The Oakley ERP Blog

Finding Accounting Solutions On A Budget
Friday April 4, 2014

There are lots of reasons why you might want to invest in accounting software, but can you afford it? Many companies believe that CRM and ERP software is beyond their budget and so they’ll immediately discount it. They could end up without any sort of accounting solution, or paying for an unsuitable product which will ultimately need to be replaced, and could cost them business in the meantime.


There’s a number of things you need to consider before you go out and start looking for the right solution, we offer a free Sage 200 demo to give you clear view about what to expect from the suite.


1.       Buying ERP outright will impact cash flow.

These aren’t flimsy little bits of software which barely handle the sorts of data you’re trying to process. Products such as the Sage 200 system are comprehensive bits of kit which can help streamline your processes, improve productivity, and assist you in all areas of your business.


If you are coming from a small business accounting solution to an ERP solution you will find it a step up in terms of the impact on your cash flow. For this reason Sage 200 is available via a range of flexible options including, a cloud based platform, upfront outright software purchase or monthly subscription hosted version. If you have the cash flow and are planning for the long term then the outright software purchase is still the preferred route of deployment.


2.       Why choosing cloud based Sage might be right for you.

If you can’t afford the upfront costs, there is another option. Sage 200 is also available for a monthly subscription. It means that in terms of organising your finance things will be made much simpler. There’s a quicker implementation and set up time, meaning you can typically be up and running in a quicker timescale than with an on premise deployment. All you need to do is pick which subscription you need and set up your payments.


It’s really simple, really easy, and much better for business who can’t afford the outright costs of hosting Sage or implementing on premise. It also means that you won’t need as complex an IT system; all the backups are stored remotely and securely (and particularly appealing for some, completely automatically), so you don’t need to worry about loss of data.


3.       Which modules do you need?

Paying for things you don’t need is just poor business sense. There isn’t a single business book which will tell you to buy the best, most comprehensive, and most expensive version of software straight away if it isn’t what you’re going to need. Yes, you might eventually need additional modules Sage has to offer, but if you’re a small business the chances are that you don’t right now. By speaking to Oakley ERP about your accounting software you’re looking at, we’ll be able to advise you fully on everything you need to know. Just tell us a bit about your company and how you operate and we’ll be able to let you know which modules you should pick to maximise functionality and minimise unnecessary outgoings.


4.       A Sage 200 demo can make everything crystal clear.

By running through a Sage 200 demo with Oakley you’ll be able to see just how the Sage suit can help increase your business capabilities, and in the long run, save you time and money.

Oakley are happy to take you through a Sage 200 demo, either at your premises or, if it’s more convenient for you, at our offices in Essex. We can accommodate around four to six people for a Sage 200 demo, so it could well be worth bringing along a few colleagues – after all, they’ll be using the software as well.

Written by David Weaver at 00:00