Do you feel confident when exploring new business systems or IT infrastructure? Or do you feel like you’re in a foreign territory with an earful of buzz-speak about cloud-based solutions, business intelligence and analytics, and ERP?

There’s help. The following three new free guides – in everyday language – focus on the essentials you need to move your business forward.

  • What is the Cloud?
  • Business Intelligence: More than a Dashboard
  • 5 Tools for Inventory Management

Acumatica’s business technology pros put together these concise publications to get readers beyond the buzz-speak to an understanding of some of the big issues facing companies.

Get Beyond the Buzz
The software industry has a vocabulary that’s packed with “insider” buzzwords about everything from the cloud to automation to business intelligence.

Google search doesn’t do much to cut the buzz-speak around these topics, making it difficult for the average business owner to find content that helps them make smart choices about their business processes. Just try a simple search for any of the above three topics, and you’ll feel just as lost as when you started.

Cloud-based solutions, business intelligence and analytics, and ERP play a critical role in improving business processes, lowering operating costs, and boosting the bottom line. Gaining an understanding of these topics is critical for any business today.

What is the Cloud?
Cloud computing (“the cloud”) is among the leading technology topics in the world, despite the fact that few people really understand exactly what it is and how it impacts their technology choices.

In this guide, you’ll find what you need to know about cloud computing to help you make informed decisions about IT deployment and infrastructure.

You’ll learn:

  • What the cloud is
  • Business applications that run in the cloud
  • The differences between SaaS and on-premise business applications
  • SaaS deployment options: single-tenant or multi-tenant
  • Why you should beware of legacy applications “re-engineered” for the cloud
  • Choosing the right deployment option for your company

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Business Intelligence: It’s More than a Dashboard
Almost every ERP system offers a Business Intelligence (BI) module to provide flexibility and advanced data visualization (graphics). BI is best known as the source of the executive dashboard that contains graphical displays of major high-level measurements like sales, production statistics, inventory level and the like, and featuring alarms and drill-down capabilities.

But BI is so much more than a dashboard. Besides arranging data into convenient and attractive formats, BI includes analytics, along with data warehouse/data mining capabilities – the tools that turn data into knowledge and insight.

In this guide, you’ll discover how you can tap into this incredible resource.

You’ll learn:

  • How business intelligence works
  • The robust reporting found in business intelligence
  • How to combine related data into meaningful metrics
  • How creating your own analysis provides for a deeper understanding of key data

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5 Tools for Inventory Management
Inventory plays a major role in many businesses. Inventory records are the most likely area to be computerized, so every ERP system and CRM system is built around an inventory management function.

Basic inventory management maintains a perpetual inventory record. Simply stated, the system accepts inventory movement reports (transactions) and maintains a continuous record of the quantity remaining on-hand. Beyond that core function, inventory management software does a great deal more.

In this guide, you’ll find some of the tools that can and should be integrated with inventory management for the control and visibility you need to support efficient operations.

You’ll learn:

  • Bar-code data collection
  • Cycle counting
  • ABC Analysis
  • Integrated planning and execution
  • Lot tracking and traceability

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A Smart Investigation
These three guides offer a balanced view of what’s out there right now, and what you should be considering as you investigate ways to improve your business processes. Break through the buzz-speak and get the information you need to make smart choices for your business.