What is the value of your processes, procedures, and technology systems?

What is the “Value” of your Processes, Procedures and Technology Systems?

Do your “systems” include manual processes, accounting software, and Excel spreadsheets? Is integrated software missing from your list, or not being used to its fullest potential? How do you think these systems will be perceived by someone considering purchasing the company? When considering the “value” of a company’s systems, business owners need to look at the procedures, processes, and software currently used. How would a prospective buyer use these systems, both right away and in the future? Here are a couple examples Chortek has encountered that highlight the value of investing in new integrated software. We’ll call them Client A and Client B.

Case Studies: Clients Using Non-Integrated Systems

Client A

With Client A, the company’s buyer was in the same industry, but had a different geographic territory. After acquiring the company, the buyer continued using Client A’s software to run the newly attained locations, but now, they are in the process of migrating critical Client A data to the new owners  system. Read More >

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ERP OPTIONS: On-Premise vs. Cloud ERP

ERP Options?

If you are considering a new or upgraded ERP system for your company, chances are you are being faced with many choices. As you consider your ERP options, one of the decisions you will make is whether to select a locally-installed ERP solution or one that is cloud-based. Traditionally, software is purchased and installed on computers in your company, also known as an “on-premise” system. With this type of ERP, you are responsible for managing all servers, software upgrades, and workstation upgrades, backup, etc..

However, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or “cloud computing” has become more prevalent as an option to upgrade your software or when purchasing new. With this type of deployment, the ERP software and its associated data are centrally managed on the Internet “cloud” by the ERP vendor, and customers access the system via a web browser.

While the difference between on-premise and cloud ERP system is clear, the type of deployment model you should choose might not be as obvious. The ERP system can significantly impact all areas of your business. It is important to consider the following key factors when weighing whether to use on-premise or cloud-based ERP software: Read More >

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How to Select a New Accounting/ERP System – Part 4

ACCOUNTING SYSTEM SELECTION

In Part 3, we discussed how to prepare for and conduct software demonstrations. In Part 4, we will look at how to finalize the selection of the ERP system and suggestions for a successful implementation of the new solution.

Finalize Your System Selection

After you wrap up all the ERP demos, your job isn’t quite finished. The future of your company’s technology assets, level of success, and performance now lies in the hands of you and your software selection team. Take your time and avoid feeling pressured into making a fast decision. Read More >

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How to Select a New Accounting/ERP System – Part 3

In Part 2, we discussed how to research possible ERP solutions and how to create a request for information (RFI). In Part 3, we will look at preparing for and conducting software demonstrations.

The software demonstration is a crucial component of choosing a new ERP system. When handled properly, the demonstration will provide you with critical information on whether the system will best fit your needs allowing you the opportunity to compare different ERP software systems in order to make the best decision possible. If handled incorrectly, the demonstration will turn into a cheerleading exercise for the vendor, nearly devoid of all useful information. Read More >

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How to Select a New Accounting/ERP System – Part 2

RFI (Request For Information)

In Part 1, we discussed creating a selection committee and document your company’s ERP needs. In Part 2, we will look at researching various ERP solutions as well as developing the request for information.

Researching Possible Solutions

Currently, there are a number of software products that are dominating the general marketplace such as:

  • Intuit (QuickBooks)
  • Microsoft Business Solutions (Dynamics AX, NV, and GP)
  • Sage 100 (MAS 90/200)
  • Sage X3
  • Sage 300 (ACCPAC)
  • Sage 50 (Peachtree)

However, you may need to look at specific, or vertical, solutions for services, retail, manufacturing, and construction from Epicor, Infor, Viewpoint, etc. Keep in mind that SaaS/Cloud solutions such as NetSuite, Intacct, and Acumatica should also be included as ERP solutions to evaluate. If you are bewildered by the claims flooding the market and every company touting itself as the most reliable, the most trusted, and the best in the industry, there are five keywords to keep in mind that will help you separate the real from the pretenders: Read More >

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Selecting a New Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System – Part 1

The Importance of Building an ERP Selection Committee and Identifying Your Needs

First and foremost, it is imperative to create a selection committee made up of individuals throughout the organization. This committee will be responsible for moving the company through a successful selection by representing its functional area, defining the software requirements, evaluating and comparing different products based on those requirements, and advocating for the product chosen. Building a selection committee has been shown to be more successful than one person in IT services, finance, or production running the project themselves.

Selecting a new ERP system can be a humbling challenge and defining proper roles and responsibilities for your internal team cannot be stressed enough. While ERP implementation teams can vary in terms of size (number of people), there are several main roles that are needed no matter the size of the company. Read More >

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The Real Cost of Doing Nothing

ERP Solutions

When considering a particular plan of action for your business and its operations, you may be concerned about issues of the cost of implementing ERP solutions and related integrations. While the return on your investment is an important component in your decision-making process, other factors can be just as important. In some cases, failure to act could cost you far more than the expenses involved in putting your business plans into action. Chortek LLP’s Technology Consulting Group can provide you with a clear picture of the costs of implementing or failing to implement strategies for your business enterprises. Read More >

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Is there a weak link in your supply chain?

Supply Chain Risks to Your Business

In an increasingly global economy, keeping a close eye on your supply chain is imperative. Even if your company operates only locally or nationally, your suppliers could be affected by wider economic conditions and developments. So, make sure you’re regularly assessing where weak links in your supply chain may lie. Read More >

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Have Russian hackers broken into your home? VPNFilter attack!

VPNFilter attack –

Main stream media has been heavily covering the recent threat of Russian hackers taking over home Internet routers using an attack named “VPNFilter”.  Here is an article which lists the affected routers: “Is Your Router Vulnerable to VPNFilter Malware?

Time for a WiFi upgrade! –

As outlined in the article above, updating the router may eliminate this threat while rebooting the router may reduce the risk, if only temporarily.  If any businesses are using the routers on the list, the router should not simply be updated, but should be replaced with a business-class solution.  Routers are what connect your network to the Internet, and as such, they should be providing strong firewall and cybersecurity features for businesses. Read More >

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Ask the right questions about your IT strategy

IT STRATEGY

Most businesses approach technology as an evolving challenge. You don’t want to overspend on bells and whistles you’ll never fully use, but you also don’t want to get left behind as competitors use the latest tech tools to operate more nimbly.

To refine your IT strategy over time, you’ve got to regularly reassess your operations and ask the right questions. Here are a few to consider:

Are we bogged down by outdated tech? More advanced analytical software can eliminate many time-consuming, repeatable tasks. Systems based on paper files and handwritten notes are obviously ripe for an upgrade, but even traditional digital spreadsheets aren’t as powerful as they used to be. Read More >