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It’s Time to Switch from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics Business Central

Dynamics NAV is a powerful tool, from when it was first offered by Microsoft, businesses have used it with enormous success. For many, it was their first introduction into the world of ERP and a revelation in regards to the possibilities these systems offer. There are still organizations that use it to this day, our message to them is it's time for a change.   The pandemic caused an unpredicted shift towards digital transformation, companies big and small decided to evaluate their information technology and their strategies when utilizing it. A topic frequently discussed is the cloud, and for good reason, there are many advantages of switching to it. This is one of…
Ian McAteer
August 31, 2021
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How Restaurants Can Gain Loyal Customers with Salesforce Essentials

The restaurant business is hard, often having low-profit margins and high competition, owners need to be creative to really grow their profits.   The Race for Data is on   The pandemic caused many restaurants to make accommodations for customers that they would not have previously considered. One of the biggest accommodations was online ordering and delivery options. Savvy restauranteurs found there was an added benefit to doing this, they can capture information about their customers. When someone places an online order, they are required to provide their name, email address, and physical address. Not only does this give restaurants insights into the demographics of their customers, but it also creates an opportunity to make them repeat buyers.   This is what all the…
Ian McAteer
August 16, 2021
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Digital Transformation in a Post-COVID World

The pandemic changed everything about our daily lives, one of the unexpected consequences of it was a deeper convergence of business and technology.  Many companies scrambled to get employees working remotely and update their current IT infrastructure. The businesses whose systems were highly outdated had the hardest time with this change.  The days of manually emailing quotes and updating Excel trackers are over, to remain competitive, small businesses should implement more automated systems. Many service industry businesses updated their websites to offer online ordering and delivery. Other industries had to integrate video consultations and remote technical support options. If they…
Ian McAteer
May 28, 2021
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Three Questions to Ask Your Cloud Hosting Services Provider

Everyone likes a good host. And in 2021, you could argue people like a good cloud hosting services provider even more.  We’ve talked before about how cloud hosting services can help your business refine its focus to whatever it does best. You no longer need to worry about IT infrastructure costs and data thieves infiltrating your system.  But there are a ton of cloud hosting service providers out there. How can you decide between all of them? It’s often simply a matter of asking the right questions before signing an agreement. Before you pick out your next cloud hosting service…
Ian McAteer
February 10, 2021
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Nonprofit CFOs Agree – Cloud Financials Key in Running a Nonprofit Today

In the mission-driven nonprofit world, accounting and financial management can sometimes slip down the priority list.  It’s not always easy to allocate budget dollars to back office infrastructure that doesn’t directly support the nonprofit agenda, and it’s even harder to find the time and expertise to make it all work.  Consider some of the obstacles: Capital investment for software and hardwareFacilities and expert personnel to implement and maintain the systemLengthy deployment cyclesCapacity / scalabilityReliability / availability These issues aren’t part of most nonprofit organization’s core competencies.  That’s why many nonprofits are increasingly turning to new-generation cloud-based solutions to automate financial…
Ian McAteer
December 17, 2020
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Don’t Ignore Your Company’s Purchase Ordering Process

It’s easy to overlook your company’s purchase ordering process. As business managers and owners, we spend a tremendous amount of our time focused on the revenue our company brings in. And that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, revenue represents a company’s lifeblood.  But you’ll eventually need to purchase supplies for your business. Whether it’s something as small as ballpoint pens to items as substantial as new laptops, you’ll eventually need to use a purchase ordering process at your company. When that time comes, however, you don’t want to be caught living in the Dark Ages. Typing…
Ian McAteer
December 10, 2020
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People Analytics During the Covid-19 Pandemic

People analytics are crucial to success in modern business no matter at all times. But its importance becomes only clearer during periods of uncertainty.  Consider the period through which we’re all currently living. Previously, we could check in with our employees to get a general understanding of how they’re performing on their job. While the data we took away from these conversations wasn’t exactly objective, it did allow us to keep tabs on our team. Now, with employees working from home and the nature of work rapidly changing, we need data points. We need to know our hiring process is…
Ian McAteer
December 3, 2020
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Here are Proven Cures For Your Healthcare Accounting Ills

If you’re a healthcare accounting leader, it’s likely you have a lot on your plate.  Unlike accountants working for most other businesses, your list of concerns doesn’t just begin and end with revenue and costs. Those who work in healthcare accounting understand the degree to which insurance and the general uncertainty surrounding patient intake and outake complicates matters. And trust us when we say an outdated accounting software system only adds an extra layer of complexity.  In our previous post about the challenges of nonprofit accounting, we noted that the first step in the process of overcoming the industry-exclusive challenges…
Ian McAteer
November 25, 2020
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What’s Your Company’s Order Management System?

There is arguably nothing more damaging to a relationship between a customer and a business than poor order management. Getting the order right is our most basic expectation as consumers. While it’s possible the purchase won’t live up to our personal standards, almost none of us will accept having to call customer service to report a late delivery. Fortunately, a quality order management system (OMS) can reduce the threat of customer dissatisfaction stemming from a mismanaged order. And, honestly, the benefits of an integrated OMS don’t end there. But first, let’s discuss what an order management system is and how…
Ian McAteer
November 20, 2020
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3 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Business Accounting Software

Eventually, every growing business comes to the realization they need new business accounting software.  As revenues and expenses grow, inputting data into Excel can quickly become a gigantic hassle. All of these tedious tasks take away time your accounting team could instead spend on reviewing new strategic investments. But how do you know it’s time for a new business accounting software system? It all starts with a simple conversation. Spend just a little bit of time going through your CFO or controller’s day-to-day schedule and you should quickly get a sense of whether it’s time for a new business accounting…
Ian McAteer
November 12, 2020
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