These days, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software vendors tend to focus either on ease of user experience or the functional benefits of their products. Rarely, if ever, do you find a vendor touting both advantages in a single solution. Those pushing functionality tend to use trendy language like “Cloud-enabled” or “Cloud-friendly”, by which they often mean that the ERP system can be hosted somewhere other than on a computer inside your organization. In that sense, "Cloud-whatever" is mostly about marketing and has woefully little do to with the qualities of the technology itself. True Cloud software means something more than where you install it.
On the flip side, you have vendors bragging about the pretty graphs and cool-looking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on the dashboards of their software. They demonstrate beautiful user interfaces. Unfortunately, those interfaces frequently offer little in the way of adapting to an individual company's operational or strategic needs. Once you begin clicking into those dashboards, you find that, for all the beauty, there's not much offered with regard to tailoring the solution to your organization's current - much less future - needs. And accounting for change is critical in today's fast, disruptive business environment.
Our 30 years of experience as a software vendor demonstrates that each organization is different, with ever-changing needs and requirements. If you own or manage a business, you've no doubt experienced some significant change in your organization even in the past year or two of economic growth, and you may have found that work-arounds or external systems were required to support those changes. Those work-arounds, manual processes, and external solutions create inefficiencies. They also provide endless opportunity for compounding errors. You may compensate for the things your systems can't do with more people, but that means taking on the incredible difficulty of training new staff in the complex and tangled processes that have grown up over time. The end result is just more inefficiency and a higher overall cost of doing business. These hardships should be a thing of the past, or at least there should be some significant, technology-based progress being made in that direction.
Actually, that technology does exist. Acumatica Cloud ERP bridges the gap, marrying tremendous functionality with an intuitive, easy to learn user interface. And because it's a platform rather than a completely proprietary system, Acumatica is a solution that adapts to your business’s ever-changing requirements. It grows alongside your company's workflows without ever needing to add manual processes. And if an external solution is required, it works within Acumatica rather than being roughly bolted on to it.
We think Acumatica Cloud ERP is the best option for growing, mid-market companies, and the market research agrees. For a third year in a row, Acumatica has been ranked the highest in usability on the ERP Technology Value Matrix by Nucleus Research. This tremendous achievement demonstrates Acumatica’s commitment to bring together functionality and usability in a solution that is built on the most advanced cloud technology platform in the industry. Download and view the Nucleus Research report here. If you'd like to learn more, give us a call! We would be happy to sit down with you and understand your organization’s needs.