This article is going to try to sell you something and I do hope that if you are a small to mid-sized company you don’t let that turn you off and read the rest of this article. I have been selling business software to manufacturers and distributors for 20 years. If I am selling into the small to mid-sized companies, I often find that the reason they need new software is because they can’t function on their old legacy system. These systems can range from a custom database for operations, and QuickBooks for accounting, or software that even I have never heard of. The focus of the business has been developing a customer base and ensuring plant equipment and inventory as the top priority. They are talking to me because they are in pain due to the lack of the tools needed to do business in today’s world. Why not start with a decent software solution at the before your huge growth cycle? This really has not been possible until now with the cloud ERP solutions like Acumatica a FULL featured business software that can be used on ANY device. Please read on…
Can I Start and End with Acumatica?
Acumatica software, when paired with Clients First setup services, is a solution designed for forward thinking businesses. So, Acumatica can typically be your first and your final software solution your business will ever need. Every smart business owner always looks to the future and plans at least five years ahead of time. With IT solutions, planning five years ahead can be a big headache, but with Acumatica and Client First, you won’t need to migrate to other Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP) when your business grows. When a company is in a growth mode, it’s not always the best time to upgrade your software solution. This is the more reason you should start with Acumatica and scale your road to growth as you add various functionalities when you need them.
Benefits of Starting with Acumatica
Here are the major benefits of skipping QuickBooks and going straight to Acumatica:
1. Flexibility through Progressive Business Growth
With Acumatica, you can choose to begin with the Foundation Package and move to the Expansion Package as your business needs increase. As the business grows even bigger, you can move to the Enterprise Package (for VERY large companies). If you’re looking to reduce your future risks, you can opt for Acumatica Foundation solution and expand your capabilities into a full featured ERP solution with no need to change the software.
2. Save Costs on Data Migration
Avoid losing your historical data or spending thousands of dollars to migrate data to another ERP system. It’s quite expensive to convert data. The resources you would spend extracting your old data, cleaning up the data, mapping the data fields to the new system, and finally testing it to ensure it’s accurate can be overwhelming. Furthermore, since our focus is on the manufacturing industry we know that converting and cleaning up bills of materials from a spreadsheet or old legacy system or database can be a nightmare.
3. Save on Staff Training
There is no need to spend lots of money training your staff on a new business software. Acumatica packages are plug and play so once the end user is familiar with it and you need to upgrade to a higher-level package or add modules, training users will be a breeze. However, if you have to change or add new lines of business, you will need some level of training for the new functionality. But, overall, you’ll save money, time, and minimize end user errors if you choose to start with Acumatica and move with it through your growth and business transitions.
4. No Per-User License requirement
One of the greatest benefits of Acumatica Expansion package and Enterprise package is that you won’t have to pay any per-user license fee. Busy companies can have as many end users as possible accessing the data from their offices, homes, warehouse, hotels, or even remotely from the beach. You can then divert your resources and invest in more equipment and skilled staff since any additional staff will not add any costs to the software solution. The cost can only increase if you choose to move to a larger resource package. If you want your salesman (yes, Acumatica has a great CRM), Production, Shipping, Inventory, any area of the software available to the staff, that is no problem, set them up as a user with the security needed and let them have access to the data that makes their jobs more productive!
5. No Server Hardware Investments or Maintenance
As the business grows, larger resource packages will mean additional server space requirements. In other words, you’ll pay for what you utilize. This ensures that your data moves faster without compromising on the efficiency of your software solution.
With that appreciation in mind, you can see how starting with Acumatica can save your business lots of money, not to mention the flexibility to advance your functionalities with no extra cost on software training or migration costs.
Acumatica is definitely the future of ERP which is one of the reasons Clients First became a Partner. Our consulting and developer team love it. We have a lot of information about Acumatica on our website, but we can’t keep up with all the new release information. So, give us a call or email so we can discuss your business needs and determine if Acumatica is a good investment in your company.
Clients First is an expert at implementing Acumatica, Dynamics 365 and Dynamics AX. Contact our sales team today by calling 800.331.8382 or emailing email@example.com. Clients First implements and supports clients across the U.S.A. and in 11 countries. Our team of professionals are ready to help implement the best finance and operations solutions for manufacturers, distributors, project-based manufacturers, MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul), and professional services.