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Bob Scott's Top 100 VARs 2017

NexTec Group is named to Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs for 2017

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Bob Scott's Top 100 VARs 2017

NexTec Group is named to Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs for 2017

NexTec Group has been named to the Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs for 2017. The Top 100 resellers are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software.

“We want to congratulate this year’s class of Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs,” said Bob Scott, executive editor of Bob Scott’s Insights. “This selection represents recognition of leaders in this important field.”

The selection is based on annual revenue generated by each reseller. A special report that includes names of the organizations selected for this year’s Top 100 list, ranked by revenue, is downloadable at http://www.bobscottsinsights.com.

This report is made possible by the continued support and cooperation of our readers and by our sponsors: Acumatica, Avalara and NetSuite.

“We are honored to be selected for the 2017 Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs,” said Alan Subel, NexTec’s Chief Consulting Officer. “NexTec has a long and proud reputation of helping our customers solve issues, grow and profit with the best ERP, BI and CRM solutions. Many of our clients are making the change toward cloud-based technology solutions and we are seeing tremendous success in the latest publisher software, like Sage X3, Acumatica Cloud ERP and Microsoft Dynamics. As competition increases and markets mature, our clients are looking to the latest technology capabilities to maximize their efficiency and provide a strong platform for their business growth. NexTec continues to enhance our portfolio of solution offerings and our reach into deeper industry vertical solutions.”

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 18 years. He has published this information via the Bob Scott’s Insights newsletter and website since 2009.

He has covered this market for nearly 26 years through print and electronic publications, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and has continued to address that market as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant since 2009.

About NexTec Group
NexTec Group is an award-winning business technology consultancy offering ERP, CRM, BI, Cloud and On-premise solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. We specialize in working closely with you to find the right technology and solution to fit your business the first time. We do it by offering a nationwide network of consultants who boast an average of 25 years’ experience in food and beverage, manufacturing, distribution, oilfield services, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, chemical, medical device and professional services. Embrace technology, transform your business. Learn more at nextecgroup.com

Download the NexTec press release on being named to Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs for 2017.

NexTec Group selected to Bob Scott’s VAR Stars for 2016

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NexTec named to Bob Scott's 2016 VAR Stars

NexTec named to Bob Scott’s 2016 VAR Stars

NexTec Group has been selected as a member of the Bob Scott’s VAR Stars for 2016, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in the field of midmarket financial software.

Members of the VAR Stars were selected based on factors such growth, industry leadership and recognition, and innovation. Selection is not based on revenue and those firms chosen represent a wide range of size and many different software publishers of accounting software.

“Each year, 100 VAR Stars are picked from the best organizations that market financial software. It is always an honor to recognize those who contribute to the development of our business,” Bob Scott said.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a Bob Scott VAR star for 2016.” Alan Subel, CCO, NexTec Group adds, “It continues to be our ambition to help our customers get the most out of their business management systems and this award is an indication that the NexTec team continues to be an industry leader.”

About NexTec Group
NexTec Group is an award-winning business technology consultancy offering ERP, CRM, BI, Cloud and On-premise solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. We specialize in working closely with you to find the right technology and solution to fit your business the first time. We do it by offering a nationwide network of consultants who boast an average of 25 years’ experience in food and beverage, manufacturing, distribution, oilfield services, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, chemical, medical device and professional services. Embrace technology, transform your business. Learn more at nextecgroup.com.

About Bob Scott
Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 17 years. He has published this information via the “Bob Scott’s Insights” newsletter and website since 2009. He has covered this market for more than 25 years through print and electronic publications, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and has continued to address that market as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant since 2009.

About Progressive Media Group, Inc.
Progressive Media Group (PMG) www.PMGB2B.com is a leading online media company that provides business-to-business (B2B) marketers and media planners unparalleled access to a highly qualified and engaged audience through their portfolio of lead generation programs, industry-specific Web sites, email newsletters, Web seminars, live events, podcasts, content/reviews, custom publishing and direct marketing databases focusing on the nonprofit, healthcare and accounting professionals.

NexTec named to Sage CEO Circle 2016

NexTec Group named Sage CEO Circle 2016 winner – Sage X3

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NexTec named to Sage CEO Circle 2016Sage, the market leader in cloud accounting software, announced the winners of its Sage CEO Circle, an inaugural world-wide awards program designed to reward and recognize outstanding performance of the top business partners from around the world who serve customers, recommend products, and advocate for Sage.

Sage business partner NexTec Group was announced as the Sage CEO Circle 2016 winner of the top Sage X3 new product sales category for North America.

As well as being the recipient of this prestigious recognition, Eric Frank, CEO will also join Stephen Kelly, Sage CEO, on a special retreat taking place in February 2017, where winning Sage business partners will travel to Costa Rica to take part in an all-expenses paid luxury trip, which includes an FY 2017 business planning session and awards reception.

“We are honored and very proud to receive this award and to be recognized as one of Sage’s top performing business partners for 2016. NexTec and Sage have partnered for many years to provide our mutual Client’s with the finest available software solutions and highest quality consulting services. I continue to be inspired by the dedication of our teams to fulfilling the ever advancing technology needs of our Clients,” states Eric Frank, CEO, NexTec Group. 

About NexTec Group
NexTec Group is an award-winning business technology consultancy offering ERP, CRM, BI, Cloud and On-premise solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. We specialize in working closely with you to find the right technology and solution to fit your business the first time. We do it by offering a nationwide network of consultants who boast an average of 25 years’ experience in food and beverage, manufacturing, distribution, oilfield services, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, chemical, medical device and professional services. Embrace technology, transform your business. Learn more at nextecgroup.com.
           
About Sage
Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs. Sage began as a small business in the United Kingdom 30 years ago, and over 13,000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy. We reinvent and simplify business accounting through brilliant technology, working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners, and developers. And, as a FTSE 100 business, we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. Learn more at sage.com.

Forecast calls for sunny holiday retail sales

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While consumers wish for a White Christmas, retailers are hoping for sunny skies. Could both get their wishes?

Clear skies for retail sales over the holidays?

The National Retail Federation (NRF), the biggest retail trade association in the world, issues an annual forecast in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. 2016 is looking up which is great news for retailers and other companies that depend on those November through December sales! Do you have the enterprise resource planning software you need to keep pace?

It’s not the NRF’s first sunny forecast since the Great Recession

The NRF uses multiple sources to assemble their holiday sales predictions, including consumer credit information, the levels of disposable personal incomes, and sales figures from the previous quarters in the year.

This year, the NRF predicts that holiday sales for retail businesses will climb by 3.6 percent to an estimated $656 million. This is a reasonable improvement from the ten-year average of just 2.5 percent and it surpasses the average for the past seven years of 3.4 percent. In fact, it’s the sunniest outlook since the onset of the Great Recession, which began an arduously slow recovery in 2009.

Sunny with a chance of passing clouds

Most notable to warehousing and logistics managers, the forecast for e-commerce is particularly promising.

Once again, e-commerce should be leading the way, with expected sales according to the NRF rising by seven to ten percent. It should reach about $117 billion, a 10.3 percent improvement over last year’s numbers. It’s important to note that these predictions have been slightly off in the past couple of years, however. The NRF predicted a rise of 3.7 percent in 2015 and an attractive 4.1 percent in 2014, but the actual numbers were closer to a gain of just over three percent for e-commerce sales. Increased sales have pushed more retailers, e-commerce businesses, warehouses, and related industries to invest in enterprise resource planning software, which helps considerably when sales rise, even by just three percent.

According to a chef economist for the NRF, Jack Kleinhenz,
“Consumers have seen steady job and income gains throughout the year, resulting in continued confidence and the greater use of credit, which bodes well for more spending throughout the holiday season. Increased geopolitical uncertainty, the presidential election outcome and unseasonably warm weather are the main issues at play with the greatest potential to shake consumer confidence and impact shopping patterns. However, the economic spending power of the consumer is resilient and it should never be underestimated.”
Retailers and other businesses anticipating the 2016 holiday season need to be aware that there are still factors at play that could cause numbers to again be less than anticipated. For instance, economic growth and activity are still quite unstable, the GDP is lackluster, inventory levels are still too high, and the employment rates have fluctuated in unstable ways. Not to mention potential responses to the general elections.

How Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software can help

Even taking all of those factors into consideration, there is an overall optimism across most industries. According to Kleinhenz, better data analytics (such as through the use of enterprise resource planning software) and a heavier focus on customer centricity should counterbalance any negative factors.

Enterprise resource planning software helps warehouses, retailers, inventory control specialists, and other industries and professionals navigate the holiday season and every season by delivering top-notch business intelligence in real time across the entire supply chain. Is your software ready to keep up with the sunny times ahead? If you aren’t sure, contact us at NexTec for assistance.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM is now Dynamics 365

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 launched in Fall 2016

On November 1st, Microsoft announced a new pricing model for Dynamics CRM – now Dynamics 365, part of a sweeping change to all Dynamics licensing as they integrate their Dynamics product line more tightly with Azure and Office 365. Along with the pricing changes will come new product features and updates to the way we all think about CRM.

Q: Is this relevant to me? If you own or are considering a Dynamics CRM product today, you will want to know about these changes. Regardless of the number of seats or how you deploy and use CRM these changes will affect you. And unless you’d prefer to be surprised, we can help you plan for those changes.

Q: What do I need to know? New pricing is now in effect and will be relevant for any new users, features or renewals of MS CRM. All current clients will need to transition to the new pricing model, but since the model is new, not every organization will transition in the same way.

Q: What do I need to do? Reach out to one of our team members here for a full explanation of how the new model works and will affect your organization. We will prepare a customized plan for you, along with a timeline for you to move forward.

Q: When do I need to do this? Sooner is better. Ideally, we could meet before the end of the year to discuss your options.

Microsoft continues to release details on the new rollout, so feel free to contact us for details. For more information about your Dynamics CRM deployment, current pricing, renewal options, and/or transitions options, please call NexTec CRM at (201) 806-7526 or email questions to CRM365@nextecgroup.com.

NexTec hosts year-end closing 2016 webcasts for Microsoft Dynamics GP, SL, Sage X3 and Sage 500

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It’s that time of year again and we’re excited to announce that we will be hosting our 2016 year-end closing process webcasts for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Sage X3 and Sage 500.

Join NexTec Group for our one-hour webcast and learn the year-end process and take away other valuable tips and tricks for closing your year-end with ease. Visit our Events page for more details.

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP – Year-end closing 2016 process (12/8/2016, 2:00-3:00 PM EST)
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL – Year-end closing 2016 process (12/13/2016, 2:00-3:00 PM EST)
  • Sage X3 – Year-end closing 2016 process (12/14/2016, 2:00-3:00 PM EST)
  • Sage 500 – Year-end closing 2016 process (12/15/2016, 2:00-3:00 PM EST)

Chris Deutschbauer joins national Sage X3 practice at NexTec Group

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NexTec Group announced today that Chris Deutschbauer has joined the firm’s national Sage X3 practice as Senior Systems Engineer.

Chris comes with a wealth of experience in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, specializing in development and technical consulting. He is regarded as the North American expert in Sage X3 migrations, in which he has over 14 years’ experience and has done well over 100 upgrades. Prior to joining NexTec, Chris worked for Sage Software in a variety of roles, including Systems Administration, Research & Development and as a Technical Consultant. He was part of the Sage X3 team since the product’s inception.

“We’re really excited to be able to have Chris leading our migration efforts for our Sage X3 customers“, said Chris Williamson who leads NexTec’s Sage X3 practice. “With Chris Deutschbauer’s experience and expertise, we’re going to be able to shorten the migration process and make it as efficient and as painless as possible. As a result, our customers will realize reduced costs on most upgrades and benefit from having the most reliable and experienced Sage X3 team to support them.”

NexTec Group is an award-winning provider of business technology, specializing in ERP, CRM and BI software that grows with your business now and in the future. For more than 20 years, we have been helping companies connect their systems, update out-of-date software, ensure compliance and improve forecasts. Which in turn, leads to streamlined operations and money saved. NexTec is a gold-certified partner of Sage, Microsoft, and Acumatica and has deep experience in food and beverage, manufacturing, distribution, pharmaceutical, professional services and more. Embrace technology, transform your business at nextecgroup.com

The value of consulting with technology advisers

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Technology advisers are your best source to learn about software choices, what it can and can’t do, and how to make it work for your business.

Most businesses today are complex organizations. Particularly for small- and mid-sized businesses, there’s a need to focus on products and services, marketing, sales, personnel, financing and keeping the lights on.

Worrying about various technology issues, on top of other responsibilities, is challenging for most small companies. Aging software, disconnected systems, ensuring compliance with government regulations, or ensuring your technology can keep up with the growth of your company all require extensive expertise and skill sets.

To thrive and keep a leg up on the competition, a successful company needs to have access to the very best technologies, insights, and suppliers.

Adding value

Technology advisers, also known as software consultants or value-added resellers, specialize in knowing solutions for running your business. They are on top of the latest products, current features and plans for future versions. This includes:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) – software for accounting, finance, operations, forecasting and planning
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) – software for marketing, sales, and service
  • Business Intelligence (BI) – software for reporting and planning your strategy

As a crucial component of an IT strategy, a software consulting firm gives companies more flexibility, more strategic options, and considerable leverage.

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Technology solutions are much clearer when relying on software consultant.

For smaller businesses, in particular, a software consulting firm can save considerable resources for learning about, designing, acquiring, building, installing and implementing customized solutions.

What they are not

Technology advisers are not manufacturers or retailers. They are neither making the products they implement or stocking shelves with thousands of products. Instead, they are experts in taking specific needs and creating a technological solution, integrating the solution with other software the client is using currently or plans to buy.

Earning the value

Technology advisers that work most effectively are able to work closely with clients. This close collaboration allows for maximum efficacy and efficiency. They have the advantage of having relationships with dozens, if not hundreds, of different manufacturers. As such, there are seemingly endless opportunities for possible solutions.

With a keen understanding of available products and the client’s needs and industry, technology advisers can craft solutions that are affordable and meet the demands of a client. technology advisers work closely to understand not just current needs but anticipate future possibilities to build systems that are scalable as a client’s business grows and evolves.

Forging the future

As technology evolves, so too do technology advisers. New tools relative to cloud computing, mobile workforces, the Internet of Things, hypercomputing, remote connectivity, large data sets, and more complex analytics are re-imagining all types of industries.

For those companies that want to be on the cutting edge of these technologies, software consultants act as internal experts, staying up on the latest and greatest innovations and recommending how they can improve operations, productivity, and profitability.

At NexTec, we understand the pressures on companies. As a software consulting firm, we offer clients insights into business intelligence (BI), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM). Download the NexTec Corporate Overview Brochure to learn more about how NexTec can help your company.

Sage Spotlight Q&A with NexTec CEO, Eric Frank

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Eric Frank, NexTec’s CEO

Eric Frank, NexTec’s CEO

As Sage continues their series of Partner Spotlights – a closer look at Sage business partners who help form the foundation of Sage’s distribution channel – Sage chats with Eric Frank, the CEO of NexTec Group, headquartered in Seattle.

Eric Frank is one of the founders of NexTec Group, a company launched in the mid-1990s by a group of professionals who were intent on delivering business management solutions of real value to clients by hiring a team of the best and the brightest, creating an environment where that team could thrive.

NexTec’s mission is to help growing companies build bright futures with technology. It’s a part of firm’s DNA to want to help companies become more successful by unlocking the value and power in their business management solutions.

What key trends have you observed that’s had the biggest impact on your business in the last 5 years?

I think we are at an interesting tipping point in the evolution of business management software. New products are entering the market, or are gaining market share. Some of this is fueled by the evolution of cloud-driven technology. The trend toward the cloud offers a number of advantages to many companies, including the ability to allow users to access their business information anytime/anywhere from any device.

Another trend we’ve identified is a growing demand from customers for vertical knowledge. They don’t just want a GL, and AP, and an AR. They want a robust supply chain or manufacturing solution that impacts their business.

How does the role of a business partner like NexTec Group change as companies increasingly adopt cloud-based business management software?

Our role has changed over recent years, in response to the continuing move to cloud solutions. Once the business software is no longer housed in their own office, clients care less about where their business partners are located. Instead of locality, vertical knowledge is more important. It’s no longer enough to know the products inside and out, you have to have deep domain knowledge combined with experience to address customers’ unique industry challenges. This means we are doing more work throughout the country, leveraging our vertical knowledge. We currently have clients in 36 states and in four provinces in Canada.

What are some common misconceptions you encounter as you speak to clients and prospects about a cloud deployment model?

The term cloud means different things to different people. There is a place for single-tenant, multi-tenant, subscription, or non-subscription. There is not a one size fits all. People want choices in how they consume and deploy. What is key, though, is that the solution’s native architecture is designed to take advantage of the new technology. Within that technology, people have options.

How are you adapting your service offerings as a result? What are the smart strategies partners should be adopting now to remain relevant?

Our service offerings have adapted alongside the changing needs of our clients and advancements in technology. For example, we offer both cloud and on-prem solutions because our customers want a choice. We’ve also developed and implement our own intellectual property – add-on solutions to Sage X3 and other products – because our clients needed a solution that wasn’t available on the market currently. I’d advise partners to follow the same path – listen to your clients, keep tabs on developments in your focus industries, and invest in new technology that will benefit your clients and target markets.

What industries or verticals are most impacted by cloud-based management software? And how does your firm support them?

Startups and technology companies were the earliest adopters of cloud technology. Distribution and manufacturing companies were a little slower to the table, but we see that changing. NexTec supports companies in all of these industries, and others, some of whom are running cloud solutions and others using on-premise solutions.

Last question. Will we find the Pokémon Go app on your phone? Any other favorite apps?

Pokémon Go is not on my phone – not yet anyway. I have a 5-year-old, though, and she has expressed some interest. If I can couple it with taking a walk around the neighborhood together, without getting run over by a driver also playing the game – I might consider it!

Another app my daughter and I enjoy together is Starlight. You point your phone at the sky and it identifies stars and constellations. She loves it and I’m learning a lot too.