SMB Finance and Accounting Checklist: What You Need to Consider Before You Buy

Making a list and checking it twice is a particularly good practice when picking a finance and accounting software solution. If you don’t find the right product for your company, you’ll just pay for the mistakes on the back end. But first you need to know which features your small to midsize business must have and which you don’t want. Get some tips that will help you create your finance and accounting checklist.

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Usability as an ERP Selection Criteria

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Have You Outgrown Your Accounting System?: Stepping Up to Cloud Computing & FinancialForce.com

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There comes a point when a company needs more than an entry-level bookkeeping system. Companies that are well established need a business system that supports the full range of its activities. It needs to reinforce how the business operates in practice rather than limiting it to the narrow confines of a conventional bookkeeping or accounting package.

This white paper describes the telltale signs that a company is ready to move on from software that covers basic accounting requirements to the next level—a progressive business system that can sustain growth for years to come. You’ll learn what to expect from such a system, and how business can change for the better. Read More

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