Welcome to the eighth issue of the Acumatica Reports Newsletter. This email goes out on the last day of every month.
The weather has been beautiful here in Columbus this month. Lots of sunny days with white puffy clouds slowly moving across the sky. We have been able to take a good number of trips to the local pool and the Columbus zoo. Ohio State started this week so I made sure to stay away from our local Target because it was full of parents making sure that their kids’ dorm rooms are stocked with the basic necessities. I hope that you also had a good August. It’s time to get ready for Fall.
On September 17th, I will be joining the Acumatica team, filling the role ERP Solutions Consultant. I decided to look for a new job a few months ago and considered a number of different options. But joining Acumatica seemed like the best place for me at this time. I’m really looking forward to using the Acumatica product full-time and bidding farewell to Sage 500, my ERP best-friend since 2005.
I moved to Columbus last August, one year ago. The week after I moved here, Acumatica held Acumatica Partner Summit 2014 in Denver, Colorado. There were a lot of announcements that came out of it (click here for my summary). One of the announcements was the opening of a support center here in Columbus.
It was a strange feeling for me at the time to realize that the ERP product I had been learning and blogging about for over a year was now opening an office in the city that I just moved to. It’s even stranger to realize that I will be joining that office almost exactly one year after it opened.
The AUGForums.com blog will continue (I hope), but I imagine that the pace will be a little slower since transitioning to a new job always takes a lot of energy. But I promise to do my best to keep the posts coming and to maintain an independent perspective even though I will now be employed by Acumatica.
This Month’s Blog Posts
The beautiful weather here in Columbus kept me from my goal of one post per week, but I still managed to type a few posts:
- Sage vs. Acumatica – Sage held their summit this month so I took the opportunity to write a post comparing the Sage and Acumatica companies from my perspective. Interestingly enough, the article prompted a responsefrom Walter Goodfield who works for one of the largest Sage partners in the US. Walter lives in Cleveland and we’re going to have lunch when I’m up there this week. I’m hoping that we can continue to trade blog posts comparing Sage and Acumatica in the future. I think that it would be a great learning experience.
- Try Excel Online For Free – I got some good feedback from people last month with the Excel Online Web App and Acumatica post, but I realized that many people don’t have access to a version of Excel Online that they can use to reproduce the steps that I went through in the video. So, in this post I show how you can get a trial version of Office 365 and Excel Online. However, I think that Excel Online might get pulled into Power BI at some point. Melissa Coates hinted that something is up, although she isn’t exactly sure what it is yet.
- What is Power BI? – Speaking of Power BI, I attempted an explanatory post for those who still don’t know what it is. At over 1,800 words, it’s a long one, but there is a lot to say about Power BI. This post only scratches the surface, but hopefully it’s a good introduction.
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Until Next Month…
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