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Some SMB managers and entrepreneurs still think that business intelligence solutions are sophisticated and expensive tools needed only by large enterprises managing enormous amounts of data. But is it true? These are six reasons why I think it's not. 1. Business Intelligence Is for Everyone Business Intelligence, despite its sophisticated aura, is a very straightforward practice. It is all about collecting relevant data about your company performance and taking actionable conclusions from it so you can make informed decisions on how to improve different aspects of the business. (more…)

Recently we have been receiving many questions about document management systems (DMS). And we are super happy about it. Document management software allow you to go paperless, increase efficiency and boost security in environment-friendly and cost-effective way. That is way we searched through the web to deliver you the best resources on document management software and similar topics. Hope you will enjoy it! (more…)

Guest Post Business Apps and SaaS on GetApp

By Christophe Primault, 2 July 2013

GetApp is the leading marketplace that helps businesses discover and chose business applications. The site was established in 2010 and has been used by millions of businesses searching for business apps that are right for their needs. As part of our efforts to provide valuable resources to business app buyers, we are running a popular blog (in Top 3 blogs for SaaS in Alltop) where we share insights, tips and opinions about business apps. We consider guest post business submissions to the GetApp blog from anyone willing to share unique expertise related to business apps usage, and we really love it when it derived from your own personal experiences (more…)

Customer Relationship Management software (CRM) has revolutionized the way businesses today approach lead generation and customer life-cycle management. CRM grew out of contact management software that was first made popular in the 1990s.  In the early 2000s, CRM software emerged with more sophisticated tools for managing and nurturing client relationships.  These solutions not only helped businesses manage their leads and customers, but offered collaborative platforms so that internal teams like sales and marketing could align their strategies. (more…)

ERP Implementation – Best Practices

By Christophe Primault, 9 March 2012

No matter what type of business you're in, implementing an ERP solution is a critical project that must be taken seriously. From concerns about cost and demonstrating ROI, to practical considerations about who will manage the process at your company, ERP implementation efforts require commitment by a project team and support by business leaders to ensure success. There's no getting around the fact that ERP deployment is a major undertaking, but the process doesn't have to be painful. With proper planning and execution, implementing an ERP system should be a smooth process and quickly improve efficiency across your business. Here are some critical ERP implementation best practices to consider when selecting and deploying a solution. Select the Best ERP Implementation for Your Business Given the range of functions that ERP encompasses, it should come as no surprise that there are multiple types of ERP implementations. You can choose to build your own custom ERP and program it from the bottom up, though the cost and complexity of taking on such a huge project can make a do-it-yourself approach a poor one. Or you can purchase on-premise ERP software and install it on your company's computers and servers. Before investing in an on-site ERP solution, however, consider this sobering fact: Two-thirds of mid-size businesses are running old versions of their ERP software. 1Why the lag? Organizations often decide that the pain required to re-implement incremental releases is too great—especially since each upgrade means the business risks losing critical customizations and integrations. Keeping ERP technology current is key to maximizing its potential, so it's essential to choose a system deployment option that's easy to update and will preserve custom features. There's a third alternative: a cloud-based ERP solution like NetSuite. Because the system is cloud-based and managed entirely off site by the ERP provider, a cloud-based solution means you don't have to make expensive upfront investments in IT hardware and servers, nor worry about dedicating significant personnel resources to managing it. In addition, cloud-based implementations are usually much faster and easier to deploy than on-site deployments, and maintenance is much easier since the cloud-based ERP provider is responsible for keeping the technology up to date. Most importantly, with cloud technology, product enhancements are painless—customizations and integrations automatically update with system upgrades—so you can always be assured that your business is running with the most advanced capability. Get Executive Buy-In and Build Consensus around ERP Implementation Getting buy-in from company executives means more than just getting a signature to approve investment in an ERP solution (though that is certainly important); it means educating leadership about what ERP implementation means for the company. More than just software, ERP technology can transform the business, an idea that executives must support before moving forward with any deployment effort. Frequent communication from executives about ERP implementation plans and changing processes are vital to helping build consensus—and even excitement—across your company. Set Realistic Expectations for ERP Implementation ERP software is powerful technology that can streamline processes, improve visibility, reduce costs, and completely change the way that your company does business—but it won't happen overnight. ERP solutions encompass many complex front- and back-office systems, from accounting and inventory management to ecommerce and CRM, which need to be integrated to create a seamless experience for end users. This takes careful planning and time to execute. To accelerate the implementation process, make sure your project is scoped appropriately and consider working with an experienced, knowledgeable ERP expert. The average NetSuite customer is typically able to implement its ERP system within three months—much less than the on-premise ERP implementation industry average of a year and a half. Focus on Staff Resources and Strong Project Management Before starting any ERP implementation, make sure that your company has the staff resources in place to see the project through to completion. This may seem like an obvious point, but many companies begin deployment without resourcing it adequately, resulting in overworked, unhappy employees and a less-than-optimal installation. Identifying a dedicated project leader and a team for your ERP implementation will help ensure that the project goes smoothly. For ERP team members, consider reassigning or removing some of their normal job duties so they have enough time to concentrate on the task at hand. Identify a team leader with strong project management skills who can facilitate team communication, address any issues that may arise, and keep the implementation on schedule. Keeping these best practices in mind will help you launch your deployment on the right track and keep it there throughout the entire process. Researching the best ERP implementation option for your business, building consensus around the effort, setting realistic expectations, and giving your staff the support they need—these steps take more time, but they result in a more effective ERP experience and a better-run business in the long term.

How Cloud ERP Compares to On-premise ERP

By Keean Persaud, 23 February 2012

(white paper provide by NetSuite) NetSuite - Cloud Business Management Software Suite Software by Netsuite NetSuite is the world’s leading Cloud business management software suite with over 10,000 organizations. Made specifically for the needs of high-growth and mid-sized businesses and divisions of large enterprise (more…)

NetSuite - Cloud Business Management Software Suite Software by Netsuite NetSuite is the world’s leading Cloud business management software suite with over 10,000 organizations. Made specifically for the needs of high-growth and mid-sized businesses and divisions of large enterprise Visit Website (more…)

4 Useful Resources to Choose CRM and ERP Online Software

By Christophe Primault, 2 December 2011

If you're like most companies wondering about making a serious move to the Cloud,  you're probably struggling to find and choose the right online business software that meet the exact needs of your business. Comparing websites, pricing plans, reviewing huge lists of features is likely to generate confusion with even the most advanced software buyer, and with hundreds of different solutions to choose from, most businesses become overwhelmed. When choosing ERP or a CRM apps, there is no room for approximation. We are sharing with you four easy to understand online resources to help you save time and avoid costly mistakes. (more…)

How to Select Software in the Cloud

By Christophe Primault, 30 November 2011

This post refers to how software selection is rapidly evolving when evaluating cloud-based online business software. When evaluating a web-based software for your business, the TCO and ROI should be calculated differently than for on-premise software.  Organizations should be cognizant of the different criteria and perspective involved when selecting cloud and SaaS software. This post highlights analyst tips when evaluating online  software solutions.  (more…)

In an ever-flattening world, growing and midsize businesses have more opportunities to expand globally to accelerate growth and increase profitability. But to take advantage of these opportunities, they must be able to manage and streamline financial operations across countries with different currencies, tax laws, and reporting and oversight requirements. Global medium sized businesses must manage financial consolidations at multiple levels—each subsidiary needs to have local operational control, and the parent company must be able to roll up data into consolidated financial reports. Report created by the SMB Group (more…)