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July 30, 2014 [ 0 Comments ]

ERP Software Comparison Chart

Posted by: Jordan Fraczek
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ERP software comparison charts often compare apples and oranges. This table-style guide distinguishes between mid-market and enterprise level ERP systems. Accounting software and true ERP are two different things. We compare all the ERP solutions we implement from Sage and QuickBooks in an apples-to-apples, downloadable report with the chart included. Each of Sage’s solutions fit different-sized companies, so it is important to see where your organization fits in on the chart when comparing Sage products.

What are some of the differences between ERP and regular accounting software?

Unlike regular accounting software, true ERP solutions give you the flexibility and capability to run tons of automated reports. Inventory, pricing and resource management are just some of the reports true ERP software is capable of providing. Some ERP software platforms come with reporting features out of the box, with others you will need to pay extra for reporting add-ons. To find out what reporting features each ERP software platform comes standard with, download the comparison chart below.


ERP Software Comparison Chart details:

  • Licensing costs
  • Multi-currency capabilities
  • Multi-lingual capabilities
  • Ecommerce integration capabilities
  • Primary deployment method (on-premise, cloud-based, online)
  • Reporting Capabilities
  • Typical company users size
July 29, 2014 [ 0 Comments ]

Microsoft Dynamics GP vs. QuickBooks Enterprise Software

Posted by: Jordan Fraczek
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DynamicsGPvsQuickbooksWe are focusing on versus match between MS Dynamics GP or QuickBooks Enterprise, Pro 2014 accounting software comes at a lower cost but isn’t a comparable product. Similar to Dynamics GP, Pro 2014 works well for small to mid-sized businesses. Dynamics GP can work well not only for small businesses but also larger businesses up to the enterprise level. QuickBooks non-executive versions are not as scalable for larger companies and organizations. Pro 2014 only handles U.S. currency, while Dynamics GP can handle multi-currency applications. Pro 2014 is only available in English, and may not be suited to international companies. However, QuickBooks does have a fantastic mobile app compared to Microsoft.

For more on whether or not your business is getting too large for QuickBooks Pro, read this January 2014 blog on “How To Tell If Your Company Has Outgrown QuickBooks“.

Dynamics GP comes at a slightly higher cost, but provides small to mid-sized international companies a modifiable software solution. Larger companies may need to spend quite some time deciding which software package is right for them because they are both capable of similar tasks. Like QuickBooks Enterprise, Dynamics GP provides multi-currency and multi-lingual capabilities. Although integration with Microsoft Office comes standard with Dynamics GP, QuickBooks does have some third party integration options (like Sleeter QuickBooks and Microsoft Office365/203 Integration). Unfortunately, Dynamics GP does not provide a mobile app whereas QuickBooks Enterprise does.


For more comparison points, download our Versus Guide: Dynamics GP Vs. QuickBooks Enterprise and Pro 2014.

Versus Guide

July 22, 2014 [ 0 Comments ]

MS Dynamics CRM vs. SugarCRM Comparison

Posted by: Jordan Fraczek


Microsoft Dynamics CRM vs. SugarCRM Comparison Overview:

1. Microsoft Dynamics CRM — As an overview, Microsoft Dynamics CRM has more total users compared to SugarCRM and has a large niche following (7 percent of total CRM market share according to Forbes). Although it lacks diversity of third party integration plugins (APIs), Dynamics CRM does seamlessly integrate with all Microsoft products. According to G2Source, Dynamics CRM has a larger average client size than SugarCRM (39 percent mid-market users), but is a comparably scalable system. Graphically speaking, Microsoft has done a good job in recent years improving the interface and dashboards to be more user friendly. For a full comparison between Dynamics CRM and SugarCRM, download our comparison guide for both software platforms.

Dashboard Sample — Dynamics CRM


2. SugarCRM — In comparison to Dynamics CRM, SugarCRM is used slightly more by small to mid-sized businesses (37 percent small businesses according to G2 Source). Although Sugar is utilized heavily by the smaller market, it is a great option in delivering ERP, marketing automation and email integration. We at BrainSell have even created our own Outlook integration for SugarCRM — BrainLink. Compared to Dynamics CRM, Sugar is also less expensive. For a full pricing comparison, download our comparison guide. As you can see, Microsoft Dynamics dashboard is graphically similar to SugarCRM (pictured below), and both allow for dashlet customization.

Dashboard Sample — SugarCRM


Covered in our Microsoft Dynamics CRM vs. SugarCRM Comparison Guide:

  • On-premise vs. Cloud hosting — is the CRM typically supported on-premise, or is it typically held in the cloud? 
  • Average time to go live with the software — how long does the software take to implement?
  • Licensing costs/Price per user — how much does Dynamics CRM cost compared to SugarCRM?
  • Screenshot Comparison — what kind of graphical interface do the software platforms have? Is one better than the other?


July 18, 2014 [ 0 Comments ]

BrainLink — SugarCRM Outlook Integration Plugin

Posted by: Jordan Fraczek

Powerful SugarCRM/Outlook Integration with BrainLink, a plugin by BrainSell:

BrainLinkLogo Looking for a SugarCRM integration plugin for MS Outlook? We’ve just launched our latest product — BrainLink integration plugin.

Due to the huge response we’ve had to BrainLink, we are going to host a product demonstration webinar on August 6th, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 EST. Join the demonstration here.

BrainLink offers full, bi-directional synchronization of SugarCRM accounts, opportunities, contacts, calendars, leads and more. BrainLink integrates seamlessly in under five minutes with your MS Outlook and Exchange.

1. Bi-directional integration of contacts:


Up until this point, there has not been a powerful email integration app for Sugar that would send information back-and-forth between the CRM and Outlook. BrainLink performs like a native feature of Outlook, and is a natural extension of the software. Best of all, BrainLink is affordable and is also available for Outlook Exchange at a very affordable cost.

BrainLinkOutlookIntegrationBrainLink integration plugin is available in two formats: 

SugarCRM/Outlook Desktop integration plugin: $10/Per user/Per Month

SugarCRM/Outlook Exchange integration plugin: $12/Per user/Per Month

Both BrainLink options come with full, award-winning offline support by BrainSell.

How BrainLink integrates with your SugarCRM and Outlook:

View and interact with key SugarCRM data directly from within Outlook. Take immediate actions upon receiving or responding to emails from contacts / leads. Automatically sync Outlook’s calendar with SugarCRM and archive meetings to their respective contacts and accounts records. Increase your productivity by not having to switch back and forth between Outlook and SugarCRM. You can now sync contacts to SugarCRM directly through Outlook. You may also sync selected accounts and lead data to new and existing accounts.

2. Consolidated segmentation:


BrainLink SugarCRM/MS Outlook Integration Features:

  • Supports both Office Desktop & Office Exchange (online) users. 
  • Supports on-premise and cloud-hosted Outlook.
  • Supports Exchange 2007, 2010, 2013 and Office 365.
  • BrainLink centralizes configuration & administration of data and contacts.
  • Configure the level of migration autonomy — only migrate manually or migrate all your contacts automatically.
  • Archive emails received or sent to/from SugarCRM contacts.
  • Sync meetings/calendar with SugarCRM.

3. BrainLink “Sync Page”:



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