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Top 5 EDI Software Providers for 2017

Posted by Peter Heinicke on Sun, Sep 25, 2016 @ 05:57 PM

Large retail customers (Walmart, Target)  now drive EDI adoption. They simply inform their suppliers that EDI is mandatory for keeping their business.

Paperless document transfer
systems allow faster transactions with fewer errors; this might seem reason enough to migrate to EDI software, even without customer and vendor pressure. 

But the improved performance that EDI can bring usually requires that software integration with back end software already be in place, as well as the capability to translate outgoing invoices into the varied EDI formats that customers' systems might require. Both requirements can be difficult and intimidating for a small enterprise to successfully implement. Any software integration project can encounter unexpected pitfalls, and the sheer number of document formats and transport protocols that EDI supports adds complexity that can be both daunting and confusing. 
 
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Transport protocols include HTTP and HTTPS, POP3 and SMTP, OFTP, SOAP, WebDAV, X.400, and EDIINT AS1, AS2, AS3 and AS4. The file formats supported by EDI are also very numerous, and include comma-separated value files and  EURITMO as well as:
  • ANSI X12
  • GS1 eCOM EANCOM
  • XML
  • Tradacoms
  • EDIFACT
  • CEFIC 
  • EDIBDB 
  • EDIFICE 
  • EDIFURN 
  • FORTRAS 
Nonetheless, many enterprises do attempt to individually accommodate the format requirements of each customer and vendor, and to establish integration between incoming EDI data and often legacy accounting and business systems. Homegrown works-for-us EDI software integration is still being used but is no longer a top EDI software solution. Companies just starting with EDI tend to use web or fax based services. The trading partner sends the order to the service which then emails, faxes, or provides a web interface to retrieve the order. Costs per order can be as much as $20, but the implementation costs are minimal. 

Fortunately, the emergence of cloud and Software-as-a-Service providers means that small businesses and understaffed information technology departments have an alternative to pulling their hair out over EDI integration with their existing back end accounting software. A number of vendors offer managed and hosted EDI solutions with the EDI capability your business partners are asking you for, and to provide it in much less time, and with much less stress, than this might otherwise take.

Here are some of the most prominent vendors, and a quick look at some of their services:

Redtail Solutions
 has a managed cloud EDI solution that natively integrates with Microsoft, Sage and AccountMate software. Their 3PL Link product provides an electronic link from your accounting system to your third party fulfillment providers.

123 EDI has software, EDI Engine, that supports all versions of all standards for EDI software, and can translate XML and flat files as well. 123 EDI also offer both hosted and managed EDI. Their software accommodates many interfaces, for example Quickbooks, Peachtree, Sage, UPS, DHL and FedEx.

EDI Consulting Group offers many EDI software integration solutions tailored to specific tasks, such as FAX 2 EDI and PDF2EDI and EDI LINK, a bridge from EDI to your accounting software that generates sales orders from incoming customer purchase orders and translates outgoing invoices into EDI data formats. EDI Consulting supports all EDI formats including  X-12, UN-EDIFACT, and XML. We do a lot of business with this EDI provider.

Which of these vendor is best for you? If your business needs EDI today, outsourced solutions may be the place at least to start. If you have the time available to map out and implement an organized and incremental roll-out, you may want to keep at least some of your EDI capability in-house, if your information technology department has the required capabilities.You may also want to bring fresh eyes in to analyse your EDI needs and capabilities. Call PC Methods Inc. at the number above and we will be happy to discuss your EDI requirements and potential designs for a solution that fits your business.
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Tags: ACCPAC ERP, Accpac Pro, ERP systems, Sage Pro ERP, "EDI software"

PC Methods says Sage accpac Pro series is not Dead Yet!

Posted by Peter Heinicke on Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

 

Stonefield Query for Sage Pro ERP

Released

 
May, 2014 
Stonefield Software is pleased to announce the newest release of the Stonefield Query for Sage Pro ERP.
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Tags: ACCPAC ERP, "Sage Accpac ", Sage Pro ERP, ACCPAC | SAGE PRO | IT Consulting

Improper methods of fixed assets reporting can lead to losses

Posted by Peter Heinicke on Wed, Apr 04, 2012 @ 02:30 PM

Spreadsheets weren't designed for the potentially complex job of tracking and managing fixed assets. And that can mean BIG problems for your company:

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Tags: ACCPAC ERP, asset tags, SAGE FAS, Depreciation, Fixed Assets

Top 5 EDI Software Providers for 2012

Posted by Peter Heinicke on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:45 PM

Large retail customers (Walmart, Target)  now drive EDI adoption. They simply inform their suppliers that EDI is mandatory for keeping their business. Paperless document transfer
systems allow faster transactions with fewer errors; this might seem reason enough to migrate to EDI software, even without customer and vendor pressure. 

But the improved performance that EDI can bring does require that software integration with back end software already be in place, as well as the capability to translate outgoing invoices into the varied EDI formats that customers' systems might require. Both requirements can be difficult and intimidating for a small enterprise to successfully implement. Any software integration project can encounter unexpected pitfalls, and the sheer number of document formats and transport protocols that EDI supports adds complexity that can be both daunting and confusing. 
Click me
Transport protocols include HTTP and HTTPS, POP3 and SMTP, OFTP, SOAP, WebDAV, X.400, and EDIINT AS1, AS2, AS3 and AS4. The file formats supported by EDI are also very numerous, and include comma-separated value files and  EURITMO as well as:
  • ANSI X12
  • GS1 eCOM EANCOM
  • XML
  • Tradacoms
  • EDIFACT
  • CEFIC 
  • EDIBDB 
  • EDIFICE 
  • EDIFURN 
  • FORTRAS 
Nonetheless, many enterprises do attempt to individually accommodate the format requirements of each customer and vendor, and to establish integration between incoming EDI data and often legacy accounting and business systems. Homegrown works-for-us EDI software integration is still, in 2012, a top EDI software solution, simply because it's still so frequent.

Fortunately, the emergence of cloud and Software-as-a-Service providers means that small businesses and understaffed information technology departments have an alternative to pulling their hair out over EDI integration with their existing back end accounting software. A number of vendors offer managed and hosted EDI solutions with the EDI capability your business partners are asking you for, and to provide it in much less time, and with much less stress, than this might otherwise take.

Here are some of the most prominent vendors, and a quick look at some of their services:

Redtail Solutions
 has a managed cloud EDI solution that natively integrates with Microsoft, Sage and AccountMate software. Their 3PL Link product provides an electronic link from your accounting system to your third party fulfillment providers.

Highjump's Truecommerce EDI platform offers a choice: its EDI software, EDI Transaction Manager, can come as either an on-premise or a hosted SaaS version. It translates to and from ANSI X12, the standard most widely used in the United States and Canada, and interfaces with Sage, SAP, Quickbooks and other business and accounting systems.

123 EDI has software, EDI Engine, that supports all versions of all standards for EDI software, and can translate XML and flat files as well. 123 EDI also offer both hosted and managed EDI. Their software accommodates many interfaces, for example Quickbooks, Peachtree, Sage, UPS, DHL and FedEx.

EDI Consulting Group offers many EDI software integration solutions tailored to specific tasks, such as FAX 2 EDI and PDF2EDI and EDI LINK, a bridge from EDI to your accounting software that generates sales orders from incoming customer purchase orders and translates outgoing invoices into EDI data formats. EDI Consulting supports all EDI formats including  X-12, UN-EDIFACT, and XML. We do a lot of business with this EDI provider.

Which of these vendor is best for you? If your business needs EDI today, outsourced solutions may be the place at least to start. If you have the time available to map out and implement an organized and incremental roll-out, you may want to keep at least some of your EDI capability in-house, if your information technology department has the required capabilities.You may also want to bring fresh eyes in to analyse your EDI needs and capabilities. Call PC Methods Inc. at 630 208 8000 and we will be happy to discuss your EDI requirements and potential designs for a solution that fits your business.
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Tags: ACCPAC ERP, Accpac Pro, ERP systems, Sage Pro ERP, "EDI software"

Cloud-based version of Sage ACCPAC

Posted by Peter Heinicke on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 @ 05:09 PM

It’s well known that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software increases productivity and efficiency by integrating vital internal and external business functions.

And for many businesses, Sage Accpac is the ERP software of choice because of its ease of use, depth of functionality, adaptability to changing business environments, and scalability to manage growth.

However, the upfront IT costs of an in-house implementation of Accpac can be prohibitive, particularly for young, growing businesses. Fortunately, Accpac is available as an off-premises, hosted, Cloud solution—eliminating the need for expensive software and hardware investment.



Benefits of Sage Accpac

Sage Accpac helps disparate business functions coordinate to increase performance across the board. Working seamlessly with Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and numerous databases (e.g. Pervasive, Oracle, MS SQL), Accpac synchronizes all information so that all employees in each functional area of your company are working together to achieve maximum efficiency.

Sage Accpac applications include:

  • operations and distribution management
  • accounting and financial management
  • payroll management
  • global operations management
  • services and project management
  • customer relationship management (Version 6 is integrated with Sage’s award-winning CRM solution.)
  • human resource management.

Not only will Sage Accpac aggregate information and supply it to all stakeholders, it provides analytic tools to empower informed decision making at the rapid pace demanded in today’s fast-moving business environment. As a specific example, consider how instant integration of human resources, project management, and customer relationship management can allow you to provide more accurate project price quotes.

Another key benefit of Accpac on the Cloud is that—due to its “pay for what you use” model—it’s easily scalable as your company grows. That’s true even if you expand internationally, because the software works with numerous currencies and five languages.

Implementation Steps

Although the Cloud-based Accpac is relatively easy to put into operation, it pays to work with a Sage Certified ERP consulting and services firm that can help ensure you get the package you need and then educate your employees on how to get the most benefit from the software.

Your employees won’t have to be “techies” to effectively use Accpac if they receive the proper instruction, including in-person training, online help, user manuals, and procedure guidelines.

The Bottom Line

You can improve your company’s efficiency—and therefore its profitability—by linking together all the moving parts of your business with the top-rated Sage Accpac ERP solution. And with the Cloud version, there’s no need for the bulk of the expense to be incurred at the outset. You can benefit from using Accpac now—and as your business grows. Talk with an PC Methods about how you can take advantage of this opportunity. The latest version of Accpac is Sage 300 ERP.

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Tags: Sage Accpac, Cloud Computing, ACCPAC ERP, Sage 300 ERP, "Sage Accpac ", ERP systems, quickbooks Pro

Software as a Service: Cloud Computing

Posted by Peter Heinicke on Thu, May 26, 2011 @ 12:57 PM


 
In the last two years or so the idea of software as a service has become quite a hot topic. Cloud Computing is a new(er) technology which is best described as an architecture in which companies can 'rent' technology services on the internet, rather than 'owning' their own. 

 

Consisting of a shared data center where you can log in, customize applications and be up and running in under a week, and with a plethora of apps to choose from - CRM to HR and Accounting to custom - the possibilities seem endless. At a fraction of the cost of in-house systems, this looks like a great way for SMB's to better manage overhead cost and ROI in terms of a new IT investment, not to mention the ability to utilize employees to generate more business (instead of managing the system.)

 

  As an up and coming trend, Cloud Computing is behind many of the online conferences and marketing trends in development today.

 

  Some features and benefits include:
  • Built in security, reliability & upgradeability
  • Minimized risk involving application development and implementation
  • Web-services integration
  • Analytics, offline access and mobile deployment
  • Speed application development
  • Automated upgrades & real-time reporting
  • Multiple languages and currencies

In conclusion, cloud computing is a viable option in today's business environments. Given more time there will certainly be more standards and assurance for the consumer. Our best advice would be to research potential vendors thoroughly, check references, start slow, and read your contract carefully. Additionally you'll want to determine how you plan on using the cloud and in what ways it will be the most beneficial to your organization.

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Tags: Cloud Computing, St. Charles Cloud Computing, ACCPAC ERP, SAAS, SAGECRM.COM