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July 16, 2014 [ 0 Comments ]

QuickBooks Enterprise vs. Sage 100/300 Accounting Software

Posted by: Jordan Fraczek
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It can be difficult to make a clean comparison between QuickBooks Enterprise vs. Sage 100/300. Modern ERP software like Sage has many additional benefits aside from standard accounting software like QuickBooks. If you’re using QuickBooks (especially the Enterprise edition) to write checks and create journal entries, yet find yourself using a separate program to report on finances or import data, you may want to consider an ERP system like Sage 100/300.
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Increased functionality is just one of the differences between standard accounting software like QuickBooks and true ERP software like Sage 100/300.

ERP software processes work orders, billing of materials and performs inventory services in addition to everyday accounting activities.

When comparing QuickBooks vs. Sage, it’s also important to know the licensing differences. Sage 100 and 300 offer cloud-hosted and subscription-based systems (pay-per-user/per year), while QuickBooks Enterprise is primarily hosted and owned by the user. You’ll still have to pay for additional QuickBooks features at the time of purchase, but ERP software has even more functionality options and thus still tends to be more expensive. To find out how much each solution costs and which one is right for your business, download the chart below from our landing page.

Comparison Chart: Quickbooks Enterprise vs. Sage 100/300 ERP:

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Detailed in the downloadable chart:

  • Ideal user size of QuickBooks and Sage
  • Multi-currency capabilities
  • Cloud or server based?
  • Multi-language capabilities
  • Mobile capabilities
  • Cost and Pricing
  • Integration Capabilities
July 14, 2014 [ 0 Comments ]

CRM Solutions Comparison Chart

Posted by: Jordan Fraczek
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CRM solutions comparisons usually have an excel-style chart to display differences between CRM platforms. Instead of that, we’ve developed a matrix to highlight strong points between solutions providers. The chart isn’t intended to favor one suite of CRM software over another, but rather to compare strengths and weaknesses of each solution. Because CRM systems vary in price, you can save yourself money by only paying for the features you need.

We compare the top 10 CRM solutions in this downloadable comparison matrix:

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Criteria for this CRM solutions chart focuses on two key comparison metrics:

1. Primary Features: Is the CRM solution’s strength purely contact management, or is it capable of heavy integration with your ERP (accounting) and marketing automation systems?

If you don’t need your CRM to perform marketing functions (such as email blasting) you may want to focus on software that is purely contact-based. Conversely, if you have certain integration requirements (i.e, your CRM must integrate with Quickbooks) you may require a more robust solutions package. 

2. Price Range/Typical User Size: Is the CRM solution best for small businesses, or is it capable of supporting an enterprise-level business? What about the mid-market?

This is another very important portion of choosing a CRM solution. Usually, the larger the typical company user size, the more expensive the software solution tends to be.

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Solutions compared in the downloadable chart:

  • Salesforce CRM
  • Oracle
  • NetSuite
  • SugarCRM
  • Oracle
  • Infusionsoft
  • Prophet
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • Act! CRM
  • Zoho
July 10, 2014 [ 0 Comments ]

BPM Software Tools and Features List

Posted by: Jordan Fraczek
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BPM software tools are some of the most cutting-edge solutions to optimizing the business process. So what do these tools actually do? No two BPM tools are exactly alike, but we wanted to make a list of typical BPM features with examples from several different BPM tools.

According to Margaret Rouse, of Whatis.com:

Business process management (BPM) is a systematic approach to making an organization’s workflow more effective, more efficient and more capable of adapting to an ever-changing environment.

For Rouse’s full article about BPM basics, click here.

List of BPM Tools and Features: 

The best BPM software tools analyze aspects of your business process and provide or suggest solutions to fix them. Most BPM tools aim to eliminate human error by visually mapping the process. An example of this would be defining prospect-contact points, in other words, the sequence of calls and emails you make to your prospects after they enter your marketing funnel.

It’s important to know that BPM systems all run on standard notations, or BPMN (Business Process Management Notations). Because of this, BPM can incorporate common documents or business functions by industry (such as IT or HR) into automated workflows.

1. Optimizing Prospect “Cadence” or “Sequence” Example from ProcessMaker BPM.

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BPM software works similarly to marketing automation software, in that you improve the funnel by identifying “bottlenecks” (points where the prospect is lost). BPM software is more focused on customer processes than lead aquisition, and therefore differs from true marketing automation. Once the prospect comes into your funnel, the BPM tools can start churning. This is where the revenue-saving and revenue-generating features of BPM tools come into play.

For a full article on ProcessMaker click here.

2. Creating Business “Rules” — Example from Bonitasoft’s Bonita BPM.

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One of the most important features of BPM tools is the ability to create business “rules”. In this human resources example, we set up an automatic raise request approval rule. When the request for a raise is received, an email is automatically sent up to the VP of HR for approval. Once the approval or disapproval goes through, an email is automatically sent out to the raise requester. For companies with large HR departments with hundreds of employees, automating tasks through rules can be a real lifesaver.

3. Processing Documents and Running Workflows — Example from Bizagi’s Process Modeler BPM tool.

BPM tools come standard with documentation-processing features. There are many examples of industry-specific documentation that are pre-loaded and can be optimized and executed within BPM software.

Below are industry-specific BPM document processing examples:

IT Industry — Helpdesk documents, Incident management

Human Resources — Employee onboarding, Recruiting documents

Banking and Finance — Loan approval docs, Claims management

Universities — Certification documentation, Budgeting

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July 10, 2014 [ 0 Comments ]

BrainSell Acquires Chicago’s NCG Act! Software Division

Posted by: Jordan Fraczek

We are proud to announce our enhanced presence in the Chicago software market by acquiring the Act! CRM and related services division from Northbrook Consulting Group of Glencoe, Illinois.
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This is our third acquisition this year. With NCG’s Act! division, we can provide a more-centralized Chicago CRM service. NCG’s clients will be able to team up with our existing CRM consultants in the Chicago area, Brad Wieringa and Doug Evenhouse. In return, our clients will benefit from NCG’s years of experience as a Chicago-area software reseller.

View the full press release here.

Northbrook Consulting Group’s longtime President, Donald L. Joseph sees the acquisition as a mutual benefit.

“We are excited to join the BrainSell team,” said Donald L. Joseph, President of Northbrook Consulting Group. “It assures that present and future clients will always have access to the high-quality services and products they have come to expect from Northbrook Consulting Group.”

NCG recognized Act! CRM software’s potential for companies in the Chicago market. We’ve been investing our time with Act! in other parts of the country and have a bench of Act! certified consultants. We are able to provide the existing Act! market long-term software support.

“In a continued effort to acquire companies with bright individuals and long standing integrity, we are pleased to expand our presence in the Chicago market,” said Jim Ward, president and CEO of BrainSell. “We’re also excited to offer clients business services in areas like accounting and ERP, marketing automation and inbound marketing services, and CRM services across the board.”

As part of our suite of services, we’re providing additional services apart from CRM consulting and implementation. We will continue to develop our ERP software presence in Chicago market through Sage and Quickbooks software. BrainSell also implements tools to help businesses succeed past CRM with automation software. We’ve partnered with HubSpot, Net-Results and more to drive success through automation platforms.

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