There's Got To Be A Better Way: Cloud-Based ERP Software

Posted by Brian Radford

Feb 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM

There are a lot of business software vendors on the market today. You know you need to migrate to the next level of operational efficiency, but how do you ensure you’re adopting the right ERP software for your small to mid-sized business?

Although all ERP software systems offer a way to integrate a range of processes and functions, traditionally, these systems were created for enterprise businesses and are considered costly and time-consuming to set up. Luckily, in the last 10 years, cloud-based ERP software offers businesses an affordable and accessible alternative.

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Topics: cloud ERP, erp software

The Evolution of ERP Solutions: From In-House To Cloud-Hosted, Part 2

Posted by Brian Radford

Feb 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Traditional on-premise ERP solutions, as discussed in our previous post, are fast becoming obsolete. They're still being used by many small and mid-sized companies, but it's unrealistic for smart, strategic business executives to continue overlooking the huge functionality gaps in the on-premise model.

The next stage in the evolution of ERP is the hosted approach. Hosted ERP software is a popular and attractive option: Young SMBs build new business management solutions from scratch, and well-developed businesses overhaul their current systems to be more flexible, functional and accessible. Here's what a hosted ERP system looks like:

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Topics: business software, business management solutions, erp software

The Evolution of ERP Solutions: From In-House To Cloud-Hosted, Part 1

Posted by Brian Radford

Feb 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Enterprise software has gone through quite an evolution throughout its lifetime; the ERP solutions of today hardly seem to be of the same lineage as traditional versions.

Since their inception, ERP solutions have been traditionally hosted in-house. Businesses spend quite a bit of their budgets building an IT infrastructure and purchasing the equipment upfront to run the business management system as a whole.

On-premise ERP software is both a thing of the past and a thing of the present: Its technology is outdated, but it's still in use by many small and mid-sized businesses today. Let's investigate the components and typical structure of a traditional ERP system:


Hardware is one of the biggest costs plaguing setup of on-premise ERP software. You need to purchase expensive hardware and equipment – all of which is difficult and costly to maintain.

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Topics: cloud ERP, business management solutions, erp software

4 Important Trends Microsoft Dynamics Users Should Know

Posted by Michael MacDonald

Feb 24, 2015 1:00:00 PM

As technologies continue to advance exponentially, savvy business owners, executives and decision-makers must begin to look toward the future and recognize emerging trends before they become mainstream. Your strategic planning process starts with your business management system, and those using the powerful Microsoft Dynamics suite should keep a keen eye on a few important trends:

#1 - The Internet Of Things

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Topics: cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, business management solutions

6 Ways Cloud ERP Accounting Can Help You Improve Productivity

Posted by Brian Radford

Feb 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

So many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) suffer significantly reduced productivity because they spend too much time dealing with inefficient, outdated accounting systems.
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Topics: cloud ERP, financial accounting

7 Ways To Streamline Business Accounting With Cloud-Based Software

Posted by Brian Radford

Feb 19, 2015 9:32:21 AM

On a day-to-day basis, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) struggle with so many things. They don’t have nearly as much manpower as necessary, cash flow is almost always fluctuating, the competition is stiff and forecasting anything seems impossible.

While there are an infinite number of ways to alleviate these pains, streamlining accounting is one of the best. Armed with the right tools, SMBs save time and money, gain actionable insights into the company and move the business forward. The best tool to streamline your accounting is cloud-based financial accounting software.
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Topics: financial accounting, cloud-based financial software, business software

Tap Into A Competitive Advantage With Dynamics ERP Cloud Migration

Posted by Brian Radford

Feb 18, 2015 5:00:00 PM

The realm of small and mid-sized businesses is not a friendly one – it's full of cutthroat competition, empty promises and red herrings. The survivors and thrivers are the ones who innovate, embrace change and form bonds with powerful partners. These partners aren't necessarily physical entities, though: Some of the most robust drivers of growth are business management solutions and software systems, such as Dynamics ERP.

It should come as no surprise that Dynamics ERP is such a popular business tool. Its effectiveness has been proven time and time again, and it's backed by the strong support of Microsoft, a true tech titan. But many business owners and executives have failed to realize the full potential of their ERP software, simply because they're hosting an on-premise version. Let's look at some of the advantages awarded to those businesses that undergo cloud migration: 

The cloud costs less.

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Topics: cloud ERP

What If I'm Not Ready To Upgrade To Cloud ERP (Yet)?

Posted by Dale Schlagel

Feb 16, 2015 3:01:00 PM

There are a lot of benefits a true cloud ERP subscription can provide to your business. This includes the hardware infrastructure, security, maintenance, software licenses, implementation, training, support, integration services and all upgrades in a single monthly investment.

The upgrades in most cases include updates, enhancements, plus the required services to help your business take advantage of them. For the most part this is a good thing. Compared to on premise solutions, there is minimal impact to your budget because a cloud ERP subscription eliminates the days of expensive hardware upgrades, overhauls and upgrade fees. When you don’t have to pay extra for upgrades, your business is no longer tethered to outdated versions of technology that minimize efficiencies and impair process improvements. New versions are often easier to use, make business processes more efficient, provide easier access to information, have deeper levels of functionality, provide greater levels of integration and are more secure and stable.

But what if your business is not ready to tackle an upgrade to take advantage of the latest software?

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Topics: cloud ERP

Cloud ERP Best Practice: Forced Upgrades vs. Flexible Upgrades

Posted by Michael MacDonald

Feb 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

There is no doubt that Cloud ERP is taking off and becoming more common place than ever before for the emergent business as well as the established enterprise. This movement has forced several technology providers to rush into adapting to these demands, and as we all know, the inevitable short-cut is taken. Today we'll walk you through the short-cut of forced upgrades vs. allowing you, the customer the flexibility of when, why and what to upgrade.

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Topics: cloud ERP

3 Mistakes To Avoid When Evaluating A Cloud ERP Solution

Posted by Michael MacDonald

Feb 2, 2015 1:37:00 PM

When it comes to choosing between an array of business software, options have traditionally been limited. Businesses today have far more options, but few recognize or seize them.  

Avoid these three (3) common mistakes when evaluating your next Cloud ERP solution, and you'll be well on your way to reaping the maximum benefit from your investment.

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Topics: cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, business software