Which Accounting & ERP Software is Right for Your Business?
Purchasing business and accounting software is a big decision and there are a lot of choices. It is a decision you don’t make very often. Selecting the correct business and accounting software is critical to successfully managing your business. For over twenty years, PC Ware Business Solutions has been successfully helping clients select the correct ERP business and accounting solutions. Solutions that are best for them.
We have developed a simple three step process that helps our clients correctly identify and prioritize their needs. We then identify their level of software sophistication and finally plan for the future. We start by understanding where you are today. We then develop an outline of what you need today. Then we determine where your business to be in one year, five years, and ten years.
What Features are You Looking For?
It can be overwhelming when you consider that there are so many pieces of the puzzle. When selecting the correct business and accounting software solution it is critical to determine what functionality you need and how those pieces fit together. A fully integrated accounting package saves time, money and improves communication. A poorly integrated solution will create headaches and frustration.
Here are the functions you should consider when selecting a business and accounting software package:
- Accounts Payable
- Accounts Receivable
- Bid Management
- Bill of Materials
- Planning & Forecasting
- Business Intelligence
- Business Process Outsourcing
- Cash Management
- CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software)
- Collection Software
- Commission Tracking
- Customer Relationship Management
- Document Management
- EDI (Electronic Document Interchange)
- Electronic Payments
- ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)
- Field Service
- Fixed Asset Management
- Fleet Management
- Foreign Currency Conversion
- Fund Accounting
- General Ledger
- Help Desk Software
- Human Resources
- Inventory Control
- Job Cost
- Mobile Device Software
- MRP (Material Requirements Planning)
- Order Entry
- Point of Sale
- Progress Billing
- Project Management
- Project Portfolio Management
- Purchase Order
- Quality Management
- Report Writer
- RFID (Radio Frequency ID)
- Risk Management
- Sales Tax
- Supply Chain Management
What Type of Buyer are You?
There is not a simple answer to which business accounting package is best for your business. It is important to understand your business needs from a functional standpoint as well as from an implementation standpoint. Purchasing a system too large for your current needs can be confusing and delay implementation. Buying a system that does not have enough features for your business can result you having to go back and start the selection process again. Changing your ERP system is time consuming and expensive.
The experience of second-time buyer can be the best source of factors to consider when purchasing a business ERP system. Deloitte & Touche conducted a study that compared first-time ERP software buyers to second-time ERP purchases.
Here are the results of the Deloitte & Touche survey:
Second-Time ERP Buyers’ Priorities
- Reseller support
- Developers experience
- Software’s fit for the business
- Growth and expansion potential
- Ease of use
- Ease of implementation
- Works with existing hardware
First-Time ERP Buyers’ Priorities
- Price of Software
- Ease of Implementation
- Ease of Use
- Ability to fit to business
- Ability to work with existing hardware
- Growth potential
- Level of support provided by reseller
- Quality of documentation
- Developer’s experience
What are your priorities?
What Does the Future Look Like?
For over twenty years PC Ware Business Solutions, Inc. been assisting small to midsized businesses in the New York area achieve maximum efficiency, productivity, and profits.
We take you through every step in selecting the right combination of software and services to eliminate key business challenges and improve operations. PC Ware will make sure your users are empowered with the business intelligence and training they need to drive the outcomes you want. Benefit from our knowledge and experience to get your system working for you – efficiently and effectively.
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