When you first started running your business the accounting process was far less complicated and required software that kept things quick and easy. However, as your business grows and becomes more complex, if you are using Sage 50 or Xero you may find that this solution can no longer keep pace with the growth and demands of your organisation.
Transferring to a system that meets your current and future needs could prove to be transformative, offering more data insight and control. Here we look at some of the signs that indicate you have outgrown Xero or Sage 50 and how Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central could offer the right ERP software solution.
Poor data and reporting
As a growing business, you need better insight about your customers and to establish an overview of your business processes. This can help you work more efficiently to be as productive as possible and maximise revenue opportunities.
However, if you are finding that your Xero or Sage 50 isn’t providing the level of reporting required to support critical business decisions, it may be time to look at other accounting software alternatives. Business Central reporting functions can adapt as your business grows, enabling you to manage every aspect of your finances, while tracking customer interactions to maximise your sales cycle and deliver exceptional customer service from enquiries through to deliveries.
Other business systems do not integrate
You will have a growing need to interact with other systems to support various processes, which Xero and Sage 50 may not be able to offer. These smaller packages offer limited integration with other platforms and applications, which places a cap on your efficiency and ability to streamline processes.
With Business Central you can connect with all business systems, including the entire Microsoft stack, which features the likes of Office 365, Power Automate, Power Bi, PowerApps, Teams and more. Hundreds of apps are available in the AppStore marketplace, all offering unique benefits that can boost your business.
Loads of manual workarounds
A clear sign you are outgrowing Sage 50 or Xero is when you are spending too much time on manual workarounds. Limited functionality will force you to continue overusing spreadsheets that are time consuming and also more likely to encourage input human errors. Of course, spreadsheets can still be helpful, but as a small business you need to be able to allocate time and resources as efficiently as possible.
Functionality such as Power Automate in Business Central gives you far more control and the ability to automate repetitive tasks such as basic invoicing, payroll and payments, whilst still allowing you to intervene and manage where necessary. You can create individual workflows for various services both inside and outside of the Microsoft Cloud, so you can leverage the technology to its fullest.
Xero and Sage 50 are good options for single entity businesses but less so for an organisation that has multiple subsidiaries, locations or operations. Xero is designed for volumes of up to 1,000 invoices and 1,000 payables per month, which also depends on the frequency of invoicing.
Consolidation and intercompany issues are common in Xero and Sage 50, which is not the case in Business Central, making it easier to keep your accounts in order. With Business Central you can start with a simple entry package and grow in line with your business demands and needs, adding relevant apps and modules as you go.
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The D365experts team are waiting to hear from you today to discuss your needs in more detail. We have a long track record of working with businesses in a variety of sectors, enabling them to enjoy the many benefits that Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central has to offer. Get in touch for an introductory chat or to book a free demo and we’ll be happy to help.