Five Reasons to Make the Switch to Acumatica ERP

Five Reasons to Make the Switch from Dynamics GP to Acumatica Cloud ERP

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Five Reasons to Make the Switch to Acumatica ERPFor years, Microsoft Dynamics GP served your company well. But the introduction of Cloud ERP solutions changed everything. Growing businesses need software that is flexible, resilient and innovative. In times of turmoil or disaster, Cloud ERP helps protect your business from prolonged outages with frequent backups and allows your entire team to access the platform from anywhere at any time.

Over the past 12 months, Microsoft has shifted its focus away from Dynamics GP. Our NexTec customers have found huge success in switching from their GP solutions to Acumatica Cloud ERP, winner of Best ERP Software by PCMag and Best Manufacturing Solution by SIIA CODIE Awards.

Below, we highlight the reasons why our customers chose to convert to Acumatica and how you can make the switch to the most adaptable business management solution on the market.

 

Why Convert?

The number one thing we hear from our Dynamics GP customers who have switched to Acumatica is, “I wish I had done this sooner.” Here’s why:

1. Deployment

Implementing a new ERP is a big undertaking, which may be part of the reason you’ve put off making the switch. The good news is that ERP software has evolved to make implementing and learning a new solution easier than ever.

Acumatica is a true cloud and mobile product that makes it easy for customers to choose the applications they want to implement and when. Flexible deployment options, browser-based access and multiple licensing choices make the implementation process much more streamlined than in the past. Acumatica’s screen navigation and module layout are very similar to GP but offer much more robust functionality and its point-and-click conversion tool helps speed up and simplify the conversion process.

2. Integration

Older software solutions have trouble integrating with modern tools for eCommerce or advanced warehouse management. According to a report released by Gartner, organizations must modernize their integration strategy if they want to ensure success. One the biggest roadblocks to this integration strategy is relying on inflexible tools and techniques meant for previous-generation ERP deployments.

Fortunately, a cloud-based solution like Acumatica comes with built-in API automation that simplifies electronic communication with third-party apps. Popular tools like Shopify or sales tax software Avalara are easy to integrate and can help extend your Acumatica software to meet the specific needs of your business.

3. Cost

We get it, switching from Dynamics GP sounds costly and time-consuming. But what if we told you that customers who have already converted from Dynamics GP to Acumatica were able to enhance operational efficiency, improve growth margins and increase sales volume?

By investing in a system built for the new digital economy, you can:

  • Reduce the cost of goods sold
  • Reallocate IT resources
  • Optimize marketing spend

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4. Scalability

Planning for the future can be difficult without the proper tools in place to help you adapt to changing circumstances. While it’s impossible to be certain about your business’ growth path, having a future-proof business management solution in place will result in a fully connected business that achieves continuity and resiliency no matter what the future holds.

With Acumatica, there is no restrictive per-user pricing model, so you can extend the solution to add more users when needed. In terms of functionality, growing businesses may start by implementing Acumatica’s financial management and CRM features and plug into new tools for distribution management or BI further down the road. Cloud ERP solutions like Acumatica are designed to allow you to start small and expand your business processes when you’re ready.

5. Accessibility

One of the biggest benefits of switching to a Cloud ERP is the ability to access your business information anywhere, at any time, from any device.

Acumatica offers 24/7 system access from any location on any device. Your system’s user interface is responsive, which means that it adapts to various screen sizes and orientations, making workflows consistent no matter how your team is interacting with the system. For employees out in the field, the Acumatica mobile app is incredibly user-friendly and helps make tasks like time or expense reporting simple and efficient.

 

NexTec Group has one of the largest and most experienced teams of certified Acumatica and GP consultants. The dual-product expertise gives us a distinct advantage in helping our customers make the transition to the Cloud. To learn more about switching to Acumatica, check out our Dynamics GP to Acumatica Conversion Guide or reach out to us. We’d love to chat.

 

 

Acumatica 2020 R2

New Features to Look for in Acumatica 2020 R2

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Acumatica 2020 R2

If you need a business management solution or ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) that fits your industry, is flexible, customizable and easy to update because it’s in the Cloud, look no further than Acumatica. It won an Editors’ Choice Award from PCMag.com in both 2018 and 2019, which noted its ease-of-use, customization capabilities, mobility features and pricing model among reasons to consider it for your company.

In the newly released Acumatica 2020 R2 ERP solution, every application module has been enhanced in some way.

New Functionality Added to Acumatica Cloud ERP

No matter your business focus, Acumatica 2020 R2 has a wide range of new features designed to empower users to deliver their best results by working smarter, not harder. The update delivers both usability improvements and added functionality to make Acumatica an even better option for growing businesses.

A Modern User Experience

No matter what you do, your ERP solution is only as powerful as its user experience. As always, Acumatica ERP software has worked hard to deliver improvements to the core product:

  • Automatically create AP documents – Create important financial documents directly from your vendor bills to save time. 
  • Access recently viewed records – Instantly see your most recent records to save time in searching. Acumatica 2020 R2 stores up to 500 of your most recent records for easy retrieval. Records are easily organized by document type to help you dial in on what’s important at the moment. 
  • Gain real-time visibility – Dashboards and common areas automatically refresh so you can trust you’re working with the latest insights and details.
  • Simplify generic inquiries – An intuitive interface allows users to make generic inquiries not related to specific customers, documents or data.
  • Preview query results – Users can get a data preview of query results before clicking through to make sure they’ve found what they need. This can help save time in backtracking and forming new queries.

Vertical-Focused Enhancements

Acumatica has earned a reputation for creating powerful features specific to various industries, and the new Acumatica 2020 R2 is no different. Here’s a look at the superior functionality and enhancements that will help you dominate your market:

  • Cross-company sales capability – This unique feature allows companies to buy and sell from each other to streamline sales growth.
  • Native Shopify integration – Acumatica 2020 R2 connects directly with your Shopify store to supercharge your B2C commerce. This new integration was built on a brand new commerce engine that makes it easy to connect your e-commerce applications.
  • Reduce bad debt – Simplify and streamline the collections process with faster payment and credit card processing directly inAcumatica 2020 R2 the ERP solution.
  • Protect shipments – Postpone shipments until payment is received, helping protect your products and finances and minimize collections and penalties.
  • Flexible appointment scheduling – New appointment features allow your appointments to span multiple days. This makes it easy to log miles, breaks and expenses for single jobs across multi-day projects.

Future-Proof Features

No matter your industry, Acumatica ERP software serves to improve everything from warehouse management to advanced planning and scheduling to distribution. The new launch of its game-changing management solution enables all of the above using features that help you future-proof your business operations:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning – AI and ML are the foundation of automation to help you slash time without cutting corners. These features are put to work in multiple aspects of Acumatica’s new ERP software, including automatically generating AP documents and providing real-time insight.
  • Advanced workflow engine – Visually modify workflows to gain a better understanding of how operations are conducted. Easily make changes to your management solution to see how new processes impact the overall ecosystem.
  • OData standards supported – Acumatica ERP software supports the latest OData standards to keep you compliant.
  • Mobile device compatibility – Access critical data in Acumatica from mobile devices in a tailor-made mobile experience.
  • Open architecture – An open platform allows for rapid integrations, scalability and ease of use to position you for future growth.

More About Acumatica

While there are many benefits to selecting Acumatica as your ERP solution, one of the biggest is its ability to innovate. Thanks to its 100% Acumatica partner model, the company can focus a high percentage of its staff on research and development while allowing a selective and well-trained group of Acumatica partners, like NexTec Group, the freedom to customize a solution for customers like you.

Knowing this, the company’s innovation is put on display during its semi-annual updates—times where Acumatica can show off the new features and functionality added to the platform.

Learn More About Acumatica 2020 R2

NexTec Group is proud to be an Acumatica partner. We’ve helped hundreds of customers modernize and grow their businesses with Acumatica and would love to show you how the solution can work for your company. To learn more about Acumatica 2020 R2 and to see a live demo of the product, register for our upcoming webinar or reach out to us

 

Webcast - Acumatica 2020 R2

Upcoming Webcast: See why people are raving about Acumatica 2020 R2

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Acumatica recently launched Acumatica 2020 R2 – the latest full-featured version of their award-winning Cloud ERP.

Join us on December 2nd to see a demo of Acumatica 2020 R2 and the significant new advances across the Acumatica Cloud xRP Platform, including:

  • A streamlined user experience
  • A fresh, modern design and new functionality to work smarter, not harder
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning that reduce the chance for human error and the drudgery of repetitive manual tasks
  • Exclusive new features developed by NexTec for our customers
  • The best third-party software on the market today to extend the power of Acumatica

Lunch is on us and our partner, Acumatica, so save your seat today!

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How to Reduce Stress in Manufacturing

How to Reduce Stress in Manufacturing

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How to Reduce Stress in ManufacturingThe manufacturing industry has always been rife with challenges. The events of 2020, however, have compounded the typical hurdles manufacturers face and have created new ones as well.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, skilled labor was already in short supply, and many manufacturers continue to struggle to fill critical hourly positions. And even when those positions are filled, companies must get creative in maintaining social distancing in the workplace. 

As companies reassess their finances in the wake of COVID-19 disruptions, plans for expansion or investments in technology may have been brought to a grinding halt. Add to that global supply chain disruption, shifting consumer buying behaviors and political uncertainty, and it is not surprising that manufacturers are feeling stressed about the financial and operational health of their organizations.

In this uncertain environment, software like an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution can help bring clarity and certainty to your manufacturing business. Here’s how ERP is helping to reduce workplace stress. 

Manufacturing ERP Provides a Single Source of Truth for Operations

To drive efficiency and cost savings, manufacturers rely on integrated solutions like an ERP. A cloud-based ERP solution serves to unify fragmented systems and departments across your business to develop deeper insights into your processes and operations. These departments include, but are not limited to:

  • Inventory management
  • Production planning
  • Contract management
  • Vendor relationships
  • Customer service
  • Order tracking
  • Shipments
  • Resource planning
  • Financial management
  • Warranty management

Between hiring new talent and pivoting to cater to new consumer buying patterns, manufacturers can benefit from implementing a manufacturing ERP system. ERP serves as a central data repository where you can document and optimize processes, performance metrics and procedures to ensure a quality final product and high customer satisfaction rates. 

Documenting the myriad pieces of your operations to achieve the desired results can help to maintain consumer trust and regulatory requirements on an ongoing basis, regardless of turnover or market shifts. It can also streamline the onboarding process to ramp up your new hires and turn them into top producers.

By having all the data from across your business centralized in one system, you get direct insight into your organization’s financial health. You can use real-time data to make key decisions that could affect your profitability and secure your longevity in the marketplace.

ERP Automation Becomes Critical for Cost Reduction

Manufacturing is still largely a manual process, but the automation features in a manufacturing ERP seek to change this, at least in part. By automating back-end processes, companies can free up valuable man-hours and reduce human error, both of which directly impact your bottom line.

And making these adjustments to the way your business runs comes at a critical time. Because of social distancing on assembly lines, many manufacturers are experiencing longer runs with fewer products. This not only drives up the cost of operations, but could be more prone to human error because it’s a different approach than what employees are used to.

Companies may be hesitant to make big capital investments in an ERP solution right now, but the payoffs are hard to ignore: tasks are performed without the risk of human error, sick days or limited availability, allowing the business to keep going at an efficient, predictable pace.

The Advantages of an ERP in the Cloud

Reducing Stress in Manufacturing

A cloud-based ERP helps manufacturers capitalize on the advantages of an ERP solution better and faster than an on-premise solution. Cloud-based systems don’t require any additional hardware or maintenance since they’re hosted off-site. Cloud accessibility also means that employees can access the system from anywhere, enabling some employees the opportunity to work from home.

The availability of real-time data from anywhere at any time helps manufacturers respond quicker and more effectively to shifts in consumer demand – a feat that COVID-19 has shown is essential as demand patterns seemingly change overnight.

Explore Acumatica Cloud ERP – Manufacturing Edition

Opting for a Cloud-based ERP solution provides manufacturers with the functionality needed to streamline operations. By automating your financials, distribution, manufacturing, retail, e-commerce, customer relationship management and project accounting processes within one, integrated platform, you gain financial predictability and the opportunity to grow your business. 

Acumatica Cloud ERP – Manufacturing Edition is designed to address the challenges of the manufacturing industry. As a complete multi-site manufacturing control and planning system, Acumatica supports multiple manufacturing methodologies, including make to stock (MTS), make to order (MTO), engineer to order (ETO), configure to order (CTO), batch process and more. 

To learn more about how Acumatica can help you reduce stress in your manufacturing business, check out our product tour or reach out to us. We’d love to chat.

What you Need to Know Before Selecting a Manufacturing ERP

What you Need to Know Before Selecting a Manufacturing ERP

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What you Need to Know Before Selecting a Manufacturing ERP

An Enterprise Resource Planning system, or an ERP, is a solution that provides manufacturers with end-to-end visibility into their operations. It allows users to manage their accounting, finance, operations, projects, distribution and inventory processes in one single platform. ERP software is often hosted in the cloud, which means that company data is accessible anywhere, anytime and on any browser-enabled device.

Our newest ERP selection guide for manufacturers provides readers with:

  • The benefits of choosing an ERP solution created specifically for manufacturers
  • The steps to take in selecting an ERP that is right for your business
  • The top features and functionality you should look for in an ERP for manufacturers

Acumatica Cloud ERP is rated highest in customer satisfaction for Cloud Core Financial Suites. By automating a number of related back-office processes, Acumatica helps businesses streamline operations and manage growth.

Download your copy of our ERP Selection Guide for Manufacturers or visit our resource center for additional information. To learn more about Acumatica Cloud ERP, reach out today.

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How an ERP Solution Helps you Address these Five Field Services Challenges

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How an ERP Solution Helps you Address these Five Field Services Challenges

Field services companies face unique challenges, from contract management and data integration to scheduling, dispatching and route management.

Managing these challenges requires business software designed for the field services industry. An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution like Acumatica Cloud ERP, brings together finances, dispatching, warranty management, inventory and more into one flexible, robust system. This allows businesses to meet field services challenges head-on and take control of their finance, accounting, technicians, service and customer satisfaction.  

Here’s a closer look at how Acumatica ERP software helps you address five of the most cumbersome field services challenges.

1. First-Time Fix Rates

Returning to a customer site to redo work is costly, which is why it’s critical to get it right the first time. Return work is often due to poor, inaccurate or incomplete information about the customer’s problem, inaccurate location data, incorrect equipment or a mismatch with technician skills.

With Acumatica Field Service Management, scheduling the right people at the right time with the right skills to perform the work is handled quickly and efficiently. By being able to quickly capture service needs and access customer information, product history and resources required for a job, you can shorten the time between call receipt and job assignment and ensure the work is done right the first time.

2. Warranty Management

This time-consuming but required activity can cause headaches for field services businesses who aren’t able to accurately track and manage warranties.

With Acumatica, warranty management is integrated with other applications, helping to make establishing warranty offers for your customers and specifying which parts are under warranty easier and more streamlined. Having the ability to track multidimensional contracts (different warranties for different components of the system) from sales to repair in the field helps ensure billing accuracy, avoids confusion, mischarges and objections, and improves customer satisfaction.

3. Service Contract Management

Maintaining the revenue from recurring service contracts is crucial for most field services businesses. But without visibility into renewal dates for each contract, you could be leaving money on the table. 

An ERP solution like Acumatica comes equipped with dashboards that can alert your service team of expiring contracts and allows them to create and manage multiple service schedules per customer. 

4. Emergency Service Calls

No matter how prepared your services team is, emergency service calls have the ability to derail an entire day’s work. With an ERP solution to help handle unplanned service calls, you can find out how changes to planned routes, scheduling and equipment availability will affect the team with the least amount of impact to the planned schedule. New and updated service orders can be sent directly to the technicians mobile device through your Acumatica system.

5. Siloed Data

Field services companies that keep customer data, processes, scheduling and financials in separate systems risk customer satisfaction and customer retention rates. An all-in-one cloud ERP like Acumatica provides users with a 360-degree view of customer activities, helping to improve the customer experience and elevating satisfaction for higher recurring revenue and a competitive advantage. 

By integrating your customer management (CRM), sales, inventory, purchasing, accounting, manufacturing, project accounting and financial reporting into one system, you can streamline dispatching, reduce response and minimize costs.

Acumatica Cloud ERP helps drive your field services business further. By taking control of your finances, putting the right tools in the hands of your technicians and getting a 360-degree view of your customers, you can exceed customer expectations and increase profits. To learn more about Acumatica delivered by NexTec Group, reach out to us now. We’d love to chat.

Webcast: The future of GP and Why you should consider Acumatica (Recorded)

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For years, Microsoft Dynamics GP has served your company well. But a shift in Microsoft’s focus may have you wondering, “What’s next for Dynamics GP?” The good news is that NexTec has your back. Our GP consultants are also certified in Acumatica and can help you make the switch to a fast, cloud-connected company accessible from remote workstations and mobile devices. Watch this webcast to learn more.

Webcast agenda

  • The future of GP
  • Why convert from GP to Acumatica?
  • Acumatica options: On-premise or Cloud-connected
  • Acumatica demo

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First Year Free GP to Acumatica Migration Offer

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Announcing a SLeek way to SLip into Acumatica

Webcast: Announcing a SLeek way to SLip into Acumatica (Recorded)

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For years, Microsoft Dynamics SL has served your company well. But a shift in Microsoft’s focus and the recent acquisition of JAAS Systems by Acumatica may have you wondering, “What’s next for Dynamics SL?”

The good news is that NexTec has your back. Our SL consultants are also certified in Acumatica. They helped many customers make the switch to a fast, cloud-connected company accessible from remote workstations and mobile devices.

Webcast agenda

  • The future of SL
  • Why convert from SL to Acumatica?
  • Acumatica options: On-premise or Cloud-connected
  • Acumatica demo

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First Year Free SL to Acumatica Migration Offer

Contact us to learn about an exclusive offer to make the transition from SL to Acumatica. Offer available now through Dec 31, 2020.

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Multi-Warehouse Woes: Challenges in Maintaining Visibility across Multiple Locations

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Warehousing and distribution companies pride themselves in being able to provide customers with the products they need when and where they need them. Because warehousing and distribution business is demand-driven, this often means that most companies require multiple warehouses across various state lines, shipping zones or international borders. Any seasoned distributor knows the challenges of employing a multi-warehouse strategy for distribution, but the benefits of this type of approach far outweigh these challenges.

Below, we discuss both the challenges and benefits of running a multi-warehouse strategy for distribution and how cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software can help increase visibility across locations and provide you with the insight you need to grow your business. 

The Benefits and Challenges of a Multi-Warehouse Strategy

The benefits of opening additional warehousing and distribution centers are clear: you can reduce shipping costs, reduce delivery time and handle more SKUs. But additional locations also makes it much more challenging to maintain accurate stock counts, ensure accurate order processing, efficiently handle taxes and currency and maintain control over inventory storage costs.

Multi-Location operations require increased visibility.

The root of all these challenges can be grouped into one overarching issue most distributors struggle with daily: visibility. 

Warehousing and distribution organizations with good visibility into their operations, inventory, financials and supply chain management are able to deliver on the promises they make to customers.

While the decision to add new locations is an investment that can pay for itself in a variety of ways, it also represents a significant increase in labor, capital and operating expenses. In addition to these challenges, the decision to open multiple facilities requires the implementation of new systems and processes to route and ship orders. Now, instead of having one fulfillment department responsible for every order, multiple fulfillment teams at multiple locations will have to communicate with each other to ensure accuracy and efficiency.

This makes it very easy to end up with mixed messages, inefficiencies or stock-outs at one location, resulting in your business losing the benefits that come from opening the second location in the first place.

How to Increase Visibility across Multiple Warehouses

Whether you are opening your second, 20th or 200th warehousing or distribution facility, visibility between locations is always a concern. With the help of integrated ERP software, however, you can bring together data from across your entire organization to better control inventory, increase profitability, reduce costs and increase customer and supplier satisfaction.

Cloud ERP software integrates operational processes at all of your locations into one solution, providing you with accurate real-time information that helps you better manage your business, anticipate issues and resolve challenges as they occur. Software designed for the distribution industry helps businesses like yours gain complete visibility into their inventory levels from multiple locations, which helps them create proactive workflows for replenishment processes and minimize inventory costs.

But increased visibility into your operations does more than help with just your inventory management processes. The benefits of a cloud-based ERP solution can also help your distribution company:

  • Improve customer satisfaction while minimizing costs

Efficiently manage distribution processes with real-time visibility into available inventory, inventory in transit, reorder quantities and inventory costs. You can also optimize quoting, acceptance, entry and fulfillment processes.

  • Reduce order times

Eliminate delays through automated sales order processing and shipping order generation. Set rules to manage multiple warehouses, returns, credit limits, drop shipments and more.

  • Anticipate future business 

Take a consumer demand-driven approach to ensure a steady supply of materials by optimizing and automating your purchasing process.

  • Understand your true costs

Determine real-time profitability by drilling down on data based on warehouse, product line, location or business unit. Use real-time information to control costs across the entire supply and distribution chain.

Solutions like Acumatica Cloud ERP help distribution companies automate processes and reduce errors in purchasing, order fulfillment, inventory tracking and customer support. By embracing a robust and flexible solution to manage all of your finance, operations, supply chain and distribution processes in one place, you can transform your business and ensure success. To learn more about how Acumatica can work for your distribution business, reach out to us. We’d love to chat.

Seven Signs it’s Time to Change Your ERP System

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Seven Signs it's Time to Change Your ERP System

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation is a huge undertaking, so it’s no surprise that many companies adopt the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” when referring to their ERP systems. But what happens when the system is broken and begins causing you problems rather than providing you with solutions?

A major reason companies refuse to look at new ERP solutions is that most small and medium-sized business leaders don’t have the time, personnel or budget to take on an update to their ERP legacy system.

Implementing a brand new ERP solution affects the entire organization and the way it operates. From reevaluating current processes and team configurations to revisiting workflows between departments, a new ERP forces management to examine the way their company currently operates and map out the ways it should operate within a new system.

But for most businesses, the benefits of implementing a modern ERP solution that streamlines processes and helps manage business growth far outweighs the costs.

So how do you know if your company is ready to take the plunge into implementing a new ERP? Here are seven signs it’s time for a change:

1. Small Inefficiencies Are Adding Up

Chances are good that there are more efficient ways to accomplish many of your business tasks. Tech moves fast, and the loss of efficient processes is a hidden cost, especially for non-cloud software. An outdated ERP legacy system also increasingly redirects resources into maintenance instead of allowing you to focus that money and energy on solving real problems.

2.  Business Needs Are Outgrowing ERP Capability

You know why you bought your first ERP system—to help manage a growing company. But if increasing maintenance and license fees are adding up as the team’s headcount grows, you may be dealing with a legacy system that doesn’t scale well. ERP software should support and streamline your team’s growth, not hinder it or generate more work.

3. Customer Needs Aren’t Being Met

Customers, suppliers and partners expect direct access to billing, shipping and inventory data. They don’t want to call someone to get this information and you don’t want to generate unnecessary customer service calls. Older systems weren’t designed for multiple user access and tend to be less customer-service oriented. These complexities are forcing many companies to rethink their software’s user experience. A cloud ERP solution can provide instant, anywhere access to real-time information. If you’re not providing that business value, your competitors might have an edge on you.

4. Workplace Dynamics Are Changing

Today’s business leaders are often working with employees or whole branches in remote locations due to telecommuting or hiring off site contractors. Operating with a business model that depends on a centralized office is simply not practical anymore. The user experience should extend beyond company walls so that productivity is never interrupted.

5. Employees Are Mobile and Information Needs to be, Too

By leveraging the potential of this decentralized world, more and more of the workforce is doing work from mobile devices on the road using tablets, laptops and phones. A cloud ERP solution turns this mobility into a clear business advantage by providing a seamless user experience from the office to home to mobile and back. An upgrade to a cloud-based ERP empowers scalability as you add employees, anywhere in the world.

6. You Don’t Have Access to Real-Time Information

If you have to dig for up-to-date information, it slows critical decision-making and impairs problem-solving capacity. With the Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities available in today’s data-driven business environment (Microsoft’s Power BI, Google Analytics, OData, and so much more), it’s going to be critical to add the value of interpretation and curation to that information. You need to know what parts of your business are working and what aren’t—and you need to know fast. This is one of the key drivers to consider when you replace your ERP.

7. Your ERP Isn’t Keeping up with Changing Regulations

Tax rules (and other industry compliance regulations) change every year, if not more often. For many businesses, compliance demands are constantly shifting. A cloud-based ERP solution allows companies to keep pace with changing compliance information. Legacy ERP solutions simply weren’t built for agile business pivots; what would happen if your company experienced a sudden increase in demand or was hit with an opportunity to expand? Could your ERP system scale to meet these changes?

If you’re a small or mid-sized business leader looking to streamline operations and ensure scalability, this is a great time to consider an ERP upgrade. A cloud-based solution provides the advantages of enterprise software without needing an enterprise-sized IT budget. As your business continues to grow, a cloud-based ERP will be able to grow with you

Learn how a cloud-based platform like Acumatica Cloud ERP provides customers with the accounting, finance, operations, distribution and inventory functionality they need to be successful by reaching out to us. We’d love to chat.