Extensibility is a process where the implementation of technology takes future growth into consideration. Unfortunately, many ERP software publishers focus more on selling software and less on helping drive the future growth of their customers. Entrepreneurs of small to medium-sized businesses (the lifeblood of the economy and perfect candidates for mid-market ERP systems) often have aggressive growth strategies. Their businesses are experiencing double- or even triple- digit growth – except when inhibited by manual, labor-intensive processes or out-of-date or nonexistent technology.
Here's Why Extensibility in an ERP is Important
Many of these companies desperately need a fully integrated business management system that offers automation for their business processes. It’s not uncommon, however, for these businesses to be unable to afford such a system because they have to choose between implementing new technology or investing in more inventory or human capital. This is the proverbial rock and a hard place for these small and medium-sized businesses – if they purchase a system and its user licenses, their capital will be tied up and cannot be used 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.
Acumatica to the Rescue
These businesses need a software publisher that understands this dilemma and is sympathetic to their needs – and that’s where Acumatica comes in. Acumatica, the true Cloud ERP, has turned the old model on its head. With Acumatica, small to medium-sized businesses can implement a robust, leading-edge business management application at a very low initial cost; Acumatica also allows companies to add users and invest in their people without requiring exorbitant software licensing fees.
Acumatica does this by offering multiple flexible options to their customer base. This helps companies, particularly young and growing ones that are focused on the future, purchase software and then grow with it once it’s implemented. Acumatica also offers multiple deployment options: you can purchase the software outright, which requires a larger upfront investment, or you can select a subscription model, which allows you to spread the cost out via a monthly fee. There’s also an SaaS (software as a service) offering, in which you’re licensing the 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 system, each without traditional named or concurrent user licenses. A start-up business that has only 5 or 10 users, therefore, can quickly grow to 15 to 20 users without incurring additional software license costs for each new user – upgrades are only required when business transaction levels exceed a certain volume.
Ease of Use
In addition, Acumatica reduces implementation time by offering everything out of the box. Predefined dashboards, user roles, forms, and reports mean businesses can turn on features when they need them and not spend excess time and money getting each module implemented.
These concepts – flexibility, scalability, and extensibility – allow businesses to adopt the features and functionality they need when they need them, all without breaking the bank.
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