Scalability is one of those overused terms that vendors throw out more often than needed—sometimes without recognizing the importance of an honest definition. When it comes down to it though, scalability is more than the jargon term that has been thrown around extensively throughout the rise and maturation of the cloud. Software scalability is critical to your business. Here’s why.
What is Scalability?
Before we take a deep-dive into why, let’s take a look at what. As we’ve mentioned, scalability has been thrown around, so there are definitions galore. Here is one of the most succinct.
“Scalability is a planned level of capacity, with appropriate overhead, that you anticipate your company’s systems to require over time, in addition to the ability to scale in a quick and easy manner when (and if) you need more (or less) resources. In essence, the ability to expand or contract your solution based on need, fitting a planned level of capacity. –EvolveIP”
If you were to take this to an accounting or finance mentality, it would mean that you could add or remove users, add business units, and manage an increasing amount of customers or suppliers.
It also means that you could handle an increasing amount of transactions processed while saving time through automation. Sounds great, right?
Of course. But a business can’t thrive on accounting software alone—no matter how scalable.
“Build Your Own Suite” of Scalable Applications
That’s why it’s so important to be able to build an ecosystem of applications that provide the same amount of scalability and industry-leading innovation—a build-your-own-suite filled with the applications you already use or that would benefit your organization.
Hypothetical situation: You already use Salesforce for CRM and Concur for expense management.
Your accounting team wants to recognize sales as the salesperson enters the closed sale into the CRM. It also wants to be able to approve the restaurant bill and flight cost for the same salesperson who visited the now client, and the salesperson wants to be reimbursed quickly.
Now, if you were looking at a suite, you’d notice that bringing all of this together requires a complex, costly integration because this software wants you to use its CRM and expense platforms, not to mention that you’d still be paying for the modules regardless of whether you use them.
Wouldn’t it be better to remove the barriers between your ERP and your other software?
Finding the Perfect Balance: Scalable and Best-in-Class
This is why best-in-class works. Vendors that create best-in-class software know that it’s important to ‘play well with others,’ and will work tirelessly to provide easy integration that does not require costly modification to maintain every single time the software updates.
So no matter the size, industry, or non-ERP software needs, finding a scalable solution that plays well with others is necessary for modern businesses.
This is why we would like to introduce you to Intacct, a best-in-class cloud ERP software that is built to scale, from the three-person startup to the multinational public company with thousands of people in its finance department.