Acumatica is a True Cloud ERP solution, built from the ground up for the cloud. It is the only cloud solution that gives you the control and flexibility of your system and data.

The top cloud ERP systems out there box you in to their cloud, and force your upgrade schedule so that you are no longer in control of your most critical systems handling your financial data. They also box your organization in because of their per user pricing model that limits your whole organization from having access to your ERP system.

Choose the wrong ERP system, and your business will be affected for years.

5 Categories Evaluated by the Checklist

The comparison checklist helps you stack ERP systems against each other and evaluate them in five key areas:

  • Productivity: How will it increase your productivity?
  • Functionality: What features does it offer?
  • Technology: How does it leverage technology?
  • Value: How does the product’s lifetime cost compare to what you’re getting?
  • Risk: How does it minimize risk and facilitate security?

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What is the Cloud?

Cloud computing (“the cloud”) is one of the leading technology topics in the world. Cloud computing, sometimes called on-demand computing, uses the Internet to provide shared computing resources and storage of records or documents. The term covers everything from emailing or photo sharing on a commercial service like Google to hosting the entire computing infrastructure of a global corporation from remote data centers.

The Cloud is particularly valuable to small and medium-size businesses (SMB’s) because it provides access to full function applications at a reasonable price, without substantial operating expenditure for hardware and software. Using the correct cloud provider, a company can rapidly scale as their business grows or a new company is added.

Cloud ERP enables a company’s accounting, operations management and reporting to run in the cloud. As one would expect, Cloud ERP vendors vary significantly in their technology, functionality and service. After researching ERP cloud vendors, it becomes clear that they have few things in common beyond hosting of an application and utilizing the internet to provide connectivity.

Benefits of Cloud ERP

  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Ability to scale solution easily as your company grows
  • Lower up front costs
  • Ease of use
  • Cost and effort of upgrades reduced
  • Configuration flexibility
  • IT Staff needs reduced
  • Managed by Experts
  • Avoids upfront costs for all computing infrastructure

More Benefits Besides Cost Savings

  • Accessing the system from anywhere makes it easy for a company to expand geographically since the Internet is everywhere and there is no need to implement hardware and software at remote locations
  • Taking advantage of Cloud ERP applications faster since installation of hardware and software on servers or user devices is not required
  • The ability to adjust the amount of cloud service as a company’s computing or storage needs fluctuate
  • Enjoying the confidence that the data has been backed up and there is a disaster recovery plan
  • Paying only for the computing resources needed

IDC Whitepaper – Why cloud applications are Key to Supporting Growth of Small and Medium Businesses

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Developed from the Ground Up for the Cloud

Acumatica was founded in 2009 when are founders saw the opportunity to do things differently. From the ground up, Acumatica was built for the cloud. This is written into the company’s DNA and allows our customers to benefit from having a True Cloud solution

Acumatica Cloud ERP is a flexible and cost-effective option for small and medium-sized businesses.

More importantly, it is designed to respond to and overcome the inflexibility of many existing ERP solutions.

This is done by allowing CHOICE of:

  • Functionality you wish to license with the Acumatica standard suites as well as optional add-on features
  • Computing power and data storage size needed now and when the business changes
  • Deployment options ranging from SaaS, hosted in a private cloud or on-premise, which can be switched as needs change
  • Licensing models of annual subscription or perpetual license
  • Data access to copy or move the data at any time, unlike many systems
  • Device mobility to easily switch between desired mobile device such as an Apple iPad, iPhone and Google Android or use a Windows, Mac or Linux desktop computer.

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You’re in control

The other major players in the ERP cloud space are in complete control of the system deployment location and the upgrade schedule. I was talking to one company owner recently and he said he was leaving one of the other providers because he did not like the upgrades being dictated by the company and wanted to now host it locally. He was always having problems each time he upgraded. Because of this he will be looking at Acumatica next year when his agreement is up; he wants to go to a more flexible solution. He has been with the ERP company from the first year but is tired of the upgrade troubles and wants more control.

Acumatica is the only True Cloud ERP to allow you the flexibility of where you host it and when you upgrade your software. With Acumatica you can deploy it on Acumatica’s cloud, a private cloud, or on-premise. You can change it at anytime too. You can go from the cloud to on-premise the next day. Acumatica allows you with the consultation of your VAR to determine the best time to upgrade the system. Acumatica also enables you to get the data out of the system easily if you had to go to another system for some reason. It is very difficult and costly in the other cloud ERP systems to get your data back. Acumatica believes the data is yours and you should have control over it.

Not all “ERP Cloud” Solutions are equal.

Many “Faux ERP Cloud” providers out there

Many old on-premise ERP providers are rushing to the cloud because they see many businesses asking for it. The problem is because they were not developed from the ground up with technologies built for the cloud so they are patching their systems to look like they are cloud ERP. If you remote into a server and logon to a cloud desktop then you are not on a “True” cloud ERP.  You should be able to log into the ERP from any browser by just putting your company url in the web browser. Also if you have to remote into the cloud network to run reports and financials then it isn’t a true cloud.

Beware of “cloud washing” and “faux cloud” adaptations of last generation applications that purport to be re-engineered for cloud deployment. Most legacy applications have just been retrofitted to run on the web.

You can identify a “faux cloud” product because they will require software to be installed on the client (PC or device). Others add another special server between the applications and the user to interpret the application and serve up web pages to the client. Neither approach delivers the speed and responsiveness of a true cloud design. True cloud applications have no application code on the client device except a browser. They are designed and built for the web and mobile devices. True Cloud screens must be responsive and change size based on the device, which is a productivity aid for a mobile employee or customer.

When vendors place legacy software on a hosted virtual server, they claim to have a “cloud-based ERP solution”; but without web-based software, customers receive very few of the benefits described in the first section above. The presence of a thick client (a full-featured computer that requires software installed on the device) often requires longer installation times, dispersed data, client upgrades, and complicated remote access software. When looking for cloud ERP software, make sure that it is web-based and true cloud!

To help clarify the confusion, the SMB group has created an eBook called “Clearing the ERP Clouds”.

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