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ERP Project Implementation

Two Guides to Help You Take Control of ERP Implementation

Surprises may be fun in our personal lives, but when it comes to ERP implementation, nothing good can come when a surprise happens. Surprises often mean new costs, increases in the length of the project, or other challenges that pop up, and should be avoided. At Clients First Business Solutions, we know the value of a well-planned ERP implementation, and understand that with the right plan in place, a surprise-free implementation can happen. Read more

Dynamics 365 ERP Cloud vs. On Premise: An Installers Perspective

Ben BasomAs the lead in installations for Dynamics AX, NAV, and now Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, over the last 15 years I have provided advice to many customers, with the bulk in manufacturing and services, regarding their infrastructure needed to support ERP.   Speaking to today’s business owners there is a lot of confusion around the installation or deployment of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.   Here is my perspective at a high level the pros and cons of deploying Dynamics 365 in the cloud, or on premise. Read more

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Acumatica New Release for 2018

At this week’s annual Acumatica Summit in Nashville attendees got a sneak peek at Acumatica 2018 R1.  Acumatica continues to add new features and functionality to its easy to use interface.  Typically the publisher has a major release every 6 months.  (Nucleus Research was right Acumatica is easy to use and will continue to add functionality in 2018!) Read more

Skip the Pain with Acumatica ERP

Start and End with Acumatica

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… Read more

Dynamics 365 Enterprise Webinar: Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade

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It is time to start working on next year’s budget so why not include a business software upgrade in that budget? You can start by attending our webinar that will be showcasing the latest in ERP (enterprise resource planning) technology: Dynamics 365 Enterprise for Finance and Operations.   This solution can be deployed as a service; SaaS or software as a service or it can be purchased and installed on your own servers.   The best thing about this solution is well, really everything!

Dynamics 365 Enterprise for Operations and Finance  (the new Dynamics AX) is a true Enterprise ERP solution with a global presence.   Multi-company, multi-language, and can support multiple lines of business and operations with one software code-set.

During this free webinar, you will gain insight into the powerful feature set inside the all new Dynamics 365, including:

  1. Easily Create Mobile Apps With Point And Click Functionality
  2. Robust Warehouse Management System all Inclusive
  3. Improved Productivity with Workspaces, Embedded PowerBI Along with Full Office Integration
  4. Flexible Deployment Options, including SaaS on Azure or On Premise
  5. How To Get the Best of Breed “All in one” ERP Without Paying More

Client First is a Microsoft Gold ERP Partner and Cloud Service Provider (CSP) with a team of tenured specialists with core competencies in the implementation and support of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and it’s base code: Dynamics AX. In fact we have over 180 years combined experience in Dynamics AX.  To explore all the capabilities of Dynamics 365 and find out how this business solution can help your manufacturing, supply chain, or MRO organization achieve its full potential.  Reach out to our Texas or Minnesota location and get more information on how Dynamics 365 Enterprise can transform your business.

Acumatica: A Management View of Security in the Cloud

In this article, we will be highlighting some of the cloud security features in Acumatica, a cloud-based ERP solution with no user license cost and a knack for manufacturing. But, before we even begin talking about a particular Cloud software’s security, let’s address the concerns that management usually holds for cloud security as a whole:

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The Buzz in the Cloud: An Acumatica Review

Leading companies are realizing that they need to change as we change the way we store and share information and recognize the value of Cloud ERP software to keep their business relevant and competitive. In this article we will be reviewing Acumatica, the fastest growing complete cloud ERP system. Acumatica is an all-in-one business management solution that’s known for having a “no user license fee” pricing model, solid financial applications (along with distribution, project accounting, CRM, and manufacturing suites), and robust customization options.

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9 Reasons to Buy Dynamics NAV Other Than The Price Tag!

Business people celebrating Dynamics NAV is on sale

Updated March 29, 2018:  The latest Dynamics NAV is released on April 2, 2018 and for the SaaS version the name is Dynamics 365 Business Central.  Read more here: What’s New with Dynamics NAV: 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics NAV, may be the answer to your SMB if your company is still using entry level accounting software, and not getting the results you need to run your business optimally.  NAV is an innovative flexible solution that is fast to configure and deploy, simple to use and gives you the insight you need to grow your business. Read more

Researching the Cost of Dynamics NAV?

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Dynamics NAV does not come in a box with a bar code, so it’s difficult to get a true definitive price before an actual quote or implementation.  Reason being, no two businesses are the same, the standard factors affecting ERP implementations are usually coupled with many different elements that drive different levels of customization and affect ERP implementation costs. However, there are several buying options that can help any CEO or CFO know NAV’s ballpark price before entering negotiations with any partner.  Even though the research can seem daunting, 110,000 businesses have already implemented this powerful business software.

In the “What’s my price?” e-book, Microsoft presents the factors a business person should take into account to determine the total cost of implementing Dynamics NAV.  Below find many of the factors that affect ERP implementation costs, including a few of those often overlooked: Read more

Cloud ERP Software

6 Reasons Why You Should Choose Cloud ERP Software

When searching for an ERP solution, you will have to consider the deployment model to go for. Both on-premise ERP and cloud solutions have their merits and shortcomings and the option to go for should be based on your organization’s needs.

Businesses that choose cloud solutions do so to achieve various benefits.  According to the 2012 EPR Benchmark Survey report published by The Aberdeen Group, there are six main benefits that organizations cited for choosing cloud solutions. These are:

  1. Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

The major reason why companies choose cloud ERP is the lower cost of ownership. Cloud solutions are charged on a subscription basis. Organizations only pay for the amount of service they wish to consume.

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The lower TCO of cloud ERP means companies can achieve ROI faster than those using on-premise solutions. According to the Nucleus Research:  Cloud application projects deliver 2.1 times the ROI of on-premise ones – up 24 percent since 2012.

  1. Lower Upfront Implementation Cost

Implementing on-premise ERP is very costly. This is mainly because organizations have to cater for all the costs involved including the software, infrastructure, upgrades, data conversions, implementation and so on.

Cloud ERP vendors eliminate expensive upfront costs for users since they handle the infrastructure, deployment, upgrades, etc. on their own. The vendors can also afford to charge lower subscription fees per user by taking advantage of economies of scale.

  1. Lower Cost of Upgrading

The cost of upgrading ERP can be costly for any organization. With time, ERP vendors release patches to enhance their solutions and customers have no option but to upgrade their systems or risk incompatibilities, security issues, instabilities and other problems.

Cloud ERP software makes upgrading and installing updates easier for customers. Since the solution is available on the cloud, vendors can automatically update or upgrade them without requiring any input from users. Moreover, cloud updates are usually offered for free and do not require complex configurations like is the case with some on-premise systems.

  1. Ease of Implementation

Cloud ERP can be deployed easily and faster than on-premise solutions. Implementing a cloud ERP software causes less disruption to a company’s business processes. Lower deployment times means less requirements for outside help, which means lower implementation cost.

Majority of cloud ERP systems are modeled on software solutions that employees are already familiar with. Thus, it is easy to install and get started with them. Moreover, the solutions feature user-friendly and familiar interfaces, which reduce the learning curve of employees.

  1. Scalability

As your business grows, you cannot outgrow your cloud solution. There are many ways to expand the ERP cloud without having to shop for new software. For example, most vendors offer user packages suitable for the majority of businesses they are targeting.

During the initial stages of your company, you may opt for a lower package with basic functionality important for your operations. As your business grows, you can upgrade your consumption by opting for higher packages with more robust functionality. The same also applies in case your business volume decreases; you can opt for a lower package or plan of the ERP solution.

  1. Data on Demand

One of the advantages of cloud ERP is that users can access data from multiple locations. As business in the 21st century becomes more globalized, organizations are establishing plants in different geographic regions and need executives and employees to be able to access critical data on performance and processes of the business.

Cloud ERP software allows users to access data from anywhere they are provided they have an Internet connection and the credentials of the organization’s users. Moreover, security is at the forefront of cloud solution providers. Majority of vendors offer 128-bit encryption to ensure the integrity of their users’ accounts.

The above are some of the reasons why many small and medium-sized businesses are opting for cloud based ERP software rather than on-premise solutions. Some larger companies are however adopting a hybrid solution of on-premise systems with some cloud functionality. IT management can help to determine which route the organization should take depending on the future of its ERP needs.

Five Steps to Navigating ERP Selection and Implementation