, integrating from data storage sources, and budgeting as an option within a fully integrated, comprehensive suite of Business Intelligence (BI) tools.

We have established the power associated with the familiarity and flexibility of Excel formatting with the finance professional community, but Excel add-in products take the product up a notch for budgeting processes. More specifically, Excel add-in solutions empower you to securely collaborate on reusable budgets with more powerful, more dynamic functionality. Alternatively, proprietary interfaces are also an option.

Some ISVs are asserting that Excel is a logistical mess for planning, and these companies are offering their own propriety platforms, with some being Windows-based tools and some web-based products. With an interface that doesn’t have Excel formatting, users have to learn a whole new set of formulas and coding in order to create budgets. In the context of learning the product, Excel add-ins are going to be cheaper and easier for most finance teams to embrace. Then, there are also web-based products to consider.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the web is the present and future for the software world. Web budgeting is a newer offering, but can be built with Excel formatting or with a proprietary interface. If you work for a company that has a lot of users, it is simply cheaper to go the web budgeting route, in terms of licensing, but beyond that, the flexibility of access from anywhere you have an internet connection is probably the most appealing aspect of this option. I would recommend going with a web-based solution that offers Excel formatting as a way to combine the best of both worlds: familiarity with flexibility. Beyond that, you’re going to want to consider key capabilities.

Not every product can be perfect for every consumer, but you should be looking for some foundational features. You will want the capability to compare actuals with projections side by side, spread totals across a year, easily add multiple line items for accounts, produce roll-ups, reconcile multiple currencies, build reusable templates, view authorship, utilize what-if scenarios for potential fluctuations in your budget, and employ parameters like Department, Division, and Entity. More powerful tools will invite you to go beyond the General Ledger, with deeper analysis and planning. All of this ability is the present and future, but ease-of-use has to be the number one priority.

This blog has covered both sides of integrating with an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) cubes versus data warehouses, but whatever you decide on should be business user-friendly for your team. Do you have personnel with the right skill set to manage an OLAP cube? Will you need a data warehouse due to the diversity of your data types? Should you have other BI goals, how does a particular budgeting tool fit into that vision?
Some planning solutions are a part of a larger, comprehensive suite of BI tools, completely integrated for a singular approach to associated, but separate analytics. If you manage other BI processes, like financial reporting, dashboards, inancial consolidations, or maintaining data in a warehouse, whether you do it now or as part of a plan for the future, you should look at solutions that are positioned within a BI suite. In terms of ease of use, you can then deal with one manufacturer, consultant, reseller, and support team. Solver offers Excel and web budgeting stand-alone solutions or as part of the comprehensive suite of BI360 modules and would be happy to answer questions and generally review BI360’s easy-to-use Planning solution for collaborative, streamlined decision-making capabilities with Sage X3.

sage_x3_preferred_rgb1Thank you to our partner Solver for allowing us to share their blog with our readers.

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ERP insight for food and beverage companies

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Are you worried about product recall management, regulatory compliance, and managing complex processes across multiple lines? Do you spend a lot of time and energy on recipe management, quality control, lot traceability, allergens, and shelf-life tracking?

There is a better way to manage these unique and complex aspects of your business. View our recorded webcast and learn how today’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions can help you address increasing pressures to reduce costs, improve food safety, and quality control.

Learn more by viewing our recorded webcast below!

ERP Insight for Food and Beverage Companies – Webcast Replay

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This is just the first of a series of webcasts and we just lined up our second webcast, Product Recall Management.

Learn more and register for our Product Recall Management webcast here.

What customers around the globe are saying about Sage X3

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Sage X3 customer reviews

Sage customers around the globe are raving about Sage X3. Check out this video to hear what they have to say.

NexTec boasts the largest, most experienced Sage X3 consultants in North America.

If you would like to learn more, use the form at the right to contact us and we’ll be happy to set up a demo. Soon you could be taking advantage of the powerful features Sage X3 has to offer and become a raving fan, too. We look forward to seeing your Sage X3 review.

NexTec Group adds Sage CRM to portfolio of products

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You can’t be truly customer-centric unless you have CRM software. Even if you were, you wouldn’t be able to prove it, because you couldn’t measure it and track it.

You can’t be truly customer-centric unless you have CRM software.

NexTec Group, a national and leading provider of Sage software and Microsoft Dynamics solutions for mid-sized companies, is pleased to announce they have expanded their product portfolio by adding Sage CRM as another powerful and familiar option for their clients.

Sage CRM, used by over 14,000 companies worldwide, is affordable, easy to deploy, install, manage, learn, and use. In addition, the latest release of Sage CRM includes integration with Sage’s leading ERP solutions for small and medium businesses, Sage ERP X3, and Sage 500 ERP. This enables businesses to benefit from a powerful integrated solution, with instant access to real-time ERP data from within Sage CRM putting customers at the center of your business.

“NexTec is thrilled to expand our product offering to include Sage CRM. As a sales focused, web-based product, it will allow us to provide an affordable and adaptable solution to new customers in our target markets. The flexibility and built-in functionality are outstanding, and it also offers powerful configuration tools and a choice of deployment models. Companies can run it in the cloud, on their own servers, or even a private host if they prefer, unlike some solutions that limit your options.” states Russ Harper, VP Technology, NexTec Group.

Learn how Microsoft Dynamics GP can help if you are outgrowing QuickBooks

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You are using QuickBooks to manage your finances. As your business has grown and become more complex, are you:

  • having performance or reliability issues with it?ms_gp
  • concerned about its ability to scale with changing business needs?
  • worried about regulatory compliance?
  • apprehensive about the security of your organization’s financial information?

If you are experiencing any of the above, then perhaps it’s time to consider upgrading your accounting software.

We invite you to view this Microsoft webcast* and learn how Microsoft Dynamics GP can help your company:

  • gain deep insight into your business processes for more effective decision making.
  • integrate with familiar Microsoft Office system applications like Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • get up and running quickly and affordably at a price designed to fit your budget.

Microsoft Dynamics GP gives you the power, performance, and reliability you need for your growing business. View the webcast and learn how Microsoft Dynamics GP can meet your company’s needs now and into the future.

And be sure to download this helpful guide: A Guide for Businesses Outgrowing QuickBooks

Contact your local NexTec associate if you have any questions about Microsoft Dynamics GP or if you would like to arrange a time to meet with us for a demonstration.

*Presented by Julie Herman, Partner Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation