Poacher turned gamekeeper, I have worked in the ERP and business management software industry for over 10 years in sales, marketing and project management roles. During this time I have worked with most of the major brands such as Microsoft, IRIS, Sage, SAP and Infor either directly representing their applications or providing complementary solutions which expand and increase their functionality.
I have completed over 40 successful ERP deals in my career, covering a number of vertical markets and ranging from £10k to £250k in size. I was personally responsible for project managing the implementation of more than half those sites.
My extensive knowledge of the ERP market means I can provide a realistic approach to what can be achieved and I have an awareness of the underlying pitfalls associated with system and process change.
Using this knowledge, in December 2008 I started Recenseo with a trusted colleague /PQ Accountant to deliver consultancy service to authors, resellers and end users alike regarding the various ERP options available today.
Recenseo is a business consultancy providing a range of services including:
- ERP Systems - search and selection
- Marketing and sales consultancy
- Interim financial management
- Pre sales and sales support to resellers and authors
- Financial report writing skills
- Proposal/RFI/Requirements analysis - preparation
We work with suppliers and end users alike to help them achieve their business goals and become more efficient through the improved use of software solutions.
Not too late... TaxAssist case an opportunity?
I have just read the article on TaxAssist doing an MBO with some of their Franchisees
Is it worth suggesting this approach too you client? I commented on the TaxAssist story and referenced a consultant one of my clients has used that works with franchisors and franchisees to promote collaborative working. I am guessing she might be interested to help...
This FAQ answer may help
Question 3 on this suggests it is all assets worldwide.
Not sure if there is more detail in here: IHT Guide
Useful guide here
You might like to download this guide here if you look at the bottom of the form you can request it without signing up so you dont get canned with marketing fodder. I have got a copy for a mate who is a skipper in the med and was concerned about residence and the guide has helped loads.
oooh no not the Cloud how scary
Come on mike120636 lets not start scaremongering about the Cloud again.
The Cloud is now an established method of deploying systems and the safeguards provided by the leading names are robust.
If your fear of the Cloud is as a result of a lack of true knowledge or experience of the Cloud then may I suggest you do some research or simply look at how you already use the Cloud in your personal life. Do you bank online, Shop Online, Email or browse the Internet
Then you are already using 'The Cloud' and storing data in the Cloud. If you are happy to use it in your personal life, then why not in your business life?
Really good response
Richard R64 has provided a really good response and one of the best I have ever read in one of these 'which software' discussions. As a consultant that helps companies with search and selection and having previously worked with/for many of them, I have to say that Richards comments are all valid.
I would however, also echo the comments made by Paul.K2 in that a little more detail would be useful.
If you are needing pure core financials I would definitely include XLedger and Aqilla in your deliberations. Also so you have some true cloud options. All of the names you mention are investing in or developing Cloud solutions and so you should be wary of investing in their traditional on-premise solutions, without some visibility over the longevity of the system or what might replace it and when.
Again, subject to what the business is, SAP Business One should get a mention in this sphere especially if you have any production or distribution processes or significant BI needs.
We advise clients to document their needs, carry out an initial qualification on paper and only then, when you have established a match, enter into demonstrations. Otherwise you are not comparing apples with apples and risk sitting through 'their presentations' which whilst they highlight the global features, do not necessarily focus on your needs.
Great the system can send you a text message when your stock falls below x points, but truthfully who uses that in the end? Therefore be strict on who you look at and what you ask to see from them. Where necessary give the partner a list of things you wish to see in a demo and allow them 15 mins at the end to show you the bells and whistles.
I cannot endorse enough Richards comments about choosing the right partner either. Once you have your solution, speak to a couple of partners and get their views on how they would implement the system in your business.
Whilst not directly relevant, I wrote this article last year about making sure you have a portable website, incase you decide to move hosts/providers/designers.
Thought it might be useful for readers.
We are a project based IT business an we use (and love) Toggl. It is a web based system but with desktop and mobile apps that mean you can track time to clients and projects wherever you are.
It is free for up to 5 users and then $5 per user per month thereafter. Pro version is also chargeable. We not only record time in it but use it as supporting documentation for our clients for billing purposes.
I'd give it a try
Can I suggest you try Aqilla? It has expenses built in, is a cloud based solution, allows you to map CoA to or from other systems and has a fantastic range of reporting options.
Www.aqilla.com or for a partner on the coast, try www.wsbusinesssolutions.com
Have a look at Aqilla
You are absolutely right that the usual AW Any Answers suspects of Xero, Sage 50 etc are well out of their league here. I also think Jemetpl was right to suggest SunAccounts/SunSystems/InforFMS Sun, as it is one of the few core financials systems that can handle this volume of transactions and is commonly used in companies with this level of turnover.
However, if you do consider Sun I would benchmark it against Aqilla, as your web based option. In this day and age you would be crazy to simply jump into an on-premise solution without considering a web based alternative. Sun is great but it is older and it does demand a meaty hardware platform. Aqilla is more agile, has been designed exclusively for deployment on the web, but still offers many of the same excellent core financials tools and reporting solutions as Sun.
Aqilla, like Sun benefits from very flexible reporting and the ability to maniupulate and add additional analysis levels to the transaction header and line of each document. It also gives you the ability to carry this analysis through to the ledger (which also like Sun is a Unified Ledger) so your reporting is significantly more informative/detailed.
Finally, the obvious one - budget. As a SaaS/subscription solution the difference in cost between Sun and Aqilla will be substantial. Aside from the fact one is Op Ex (Aq) and the other Cap Ex Sun), the 3-5 yr cost model will be heavily in Aqillas favour. The services are likely to be comparable in volume i.e. number of days, but you may find Aqilla services to be less per day, as the partners are younger businesses and therefore not dragging vast teams of people and infrastructure with them. Also it can be partially delivered remotely so you can remove expenses straight away!
We have worked with Aqilla, amongst others, and would be happy to take you through a demonstration if it would be of use.
We use it
Let's get the commercial bit out of the way first. If you look us up you will see that we deliver Brightpearl professional services (as well as others). We wont hide that so lets get that out at the start.
Aside from that we are a service based business and happen to use Brightpearl in house. We had a choice of 5 systems (all of which would have cost exactly the same) we could have used and we chose Brightpearl. Here are a few reasons why:
Remote Access - We often work on site and our admin resource is a third party and so we need to be able to log in from all sorts of different places at different times.
Accounting - The system offered us a flexible GL structure, departmental analysis, project costing (basic level), remote expense management and the ability to use description only products for uniformity of reporting
Marketing - All of our contact management and marketing are driven from Brightpearl. Using the FREE API we link to Mailchimp for mail shots and also record all of our calls, activities and notes in the CRM portion of the system. Useful tools such as TAGS allow for the rapid identification of customer and prospect groups for marketing and contact purposes.
Reporting - You can filter and export reports with ease, in terms of day to day reports. We have augmented this with a 10 page report pack that takes a TB feed from Brightpearl, and this is probably the only down side for service business, but for most the reporting function will suffice.
Templates/Forms - The invoice/order templates can be configured to a good level allowing you to have personalised documents.
None of the above is necessarily ground breaking stuff and you can find most of these features in Brightpearls direct competitors; so if I (as a non financial user) had to hang my hat on one thing it is the fact we have remote access, giving me the ability to raise invoices, lookup contacts, review and act on the figures at any point during the month wherever I am.
Brightpearl is traditionally stronger in the retail space for sure, and is feature rich if you are in that sector, but for us as a service based business it delivers everything we require.
We are independent of Brightpearl and work with a range of systems - we just happen to help some of their users get up and running.