Computer Systems Consulting
"Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things."
Do your computer systems work for you or are you working to feed the beast?
If you like computer systems you're probably comfortable with technology. You may be in a technology business or you´re a modernist who appreciates the value of efficiency.
Most business owners put up with computers. They are a necessary evil. They're just a cost of doing business.
I'm an accountant with real-world experience of running businesses. I'm not a bean counter, so I understand the difference between cost and value. In most cases, the computers themselves (the hardware, software and infrastructure) actually cost you money. The proper software and business processes should add value to the business. If you don't think you're getting value, get a second opinion.
I ran a computer software company for 8 years, so I understand the technology and can talk to techies in the language that they understand. As a businessman and a professional accountant, I also talk the language of business, so I can ensure that your technology adds value to your business operation.
It can be really surprising how the costs of similar systems can vary. when you're looking at smaller systems (under $20,000), there´s not a lot of room for negotiation. What you see is what you get.
As the price goes up, it gets a lot harder to compare systems, but the price is usually much more flexible. If you’re about to invest in new systems or infrastructure, call me to see how I can help your investment really pay off. (Also, check out the page on RFPs)
Are you spending the right amount on your Accounting system?
Accounting can be a real nightmare for many small businesses. And it´s one of those areas where it's worse to be undersold a system than to be oversold one!
Why should you buy a "bigger" accounting system?
Your accounting system provides the information you need about your business. A very basic system will let you know the basic dollars and cents. More complex financial systems can help control your inventory, highlight slow moving lines, give you marketing information etc. so your business can make more money. You tend to get what you pay for. A good business consultant can check that out for you.
The more powerful (bigger, more expensive) systems usually require more data to be fed into them, so that you can get more (and better) information out.
If you don't know much about accounting systems, your accountant should be your first contact. She knows your business and your capabilities and should be able to recommend an appropriate type of system. Be careful. Many accountants are financial experts and not business experts. Your accountant should always be asking you questions about your business and offering suggestions on how it might be improved.
If you're looking at investing more than a few thousand dollars in a new financial system, you should probably consider issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to selected potential suppliers.