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Monday
Jan302017

Acumatica Summit

Acumatica Summit in San Diego

The guys are down in San Diego for the Acumatica Summit this week. Stay up to date on their happenings on our Twitter  account or check back here for a recap when they get back! Here they are checking out the USS Midway Museum before they get down to business.

Monday
May232016

Can you find your transactions in General Ledger?

Cannot find your transactions in Sage 100 General Ledger?

This pops up every once and while where a client will tell me they posted Daily (fill in the blank) Journal, let’s say the Accounts Payable Invoice Register.  Then, you look for your transaction in the General Ledger Module and it is no where to be found…typically you posted the Module Register but not the Daily Transaction Register.   To troubleshoot be sure to try posting the Daily Transaction Register within the Module first as that is typically where the data is.  Once posted you will find it in General Ledger.  Hope this helps!  If not, you can always reach us at 651-605-2300!

-Adam F. Miller, CPA, CITP

Sunday
Mar062011

ERP Trends for 2011 and Beyond

A Software Analyst's Thoughts on Things to Come for ERP

Written by: manufacturing-software.com - Author Amanda Gate, Knol

In this era of strict budget constraints, tight credit, and economic uncertainty, the ERP software industry faces a much different landscape than at the start of the last decade when purse strings on IT budgets were much more lax. Gone are the days when company heads simply threw money at the IT department and hoped for the best. However; ERP manufacturing software will still play an important role in all phases of the product development life cycle. Expect the following manufacturing software trends to appear in the coming year.

In this era of strict budget constraints, tight credit, and economic uncertainty, the ERP software industry faces a much different landscape than at the start of the last decade when purse strings on IT budgets were much more lax.  Gone are the days when company heads simply threw money at the IT department and hoped for the best.  However; ERP manufacturing software will still play an important role in all phases of the product development life cycle.  Expect the following manufacturing software trends to appear in the coming year.

Investments in manufacturing software will be more focused than ever on an immediate return on investment and tangible benefits.  Budgets are more carefully scrutinized, with the result that software packages are more likely to be implemented in phased rollouts and license acquisitions will be more often made just-in-time.  Most large companies will not consider the purchase of advanced enterprise software for the next several quarters.

Large software companies will focus more on small businesses as they look to raise their bottom lines.  Since small businesses are usually the starting point of a recovering economic picture, software packages built to automate small business manufacturing processes and that are scalable to allow for growth will be the fastest sellers.

A logical step towards achieving more “bang for the buck” from information technology investments in these tight economic times is to adopt more enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.  Cloud computing has emerged in the past decade as a viable solution for many IT projects, platforms, and processes, and it’s a trend that will no doubt continue as credit and budgets remain tight for the foreseeable future.  SaaS solutions are especially important to small businesses that lack the capital for large scale IT operations.

Large businesses, on the other hand, are more likely to implement SaaS for niche or departmental solutions, such as product life cycle management, and are far less likely to consider enterprise-wide deployment.  With many software vendors expanding their hybrid offerings of SaaS-based and traditional ERP deployment, larger companies will continue to explore options that will benefit them in the long-term, while reducing risk and expenses.

Despite some economic upturn this year, it’s still a buyer’s market in the ERP market.  Expect competitive pricing between publishers as spending on manufacturing software will remain below pre-recession levels.  The introduction of shared benefits implementation models will grab the attention of buyers as they grab for maximum ROI and reduced costs.  Expect many smaller software vendors to consolidate operations or to be absorbed by larger companies in an attempt to raise more capital for research and development.

With most companies operating under reduced budgets assigned by cautious boards, look for more product enhancement from the vendor community and fewer new products and upgrades to existing products.  These enhancements pose far fewer risks to companies looking to integrate existing modules than entirely new products.

Companies will be evaluating any expenditure on enterprise software very carefully for the foreseeable future.  Any expenditure will be expected to produce tangible benefits and ROI very quickly as companies will remain risk-averse until there are legitimate gains in leading economic indicators over a number of time periods.