Read the Fine Print on Software Vendor Quotes

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Comparing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software vendors can be a difficult process, but with due diligence and knowing what to look for, you can arrive at an informed decision. Starting with functionality, industry expertise, and the ability to manage your processes – there are a lot of factors to consider when comparing different vendors. Especially … Read more

QuickBooks Pros and Cons

QuickBooks Pros and Cons

QuickBooks is one of the most popular small business accounting solutions in the market. Great for small businesses, QuickBooks provides an introductory accounting solution with certain packages offering basic inventory management tools. However, as with any system, there are pros and cons to choosing QuickBooks over other introductory solutions or more robust ERP software. While … Read more

How to Measure the Success of New Accounting Inventory Software

How to measure the success of software implementation

Implementing accounting inventory software (also known as ERP) is an exciting opportunity for your company to grow sales, expand into new markets, automate processes, reduce manual work and ultimately increase your bottom line. But how do you measure the success of implementing a new system? It can be especially hard to quantify ROI when dealing … Read more

5 Things To Evaluate During Accounting Inventory Software Vendor Demos [Downloadable Scorecard]

Blue Link ERP Software Demo Evaluations

Blue Link ERP – Software Vendor Demo ScorecardYou’ve spent the time speaking with accounting inventory software vendors about your specific business requirements. You’ve asked the right questions and have a solid understanding of what each vendor has to offer and how the different systems will address your needs. You’ve narrowed down the list to 3-4 vendors based … Read more

Is Your Accounting ERP Software Provider Just Another Vendor or a Partner?

ERP Software Vendor vs ERP Software Partner

Whether it’s filling up your gas tank or ordering your morning coffee, we don’t often give a lot of thought to the vendors we purchase our everyday items from. This is because these are simple and instant transactions. You pay the vendor for a particular product at a set cost and that’s that. However, when it … Read more

Takes One to Know One – SMBs Should Look for SMB Business Management Software Vendors

Blue Link SMB ERP Software Vendor

Has your wholesale distribution business ever had to deal with a large company’s sub-par customer service? Did you have to wait for hours on end on the phone for support only to be bounced from one rep to another? Did you have to repeat information? Were they able to understand your issue and resolve it in … Read more

Do You Need ERP Software? (What vendors are not telling you)

Do you need ERP software?

One of the most important decisions that a wholesale and distribution business will make, is what (if any) business management software is necessary. For most small businesses, no matter the industry, the first software purchase is made in order to manage the company’s financials and accounting.  In this situation, one of the most popular introductory … Read more

5 Things to Know Before You Speak with Distribution Software Vendors

Distribution Software Discussion

Evaluating software is a time consuming and resource-laden task.  With so many options in the market, it can be difficult to narrow down your search and distinguish between all the systems available. When you do finally create a list of potential distribution software systems to evaluate, you must then dedicate hours of time to actually … Read more

Business Management Software: When to Ask for Customer References

Customer References

With any major purchase it is good practice to evaluate reviews and speak to references whenever possible. This is especially the case with any major business purchase, such as business management software. When searching for a new system, it is best to narrow down your options to 3-6 vendors as a starting point for evaluating … Read more

5 Questions Small Business Owners Should Ask When Searching for New Inventory Management Accounting Software

Questions to Ask When Searching for Software

As a new business, one important consideration to make is what (if any) business management software is required.  For most small wholesale and distribution businesses, this usually means acquiring software for managing accounting procedures and then using manual processes or Excel for tracking inventory and other business processes.  However, as your company grows and evolves … Read more