Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Sean Combs of ERP Software

Sean / Puffy / P. Diddy / Diddy
Question: What do Sage and rapper / singer / record producer / actor / entrepreneur Sean Combs have in common?

Answer: Not really much at all, other than a tendency to change names a lot.

Sage recently announced that they will be changing the names of many of their products in an attempt to create a more consistent brand identity. The emphasis going forward will be more on the “Sage” name rather than the product names such as Peachtree, Accpac, and MAS 90.

The transition is scheduled to take place throughout the course of 2012. The following table provides an overview of the current and new names for Sage’s ERP portfolio:

The product groupings are designed to categorize products based on capabilities and target audience.
  • Sage 50 products are easy-to-install, off-the-shelf solutions for small businesses
  • Sage 100 products are for larger businesses with more sophisticated requirements that may require advanced configuration of the software.
  • Sage 300 products are also for larger business with more sophisticated requirements and are available for international distribution.
  • Sage 500 products are for larger businesses whose requirements may include customization to meet unique operational needs.

Accpac / Accpac Advantage /
Sage Accpac / Sage 300
If you’re confused, don’t worry. Most importantly, only the product name is changing. Underneath the packaging, the product is still the same. For more details, please visit the Sage rebranding website or watch the 2.5 minute brand change video.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact Arxis at 866-624-2600 if we can provide any information or assistance.
Regardless of the Sage product names, our commitment to taking great care of our customers and prospects remains unchanged!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Setting the Pace

Arxis Technology has been named a "Technology Pacesetter" by Accounting Today for the 9th consecutive year.

Just in case you didn't read the press release in The Economist or TMZ, here's what it said.

Seth Fineberg, Technology Editor, wrote, “For years, the members of our Technology Pacesetters list of topflight accounting and ERP value-added resellers remained nimble, often adapting to change sooner than later. More recently, they’ve begun to usher in one of the larger evolutions in the sector … by offering expanded product lines including cloud or hosted solutions and, in some instances, providing more consulting services than traditional software reselling.”

“We’re proud to once again be honored as a ‘Technology Pacesetter,’” said David Cieslak, Arxis Principal, “and are excited to deliver the benefits of cloud computing to small- and mid-sized businesses with products such as SAP Business ByDesign, Adaptive Planning, and SageCRM.”

“The cloud offers any sized business the advantages of world-class infrastructure, anywhere / anytime / any device access, and predictable IT costs,” Bob Gaby, Arxis Principal, added. “Enabling our clients to simplify their IT infrastructure and focus more effectively on their core business is truly rewarding,” said Gaby.

(The part about The Economist and TMZ was a joke.)

Friday, November 11, 2011

We Love Our Customers

The Arxis customer conference - Arxis Connections - was a resounding success! Special "thanks" to our Sage MAS 90 & 200, Sage MAS 500, and Sage Accpac customers, staff, sponsors, and Sage for making it a tremendous time of learning, networking, and fun.

We are blessed to partner with such a creative and dedicated group of people. Their commitment to excellence is truly inspiring. And to top it all off, they're great to be around! In the midst of all the learning, technology updates, software features, etc., we all had lots of fun.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Arxis a Sage President's Circle Award Recipient

Arxis Technology has been honored as a President's Circle Award Recipient by Sage. According to the official announcement from Sage, "This prestigious award program rewards our top performers for their diligence in representing Sage and consistently going above and beyond to achieve excellence.

"These prominent partners have distinguished themselves among their peers by excelling in the various award categories for the year. Each of these partners will receive much-deserved recognition to celebrate their success."

Also announced was that Arxis was one of a select group of resellers to join the Million Dollar Club. We're pleased to be one of Sage's President's Circle and Million Dollar Club recipients for selling Sage ERP Accpac and Sage ERP MAS software! We recognize that it would not be possible without an amazing group of customers and outstanding Arxis team members.

On a final note, we respectfully ask all other President's Circle winners planning to attend the executive business retreat in Florida to leave their short shorts at home. Just because it worked for Magnum in the 80s, does not make it OK. Keep 'em knee length or be really daring and rock the manpris.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Key Technology Issues for 2012

Wait, you say ... what happened to 2011?

With next year rapidly approaching, David Cieslak, Arxis Principal, had a recent conversation with two other technology stalwarts, Randy Johnston and Rick Richardson.

The Journal of Accountancy moderated and recorded the conversation so that you can listen in and get your shopping list prepared in time for the holidays!

The first part of the conversation article is available on the Journal of Accountancy website. (Don't forget to bookmark the link as the rest of the conversation will be posted over the course of the next couple months.)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Damco Distribution Services Success Story

Damco Distribution Services is a transportation company that provides port-to-warehouse transportation services, supply chain management, and logistics to Fortune 500 companies.

They employ nearly 400 individuals across multiple locations in North America. After experiencing some significant challenges with their mainframe application, they turned to Arxis Technology based on the recommendation of one of the executives at a sister logistics company.

With the assistance of Arxis Technology, Damco implemented Sage ERP Accpac and doc-link by Altec and the results have been fantastic!

Some of the highlights include:
  • Financial reporting tools deliver the data Damco needs to make informed and timely decisions
  • Multi-currency capabilities support internal operations
  • Integration with industry-specific billing system drives efficiency and facilitates data analysis
  • Enterprise document management solution automates Accounts Payable workflow and approval process
We're proud to be technology partners with Damco Distribution Services and contribute to their well-deserved success.

Read the Damco Distribution Services success story.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

How the iPad Can Benefit CPAs

David Cieslak, Arxis Principal, was recently quoted by The Journal of Accountancy for an article on how CPAs can benefit by using an iPad.

Bottom line - there's a lot of value that in tablet computing (even if they don't play "Angry Birds").

Read the full article on The Journal of Accountancy's website.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Arxis Connections Conference

Los Angeles - August 23, 2011: Arxis Technology is pleased to announce the dates for the Arxis Connections World Tour!

Arxis Connections is the only conference designed to help Arxis customers get the most from their Sage ERP software and their relationship with Arxis.

We call it "Connections", because it affords a tremendous opportunity for customers to connect / network with Arxis and other Arxis clients, while they learn about product updates, user tips and tricks, and helpful software enhancements from Adaptive Planning, Altec, Avalara, BizNet, and CodePartners.

We call it a "world tour," because, well ... it sounds way more impressive than a "3 state tour." Dates are as follows:
The tour will feature no pyrotechnics, face paint, or spandex, but will have healthy doses of education, networking, semi-fabulous prizes, and fun. The events will be light on rock-n-roll, but may include an appearance by a USB-powered pet rock or two.

In short - it's a must-attend event for any Arxis client or company considering new ERP software. To learn more:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Automation Success!

One of the most satisfying things we do at Arxis is to help our clients work smarter. We love the opportunity to assist our clients in identifying ways to improve processes, automate manual tasks, become more productive, and have more fun!

CodePartners has been a long-time development partner with Arxis Technology. Together, we have helped dozens of clients become more successful.

We invite you to read more about how CodePartners and Arxis collaborate. (And don't hesitate to contact us if you're looking for ways to further automate your business!)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thought Leadership at Arxis

At Arxis, we strive to provide technical and financial expertise for our clients. It's a unique combination of consulting and skill, but something that's essential for success in implementing and supporting ERP software.

We're blessed to have some of the best at both here at Arxis Technology. In fact, David Cieslak, was one of 25 chosen for the "CPA Practice Advisor Thought Leader Symposium" earlier this year.

Read more about the thought symposium.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sage MAS 500 Success - NNA

As the largest and oldest organization serving the nation’s 4.8 million notaries, the nonprofit, multi-entity National Notary Association (NNA) serves a membership that represents every U.S. state and jurisdiction.
The organization works to promote notarial best practices through accredited education programs, certification, and support.

Arxis Technology worked with National Notary to implement Sage MAS 500 and eRequester. They've experienced numerous benefits from the software and Arxis Technology services, which include:
  • Financial reporting tasks are simplified and reports are more flexible and accurate.
  • Accounts Payable invoice tasks are streamlined, resulting in faster and more accurate processing.
  • Integration with legacy application and electronic requisition software increase efficiency and eliminate manual steps. 
Controller, Patty DiMolfetta, said, "Arxis Technology really made this project a success. They are with us every step of the way and never stop analyzing, asking questions, and looking for ways to improve our systems and processes. They truly are partners in our success.”

Read more here!

Faster, Better Reporting with BizNet

Arxis client, BeyondTrust, is the global provider of privilege authorization management, access control and security solutions for virtualization and cloud computing environments. We invite you to read about the success they have experienced in using BizNet Financial Reporter in conjunction with Sage MAS 500.

Key benefits they've received include:
  • Automated reporting processes
  • 50% reduction in time to compile month-end reports
  • Efficiency gains that have led to the ability for finance to add more value to the organization
For BeyondTrust, BizNet  “...makes things faster and allows us to provide management with the real-time, actionable data they need to make decisions.”

Read more!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Two New Customer Success Stories!

We are pleased to share two new customer success stories. Written by our EDI partner, SWK Technologies, the stories show how two Arxis customers have received significant increases in accuracy and efficiency by implementing the MAPADOC EDI solution with Sage MAS ERP.

Read more about dreamGEAR and Agron. Arxis is thankful for the opportunity to work with these outstanding companies and grateful for partners like SWK who work with us to maximize the success of our clients.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Timeline of MRP Software

Check out this interesting timeline for MRP software from Software Advice. Needless to say, it's come a long way in 60 years!

What are your thoughts on the timeline as well as where MRP software is headed in the next 10 years?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Arxis Answers the Call for CallSource

CallSource has been a Sage Accpac client of Arxis Technology for many years. They deliver powerful business intelligence, marketing, sales, and training tools to businesses of any size and type. Managing nearly 2,000,000 toll-free and local tracking numbers for more than 300,000 businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada, CallSource integrates call tracking, call recording, business analytics, lead scoring, and lead management.

We recently wrote a success story, documenting some of the ways in which CallSource benefits from the Sage Accpac software and Arxis services. We are proud to assist them in the success they've experienced to date and look forward to much more of the same in the future!

Read more about the success CallSource has achieved with Sage Accpac and Arxis!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Arxis Client, Legendary Pictures, Scores at the Academy Awards!

Congratulations to Arxis Technology client, Legendary Pictures, for the success of their latest picture, Inception. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four awards for Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.
Widely acclaimed for its visual effects, originality, cast, and score, Inception is currently one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
A wise man once said that behind every box office hit is a stellar accounting department. OK, we made that up, but in this case, Arxis is very proud to support the crack Legendary Pictures accounting crew and their Sage Accpac software!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Arxis Congratulates Client, Skydance Productions

Congratulations to Arxis Technology client, Skydance Productions, for their recent success with the box office smash, True Grit. The movie has grossed over $225 million worldwide and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

Arxis has been proud to support Skydance's Sage Accpac software and AppEazy hardware for several years and is thankful for the opportunity to assist in their well-deserved success!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Combating IT Security Threats

David Cieslak, Arxis Principal, recently sat down with Alexandra DeFelice at the "Journal of Accountancy" and shared a number of thoughts on best practices for IT security. While given with CPA firms in mind, the information shared can benefit any business looking to secure their IT infrastructure. Topics included:
  • Employee education
  • Secure file transfer
  • Passwords / passphrases
  • Social networking / email
  • Web search
We invite you to listen to the podcast.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Don't Miss Sage Summit!

Don’t miss the educational event of the year for Sage customers!
No matter how long you’ve been using your Sage solution, you can do more and you can learn more. That’s what Sage Summit is all about. It’s the annual conference for Sage customers, taking place July 12-15, 2011 on the banks of the Potomac outside Washington, DC.

Sage Summit is packed with a wealth of content that will enable you to gain a more complete understanding of your Sage solution’s capabilities and how to use and apply them. This is an event that starts delivering value from the moment you arrive. Key takeaways include:
  • Concrete knowledge and skills to help take full advantage of your Sage solutions
  • Valuable information and real-world experiences from other Sage software users
  • Expert answers to specific product questions you’ve been wrestling with
  • Trends, insight, and guidance from thought leaders in your industry
  • Product roadmaps highlighting new features and enhancements
If your organization is committed to improving productivity and getting more out of your Sage solution, make a point to send at least one of your employees to Sage Summit. It’s the only event where you can become part of the Sage community by connecting with and learning from fellow software users, product experts, and support analysts—all under one roof.
Visit for complete conference details.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cloud Computing for Manufacturers

The cloud is open for manufacturers! Once thought only to be the domain of email, CRM, or very simple business management software, the cloud now offers some excellent options for manufacturing firms.

Derek Singleton at Software Advice has written a helpful article on Cloud Computing Options for Manufacturers. It provides a high-level look at some the available options, industries they serve, and the manufacturing features and other ERP components included in the offering.

As consultants for SAP Business ByDesign, which includes supply chain management capabilities in addition to financial management, customer relationship management, human resource management, supplier relationship management, and more, Arxis is eager to assist manufacturers who are exploring the benefits of cloud-based software. We invite you to peruse the ByDesign resource page on our website or call us at 866-624-2600 x 115.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

David Cieslak = Thought Leader

Arxis Technology Principal, David Cieslak, is participating in the CPA Technology Advisor's "Thought Leadership Symposium" in Dallas on February 20 - 22. He joins a virtual "who's who" of giants in the accounting industry, including experts such as Gary Boomer, Ron Eagle, Randy Johnston, Jim Metzler, Doug Sleeter, Jennifer Wilson, and Geni Whitehouse.

Topics to be discussed range in scope from strategic planning, technology, risk management, performance, micro-computing accounting systems, profitability, organizational growth, emerging technologies, public accounting trends, start-up tips, social media outreach, tax, audit, client services, green accounting, accreditations, measurement, software solutions, and workflow.

Learn more about this first-of-its-kind program on the CPA Technology Advisor website.