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What Obstacles Do I Face in Considering an On-Premise Alternative

A. I’m Comfortable Operating My Business As I Currently Do!

Perpetuation of the ‘status quo.’ By this, continuing to acquire, install, manage, and support business technology ‘in house.’ Or remaining comfortable with where the business is and what they’re doing; not paying attention to changing business environments, customer need/requirement, market and competitive pressures, and technologies that increase business velocity or reduce cost.   Cloud Computing and SaaS put your business on a solid foundation that allows you to do business as you wish, without any ‘lock-in’, and change as external conditions demand. 

B. I Don’t Want My Business Information Kept Elsewhere!
 A perception of the loss of control. When all company information, processes, reports, and communication is kept ‘in house’ it is generally deemed safe and secure. Safe from the competition and secure from theft. Unfortunately, neither of these are true. Studies overwhelmingly show that a decision to keep business information and processes in house doesn’t increase safety and security but, in fact, often compromises critical business information and processes.   Cloud Computing and SaaS actually give you more control over your information while substantially increasing the safety and security of your business. 

C. I Have a Certain, Unique Way of Doing Business. 
 Assuming that your business is different than every other business. Over decades of working with businesses of all types and sizes, it is clear that businesses are more similar than different. Sure, there are subtle nuances in some discrete processes, products, or services that provide differentiation or benefit. But these represent a small part of the business and not the ‘core’ or mainstream transactions and processes. The bulk of transactions and processes that your business conducts are very common to businesses in general.

Future Proofing Your Business

Breaking Free of the Technology Trap

Ever feel like you just can’t get off the technology treadmill? That the latest new processor, operating system, or application requires you to purchase it or you’ll be left at a disadvantage? It’s a common problem and one that is especially acute for small and medium businesses.

The concept of ‘future proofing’ a business isn’t new. In fact, it has been around as long as there has been, well, the ‘future.’ The idea is that no one can predict the future with accuracy and circumstances will occur that have a direct impact on the business. Future proofing is about mitigating or eliminating the impact future events may have on the business. It is this concept that is one of the main reasons why businesses carry insurance. Right?

Using technology, is it possible to ‘future proof’ your business? To protect your capital and critical business data through reducing or eliminating the impact of future ‘events’? The short answer is yes.

Today, most business information is kept within information systems. Computers, servers, networks, applications, databases, and mobile devices have all become an integral part of the business. Such technology has been procured over time, as the business has grown, to meet new challenges or business requirements. Unfortunately, though, each has ‘locked in’ the business to upgrade, maintenance, and management – all costly and distracting to the business.

A business can eliminate these upgrade, maintenance, and management costs and challenges by thinking differently. By taking a ‘future proof’ perspective to technology. By evaluating solutions that eliminate the need for the business to have technology‘in-house’, and adopting options that provide required functionality without the capital investment, maintenance, upgrade, or management.

Today, there is a new suite of services offerings that ‘future proof’ your business. These solutions allow you to break free of the ‘technology trap’ without compromising on the power, functionality, and benefit you need to run the business. Offered under the banner of “Software as a Service”, or SaaS, a business can have ready, secure, and fast access to the applications and functionality they need, at the time they need it, without direct capital investment and the need to upgrade and manage the technology. SaaS ‘future proofs’ the business – it’s that simple.

How does SaaS ‘future proof’ your business? In five distinct ways:

The Advantages of Moving from On-premise to Cloud

As companies look for innovative ways to slash IT expense, improve resiliency and remain competitive, Cloud technologies are becoming more appealing especially to the small and midsize business owner looking to better manage their cash flow and be a part of the next generation of cloud computing.  In the past, it was common for companies to purchase, deploy and maintain their software applications on-premise.  Now with Cloud technologies leading the forefront of change, organizations are interested in exploring new options and want to understand the economic advantages of on-premise vs. cloud and what moving to the cloud really means in terms of TCO (total-cost-of-ownership).  

One of the most compelling reasons for moving to the cloud is a company’s ability to convert a capital expense to operational expense.  This combined with quicker deployment times, no longer having to maintain software, hardware and infrastructure, or having the resources to internally support make Cloud technologies attractive.  

To really understand Cloud TCO, we break down the value prop so a company like yours can look beyond the obvious to the drivers that will be the most beneficial to the health of your organization.

Overcoming Obstacles to Small & Medium Business Success

 QuickBooks is amazingly diverse and easy-to-use software for a growing business, with many ways to expand the software so that it can evolve with your business. However, there will come a point when your company will outgrow QuickBooks and it is no longer the best choice for your financial management software.

You love QuickBooks. QuickBooks may have been good to you. But maybe it’s time to move up.

Your business has been using QuickBooks for years to manage customer accounts, keep track of inventory and business finances, create forms for your business use and store information on your customers, vendors and other contacts. You’ve purchased all 20 concurrent licenses, you’ve set into motion aggressive growth plans, and you’re ready to formalize the financial management of your company. Now is the time to consider why you need to move beyond QuickBooks:

Hidden Costs of Small & Medium Business Software

Are there hidden costs in business software?

Before you reach for a calculator, it’s a trick question. Even technology industry analyst and seasoned business executives have difficulty putting a hard figure on the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of today’s traditional SMB application solutions.

In computing the cost of software, businesses tend to focus on the purchase price. Yet even when fully operational, software is never free. It must be supported, maintained and upgraded.

Software’s “Hidden” Costs

Beyond the purchase price, the “hidden” costs are: implementation, training, support, maintenance and all subsequent upgrades. Also included should be the cost of ‘downtime’ while the business tries to figure out how to fix the software should it fail. Together, the hidden costs of software can easily exceed the original purchase price by a factor of 100-200%!

How do SMB software cost break down? The U.S. Department of Commerce study shows that software purchase expenditures account for only approximately 30 percent of the total. The biggest hidden costs is represented by labor expenditures ranging from 37 percent for support and 33 percent related to software getting the software up and running. The numbers translate to a ratio of 1:2, software license to management/labor costs; and 1:1 license fee to implementation.

 

Getting the Lowest Total Cost of Ownership

When you consider the up-front cost to design and implement the financial accounting ERP system you need and the on-going expense of maintaining and upgrading it, plus the time and money to train and support your users, SMB Suite repeatedly proves our fixed-price cloud subscription model is the easiest and most affordable option on the market today.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Feature of the Day: Web Client Search

Welcome to the Feature of the Day:

The new Web Client Search allows for you to search for a window or report within the GP web client.

  • Shows a list of all open windows and reports based on search criteria
  • Shows a list of all windows and reports and the navigation based on search criteria
  • Ability to close all open windows at once

 Check out ALL of the new 35+ Features below!

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