Whether it’s the newest iPhone or the latest doorbell cam, we humans certainly love our technology advances. Especially when those advances make our lives—or in this case, our jobs—so much easier. Recently, Acumatica debuted its newest release, Acumatica 2019 R1, and there’s no doubt a lot of features about this new software that will make you want to have it right now.

Level up with Color Coding, Multi-Factor Authentication, and More

The much-anticipated 2019 R1 release includes product advances in usability, order management and inventory, financials, project accounting, and CRM. Industry-specific features and improvements have also been announced for Construction Edition, Manufacturing Edition, and Field Service Edition. More specific user-experience features of R1 include:

  • Improvements to the side panel
  • Color-coding your website, for instance, to more clearly identify branches, locations, field offices, or other systems
  • Multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication is an especially significant advance in the age of cybersecurity. It utilizes multiple sources of data to authenticate user access, and access is only granted after two or more pieces of authentication data are presented. Data may be possession (something only the user has, such as a cellphone to receive a text authentication code), knowledge (something only you know, such as a password), or inherence (something unique to the user).

Other new features found in Acumatica 2019 R1 include multi-current capabilities and rate consistency in Project Accounting and Field Service, and a new mobile design for easier navigation. Throughout all these updates, Acumatica maintains its commitment to functionality, usability, and easy implementation.

Let’s Talk about Acumatica Alexa for Business

Whether you say, “Hey Siri,” “Hey Google,” or “Hey Alexa,” voice-activated AI bots are becoming quite commonplace in our everyday lives. So it makes sense that Acumatica now applies the same natural language recognition technology to business through their Acumatica Alexa for Business application.

This voice-recognition software enables Acumatica users to perform a wide array of everyday tasks, such as looking up an order. Instead of spending time clicking through screens or hunting among files, a user asks, “Alexa, read back to me Customer XYZ’s order of May 2.” The natural language recognition program can both retrieve and add data to the cloud ERP system, saving time and reducing errors.

Acumatica Cloud ERP Connector for Microsoft Flow

Microsoft’s automation tool now works with Acumatica cloud ERP thanks to Microsoft Flow. Microsoft Flow allows users to streamline tasks across apps, sync files, get notifications, collect data, and more. Users do not need to work with developers to build specific apps or modules; the connector makes bridges between programs without special programming or unique coding.

The Future: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and More

So, what could be next? Both machine learning and artificial intelligence are clear waves of the future, especially for manufacturers who work with large numbers of SKUs. Products such as Google’s Cloud Vision and voice activation using natural language recognition will make the warehouse of the future streamlined and highly efficient. Gone are the days of searching for minutes through bins for one SKU; smart programs will be able to recognize and pinpoint items quickly.

Machine learning and AI also help make routine, repetitive tasks more manageable. Because machines now learn from experience, they can anticipate routine queries. If you always run a particular report each day, machine learning and AI will eventually enable your system to remember what report you needed by when.

Head into the Future with Acumatica 2019 R1 and ASI

These advances and more to come are making it easier and faster to build a system that is perfect for your business needs. You’ll need the right partner to get you there. Accounting Systems Inc. understands that the software you use plays a large role in a company’s level of success. Don’t let technology evolutions leave you behind in the dust. Lead the pack with the latest Acumatica innovations and more, and let Accounting Systems Inc. help. Contact us today to find out how.