Old and New ERP Establishments Should Watch Out for Acumatica

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Acumatica is a rising cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendor with a value proposition of delivering the benefits of cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS)—without sacrificing system customization, control, security, and performance. Read this TEC Report by TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and see how Acumatica’s offerings give both new and old ERP software vendors a run for their money.

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Acumatica is a rising cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendor with a value proposition of delivering the benefits of cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) without sacrificing system customization, control, security, or performance (speed). In addition to providing system tailoring flexibility, the vendor also affords choice in deployment—on premise, hosted at a data center, or run on a cloud computing platform.

Deployment and Purchase Choice

Acumatica customers have the following deployment options (whereby customers can switch their deployment method at any time using the same source code):

  • Traditional on premise 
  • Hosted at a data center 
  • Run as SaaS on a cloud computing platform (on a virtual or dedicated server)

In case of a cloud platform, customers have the following choices:

  • Microsoft Azure Cloud (i.e., Microsoft Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) 
  • Reviora

Acumatica is not involved in the platform choices of its customers. Of course, if the customer already has apps in the cloud with one particular vendor, it just makes sense to “stick to your knitting” and aggregate apps under a single provider. It’s usually the reseller that plays the middleman, and drives the choice, unless the customer’s chief information officer (CIO) or information technology (IT) manager prefers otherwise. It therefore becomes a reseller choice. Acumatica resellers reportedly love Reviora, as the company is a specialized, smaller (i.e., more responsive) hosting provider that offers fast, personalized service—probably the easiest of the three cloud platforms to implement (and quickly).

AWS could be the resellers’ next preference, as Amazon is the market leader in providing cloud platforms. In terms of the most powerful (and perhaps as a result, most complex) option would be Microsoft Azure. Azure allows both platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) deployment options— again, for more complex customer requirements.

As a cloud ERP alternative to NetSuite, Plex Systems, Rootstock, AscentERP, etc., Acumatica offers the aforementioned advantage of three choices of deployment —cloud, data center, or on premise. For example, NetSuite and the other cloud vendors can’t offer those same options. Epicor, SAP Business One, and some Sage and Microsoft Dynamics ERP systems will soon be able to do this with the same product code, albeit a few years later than Acumatica. From a sampling of several hundred current customers of Acumatica, about 70 percent opt for a perpetual license, with an equal split between on premise and managed hosting.

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