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Professional Services Automation product update 251

Written by Robin den Buurman on . Posted in Exact Globe, Exact Synergy

As you might know Exact is further developing its project management solution (Exact professional Services Automation) and since we are nearing the start of controlled release for product update 251, I would like to inform you on the improvements and additions that are made for the Exact Synergy Enterprise Professional Services Automation solution (Exact PSA).

Deliverables and WBS

We have introduced statuses on deliverables indicating they are new, in progress or completed. This gives you the possibility to open and close the deliverable for the project. A gauge has been added to the WBS lines, indicating the completion of the line and the estimated to complete which you can now enter to the line.

Project Planning

We added a bucket list which displays the WBS lines which can be planned. The bucket allows an easy drag and drop way of planning from WBS by just dropping it on a date and person.

PlanningBucket

Activities

PSA hour items have extra item attributes now to help out on reporting; billable / non-billable and productive / non-productive can be used to indicate if the activity (item) is billable or not and productive or not.

Hour & Expense

Significant improvement of the loading and submitting of the hour entry screen; this will help you specially when working with large number of different projects and hours.

Timesheet

You can now control via a setting if it’s allowed to enter the current week while older week timesheets are still open. Furthermore travel and expenses are linked to the timesheet entry.

Approval

The approval screen has been greatly improved. Approval now follows the request logic and it is possible to use both the person and project view, with additional filter options.

Invoicing

Progress has been made in the loading of the invoice proposal screen with a high volume of billable lines. You can now remove lines realised that you do not want to invoice. These will be process with a non-billable proposal request giving a full traceability.

Work in progress

Expenses are now handled the same way financially as hour request for the work in progress method ’to be invoiced’ for Exact PSA.

Search

In the workflow search you can now filter on deliverables and find the requests attached to the deliverables easily.

Enjoy!

Gartner’s Midmarket ERP Magic Quadrant is out

Written by Michiel Dorjee on . Posted in Exact Globe

The Gartner Midmarket ERP Magic Quadrant has been released. For the first time, Exact Globe has been included. Gartner is one of the best known information technology research and advisory firms. The full report can be found here.

For those of you that don’t know Magic Quadrants, this is what Gartner says: “Magic Quadrants depict markets in the middle phases of their life cycle by using a two-dimensional matrix that evaluates vendors based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute. The Magic Quadrant has 15 weighted criteria that plot vendors based on their relative strengths in the market.” For more information you can have a look at the explanation of how Gartner evaluates vendors within a market.

Gartner rates Exact positive in its MarketScope report!

Written by Michiel Dorjee on . Posted in Exact Globe

In its MarketScope for Core Financial Management Applications 2009 report Gartner ranks among 10 Financial Application providers Exact, COA Solutions, Epicor, Infor, Lawson, Microsoft, Sage Group, and Unit4Agresso positive. Oracle and SAP have been rated as strong positive.

112 Reference Customers of the application vendors COA Solutions, Epicor, Exact, Infor, Lawson, Microsoft, Oracle, Sage Group, SAP and Unit4Agresso gave answers to 27 specific questions in four sections which covered

  • Experience with Implementing and using the core financial management applications
  • Experience in wording with the vendor, and their service and support capabilities
  • How well the applications had supported change in their business
  • Value for money and cost of ownership

The rating results

Overall, the interviewed Reference Customers have been very satisfied with the application in use. Just over 80% of the respondents were either positive or strong positive and none was strong negative.

(For the interpretation of the rating please see the explanation at the very end of this article)

Only vendors that fulfil the following 6 inclusion & exclusion criteria have been rated:

  1. Provide a suite of financial management applications that includes (at least) GL, AP, AR and FA.
  2. Provide financial management applications that are suitable for any organization regardless of industry.
  3. Target their financial applications at midsize and/or large organizations.
  4. Have at least 100 live users that have bought & implemented the application
  5. Generated at least $25 million in revenue
  6. Live customers in more than one of the regions North America, South America, EMEA, APAC

What Gartner says about Exact

“Exact has several SMB accounting offerings that are sold on a local, country-specific basis, along with ERP solutions for midsize companies, such as Exact Macola ES and Exact Globe. However, the primary midmarket financial management applications are part of the Exact Globe ERP suite. These are suitable for midsize organizations, but they also have strong international capabilities.”

SaaS Insights:
Gartner also surveyed several new Software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors (CGI, Deltek, Intacct, NetSuite, Twinfield and Workday). There is no information or evaluation on Exact Online in this report by Gartner.

Although none of these vendors met the inclusion criteria for this MarketScope, Gartner anticipates that they will start gaining more market shares as their solutions mature and gain a wider customer base during the next two to five years.

Gartner confirms that midsize companies are starting to deploy SaaS based core financial applications, but still sees companies having concerns about security and integration with on-premises applications.

Nevertheless, the SaaS vendors will not disrupt this market in the next five years because the existing solutions are so well-established and functionally mature.

MarketScope Rating Framework

MarketScope Rating Framework