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Running Your Applications on the Cloud

July 26, 2011 by Alan Jurysta
Alan Jurysta

In these challenging economic times, businesses are under increasing pressure to improve their bottom line. One way to do this is by reducing your IT expenditures. There are various ways to accomplish this. One of the most intriguing methods is to move some of your IT infrastructure to the Cloud. The Cloud in it's simplest terms is a shared pool of servers maintained off premises that businesses can utilize to run applications.

Running applications on the Cloud offers substantial benefits:

  • Reduced hardware expenditures and all of the overhead that goes with it
  • Reduce IT support staff
  • Safer and more secure backups
  • Upgrades are handled remotely
  • Additional capacity is automatically allocated

There are Cloud applications for virtually any business need from project management to accounting to customer relationship management.

Adventech runs our entire business on the Cloud. This is one reason we are able to offer our services at such competitive pricing.

 

 

Accounting Software - A Necessary Evil or a Blessing In Disguise?

July 25, 2011 by Alan Jurysta
Alan Jurysta

Every business needs to maintain a set of books, whether you operate a cleaning business or are Amazon.com. Some businesses can get by with a spreadsheet and a bank account. Most, however, need to invest in accounting software at some point. There are literally hundreds of packages to choose from for every need and budget. Choosing the right package for your needs can be a daunting task that can consume a significant amount of time, detracting from the business you are trying to run which created the need for accounting software in the first place.

Many businesses start off with a simple inexpensive package then find they have outgrown their solution and need to find something more robust.

Here are some questions to ask before choosing the right package for your needs:

  • How important is it to have a 360 degree view of all of our information?
  • What parts of our operation run well, and what parts can be improved?
  • What is our company going to look like in 5 years?
  • How important is it to partner with a stable trusted company who has been around for a long time?
  • Do we want to deal with backups, upgrades, license fee surprisess?

These questions are a good starting point that will help immediately narrow the field. The next step would be to review each of your functional areas and determine what is really important to the business, and what may have evolved out of company growth that may have outgrown its usefulness. There are companies that can assist with this process if your company can't allocate the time or would prefer someone to take an external view.

Once you have a checklist in place you can invite potential partners to respond to your list of "requirements". No solution is perfect for every company so in all likelihood you are not going to find a perfect fit. You should find one or two very good fits though, where 80% or more of your wish list is addressed by the solution. You may also find that some solutions will help improve processes that previously were performed manually or inefficiently.

Once you have your short list you should evaluate the solutions in more detail by inviting the partner to give a demo and talk with them in more detail about your requirements.

Selecting a package can come down to a number of criteria:

  • Best fit
  • Usability
  • Return On Investment
  • Robustness
  • Stability of Vendor

You may find other criteria that is crucial to your business. Once the selection is made and your new software is up and running, you may find your business is running more efficiently, you can provide better service to your customers, you have better controls in place, or numerous other benefits that either save your company money or grow the top line.

 

 

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