CAL Business Solutions - Top Ten ERP Blog Posts for 2011

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What topics were ERP readers the most interested in reading about in 2011? Some of our older blog posts are still interesting topics, especially ones focused on the cost of accounting software, saving money on accounting software and Quickbooks vs. Dynamics GP. But the most popular topic is a big trend for 2012 – choosing an ERP software data center hosting provider.  Review the top 10 posts by CAL Business Solutions:

 1.        9 Interview Questions to Choose the Right ERP Software Data Center Hosting Provider

2,185 Views | 3 Comments | June 17, 2010

The latest buzz in the ERP software world is “cloud computing” (aka “software as a service/SAAS”  or “hosting”).  Basically this means that a data center, separate from your location, installs and maintains your software on their servers and you access it securely over the Internet.  There are a lot of companies out there that are eager to host your Microsoft Dynamics GP software – but who can you really trust with this precious system that is really the backbone of your business?  Here are 9 interview questions you can ask a potential data center/hosting partner to separate the good from the not so good…

 2.        Big Bang, Phased Rollout, Or Parallel Adoption – Tell Us What Flavor Of ERP Implementation Works For You!

1,777 Views | 3 Comments | March 18, 2010

Have you been involved in an ERP implementation? Was it successful? Our fellow blogger, Houston Neal from Software Advice for Manufacturing, wants to hear from you! He is hosting a survey to find out which implementation strategies are the most popular and most successful. He will collect results over the next two weeks and we will present his findings towards the end of the month. 

 3.        4 Simple Steps to Calculate ROI and Justify The Cost of New Accounting Software

1,560 Views | 4 Comments | September 1, 2009

How much does accounting software cost and can you prove the ROI?  How many times have you been asked that question but really have no idea how to calculate specific ROI numbers?  In his post called “CRM Customization ROI Calculator” Mitch Milam outlines a simple but effective equation to show how to calculate ROI. He is using it to justify that a client needs customization changes in CRM, but the same principle applies to ERP software.  And you can perform the 4 steps to analyze your own team…

 4.        How Much Does New Accounting Software Cost?

1,385 Views | 4 Comments | June 2, 2009

When a company decides that it is time to upgrade from accounting software like QuickBooks, the first question is: “How much does it cost?” It’s not as easy as finding a price tag on the bottom of the box.  There are many variables – ways you can save money, waste money, and lots of hidden costs to avoid – that all factor into your total project price…

 5.        How many companies use Microsoft Dynamics GP and more fun Microsoft Dynamics Trivia

1,380 Views | 2 Comments | May 24, 2010

Do you know how many companies use Microsoft Dynamics GP? Or which countries can use Microsoft Dynamics CRM?  How about the number of NFL teams who use Dynamics GP?  Find out all that and more and submit your own random Dynamics trivia.

 6.        35 Features Microsoft Dynamics GP Has that QuickBooks Forgot

1,045 Views | 6 Comments | June 12, 2009

 I read an excellent research report done by J. Carlton Collins, the famous CPA, called “Practical Advice for Companies Outgrowing QuickBooks”. It is rare to actually see exact comparison statistics but J. Carlton Collins is well known in the industry and a power user of both systems so I trust his opinion.

 7.        A Guide to Microsoft Acronyms from the Dynamics GP 2010 Launch Event

965 Views | 3 Comments | March 25, 2010

At a recent Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launch event for Microsoft partners I heard this clear statement, “If you do a LMT from MBL to BRL in GP, BP becomes DCO in AM but not BE”. Say what??

 8.        3 Tips to Save Money When Buying Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP Software – Users, Editions and Maintenance Fees

883 Views | 0 Comments | April 7, 2011

When a company decides to upgrade their ERP/Accounting software to a package like Microsoft Dynamics GP, the first question that comes to everyone’s minds is, “How much does Microsoft Dynamics GP software cost?” Unlike other purchases it is not as easy as finding a price tag on a box…

9.        Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 (Release 2) Scheduled for First Half of 2011

840 Views | 0 Comments | November 18, 2010

A November 18, 2010 Microsoft press release focuses on the success of Microsoft Dynamics GP and announces the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 (Release 2).  It does not actually give a date but says that it is scheduled for general availability in the first half of 2011.  So companies that are looking at purchasing a new ERP solution now have this as an option…

 10.     Why Do So Many ERP Projects Go Over Budget?

680 Views | 2 Comments | June 8, 2009

The most common reason accounting software implementation projects go over budget is because the Partner is spending time working on things not included in the original quote.  This work is called “out of scope”.  Here are a few examples of how this can happen…

What will be the most important blog topics for ERP software buyers in 2012? Keep reading!

By CAL Business Solutions, Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner


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