Freshbooks

QuickBooks alternatives, cloud invoicing

Freshbooks

MSInc is not affilliated with FreshBooks, but is providing this information for those that may need an alternative to old fashioned PC and Server based billing programs like Quickbooks, Peachtree or MAS-90.

Freshbooks is a billing oriented package that uses cloud database technologies to automatically manage the storage, security and backup of data, eliminating IT costs associated with maintaining company and departmental servers to store and manage data.

  • Invoicing
  • Tablet and phone capable
  • Time Billing
  • Recurring Invoices, subscription billing
  • Paypal Integration
  • No server required, cloud based
  • Sales Tax accounting
  • Expense Tracking
  • Time tracking
  • Export to Excel

Solutions

Manufacturing, Service, and Distribution Solutions for Business Applications.

MSInc provides services and consulting in all areas of small and medium size business computing.

Network and centralized database operations are exploited to handle accounting and operations resource planning and execution for manufacturers, distributors, and service companies.

Manufacturing, Service, and Distribution Solutions for Business Applications. Data recovery, exploit protection, on-line backup services, portals, secure login internet collaboration tools. Linux PHP, PERL, APACHE, bash, crontab, sendmail. Ninja class database normalization.

Our modern focus on cloud computing and software as a service has led us to be a leader in browser based database systems. Sometimes called web applications, we use a lean approach compatible with firefox, opera, safari, ie and chrome. Our approach yields 20-40 percent savings in IT over conventional windows applications. In a broad sense, Facebook is a comparable to our approach, and AOL is the old Windows IT approach.

While we won’t replace all internal applications, our implementation speed is unmatched in operational areas of service and manufacturing enterprises.
Examples of cloud applications include dispatching, vehicle and crew recording, booking, document management, build to order, capacity planning, eBusiness, eCommerce.

Examples of features available in cloud applications include user tracking and usage logging, user privileges and application access security, entry forms in modern html format, surveys, search, email interfaces and automation, PDF generation.

Benefits of database and business logic implementation of the cloud include inherent multi-site access, lean IT, email triggers, central upgrade, mobile access, real time data and updates, daily email reports, server-less offices, excel compatible reporting, open source platforms. We can implement and maintain all client to client or client server environments for customers in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, including but not limited to Rockdale County, Dekalb County, Newton County, Conyers, Lithonia, Covington, Oxford and surrounding areas. BBX Thoroughbred Providex Business Basic IDOL-IV Database Customization, installation, configuration, maintenance, sales. MRP, ERP, CRM, Demand Flow, Financial, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Purchasing, Inventory Control, Production Control Sales Order.

Open Source ERP and CRM

The entire Linux operating system including source code can be downloaded from the internet.

In the open source world the most famous piece of software is Linux.  The entire Linux operating system including source code can be downloaded from the internet.  The Apache web server that is responsible for serving up a substantial amount of internet web pages is normally layered on top of the Linux operating system.

Apache may be available for Windows, kind of like Eva Gabor riding in the back of a 1948 Dodge pickup truck, and that may be where the average user most often interacts with the open source side of software.  A further note to understand in the open source software world is the notion in free as in open vs free as in beer.  If you get a free beer you do not have to pay for it, but open source software usually requires a costly agreement with the consultants and engineers that have the knowledge to work with the complex code in an open source application.

Open Source ERP is not a free software concept.  These complex business databases could in theory be used without the computer scientists and engineers that know their inner workings, but the costs of acquiring and maintaining the highly educated workers reqiuired to do this is greater than the cost of a service agreement.

In the Linux market, two examples of open source knowledge suppliers are Redhat and Novell.  Some may argue that other examples inclide Sun and IBM.

Enterprise Resource Planning

Open Source is a software movement where developers regain the costs of creating a software product through alternate revenue streams to the traditional proprietary software approach. The added costs of creating a proprietary niche include the use of dongles and complex activation code schemas that are abandoned by using the open source model. Revenues are typically found in annual support agreements and consulting fees instead of attempting to control the installation with added levels of complexity that are needed to achieve the standard proprietary approach.

Linux is a fundamental building block of much of the open source movement. Started by Linus Torvalds, popular Linux variants include Ubuntu, Debian and Gentoo, however commercial Linux and Unix probably are more likely to be based on Solaris, Redhat or SUSE from Novell. Consulting and support agreements with Novell, Redhat and Oracle involve investments that rival but fall short of the costs of commercial server solutions like Microsoft’s Windows Server but their stability and usability for the professionals well indoctrinated in the use of Bash, Cron and ssh are paramount.

Use of a solid Linux foundation is also available as a service by such large players in the rental server market like Amazon.com and Rackspace. Database layers like MySQL and PostgresSQL are widely supported and offer an alternative to the expensive Oracle and SQL server layers, and are more than adequate for databases of less than 10 gigabytes which is sufficient for most SMB applications.

LAMP ERP

Linux based open source software packages offer the richest and most rapidly evolving applications.

ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning also entails the normal accounting operations required in a small and medium sized business, the integration between the post-mortem analysis functions, planning procedures and the basic data collection and organizational functions required for a backbone business information system leave business planners wanting an integrated package of data processing functions to interface with the planning procedures.

Linux based open source software packages offer the richest and most rapidly evolving applications. That Redmond Washington vendor can enter a market and abandon it in a matter of a few years, leaving users with unsupported application software. While the life cycle for a release of a desktop operating system may be less than five years, many ERP implementation last two decades or more. Elements of major million dollar ERP software packages contain business logic with roots in the Fortran and Cobol of the 1960’s.

Certain SQL based packages lack much business logic entirely and the relatively new, but robust procedural language of the Oracle flavor, Plsql is developing and creating an inventory of business logic. But licensing costs drive information system specialists to continue to use applications based on the Unix operating system and the known source code model. These models rely on vendors like Redhat and Novell to maintain expertise at a lower cost while providing the option to ‘go it alone’ that indeed major banks and telecoms exercise.

Linux, Apache, MySql and PhP combine to provide applications for the business community, and with the use of Perl banking providers like Paypal provide incredibly robust and yet secure micro application environments that employ technology in innovative and profitable ways. But businesses that merely outgrow the Quickbooks model, which lacks the aforementioned integration desires that forward thinking business owners seek leave small manufacturers for example to look at packages of the next tier such as Peachtree, MAS-90 and even the Redmond solutions.

However, businesses might come across three very innovative vendors that use Linux as a basis, yet provide compatibility with Windows and Macinstosh for the most part. Linux in the previously mentioned telecom operations provides the least downtime, and many times Oracle has used Linux to set world records in the database transaction processing arena. For more information on visit www.web-atlanta.com for more information on open source modeled and Linux based LAMP ERP solutions.

What is ERP

Enterprise Resource Planning

Accounting and Operations

Bookkeeping, but more comprehensive

ERP = Enterprise Resource Planning. A comprehensive suite of applications to manage planning and operational functions requiring massive information processing in the business environment

MSInc fills a broad set of IS and IT needs from network support for small businesses with Quickbooks™, Peachtree™, or MS200/500™ accounting modules, as well as customized solutions. We provide network planning, tuning, and connectivity as well as email, web design, PC repair, PC support, and custom MySQL customer service databases. We also provide our own ERP Solution using Thoroughbred™, PVX™, and Basis BBX™ BB8 based accounting and operations systems. Our solutions support a full ERP backbone for manufacturing clients with up to 500 employees. For SaaS or “Software as a Service”, see our new Vehicle Dispatch system, available in lease and purchase license forms. Our lease model leads the way in SOA, or Service Oriented Architecture. Also available for standardized and custom ERP, MRP, CRM, and Financials models in fully normalized designs. Because of our breadth of services, from highly secure financial information, to password accessible customer service portals, through to highly visible and optimized web-sites, we are highly skilled at managing the various security requirements of your company.

Outsourcing, Eastern metro Atlanta. Small and Medium Sized Business.

Purchase Price Variance

Standard costing techniques in ERP

In absorption accounting, the measurement of the inflation or deflation of prices on raw material is measured with purchase price variance. A unit of raw material is assigned a standard cost for the year and the variation in landed cost for deliveries is tracked not with a complicated scheme of tracking on a lifo or fifo basis where each molecule of raw material can be allocated to a product that reaches the consumer, but a standard periodic cost is assigned to a unit of purchased goods. For example, if we choose to fix the cost of a #8-32 1/2″ Stainless round slotted head machine screw at $.15 for the year, the portion of the final cost of a product that uses this purchased item need not change just because the landed price for one million screws that week was $.149900 each.

We freeze the standard cost for the screw at $.15 and book a purchase price variance, favorable, of a hundred bucks. The mechanics require an accounting discipline and business logic in the purchasing and accounts payable departments of recording the landed price vs the standard. When an invoice is received from a vendor on the raw material account, the first thing we want to ascertain is that the material was received and that our vendor deserves to be paid for goods that were delivered and accepted for inventory. This means that a given purchase order receipt, which was a debit to inventory on hand for a given part number should be matched up with the invoice. This receipt is marked then as paid and the accounts payable can be processed with no shoe leather put to waste by either the purchasing or accounting departments.

A register of vouchers accepted for a given day then can be generated with the landed cost put against the standard cost to determine the favorable or unfavorable purchase price variance for raw material acquisition.

ERP and CRM

  • ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning. An integrated set of software applications to manage materials, inventory levels, supplier demand, capacity, product structure, bills of labor as well as being integrated with a accounting system capable of billing, order backlog, receivables and payables.
  • CRM – Customer Relationship Planning. A sales force and customer service tool to manage prospects, leads, customer complaints and follow up, conversion and retention. Sometimes integrated with a phone system, customer account and call center functions may fall under the broad umbrella of a CRM solution.

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  Erp Packages  CRM Packages
 Quickbooks XTuple and Postbooks Compiere OpenBravo SugarCRM
 Opentaps

Invest in control first, then equipment

Economically Sound, Fundamentally Strong, ERP the way your business deserves!

Don’t wait to implement ERP. Gain hold of the production planning process to optimize bookings against capacity. Collaborate on orders and dispatching. Daily data backups are sent automatically across the country between datacenters to provide the highest level of disaster recovery. Data and functions are secured by passwords, users have access to modules according to rights granted by the administrator, and each user’s account requires login with an encrypted password. WRbil has million dollar ERP features, for costs similar to the support costs you would pay for most proprietary based systems.

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Technological Evolution

Atlanta is on the leading edge of open source, small footprint, capital efficient ERP solutions. Developed for service, process, discrete, and job shop situations, WRbil© ERP has revolutionized the speed and ease of implementation for small and medium sized business. The ease of use and lights out technical backbone complements the needs of Atlanta’s fast paced, dynamic business environment. The Warbil© approach helps companies navigate the Scylla of information sharing challenges and the Charybdis of punitive software licensing costs. While the applications industry remains heavily burdened by legacy technologies, the Open Source Community has produced frameworks widely adopted by consumer and business alike. Office applications, server operating systems, and mainframe hardware still drive an overwhelming share of the ERP market. This requires most established businesses to suffer with high licensing costs, staff intensive computer networks, and expensive hardware platforms. Despite these hurdles, most ERP is built on layers of ancient technologies laden with these drawbacks.

The leading edge versus the bleeding edge

The internet is relatively new compared to computing for business. Mainframes penetrated the accounting departments of business in the 1960’s and 1970’s, minicomputers prevailed in the 1980’s, and the desktop PC and the network became the standard in the 1990’s. But by 2000, the internet started coming on-line almost everywhere. Still ERP applications seem to require the use of a network server, similar to the use of minicomputers and mainframes in the past.

Now we have arrived in an age where open source technologies allow companies to rent their servers, like they would office space or a delivery truck. The only requirements are sophisticated applications which offer user level password validation, and a disaster recovery strategy (which is nearly always missing in today’s business networks). For dispatching to serve the customer, promises need to be kept. Misplaced job folders, poor planning, lack of detail available for planning, and inability to ‘explode’ requirements into sub-requirements are solved by use of the WRbil system. WRbil clearly organizes your commitments in real-time and on the apex of availability and visibility. In today’s business world, a company must capitalize on the heart of modern technology. To compete we leverage the internet, internal networks, and their inherent communications and integration capabilities. These tools and strategies are united in the WRbil© ERP system.

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Human Capital Management

Human Capital Management, wetware, workforce, employees, many spiffy bits of jargon to describe Human Resources activities and record keeping. HCM seeks to answer questions about the employee base so that management can make strategic decisions deploying resources to maximize profits.

Employees need to be categorized. Office vs. Production, Drivers vs. Helpers, etc. HCM departments may further facilitate the process of hiring, retention and separation.

Dropbox

Companies use Dropbox.com to store from 10 gigabytes on the free plan to a terabyte or more on paid plans instead of operating expensive raid arrays. Even with a raid array in the computer room, flood fire or other disaster could wipe out the entire contents and backups of a raid array.

Dropbox uses a network of datacenters to manage storage and backups. The Windows Dropbox client is just as easy to use as any mapped drive. Dropbox for IOS and Android allow mobile devices to automatically sync video and pictures from phones and tablets to the corporate Dropbox data storage.

But for storing documents, Dropbox can be just as disorganized as a mapped drive. Wyn Rocket solves this by managing the upload and directory processes. Premium professional Dropbox users can even use protected directories to store Human Capital data out of sight of other corporate users.

The folder for an employee can contain just their application or photo, or a myriad of licensing and qualification documents scanned and uploaded through WRbil.com and are readily available outside of WRbil to those with folder permissions as defined in Dropbox.

WRbil.com acts as an app in its own application directory that is indexed according to our pre-determined set of rules. Once you use WRbil.com to organize your Human Resources Dropbox.com document storage, you will rarely want to use Dropbox.com directly because WRbil is so nimble and intuitive.