For many years, the question “How much does ERP cost?” had one basic answer and that was “A lot.” How much “a lot” mean varied by company size, but in general, ERP was always seen as a big ticket item. It was invariably worth the investment, but the industry has long sought ways to bring the price tag down. With Acumatica cloud ERP, costs have started to come down, compared to traditional on-premises ERP. There are several reasons for this.
Acumatica is different from other ERP companies. It believes that pricing should be based on your immediate requirements, with an eye toward forecasted growth. The cost to implement Acumatica is based on the types of applications and modules you need, not on the number of people who will use them. In addition, business transaction volume and data storage affect the projected level of consumption. As an Acumatica client, you only pay for what you use.
For planning, Acumatica calibrates the resource tiers it offers to meet the volume of key business transactions. You can begin with one tier and then adjust for expansion of services or decide to cull certain options determined to be momentarily superfluous. ERP pricing can always be modified depending on different issues and needs over the lifetime of product implementation.
Integrations and customizations contribute to cost as well. However, with Acumatica, there is no guesswork to designing the proper structure of services. Your Acumatica partner guides your company’s Finance Department, Operations and/or IT decision-makers and users to the best solutions. We do this frequently, taking a deep dive into how your company currently operates. We find what’s missing or what would be ideal to add and work out the right software fit for your organization.
There are a number of aspects of an ERP system that will further affect its ultimate cost. ERP supports growth by being flexible and adaptable to your requirements. Since every department in the company needs accurate information in real time to make informed decisions, Acumatica ERP pricing structures allow the addition of part-time casual users, customers and suppliers, with no extra cost for additional licenses.
ERP software that lives in the cloud offers companies considerable financial benefits. When software is off-site, there is no costs to you for overseeing hardware configuration and maintenance. Acumatica pricing supports growth as cloud services are responsible for the software installation and data backups along with creating and overseeing security protocols. This shifting of resources and responsibilities to the cloud ERP provider generates savings in terms of equipment, facilities and personnel.
You can then choose to buy the software license outright or pay a monthly subscription for use. This is how you manage and control costs based on the menu of features you choose and use, versus seats. In is up to the you to decide whether you want to take advantage of capital expenditure or operating overhead.
Acumatica supplies an ERP cost calculator to work out a Return on Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). We can also help you think through your cloud ERP needs and discover an accurate cost estimate for your optimal ERP implementation. To learn more, contact us for a demo and free consultation.