BTerrell Group Blog

Relieving Pain Points through Automation and Software Integration

Posted by Brian Terrell on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

An earlier blog post describes BTerrell Group's early success at relieving a pain point through automation and software integration. Our passion is helping clients do more work with less effort. On this basis, we built a business.

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So, what is a "pain point"? In the post above, the pain point included the entry of 500 Accounts Receivable invoices every month! The relentless effort required by data entry never let up. Not only did the process require persistence, it also included a high degree of potential inaccuracy, as the point of original data entry into Sage 300 ERP provided a chance to "fat finger" a number or two. So, automating and integrating two applications secured not only time savings but also eliminated the possibility of data entry error. A double win, for sure!

Often, our firm sees integration and automation opportunities before our clients do. I think we all get used to the status quo and fail to look for opportunities from our positions of comfortable familiarity. If it ain't broke, then don't fix it. Moreover, some folks even have a vested interest in keeping things the same. Finally, memories of an automation opportunity not resulting in the promised return discourages consideration of another project. Reward always involves some possibility of risk, and our staff of CPAs, MBAs, business analysts, project managers, experienced developers and certified consultants apply proven methodologies to manage those risks.

Most businesses include some opportunities to eliminate duplicate data entry. Look around for anyone manually entering data into a computer from a source document that was itself printed by another computer application. That data must reside somewhere in digital format. Because most employees cost their companies at least $20 per hour, and repetitive tasks requiring two hours per week should be investigated as automation possibilities. Certainly, that number decreases for tasks requiring a higher degree of precision.

BTerrell Group, and our sister company CodePartners, specialize in helping Intacct and Sage clients do more work with less effort. If you experience pain points, have identified integration opportunities, or would like for us to help look for ways to save you money, contact us today. We want to help you, and with 22 years of successful integration history and experience from which to draw, we CAN!

Tags: Intacct, Sage, Cloud Financial Software

Is a Cloud ERP Solution Right for You?

Posted by Keith Karnes on Wed, Jul 10, 2013

Is cloud ERP right for you?Everyone seems to be weighing in with an opinion on this question, and often the “opinion” seems to be heavily weighted toward what solution the speaker has to offer. In truth, the relevance and accuracy of the differentiators for cloud versus an on-premise ERP solution need to be evaluated for each unique circumstance.

Here are some key differentiators for cloud-based ERP applications:

  1. Allow the business to focus resources primarily on core business functions, rather than to maintain an IT department to serve the ERP function. In other cases, where IT functions are a major central business component, to focus IT resources on providing value functions toward revenue generation.
  2. Allow scalable growth to match the business growth of the enterprise, via adding user subscriptions or necessary modules only as necessary.
  3. Technology solutions are current and architected specifically for delivery and usage on current platforms for mobility and accessibility. In addition, they tend to provide higher levels of usability and user friendliness.
  4. Generally ensure improved measures in back-up, data retention, and recovery. These functions are provided by the vendor system-wide, rather than having to be performed by each customer. Due to the potential risk, the cloud-based provider typically has a higher level of security than would be set up for an on-premise solution.
  5. Have short implementation time periods to actually reap the rewards of management information quickly and are typically compressed over alternatives, enabling early return on investment.

So, is a cloud ERP solution right for you?

The question should be posed in terms of what information is needed to run the business. What are the key drivers to the business success and how these key drivers can best be addressed. What are the best uses of time and resources internally, and what are best provided externally?

BTerrell Group is equipped to provide insights and solutions to help you answer these questions and help you identify the right solution to meet your needs. Contact us today to get a FREE 30-minute consultation to get started.

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Tags: cloud, cloud erp, cloud accounting software, Cloud Financial Software