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SAN ANTONIO – July 8, 2019 – For the third consecutive year, Express Information Systems (https://www.expressinfo.com/), a leading provider of business software and consulting for growing businesses in Texas and beyond, has been included in the Accounting Today VAR 100.

According to Accounting Today, “While accountants at the forefront of tech-enabled services find the cloud old news, many of their clients are the ones lagging behind — but the value-added reseller firms in this year’s top 100 list have found more clients than ever asking about cloud and software-as-a-service options”.

“The long-term benefits and appeal to move to the cloud are now being realized by a wider variety of companies and clients,” said Iris Schimke, President, and CEO at Express Information Systems. “At Express, we are always trying to help our clients plan for the future.”

The Accounting Today VAR 100 is an annual premier ranking of the top 2 percent of value-added resellers in North America based on such factors as annual revenue, number of employees, and year-over-year growth. The 2019 Accounting Today VAR 100 Special Report can be found at https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/the-var-100-the-tipping-point-for-the-cloud-has-finally-arrived.

In addition to the listing, the Accounting Today VAR 100 article acknowledges the wide-spread acceptance of cloud technology and states, “The 2019 VAR 100 says that the tipping point for the cloud has finally arrived.”

“There is no doubt that there is continued pressure on CFOs to do more with less,” concurs Schimke. “As savvy CFOs look to leverage technology to automate processes and deliver real-time information, they quickly realize that having Express Information Systems as their technology partner is the most efficient way to select, deploy, and benefit from emerging technology.”

 

About Accounting Today, a SourceMedia Magazine

Accounting Today is the leading information resource for public accountants – serving the community of professionals who provide tax preparation, bookkeeping, auditing, financial planning, and business advisory and consulting services to individuals and small businesses. .

About Express Information Systems

Express Information Systems was founded in 1989 in San Antonio, TX. A leading value-added reseller for midmarket businesses, Express Information Systems has unsurpassed industry experience helping over 600 clients in various industries to drive their business forward with accounting, reporting, HR, payroll, customer management, project management, and distribution and inventory management solutions.

At Express, we understand that managing financial information effectively is the backbone of a business.  With our extensive industry experience and unique approach, organizations implement and support Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics 365, and Sage Intacct, as well as a variety of auxiliary applications.

More information on Express Information Systems is available at www.expressinfo.com.

 

Media Contact:

Leslie Komet Ausburn, (210) 326- 8992

Leslie@KometCommunications.com

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Switching to a new accounting system can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be!  Join Express Information Systems and Sage Intacct on Thursday, July 11th at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET to learn the best practices for implementing cloud financials.  Most importantly—how to avoid the pitfalls.

Here are some results that companies have achieved after implementing Sage Intacct:

  • 400% growth over 5 years while keeping finance overhead flat
  • Shortened financial close by 2/3
  • Gained operational visibility to support decision making

Register here

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(San Antonio, TX) June 27, 2019 – Express Information Systems, one of the nation’s leading custom business software companies, is welcoming new Senior Executive Account Manager, Timothy D. Christ. Timothy will focus on new client acquisitions and service existing clients to ensure their diverse needs are met.

“Our average employee tenure is over 14 years, so welcoming a new team member is a special occasion for Express Information Systems,” said Iris Schimke, founder, and CEO of Express Information Systems. “This type of retention is due in part to our company culture and in part to the caliber of people who join our team. Timothy has nearly 20 years of consultative sales experience and service in executive leadership roles. We greatly respect how he operates and assists clients.”

Timothy will help companies select new accounting and business process management software that allows them to have more visibility into their business processes using leading ERP and technology solutions from Sage Intacct and Microsoft Dynamics.

“My goal is to always leave people and companies in better shape than I found them,” said Timothy D. Christ. “This ties in beautifully with Express Information Systems’ mission and level of service. I love fixing problems, identifying opportunities and executing on them, and providing positive change to organizations.” … People on the Move – SA Business Journal

Express Information Systems is a trusted local partner for CFOs who need to leverage technology and automate processes to deliver real-time information. As a result, they have a 96 percent customer retention rate—a feat as important as their successful employee retention and tenure. This has helped them serve more than 500 customers, delivering customized software solutions for over 30 years.

More information on Express Information Systems is available at www.expressinfo.com.

 

Media Contact:

Leslie Komet Ausburn, (210) 326- 8992

Leslie@KometCommunications.com

 

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About Express Information Systems:

Express information Systems helps mid-market companies at all stages find more time in their day by creating customized software solutions. Their diverse clientele spans the industries of manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, hospitality, nonprofits, and more.

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As a nonprofit, you have many stakeholders who require accurate information on budgets, grants, outcomes, and more—and they need access to them at a moment’s notice. But can your legacy accounting system keep up?

Join us on Wednesday, June 26th at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET and learn how cloud-based financials can provide real-time visibility for your stakeholders and automate processes to improve efficiency for your nonprofit organization.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can:

  • Eliminate manual, Excel-based reporting.
  • Provide real-time, custom dashboards and reports for board members, stakeholders, and finance teams.
  • Enable anytime, anywhere access to financial information for geographically dispersed stakeholders.
  • Easily track, manage, and analyze grants, funds, budgets, expenses, and cash flows.

Its time to accelerate your mission with real-time financial reporting and dashboards!

Register here

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Let’s face it, if you’re using QuickBooks you’re probably dealing with a lot of manual processes and workarounds that can increase the frequency of data entry errors and duplication.  You need a financial management solution that can automate critical financial processes and save you time and money.

Join us tomorrow June 12th at 11AM PT / 2PM ET for a quick 30-minute webinar, and learn how Sage Intacct can help you increase productivity and efficiency in finance. It’s time to move past the limitations of QuickBooks.  Register here.

Don’t have time for the webinar… download this whitepaper to learn the Top 5 Limitations of QuickBooks.

 

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SAN ANTONIO – June 4, 2019 – Bob Scott’s anticipated Top 100 VAR list for 2019 has been released. Bob Scott is a well-known name in the mid-market financial software community. If you aren’t familiar with Bob Scott’s Insights, then it’s the time to become familiarized with his informative, and educational reseller content. This is also the perfect time to congratulate Iris Schimke and the team at Express Information Systems (https://www.expressinfo.com/) who has been named as a Top 100 VAR for the second consecutive year.

Express Information Systems is a leading provider of business software and consulting for growing businesses in Texas and beyond. Express Information Systems celebrated their 30th Anniversary in April and is proud to say that they are still going strong!

“Express Information Systems has a tenured team of talented consultants and support staff that are completely dedicated to our customers,” said Iris Schimke, President, and CEO at Express Information Systems.  “As a result, we have a large percentage of customers that have been with us for more than 20 years as well as a 96 percent customer retention rate. This allows us to easily attract new customers, which in turn positions us to be included on Bob Scott’s prestigious Top 100 VARs list for the second year in a row.”

The theme of the annual report is “The Cloud Rules”. For resellers, the focus has shifted to which product is better at handling nonprofits, which is good for businesses with inventory, which best suits professional services and which delve into highly specialized markets away from which software is in the cloud. It was just assumed they all are. That is why this year’s theme is “The Cloud Rules”. If you are not in the cloud game, you are not really in the game.

Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs 2019 can be downloaded here.

About Express Information Systems

Express Information Systems was founded in 1989 in San Antonio, TX. A leading value-added reseller for midmarket businesses throughout Texas and the southern United States, Express Information Systems has unsurpassed industry experience helping over 600 clients in various industries to drive their business forward with accounting, reporting, HR, payroll, customer management, project management, and distribution and inventory management solutions.

At Express, we understand that managing financial information effectively is the backbone of a business.  With our extensive industry experience and unique approach, organizations implement and support Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics 365, and Sage Intacct, as well as a variety of auxiliary applications.  For more information about Express Information Systems, please visit www.expressinfo.com or call 210-614-9410.

About Bob Scott

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software sector with his email newsletters for 22 years.  And he has been covering this market through print and Internet-based publications for 27 years, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then for 12 years as the editor of the former Accounting Technology.  He has been executive editor of The Progressive Accountant and Bob Scott’s Insights since 2009.

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We get asked this question often.

Plus, the related questions, “Is Microsoft Dynamics GP still an active product?” or “When is Dynamics GP a better fit than Dynamics 365”?

As a company that has helped more than 300 companies install ERP systems since 1989, and a company that sells and support BOTH Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics 365, we feel we can give an honest and unbiased reply.

But first, it would be good to explain what you need to know about Microsoft Dynamics 365. Download the white paper, “But Really…What is Microsoft Dynamics 365” to find out about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations versus Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and the features and benefits of each.

Once that is clear, we can go back to the question about Microsoft Dynamics GP.

This is my answer:

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is not better than Microsoft Dynamics GP, it is just different. And there are still times when Microsoft Dynamics GP is the best fit.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a workhorse with deep functionality that doesn’t break. It is still an active product, supported by Microsoft. There is a tremendous community of ISVs (third-party applications) that add even more depth for functionality depending on your needs. Dynamics GP is highly customizable so it can be a tool for how you want to run your company and can be leveraged as a competitive advantage. It has a huge customer base which continues to make Microsoft money every year. That also means it is easy to find employees who have already been trained and know the application so your onboarding costs for new employees are much lower.

Many people do not realize that…

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a best practices type of model which means that it has limited ability to be customized, and the control over the environment is dependent totally on Microsoft. The ability to control when new functionality is introduced or a UI (user interface) change is implemented is no longer within the customer’s control. Clients that are uncomfortable with that model gravitate to Dynamics GP with confidence.

Sometimes Microsoft Dynamics GP is still the right choice.

When comparing ERP products remember that finding the right partner is just as important as finding the right software solution. You need to trust the team that will be helping you transform your business operations. Express Information Systems is ready to help you, like we’ve helped hundreds of others, gain greater control of their financials, sales, and operations.

Do you want to compare Microsoft Dynamics GP versus Microsoft Dynamics 365 and find the right fit for your business needs and your business culture?

Express Information Systems can help. Let’s start the conversation.

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More big news for the team at Express!  Following up a strong showing on the Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs, Express Information Systems, a leading provider of business software and consulting for growing businesses in Texas and beyond, was recognized by Sage Intacct as the Partner of the Month for March 2019.

Sage Intacct, the fastest-growing provider of on-demand financial management and accounting software, announced this honor during their monthly partner call, distinguishing Express Information Systems for their strong consultative representation, product expertise, and exceptional sales performance.

This is an important recognition for Express Information Systems who has continued to grow its cloud business in recent years selling core applications like Sage Intacct, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 which are both designed to enhance financial performance, visibility, and efficiency.

“At Express Information Systems, we are excited to once again receive this award, our second time being named to this list of top companies in the Sage Intacct Channel,” said Iris Schimke, CEO/President. “This award recognizes the continued commitment our team has made to Sage Intacct, and our customers.”

About Express Information Systems

Express Information Systems was founded in 1989 in San Antonio, TX. A leading value-added reseller for midmarket businesses throughout Texas and the southern United States, Express Information Systems has unsurpassed industry experience helping over 300 clients in various industries to drive their business forward with accounting, reporting, HR, payroll, customer management, project management, and distribution and inventory management solutions.

At Express, we understand that managing financial information effectively is the backbone of a business.  With our extensive industry experience and unique approach, organizations implement and support Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics 365, and Sage Intacct, as well as a variety of auxiliary applications.  For more information about Express Information Systems, please visit www.expressinfo.com or call 210-614-9410.

About Sage Intacct

Sage Intacct is the innovation and customer satisfaction leader in cloud Financial Management. With the powerful combination of Sage and Intacct, the Sage Business Cloud offers the best capabilities of both companies. Bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting, Sage Intacct’s innovative and award-winning applications are the preferred financial applications for AICPA business solutions. In use by organizations from startups to public companies, Sage Intacct is designed to improve company performance and make finance more productive. Hundreds of leading CPA firms and Value Added Resellers also offer Sage Intacct to their clients.

Sage Intacct is based in San Jose, California and an entity of Sage, the market and technology leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of entrepreneurs and business builders and a FTSE 100 business. For more information on Sage Intacct, please visit www.sageintacct.com.

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If you’re shopping for software, that often means shopping for an implementation partner as well. This can be difficult because, unlike the software, partners don’t often come with specifications, comparison guides, or lists of features.

Dear CFOs: It’s Time for Digital Finance

The relentless march of transformative technologies is creating an entirely new way of managing business finance. The tricky thing is, there aren’t yet many concrete examples of how organizations are successfully using these technologies to improve their finance. Many CFOs are not currently leading the charge towards digitization, because it’s not obvious how they should do things in order to be successful – they simply don’t know where to start.

A recent article by McKinsey & Company, “Memo to the CFO: Get in front of digital finance—or get left back” outlines this situation in detail. Here at Express Information Systems, we’re on the front lines of helping businesses adapt to this change, and we’ve seen first-hand why and how different organizations are working to digitize.

How does digital finance benefit CFOs?

The ability to gather and analyze large amounts of data can transform a business by revealing intricacies of failure and success that aren’t easily visible with more traditional finance technology. This allows you to stay ahead of your competitors and keep your margins from dwindling away.

The McKinsey article outlines a few major areas where digitization can benefit your organization:

  • Automate daily processes to free up time for more important activities
  • Use real-time data visuals to improve decision-making
  • Employ advanced analytics to operate proactively and uncover hidden growth opportunities

What is digital finance?

As we see it, the current trend towards digital finance involves three major developments in technology and innovation:

  1. Advances in data gathering and analytics
  2. Improvements in accessibility and connectivity
  3. Increased capabilities for robotic process automation

With these new capabilities, tech can now offer improvements in a variety of functional areas. Although there are also industry-specific functionalities that many of our customers seek out, there are a few areas of digitization that can benefit businesses in any industry. We currently see our clients looking for and benefiting from:

  • Automating consolidations and reporting
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Forecasting and advanced analytics

What should CFOs do?

It’s challenging to know where to invest time and money in order to effectively digitize your finance department and processes. Your digital transformation will not, and should not, happen all at once. It’s always good to start on the most practical level, not by worrying about technology, but by identifying what you need and then finding tech to meet those needs, as McKinsey states:

“A good start would be for CFOs to work with the CEO, the board, and others on the senior-leadership team to proactively and systematically identify tasks and processes within the finance function that would most benefit from digitization.”

Once you’ve figured out where you can benefit the most and then develop your vision, you can start looking for the right technology to enact your plan.

How can Express Information Systems help?

It’s hard to find people who are really knowledgeable about the latest innovations in digital finance. Express Information Systems can help you match up your needs to the best possible technology solutions. Given all the uncertainty that’s holding many CFOs back, we make it our mission to provide concrete knowledge of each solution and its benefits as it relates to your needs.

Contact Express Information Systems today to learn more about digital finance and how our experts can turn your vision into reality.

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If you’re shopping for software, that often means shopping for an implementation partner as well. This can be difficult because, unlike the software, partners don’t often come with specifications, comparison guides, or lists of features.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last 30 years, choosing the right-sized technology partner is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. It’s so critical, in fact, we wrote a book about it which you can download and read at your convenience.

Why is choosing the right technology partner so important?

In addition to the cost of the software solution itself, the decision-making, implementation, training, and ongoing support all represent their own cost of both money and time. And on the flip side, choosing a partner that’s not the best fit can result in wasted time, poor financial insight, and expensive lost opportunities.

Maybe you prefer a large, global company. Or, perhaps, a more personal or local software partner like Express would fit your company’s needs and culture better. A right-sized technology partner with a high-touch approach is able to get to know your business on a deeper level so you ensure you select the right software, enjoy a smooth implementation, utilize the software effectively, and take advantage of continuous market opportunities that enable your business to grow.

What should you ask when looking for a software partner?

There are many questions you will want to ask, but these four key questions should be at the top of your list to choose a technology partner who will add value to your solution and navigate your business towards financial success.

  1. Does the partner have expertise in the technology solutions I might need?

A “one-size-fits-all” approach simply doesn’t work when it comes to accounting software – different solutions are best for different markets. The partner you choose should have experience implementing software that’s a good fit for your business. A partner who doesn’t specialize in solutions that meet your specific needs may not be able to offer personalized service at a good value.

  1. Does this partner fit with my specific business, size, and industry needs?

In addition to understanding the solution you want, a right-sized technology partner should have a good understanding of what issues might be unique to your size, business, and industry. When you’re considering a partner, ask them if they’ve worked with other companies like yours. In addition to having prior experience with similar businesses, the partner should demonstrate a willingness to learn more about you specifically, which leads us to the next question…

  1. Is the partner personable and attentive, with a culture that aligns with ours?

Do they show an interest in the problems your business and employees are facing and display a true desire to solve them? Do the partner’s values match up to yours? Finding a partner whose culture aligns with your own will make communication and goal-setting easier, and will help you achieve the best possible outcome.

  1. Will the partner prioritize my business’s success rather than their bottom line?

This goes hand-in-hand with finding a partner who’s personable and attentive. Do you trust this partner to recommend the best solutions for you, even if they won’t make as much money in the bargain? Do you fully believe that they’ll pay attention to the right details, but not drag out the implementation just for the sake of their revenue?

Finding the right partner is just as important as finding the right software solution. You need to trust the team that will be helping you transform your business operations. You can receive tremendous value from a right-sized technology partner, just as much as you can lose money by working with a partner who’s not a good fit.

While these 4 questions cover the basics, here are a few more to put on your list:

  • Do they offer a support plan that’s a good value for your business?
  • Will they prioritize your implementation timeline even if you’re not their largest client?
  • What training options will you have for ongoing learning and onboarding new employees?

For more tips and questions to help you make the best choice, download our white paper today and contact us with any questions.

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