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Extensibility in an ERP Platform: Why is it Important?

Ralph Ceccarelli | March 14, 2017

Extensibility is a software engineering and systems design principle. It’s defined as a process where the implementation of a specific technology takes future growth into consideration. Unfortunately, too many ERP software publishers are focused more on selling software now than on ensuring and helping drive the future growth of their customers. Many entrepreneurs of small to medium sized businesses (which are the lifeblood of the economy and perfect candidates for mid-market ERP systems) have aggressive growth strategies. Their businesses are experiencing double or even triple digit growth. Sometimes, this growth is inhibited by manual, labor-intensive processes, or out of date or nonexistent technology.

Many of these companies desperately need a fully integrated business management system that allows them to automate these business processes. Unfortunately, oftentimes these businesses cannot afford such a system because they’re having to choose between acquiring that system or investing in more inventory or human capital. This puts many of these businesses between a rock and a hard place. Because they can’t afford the system they need to grow, and if they purchase that system and all the related user licenses they need, they will have tied up capital that is also desperately needed for future growth. This is why the traditional model of selling software based on named or concurrent user licenses simply doesn’t work in today’s competitive, fast- paced global economy.

ERP Extensibility Importance

These businesses need a software publisher that understands this dilemma and is sympathetic to their needs. That’s where Acumatica comes in. Acumatica, the true Cloud ERP, has changed the old model and turned it on its head. Acumatica allows small to medium sized businesses to implement a robust, leading-edge business management application at a very low initial cost, allowing these companies to continue to add users and invest in their people without forcing them to add exorbitant software licensing costs at the same time.

The way Acumatica does this is by offering multiple, flexible options to their customer base. This helps companies, particularly young and growing ones who are focused on the future, purchase this software and then grow with it once it’s implemented. To get into the software, Acumatica offers multiple deployment options. You can purchase the software outright, in the traditional model, or you can select a subscription model (where you pay a monthly fee, instead of a high upfront fee to purchase). There is also a SaaS offering (software as a service) where you are licensing use of the application off their public cloud. These methods are designed to lower upfront costs and make it easier for companies to get into the robust application they couldn’t otherwise afford.

In terms of growing into the software, Acumatica allows businesses to deploy a small, medium, or large size platform in which is sold without traditional “named” or “concurrent” user licenses. This means that a startup business that may only have 5 or 10 users at first can quickly grow to 15 to 20 users without incurring additional software license costs for each user it onboards. Only when the business transaction levels exceed a certain volume will it need to upgrade to the next available platform  -which then also has headroom for growth.

Acumatica also helps reduce implementation time by offering everything out of the box. Predefined dashboards, user roles, and forms and reports easily allow businesses to turn on features when they need them and not spend an arm and a leg to get each module implemented.

These concepts of flexibility, scalability, and more importantly, extensibility, allow businesses to adopt all of the features and functionality they need when they need them, all while not breaking the bank. Interested to know more? Get in touch with our team here at Southeast Computer Solutions – we’d be happy to give you a demo today!

Ralph Ceccarelli

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Southeast Computer Solutions. Ralph joined the ERP software industry in 1992 as a software programmer. He came on board at Southeast Computer Solutions in 2002 and now serves as “second in command” and focuses primarily on the sales and marketing business units. Ralph prides himself on his unique ability to assist customers in growing their organizations by leveraging new technologies to meet and exceed their business needs.

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