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Which Cloud ERP Solution Is the Most Usable, Functional and Valuable?

Written by Nancy Phillippi on Fri, Feb 21, 2020

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If you’re searching for your first or your next cloud ERP solution, no doubt your search begins with research. You want to know which ERP solution will enhance your business and meet its particular challenges. Which is the best value? What ERP will deliver a good return on your investment and contribute to greater business growth?

The latest Nucleus Research Value Matrix report identifies both Microsoft Dynamics 365 F&O (Finance and Operations no Dynamics 365) and Acumatica cloud ERP as solutions that stand out from the rest.

Nucleus Research gathers data from both vendors and users and analyzes various ERP solutions for usability, functionality, and value. Nucleus then names its choices for Leaders, Experts, Facilitators, and Core providers. The Leaders are most likely to deliver high functionality and ROI (return on investment). The researchers also place weight on which solutions score high in faster deployment and successful user adoption.

At Clients First, we proudy represent both Acumatica ERP and Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions.  We recognize that both are excellent solutions. Let’s talk about how they compare.

Acumatica Cloud ERP a Leader in usability and functionality

Acumatica’s licensing and pricing-model makes it an affordable and robust ERP solution for startups and growing small and mid-sized businesses. Smaller businesses without a dedicated IT department will appreciate Acumatica’s cloud and mobile technology. Unlike some solutions, Acumatica gives you a choice of deployment methods: on-premise, cloud, hosted, or a hybrid combination. This flexibility allows you access to your cloud data from anywhere, at any time.

Acumatica’s usability

Usability is important because the leading cause of implementation failure is lack of user adoption. A system that’s easy to learn and easy to navigate will be appreciated by all your users. It’s also important that your ERP solution be integrated and work well with your other business tools, so your team isn’t forced to learn and uses a number of diverse systems. Acumatica’s cloud model and versatile modern platform gives you a seamless integrated solution. You become more efficient with streamlined processes, automated workflows, simplified navigation and customizable dashboards. Superior data management and mobile access mean your teams can access the data they need to do their jobs more efficiently. Rapid adoption leads to increased productivity.

Acumatica is not only a robust and user-friendly modern cloud ERP. You have the option to implement it in the cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid cloud/on-premise model. It also comes with the bonus of a down to earth simple implementation structure. Ease of implementation means less work and less time doing initial setups resulting in more time for you to run your business.

Acumatica’s functionality

Acumatica is the fastest growing cloud ERP on the market for good reason. Besides Acumatica’s flexible deployment options, you can also choose to license unlimited users, named users, or concurrent users. Acumatica continues to build on functionality with industry vertical solutions including; construction, distribution, manufacturing, project management and field service.

Acumatica also has access to a growing community of ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) that can deliver a wide range of functionality to meet all of your needs. Acumatica will continue to be a leader because they listen to customer feedback and add functionality according to feedback and priority.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations (now Dynamics 365)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 also ranks as a Leader in Nucleus Research’s report. Microsoft Dynamics 365 is well suited for larger and global organizations. Many of our Dynamics AX customers also have multiple lines of business, and Dynamics 365 is well suited for them. When you license Dynamics 365, you get everything from GL to Manufacturing, Projects, Service Management, etc. Our recent customers include a global manufacturer and services company, aviation manufacturing and distribution, industrial manufacturer, and more in the manufacturing and services industries. An important difference between Dynamics 365 and other top-tier ERP solutions is that Dynamics 365 doesn’t necessitate a team of developers onsite. It is easily customizable but has standard settings that fit most companies without programming.  

According to Nucleus Research, "Microsoft is a Leader in the 2019 ERP Technology Value Matrix. With Dynamics 365 as its enterprise offering, Microsoft focuses on the roles within an organization regardless of industry, delivering the capabilities users need to address financial performance, manufacturing processes and procedures, business logistics and supply chain, and regulatory compliance, all while looking to facilitate intelligent investment in innovation by customers. In addition to finance and operations, Microsoft Dynamics 365 has applications that serve enterprises including retail, talent, field service, marketing, sales, project service automation, and customer service."

Microsoft builds its products to work together, so there is seamless cooperation with other Microsoft Office products such as Word, Outlook, and the newly acquired LinkedIn. Microsoft Dynamics 365’s familiar interface and operations allow your team to use the tools they are familiar with, thus cutting down on training and adoption time. Microsoft Dynamics 365 gives you access to a large network of ISV add on apps.

Why work with Clients First Business Solutions 

Acumatica Cloud ERP and Microsoft Dynamics 365 cloud ERPs are both best-in-class solutions. Our primary mission is to support and develop solutions that will maximize our customers’ ERP investment and increase profitability.

We offer an inexpensive Quick Turn Implementation plan that can include your legacy data, so you are going fast and furious on the first day of use. We also offer full implementation services for more complex needs along with a US based development team to tackle unique business challenges and scenarios. Our team supports Dynamics 365, Dynamics 365 Business Central or Acumatica cloud ERP to new heights and is well versed with Finance, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Project Accounting, EDI. We specialize with manufacturing, supply chain management, parts sales, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), field service, project accounting, construction, aviation, industrial repairs and nonprofit organizations. We also have a US-based development team to promptly address your needs. 

Please contact us to learn more – call 800-331-8382 or email info@cfbs-us.com.

If you’d like to investigate which solution will best suit your business needs and your goals, contact us at Clients First South Central 800-331-8382 for a free consultation.

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By Clients First Business Solutions, www.cfbs-us.com

Another version of this blog was previously posted on 10/18/2019 - WHAT ERP SOLUTION DELIVERS THE MOST VALUE IN USABILITY & FUNCTIONALITY

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