Published on: January 14, 2017
Do you feel like you are in the dark regarding what to look for in a new ERP solution or IT infrastructure? Do you feel like a teenager who doesn’t know the new lingo when you hear buzz-speak about cloud-based solutions, business intelligence and analytics, and ERP?
If this rings a bell with you, then you’ll want to download these three new guides that Acumatica has created to cut out the hype and focus on what you really need to know to drive your business forward:
Sifting Through the Buzz-Speak
The software industry isn’t the only industry that has buzz words, but it is definitely one of the most prolific. There are a lot of buzzwords about all things cloud, automation, business intelligence, and more.
It’s hard to find content that sifts through these words and Google doesn’t do much to help remove the buzz-speak around these topics. This can make it challenging for the average business owner to find helpful content that enables them to make informed and smart choices about their business processes. Doing a simple search for any of these three topics may make you feel just as lost as before you started.
Understanding these topics is key for any business. Cloud-based solutions, business intelligence and analytics, and ERP play a critical role in improving business processes, lowering operating costs, and increasing your business’ bottom line.
The experts at Acumatica have put together three short guides as a way to help business owners move beyond the buzz-speak and help you to understand some of the issues facing companies like yours:
- What is the cloud? What does it mean to use “cloud-based” systems?
- Is business intelligence more than just an executive dashboard?
- What automated tools are out there for better managing inventory?
All About the Cloud
Cloud computing has quickly become one of the leading technology topics in the world, although few people really understand what it is and how it impacts their technology choices today.
In this guide you will learn what you need to know about cloud computing to help you make informed decisions about your IT deployment and infrastructure.
You will learn:
- What exactly is the cloud
- Business applications that run in the cloud
- The differences between SaaS and on-premise business applications
- SaaS deployment options: single-tenant or multi-tenant
- Why you should beware of legacy applications “re-engineered” for the cloud
- Choosing the right deployment option for your company
Learn how the cloud can help your business by downloading this free guide today.
Business Intelligence: More than a Dashboard
Nearly every ERP system on the market now also offers a Business Intelligence (BI) module to provide more flexibility and advanced data visualization (graphics). BI is mostly recognized as the source of the executive dashboard that contains graphical displays of major high level measurements like sales, production statistics, and inventory levels, with alarms and drill-down capabilities.
Business Intelligence is much more than simply arranging data into convenient and attractive formats. Business Intelligence includes analytics, as well as data warehouse/data mining capabilities. Business Intelligence provides the tools that can turn data into knowledge and insight.
In this guide, we’ll show you how smart businesses can tap into this incredible resource.
You will learn:
- How business intelligence works
- The robust reporting found in business intelligence
- How to combine related data into meaningful metrics
- How creating your own analysis provides for a deeper understanding of key data
Learn how to get the data you need to make smart business decisions by downloading this guide today.
Inventory Management With These 5 Tools
Inventory is key in many businesses, particularly in manufacturing and distribution. Inventory records are the most likely area of the business to be computerized and every ERP system and CRM system is built around an inventory management function.
Basic inventory management maintains what’s called a perpetual inventory record. Simply stated, the system accepts inventory movement reports (transactions) and maintains a continuous record of the quantity on-hand. Of course, inventory management software does a lot more than that.
In this guide, Acumatica outlines some of the tools that can and should be integrated with inventory management to give you the control and visibility you need to support efficient operations.
You will learn:
- Bar-code data collection
- Cycle counting
- ABC Analysis
- Integrated planning and execution
- Lot tracking and traceability
Discover how these five tools can improve your inventory management process by downloading the guide today.