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Acumatica 5.0

As I have only used it in one business I can't say too much how relevant it would be for other types of business, eg Retail or Manufacturing. It doesn't appear to be specifically set up for ecommerce.

We wholesale products and it works well for that kind of business model.
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Infor VISUAL

The original version of Visual Manufacturing (Lilly Software) was intended for mechanical manufacturing. It was adapted at our facility (we were not the first) to accomodate electronic manufacturing. For electronic manufacturing process control it is not ideal when referencing in-line or custom processes used to build product. For material control it is excellent unless a modification to a standard product is required (and we did this on 60% of product going out the door). The co-product feature that removes material from an assembly requires the creator of the work order to calculate the percentage of cost the removed items are from the completed product. On the business operations side regional tax reports were difficult to extract and an external module to go into the data base and extract that had to be created.The system itself was stable for the most part. Occasional "data collisions" corrupted transactions at times. The accounting procedures in place found them by the end of the month .where they were corrected.For a small business with less formal processes Infor Visual can be used with little training for the operators. If the processes need a higher level of accountability and control the processes can be formalized with workflow scripts to ensure that higher level of control.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Customization

Acumatica 5.0
7.0
Infor VISUAL
API for custom integration
Acumatica 5.0
7.0
Infor VISUAL

Security

Acumatica 5.0
7.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Role-based user permissions
Acumatica 5.0
7.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Single sign-on capability
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0

Reporting & Analytics

Acumatica 5.0
6.7
Infor VISUAL
3.7
Dashboards
Acumatica 5.0
4.0
Infor VISUAL
2.0
Standard reports
Acumatica 5.0
7.0
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Custom reports
Acumatica 5.0
9.0
Infor VISUAL
2.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Acumatica 5.0
8.3
Infor VISUAL
7.3
Accounts payable
Acumatica 5.0
10.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Accounts receivable
Acumatica 5.0
8.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Global Financial Support
Acumatica 5.0
5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Intercompany Accounting
Acumatica 5.0
9.0
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Journals and Reconciliations
Acumatica 5.0
10.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Standardized Processes
Acumatica 5.0
8.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Localizations
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Enterprise Accounting
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Configurable Accounting
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Centralized Rules Framework
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0

Inventory Management

Acumatica 5.0
8.5
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Inventory tracking
Acumatica 5.0
9.0
Infor VISUAL
10.0
Location management
Acumatica 5.0
8.0
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Manufacturing module
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
7.0

Order Management

Acumatica 5.0
9.3
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Pricing
Acumatica 5.0
10.0
Infor VISUAL
6.0
Order entry
Acumatica 5.0
9.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Cost of goods sold
Acumatica 5.0
8.0
Infor VISUAL
7.0
End-to-end order visibility
Acumatica 5.0
10.0
Infor VISUAL
7.0

Subledger and Financial Process

Acumatica 5.0
6.8
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Automated Invoice Processing
Acumatica 5.0
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Customer Collections
Acumatica 5.0
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Cash Management
Acumatica 5.0
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Period Close
Acumatica 5.0
6.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Transactions Tax
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0

Project Financial Management

Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
7.2
Project Costing
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
5.0
Cost Capture
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Customer Invoicing
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
6.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0

Manufacturing

Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
5.8
Production Process Design
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
5.0
Production Management
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
5.0
Configuration Management
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
5.0
Manufacturing Costs
Acumatica 5.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0

Pros

  • Generic Inquiries are a very easy way to create custom reports.
  • The automation schedules are useful, we use these for confirming of shipments, creating invoices and emailing them. Reduces workload.
  • Open for integration with other software. We find the ease of connection to MS PowerBI very useful.
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  • Infor Visual has a standard way of addressing business operations: sales orders, invoicing, reporting. It is easy to train operators used to using a manual or other ERP system.
  • Material control is easy for production runs, R&D material lists and repairs. The process of receiving, issuing and returning material to inventory is facilitated by standard interfaces that are easily learned by material control operators.
  • Engineering changes to bills of material are facilitated by the "engineering Master" flexible editing capability. The version control for the BOM's can be as detailed or vague as the process designed dictates. One item of a BOM or the entire BOM can be changed quickly and approved for production that day.
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Cons

  • The CRM module is very basic.
  • There is no supplier remittance function.
  • The API is basic, our ecommerce integration has had to be built nearly from scratch.
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  • At times a "shadow part" is necessary in the manufacturing process. This shadow part does not require an inventory transaction but is made a as a separate process - sometimes out of sequence to the general process flow. Infor Visual ver 6.3.5 does not have that capability.
  • When generating forms for business and manufacturing operations Infor Visual ver 6.3.5 has a limited number of options. To change or add forms requires an unsupported editor. When the stock and custom options are depleted an outside programming module is required as well as programmers to develop the forms.
  • While free software upgrades to the main operations modules have been part of the maintenance agreement. One upgrade required database and hardware support not justifiable for the current business model. The system was frozen at the current version at that time.
  • There is no easy way to differentiate between engineering documentation and production documentation.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acumatica 5.09.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very customisable and good value for money. It is also scalable for the future. The CRM and ecommerce integtration are the main downsides.
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Infor VISUAL8.0
Based on 1 answer
It is unlikely that we would spend the money and time it takes to make a switch again in the near future.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Infor VISUAL2.0
Based on 1 answer
If you are not very computer literate, this is a difficult system to learn.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Infor VISUAL2.0
Based on 1 answer
Could have used more hands-on approach. There are multiple webinars and information sessions but until you actually use the system, these are not very helpful.
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Alternatives Considered

NetSuite is much more expensive and is difficult to customise or integrate.
SAP is a more complex and powerful system, but several times more expensive to implement and run.
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SAP Business One was selected for the China Division for cost and ease of training reasons. It does not have the capabilities required for the main office accounting or product engineering. It also was not available at the time of Visual Manufacturing selection.Epicor Eclipse was not available at the time of Visual Manufacturing selection. It has many if the features lacking in Infor Visual and integrates better with SalesForce.com CRM. Epicor is one of the upgrade systems that are being considered.SAP ERP is a large piece of software that requires long planning, implementation and training cycles. Its complexity requires a large support contingent even in a cloud implementation.
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Return on Investment

  • Time to match customer payments has decreased by approximately 30%.
  • Time to enter sales orders has decreased by approx 10%.
  • It has enabled up to easily access our system remotely, meaning we are able to be more flexible in our work.
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  • I cannot comment on business impact.
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Pricing Details

Acumatica 5.0

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Infor VISUAL

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details