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In today’s age of digital transformation, more and more businesses are taking advantage of the benefits of enterprise resource planning software (ERP software ). In fact, most businesses can’t afford to pass up on the automation, integration, and…

Posted on March 20th, 2020 in ERP Software // Read more…

If you run a business, you’ve probably considered using software to streamline operations. Two terms you’ve likely encountered during your search are enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) , as these are two of the…

Posted on March 18th, 2020 // Read more…

NetSuite has been one of the leading integrated cloud business software suites since the company was formed in 1998. The solution is a top choice for companies looking for a complete accounting software with integrated CRM and eCommerce capabilities…

Posted on March 13th, 2020 in Accounting Software // Read more…

NetSuite ERP cloud-based software is one of the most deployed enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the world. It’s popular because, as an ERP solution, it helps companies to collect and utilize business data through automated applications like…

Posted on March 12th, 2020 in ERP Software // Read more…

ERP stands for “Enterprise Resource Management”, the consolidated process of gathering and organizing business data through an integrated software suite. ERP software contains applications which automates business functions like production, sales quoting…

Posted on March 12th, 2020 in ERP Software // Read more…

NetSuite has been one of the leading integrated cloud business software suites since the company was formed in 1998. The solution is routinely considered to be one of the best enterprise resource planning software (ERP software ) options on the market…

Posted on March 11th, 2020 in ERP Software // Read more…

SAP has always been one of the leading multinational software corporations that produces enterprise resource planning software (ERP software ). The SAP ERP options available today are some of the most well known on the software market. However, their…

Posted on March 10th, 2020 in ERP Software // Read more…

Most businesses use one employee (picker) to pick one customer’s order, one at a time. This is called discrete picking . As order volume and complexity increases, so too do picking methods. A well-optimized picking strategy depends on order volume, SKU…

Posted on March 11th, 2019 in Warehouse Management (WMS) Software // Read more…

Creating an item from thin air may once have seemed like science fiction, but for today’s manufacturers, it’s not only a possibility - it’s become a critical component of their workflow. Bringing parts, difficult-to-build items, and entire products to…

Posted on January 17th, 2019 in MES Software // Read more…

Teams tend to prefer the familiar to the unfamiliar - especially when it comes to enterprise systems. The reality is that in order to create significant, measurable improvements in business processes, managing change is critical. Resistance to change is…

Posted on January 10th, 2019 in ERP Software // Read more…

Running payroll for the first, second, or even third time can be complicated and confusing. If you’re overwhelmed thinking about your employer responsibilities, you’re not alone. Registering for accounts, setting up payroll, withholding taxes, and…

Posted on December 17th, 2018 in Payroll Software // Read more…

Each year, thousands of nonprofits and government entities contact Software Connect for help selecting fund accounting software. These regular conversations provide us unique insight on market trends and software buyers’ needs. We reviewed our notes on a…

Posted on March 21st, 2018 in Fund Accounting Software // Read more…

Tsheets recently estimated that buddy punching—when one employee clocks in for a coworker who is late for work—costs U.S. companies more than $373 million annually. Put another way, buddy punching on average costs $298 per employee per year .[1] The study…

Posted on March 1st, 2018 in Time and Attendance Software // Read more…

We’re interested in understanding what motivates buyers at all organizations, including churches. That’s why we commissioned an exclusive survey of church software buyers. We reviewed our recent conversations with 270 churches in North America buying…

Posted on February 14th, 2018 in Church Accounting Software // Read more…

Each year we help thousands of distributors and manufacturers select warehouse management systems . Many high order volume businesses need to optimize inventory logistics, storage, and shipping. These regular conversations provide unique insight into…

Posted on February 6th, 2018 in Warehouse Management (WMS) Software // Read more…

Radio-frequency identification is pretty nifty. Although the location-tracking tags that integrate with inventory software have been around for decades, new applications continue to appear as the tech becomes more affordable and approachable. Explosive…

Posted on January 30th, 2018 in RFID Software // Read more…

In today’s strong economy, businesses large and small are booming. But with growth comes added complexity. Are businesses using accounting software that’s up to the task? At Software Connect, we’re always seeking a better view of the market. Who’s buying…

Posted on January 25th, 2018 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Each year thousands of manufacturers contact Software Connect for help selecting MRP software to support their processes. These regular conversations provide us unique insight on market trends and software buyers’ needs. We reviewed our notes on a random…

Posted on January 15th, 2018 in MRP Software // Read more…

What impact is new technology having on manufacturing jobs in the U.S? Recent software innovations, from material requirements planning (MRP) to manufacturing execution systems (MES) software, have revolutionized the daily operations of manufacturing…

Posted on January 11th, 2018 in Manufacturing Software // Read more…

We speak with a wide range of contractors and construction companies to help in their technology sourcing decisions with construction software . These regular discussions help us spot construction tech trends (mostly in United States and Canada). In…

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 // Read more…

Every year we speak to thousands of manufacturers who contact us for advice on software to help manage operations. Through these regular conversations we discover new trends in the industry. In September 2017 we surveyed previous contacts: 154 small to…

Posted on November 14th, 2017 in Manufacturing Software // Read more…

Buying new manufacturing execution system (MES) software is a difficult decision. In addition to being faced with a wide array of commercial products to choose from, MES buyers understand that their product choice will be one of the most significant IT…

Posted on July 14th, 2017 in Manufacturing Software // Read more…

Many entrepreneurs spend months or even years dreaming about the day that they’re able to grow their business successfully enough to add staff. But once that threshold is crossed, some important decisions are waiting. One of the most important is figuring…

Posted on July 7th, 2017 in Payroll Software // Read more…

How can successful companies evolve past an over-reliance on gut instincts in favor of analytically based decision making? It’s a question of enough importance that it’s created one of today’s fastest growing business software markets. Big data and…

Posted on June 12th, 2017 in BI Tools // Read more…

Competition in the distribution industry is tough. But it’s especially fierce in the office products vertical. Despite the challenges, though, independent distributors of office products are setting an example for all distributors about how the right…

Posted on June 5th, 2017 in Supply Chain Management Software // Read more…

Not long ago, the idea of perpetual, real-time software access to customer, work order, and inventory records from the job site was just a pipedream for service contractors. Less than ten years into the era of iOS and Android, though, things have changed…

Posted on May 30th, 2017 in Field Service Management Software // Read more…

The debate around open source has been a hot-button tech topic for decades now. But it’s a question that has largely stayed off of the desks of ERP software decision-makers. To this point, open source projects have gained more traction further down the…

Posted on April 24th, 2017 in ERP Software // Read more…

Key Takeaways: SMB organizations must embrace cloud accounting or miss out on the competitive advantages of anytime, anywhere application availability. SMBs must also choose the right private versus public cloud accounting strategy to maximize benefits…

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 in Accounting Software // Read more…

The positive relationship between reducing lead times and improving efficiency and customer satisfaction isn’t news to manufacturing executives. Lead time reduction has been a primary objective of lean manufacturing principles since the origin of lean…

Posted on February 8th, 2017 in Manufacturing Software // Read more…

ERP consultants love to recommend switching platforms. It’s the product they’re paid to sell, after all. So it might surprise you to hear an ERP consultant suggesting that might not always be the best plan. As companies grow, an inevitable side effect is…

Posted on December 6th, 2016 in ERP Software // Read more…

It’s not enough to simply carry the products that customers want. Especially in competitive markets, success demands more. The stiffer the price competition, the more important each opportunity for operational efficiency becomes. And the less wiggle room…

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 in Supply Chain Management Software // Read more…

2016 will go down as a notable year for product development within the Microsoft Dynamics suite of business management solutions. Dynamics GP has already seen a landmark version update previously this year, while significant updates of NAV and SL are also…

Posted on July 29th, 2016 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Back in 1980, the following quote appeared in an issue of the Harvard Business Review : Nonprofit organizations are under pressure to make their financial status better understood. Their managers, their board members or trustees, and taxpayers need to…

Posted on July 18th, 2016 in Nonprofit Accounting Software // Read more…

Non-profit management is different than for-profit management. How could it be any other way? Pursuing a mission—rather than profits—puts an entirely different engine behind what drives organizational success. Responsible financial management is no less…

Posted on April 28th, 2016 in Nonprofit Accounting Software // Read more…

Most small business leaders don’t spend any more time than they have to thinking about accounts payable work. It’s understandable. Paying the bills isn’t much fun. It’s also one of those purely administrative tasks that doesn’t directly create value for…

Posted on April 19th, 2016 in Accounting Software // Read more…

If you’ve been struggling to decide between a cloud or on-premises software deployment, determining what’s right for you might be as simple as asking the right questions. Small and medium-sized businesses will spend billions of dollars this year…

Posted on February 9th, 2016 // Read more…

Got three minutes? That’s all it will take to pin-down the must-haves when it comes to finding software that supports the professional services billing model. Professional services billing gets messy. It’s just the nature of the beast. There’s a lot going…

Posted on January 29th, 2016 in Time and Billing Software // Read more…

Successful businesses don’t stop pushing to outpace the competition. But year after year they also get help from an unlikely source: rivals who take a pass on giving themselves a headstart in the race to sales success. In business times when everything…

Posted on January 25th, 2016 in Marketing Software // Read more…

Along with small business success come new challenges. Responsibilities expand beyond what the core team can handle. New employees must be brought on to manage growth. And at some point, keeping up with increased revenues—and expenses—requires more than…

Posted on January 15th, 2016 in Accounting Software // Read more…

With data from over 4,000 QuickBooks replacement reviews at our fingertips, we wanted to provide access to something software buyers have never had before: A breakdown of the most popular QuickBooks replacement alternatives based on actual reviews…

Posted on December 21st, 2015 in Accounting Software // Read more…

There’s no question that “better software technology” is becoming a more frequent answer to the big question of how to conduct better business. In fact, it’s a trend significant enough to have genuinely expanded the role of the contemporary business…

Posted on December 1st, 2015 in ERP Software // Read more…

Wholesale customers are demanding more product choices than ever before. The answer why is simple. Buyers demand choice because they can. Lower barriers to market entry for start-up distributors and accelerated global competition continue to expand…

Posted on November 6th, 2015 in Supply Chain Management Software // Read more…

What does it take to be a good accountant? Traditional answers to that question might include things like: “an eye for detail,” “a mathematical mind,” “an ability to spot patterns,” and “above-average organization skills.” In today’s day and age, though…

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 in Accounting Software // Read more…

If you contract with a third party CPA, you should absolutely seek out their opinion when purchasing accounting software . But if you rely solely on their opinion, you could be making a mistake. Having spoken with hundreds of software buyers over the last…

Posted on October 7th, 2015 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Global CRM software revenue increased from $16B in 2011 to $23B in 2014. A 31% increase in revenue for a single business is remarkable. When an entire industry vertical increases market share by a third, though, it qualifies as a mega-trend. Sales and…

Posted on October 5th, 2015 in CRM Software // Read more…

Being a small business owner isn’t for the faint of heart. But of all the fears and uncertainties small business owners face, a lack of available capital has to be the biggest monster under the bed. For a lot of small business owners, though, the fear is…

Posted on September 17th, 2015 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Everybody loves discounts. Well, everybody except maybe the accountants and order managers at the companies offering the discounts. They’re the one’s who have to deal with what can often be cumbersome back-end challenges related to managing promotional…

Posted on September 8th, 2015 in Accounting Software // Read more…

“It’s not at all what we expected.” Lots of software buyers have told us exactly that when explaining why they needed to replace recently purchased accounting software . Nobody plans to have their software purchase experience end with them furiously…

Posted on September 3rd, 2015 in Accounting Software // Read more…

The same terms appear over and over again in discussions of enterprise social media. Buzz. Brand advocacy. Promotion. Outreach. Engagement. When it comes to enterprise social media, connecting with the customer is priority number one (and seemingly…

Posted on September 1st, 2015 in ERP Software // Read more…

IT said, “No.” What a bummer. You spent hours assembling feature needs, talking to sellers, gathering proposals, and demoing software. You found the perfect accounting software . It has a beautiful interface. The reporting is awesome. It would definitely…

Posted on August 11th, 2015 in Accounting Software // Read more…

In this article, we take a deep dive into the most-effective strategies for making phone contact with web-lead submissions. Read on for the full details of our in-depth case study or skip ahead to the key findings for simple steps you can take to double…

Posted on August 7th, 2015 in Marketing Software // Read more…

If your company is at the point where you are losing pennies or even dimes on every dollar-earned due to inefficiencies in key businesses processes, there’s no time like the present to make a software change. The hardest thing about switching software…

Posted on July 30th, 2015 in ERP Software // Read more…

Efficiency through automation has been the goal of every manufacturing business since Henry Ford. But how do you automate while manufacturing an entirely customizable product? That’s the real question for any growth-minded ETO manufacturer. Edmonton-based…

Posted on June 25th, 2015 in Manufacturing Software // Read more…

Starting Jan 2016 many organizations will be required to begin providing the IRS with new reports based on the ACA (Affordable Care Act), aka Obamacare. The new ACA requirements will represent a significant additional reporting burden on qualifying…

Posted on June 16th, 2015 in Payroll Software // Read more…

As technology advances and business management techniques continued to be refined, there’s an increased focus on enabling data-based decision making. These days it’s hard to find a company that’s not talking about how to turn analytics and business…

Posted on June 11th, 2015 in BI Tools // Read more…

Craig Violante from King County Housing Authority shares the story of how improved financial software allowed their organization to more nimbly pursue funding, increase efficiency, and deliver more fully on their organizational mission. Imagine this…

Posted on May 29th, 2015 in ERP Software // Read more…

Really? “Drag your good name through the mud?” That’s a bit dramatic, no? It is—but rightly so. If you find yourself leading an ERP selection and implementation project, the reality is that you’re staring down one of the largest technology projects of…

Posted on May 14th, 2015 in ERP Software // Read more…

No company wants to pay more than they have to in sales tax. On the other hand, pay less than required and you might really end up with some major expenses. Accuracy matters when it comes to sales tax management . But achieving it can be harder than it…

Posted on April 28th, 2015 in Sales Tax Software // Read more…

What happens after your customers place orders online? Good things? All the time? Let’s get a bit more specific. Are you ever running into post web order submission issues like late shipments, cancellations due to out-of-stock inventory, or returns due to…

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 in eCommerce Software // Read more…

Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Virginia are the states with the largest percentage of their companies investing in new business management software. The data is the result of five years of input from 27,824 individual companies. The study…

Posted on February 18th, 2015 // Read more…

2015 is off to a fast-start in terms of ERP news. A number of new solutions have been released, existing products have been updated, and key players in the market have undergone significant business changes. On January 13th, Oracle announced the launch of…

Posted on February 13th, 2015 in ERP Software // Read more…

The universe of ERP product options is vast. And it keeps getting bigger. That’s great for businesses who want to have choices, but a challenge for decision makers who need to actually understand those choices. The reality is, the ongoing expansion of the…

Posted on January 30th, 2015 in ERP Software // Read more…

There’s one voice that’s often conspicuously absent from the online ERP conversation: the one belonging to actual users. It’s easy to find information from developers, integrators, consultants, and the tech media. But to find out what real users are…

Posted on January 16th, 2015 in Manufacturing Software // Read more…

Sales leaders looking to boost sales with an investment in CRM software face a challenge. Here’s the crux of the problem: Every departmental manager wishes they had more resources. Extra head count, superior equipment, new software—investment…

Posted on January 9th, 2015 in CRM Software // Read more…

Let’s face it. The anonymous company gift exchange doesn’t ever seem to work out quite as well as you hoped. Somehow Fred from the warehouse ends up with the spa gift card, while Patty from HR pretends like she loves her awesome new paperweight. This…

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

It’s something everyone understands in concept. If your firm bills clients as a function of time worked, missing timesheets mean missing revenue. The equation seems simple enough. But missing and late timesheets are common business management issues for…

Posted on December 12th, 2014 in Time and Billing Software // Read more…

What’s the worst part of losing a grip on your contracting company’s job costs ? Billable costs not making it to the final invoice? The difficulty of identifying which jobs are actually making money? The productivity-killing chore of reassembling…

Posted on December 5th, 2014 // Read more…

Really? The top 10 ways an ERP project is like Thanksgiving Dinner? Thinking ERP and Thanksgiving might be more apples and oranges than long lost brothers? Well, guess again! After reading this list, you’ll wonder how you ever told ERP projects and…

Posted on November 26th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

“Would you like to pay extra?” Nobody wants to say yes to that question, of course. But isn’t that how the question of whether to sign up for accounting software updates and support comes off? It doesn’t matter how nice the name of the plan sounds. They…

Posted on November 18th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

There’s really only two qualifiers for inclusion on our list of the top 100 accounting software features. If a feature appears here, it’s either: Something which every accounting software package simply must have. Or,; and Something which offers…

Posted on November 7th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

TJ Maxx. Home Depot. Albertson’s. None of these credit card fraud targets deserved it, of course. But Goodwill? Goodwill?! Unfortunately, yes. Goodwill is the latest household name retailer suffering a major credit card data breach. The grim stats in the…

Posted on October 21st, 2014 in Retail POS Software // Read more…

Recently we surveyed 142 fundraisers about their use of technology and fundraising software . Each of the fundraisers shared with us how successful they’ve been growing contributions. They also described their software management platforms, communication…

Posted on October 6th, 2014 in Fundraising Software // Read more…

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” No doubt, many aspects of the bitcoin phenomenon would astound Benjamin Franklin if he were alive today. (Though perhaps not as many as you might expect. He did help architect the…

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

80,000 businesses already accept bitcoin. And to echo a recent Entrepreneur article , “Why not yours?” It’s no longer an idle question. If the bitcoin question hasn’t landed on your doorstep, it will soon. The Wall Street Journal op-eds are already here…

Posted on September 29th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Once upon a time, the idea of attaining a paperless office seemed a bit like the business management version of scaling Mt. Everest. These days we’re all a lot closer to the summit than we might have ever expected. The digitization of records of all kinds…

Posted on September 19th, 2014 in Document Management Software // Read more…

I’ll admit it. The moment I see that “Terms and Conditions” box come up on my screen, I’m hunting down the “Agree” checkbox as fast I can, just so I can get on with it and access the software already. Compared to consumer software, social media, or app…

Posted on September 12th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

Imagine this: A product hasn’t quite fit the bill. Your customer attempts to return it. But the replacement item is out of stock and the account credit is misapplied. The customer calls to find out what the heck is going on, but a clear answer is tough to…

Posted on September 4th, 2014 in Supply Chain Management Software // Read more…

How do you break the deadlock in the in-house payroll versus outsourcing debate? There’s no shortage of case studies sponsored by payroll software providers demonstrating ROI from in-house payroll. On the other side of the coin, you’ll find plenty of…

Posted on August 27th, 2014 in Payroll Software // Read more…

It’s been around since accountants ditched adding machines for Apple II’s. And it’s a feature that—when used correctly—can save your business from some truly nasty predicaments. Ladies and gentlemen, reintroducing your old, but underappreciated friend…

Posted on August 15th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Somewhere between skittish and terrified. That’s about the emotional range of your average construction manager upon learning a major change order is coming down the pike. It’s a bit of a curious thing. After all, change orders generally mean increased…

Posted on August 1st, 2014 // Read more…

It doesn’t really matter what kind of business software you’re considering buying. Accounting, ERP, HR, CRM, supply chain management, project management& you name it. There are certain things you always need to know. Fundamentals. Ease of use, cost…

Posted on July 25th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

There is a major correlation between achieving business success in the service industry and providing mobile capabilities to field technicians. That’s probably not a controversial statement now that we are several years into the mobile revolution—but…

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 in Field Service Management Software // Read more…

Consider the following questions: How do you ensure you have the right systems to operate effectively?; How do you evaluate your technology needs?; and How do you choose the right ERP solution?. If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll recognize these as…

Posted on July 11th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

This is Part 2 of our cycle counting series. For Part 1, “Cycle Counting: What Every Inventory Manager Should Know About It,” click here . How accurate are the inventory records? It’s a question you’ve probably asked yourself on more than one occasion…

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 in Inventory Management Software // Read more…

There’s gotta be a better way. No matter how hard you try, there always seems to be some variance between your records and your actual stock counts. Inventory items gets misplaced, misrecorded, or maybe even stolen. A certain degree of variation between…

Posted on June 27th, 2014 in Inventory Management Software // Read more…

Well-managed. Quick. Easy. Not the terms that come to mind when you think of your construction billing processes? Then what you’ve got on your hands is a bit of good news, bad news situation. The bottomline is that construction billing is complicated and…

Posted on June 19th, 2014 // Read more…

CRM software is becoming a more and more indispensable tool for businesses of all sizes. A 2013 study by Nucleus Research identified that every $1 spent on CRM software yields $5.60 in revenue. Not surprisingly, with even the potential of that kind of…

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in CRM Software // Read more…

The popularity of remote vendor support of on-premise business software implementations is dramatically increasing. How do we know? Two statistics from our software matching data based on tens of thousands of projects are particularly telling: The average…

Posted on June 5th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

There’s no one single way to evaluate ERP software —every organization and set of requirements is different. But there are a handful of best practices that always must be observed to avoid making a bad choice. In this list we’ve shared 7 best practices to…

Posted on May 16th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

“Do I need accounting software or an accountant?” It’s a question that many small business owners ask themselves at some point. And given that I’ve spent the last decade helping companies find accounting software , you might think I’d come down squarely…

Posted on May 7th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Migrating data is one of the most mysterious parts of switching systems for new accounting software buyers. Even for experienced buyers who have previously implemented software, the big question remains: How easily will our data transfer? The dream is to…

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

In the non-profit world, an increase in giving isn’t just a number on a ledger. It means more meals delivered, patients treated, classes taught, or programs funded. In other words, it means affecting more of the change that motivates your mission. And…

Posted on April 25th, 2014 in Fundraising Software // Read more…

The end of XP support isn’t just a technology story. XP’s retirement will also have very real monetary consequences for millions of companies still using the OS. To put it another way—if your company is still using XP and you’re the one responsible for…

Posted on April 17th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

“Solution” is a word that draws a fair amount of bad press from the technology jargon police. Some people seem to think it’s fuzzy or puffed up. I don’t happen to agree with those people. I actually use the word “solution” quite a bit. And there are good…

Posted on April 11th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Retired. Discontinued. Expired. However you put it, Sage PFW ERP and Sage Pro ERP have reached the end of the road as officially supported Sage products. Since nothing raises questions like a product retirement when it comes to ERP software, we thought a…

Posted on April 9th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

Landed cost tracking doesn’t catch many headlines in the tech press when it comes to the big data and business intelligence revolution—but maybe it should. In many ways, landed cost tracking is the poster-child for how turning data into information can…

Posted on April 4th, 2014 in BI Tools // Read more…

The basic aspiration of ERP software is comprehensive support of all business management processes and data in a single system of record. So here’s a question: That being the case, does it really make sense to isolate the evaluation and selection of an…

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

The web continues to change how businesses engage with customers, as an increasing percentage of transactions move online. Meanwhile, integrated software application suites are revolutionizing business management capabilities with better data-handling and…

Posted on March 28th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

The idea that we can separate out a process, task, or problem and fix it up with a singular approach is tantalizing. It even works—in some cases and to some degrees. Take the case of manufacturing operations software. For years, manufacturing software…

Posted on March 26th, 2014 in Manufacturing Software // Read more…

One of the benchmark moments for any retail business is when it moves to a software-enabled POS system . For some retailers, it happens the day the doors first open for business. For others it may occur after many years spent relying on an electronic cash…

Posted on March 21st, 2014 in Retail POS Software // Read more…

There are a lot of synonyms for enterprise resource planning (ERP) : financial suite, system software, basic operating system, business planning software, and so on. Why so many? Because there’s no single, canonical definition of ERP. And as a result…

Posted on March 20th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

On September 5, 2013 the New York Times published an article titled “Secret Documents Reveal N.S.A. Campaign Against Encryption .” The article contained an excerpt from a 2013 NSA budget request document for the $250M a year “SIGINT Enabling Project.” The…

Posted on March 14th, 2014 // Read more…

If your company is a small business looking to market effectively, the web has some ideas for you. Lots of ideas, in fact! But what if you’re a B2B seller and you’re more interested in figuring out best practices for marketing to small businesses? Go…

Posted on March 10th, 2014 in Marketing Software // Read more…

What happens when a paradigm-shifting tech trend collides with what Time Magazine described as the biggest news story of 2013 ? That’s the question for anyone wondering how the exposure of unauthorized NSA communications surveillance is affecting…

Posted on March 5th, 2014 // Read more…

Your inventory data wants to talk. And, here’s the good news: With today’s inventory technology , it’s actually not hard to help it get its way. Contemporary inventory management systems are built to communicate. Consider the options: Sales, purchasing…

Posted on February 28th, 2014 in Inventory Management Software // Read more…

Here’s a question for you: What’s a “small business”? Think about it for a second. It’s actually a bit tricky to define, isn’t it? It’s definitely the small-town, one-chair barber shop. But what about the ten person contracting business doing a few…

Posted on February 20th, 2014 // Read more…

The federal government can’t quite make up its mind about what constitutes a “small business.” When it comes to the government, “small business” is a relative term. What it means depends on whether it’s being applied to securing a loan, qualifying for…

Posted on February 19th, 2014 // Read more…

“The cloud debate is over.” That’s what a CIO.com article reported almost two years ago now, quoting a major software company executive. I’m not so sure it is, though. At least, not when it comes to the real decisions that many small businesses are…

Posted on February 14th, 2014 // Read more…

Are RFID tags the duct tape of the digital age? It seems like it. Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are popping up everywhere these days. And as is the case with the versatile adhesive, clever problem-solvers are using RFID in ways its original…

Posted on February 12th, 2014 in Inventory Management Software // Read more…

Scalability. It’s a term that pops up in the ERP conversation often—but often with too light a touch. If you’re serious about protecting your software investment, the concept of scalability demands a deeper look. From a practical perspective, how well a…

Posted on February 6th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

It’s probably not too controversial to suggest that software can accelerate quality management capabilities. In fact, it sounds a lot like common-sense. But in the world of quality management, common-sense is just a starting point, rather than a…

Posted on February 4th, 2014 in Manufacturing Software // Read more…

Tax Form W2 is part of the ‘W series’ of tax forms and is a six-part federal Wage and Tax Statement. This form reports all of the wages earned by employees and taxes that were withheld for that year. Providing the W2 to an employee on time is one of the…

Posted on January 28th, 2014 in Payroll Software // Read more…

Every entrepreneur who makes it past the “business plan on a napkin” stage will have some level of familiarity with the income statement. It is, after all, the fundamental report for understanding financial performance over a period of time. But in my…

Posted on January 27th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Budgeting, by definition, involves preparing for change. But lately prominent business thinkers are insisting that the very process of corporate budgeting itself is due for an evolution. Increasingly, the call to advance budgeting practices is being…

Posted on January 20th, 2014 in Budgeting and Forecasting Software // Read more…

High profile product recalls have hit everything from cars to cribs. No product is immune from the possibility of a recall and wholesale distributors in every market niche carry a percentage of the risk exposure. What are the risks related to product…

Posted on January 16th, 2014 in Supply Chain Management Software // Read more…

Alas. Hidden costs—they’re everywhere. Imagine this: You get a call from a friend. $30. That’s all it takes to see 80’s hair rock sensation Winger live in the flesh on-stage at the local casino theatre. Whether its the flood of hairspray-scented memories…

Posted on January 15th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

The numbers are in: Senior managers are moving data to the cloud with or without company sponsored software. The digital forensics and security services company, Stroz Friedberg, recently published a survey that found that nearly 75% of information…

Posted on January 13th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

It’s not exactly spilling a secret to say that accounting has a reputation for being slow and boring. And, let’s be honest, get 5 or 10 checks into posting a batch of receivables checks, and you’ll probably second that reputation yourself—even if the word…

Posted on January 8th, 2014 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Having recently published our commercial printing accounting software guide , we thought it would be useful to share some software success stories directly from companies in the industry. Today’s profitable commercial printing businesses increasingly rely…

Posted on January 7th, 2014 in ERP Software // Read more…

How big is the mobile technology trend? Big enough that the numbers needed to measure it are calculated in the billions: There are over 1.2B mobile device users globally. Source: Mobify.com ; Global enterprises invested $21.1B in tablets alone in 2013…

Posted on January 6th, 2014 in Field Service Management Software // Read more…

With New Year’s resolutions penned, midnight smooches planted, and bowl games watched, human resources professionals far and wide are heading back to work to take on another time-honored new year’s tradition: the annual employee performance review. For…

Posted on January 3rd, 2014 in Human Resource Software // Read more…

In small businesses, where employees wear many different hats, processes are sometimes just habits formed over the years. @: BlueLinkERP.com, “The Importance of Evaluating Processes During the Inventory Management Software Search “ When I came across this…

Posted on December 27th, 2013 // Read more…

For a pretty straight-forward concept, catch weight management generates a fair amount of questions: What is catch weight management?; When is it required?; What processes are affected by it?; What benefits can it provide?; and Which software solutions…

Posted on December 26th, 2013 in Inventory Management Software // Read more…

‘Tis the season for family, food, presents& and confusing payroll administration situations? Could be! Handling holiday pay may be easier than juggling multiple state holiday travel plans or hanging lights on an icy roofline, but it can still raise some…

Posted on December 24th, 2013 in Payroll Software // Read more…

I know. Your Twitter feed is jammed. You might even be plotting your next mass unfollow to clear out the junk. So following yet another B2B source on Twitter might not exactly be at the top of your to-do list. But it should be . The value of social media…

Posted on December 20th, 2013 // Read more…

Congratulations on selecting your new accounting software system! Now the work really begins. The question is who is going install, setup and train everyone on your new system and what is all involved? The good news is that your software provider is an…

Posted on November 1st, 2013 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Accounting software is a critical tool for any business. But the rapid pace of change can make it tough to stay current. While it may be your job to make sure your company is taking advantage of the opportunities software technology presents, we figured…

Posted on September 19th, 2013 in Accounting Software // Read more…

As a financial executive, you bring a wealth of relevant experience to evaluating ERP software . But for a variety of organizational reasons, you may also find yourself taking on the daunting task of considering the technical elements of the decision…

Posted on August 27th, 2013 in ERP Software // Read more…

Why do some start-ups “make it?” A lot of credit tends to go to hustle and hard work. Having a great idea at the core of the business doesn’t hurt, either. And, let’s not forget to the value of a great team. But to augment these advantages, tech savvy…

Posted on July 18th, 2013 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Product demos are an amazing tool for software buyers. But it’s important to keep one thing in mind: What you’ll see in your software demo will at least partly be defined by what you’re looking for. Are you looking for the right things? Asking the right…

Posted on July 15th, 2013 in ERP Software // Read more…

“A necessary evil.” If we’re being honest, that’s probably most defense contractors’ answer to the question, “What is the DCAA?” As the organization responsible for vetting defense contractor qualifications, the Defense Contract Audit Agency is also the…

Posted on July 11th, 2013 in DCAA Compliant Accounting Software // Read more…

Overcoming the factors that stand in the way of making the most cost-effective software decision is largely a matter of applying a bit of commonsense and basic decision psychology to your ERP purchase. Let’s take a closer look at some of the…

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 in ERP Software // Read more…

Have you had the surprise of seeing the line item for implementation services exceed software licensing costs for new ERP software ? If so, you may have looked at it skeptically. You likely wondered if it’s worth the price tag. Whether you’ve had this…

Posted on July 2nd, 2013 in ERP Software // Read more…

Is your company feeling some technology growing pains? Often times the small business accounting software your company purchased to help get off the ground, isn’t the ideal solution for a growing business. While low-cost, entry-level solutions are great…

Posted on June 22nd, 2013 in Accounting Software // Read more…

Searching for business or accounting software for a client can be a lucrative consulting job. Through a bit of organization, you will be able to provide your client with a quality deliverable in return for your billable services. This eight step guide…

Posted on June 21st, 2013 // Read more…

Are you looking for a software solution that’s designed specifically for your niche industry? Do you also want a program that has the largest possible install base to ensure supportability? In an ideal situation, the answer to both questions is likely…

Posted on June 21st, 2013 // Read more…

Every company is looking to save some money. And, the right software solution can undoubtedly save you money by creating efficiencies. But is it better to add on to your current system by purchasing third party modules or is it better to replace the whole…

Posted on June 21st, 2013 // Read more…

You’ve gotten your software search underway. Now what? You know the main question: Which program is best for me? But there’s another very important one to consider as well: Which company should I buy from? Different software companies are able to perform…

Posted on June 21st, 2013 // Read more…

Technology is ever changing. One of the biggest buzzwords in relation to software is “cloud” computing. But what does “cloud” computing mean and is it a fit for your company? The reality is that there are several ways to host and run your software…

Posted on June 11th, 2013 in Accounting Software // Read more…

There are lots of reasons to purchase ERP software . But start to poke at any of the reasons you might brainstorm and you’ll find a common driver emerging behind the majority of them: the desire for improved automation and efficiency . The more automatic…

Posted on May 22nd, 2013 in ERP Software // Read more…

There are thousands of so called ERP experts out there. But the truth is no one understands your business like you do. You may be one of the few that has reviewed and evaluated ERP programs extensively before. But, odds are that it’s probably been a few…

Posted on May 13th, 2013 in ERP Software // Read more…

An ERP purchase is one of the most substantial and important IT investments your company will make. Choosing the right partner is critical to making sure you meet your targeted return on investment. Add these 6 underrated questions to your ERP and…

Posted on April 5th, 2013 in ERP Software // Read more…

So who will install your software? It’s a question every buyer will face. Some businesses have teams whose sole job is handle new software projects. Perhaps you do too. If so, you know that adding software is much more than popping in a disc. It’s a bit…

Posted on March 1st, 2013 in ERP Software // Read more…

The worldwide cost of failed IT projects could be as high as 3 trillion dollars , reported ZDNet analyst and columnist, Michael Krigsman. It’s an astounding figure to consider and not the only number related to IT failures that is bound to raise eyebrows…

Posted on March 1st, 2013 in Accounting Software // Read more…

The “cloud” has gone prime-time. It happened while we were all watching, but somehow it still managed to sneak up on us. Now, one of the fundamental questions surrounding every business software decision always seems to be, “Should we be moving this to…

Posted on March 1st, 2013 in Accounting Software // Read more…

It’s easy to assume that accounts payable fraud is a problem for other companies. But the statistics say it is surprisingly common. In a 2013 study underwritten by J.P. Morgan, the Association for Financial Professionals found that “61% of surveyed…

Posted on March 1st, 2013 in Accounting Software // Read more…
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