INTERNET APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
MID MARKET ERP DEVELOPMENT
by Brian Terrell
Recently, a Sage business partner emailed me with these exact questions: “How do the integration capabilities of Intacct measure up compared to Sage 300 ERP? How is Intacct for screen customization?”. Many of our Sage business partner clients have also decided to sell and support Intacct Cloud Financials, and they naturally wonder to what extent their clients will be able to integrate outside systems with this industry leading cloud based ERP application.
One of the great benefits we have enjoyed over the years with Sage 300 ERP is the open architecture chosen by the original developers. These forward thinking developers made decisions in 1993 and 1994 to separate Sage 300 ERP’s user interface, business logic, and database layers, which makes it very easy for CodePartners to drive the program with middleware or other open applications. One could say we founded our business on Sage 300 ERP’s 3-tier architecture.
We believe Intacct offers a similar advantage. The Intacct Platform gives a developer access to most database and business logic objects within Intacct Cloud financials, and Intacct continues to build out and enhance the list of accessible objects. We can build the XML code to add a customer, post a G/L transaction or call other Intacct functionality for most accounting operations. We have the added consideration of the data transfer time over the cloud and its potential effect on those integrations with larger data sets; however, we continue to learn ways to account for these issues through proper design.
In addition, our developers’ ability to modify the Intacct user interface enjoys some advantages over that provided by Sage 300 ERP. With Sage 300 ERP, some UIs (and some controls within those UIs), by the nature of their design, require substantial effort to modify or do not allow modification at all. With Intacct’s browser based UIs, the ability to add a tab or a field using common web technologies speeds up design and development. This flexibility produces additional UI functionality that blends in so nicely with native Intacct that the end user often cannot tell the UI was tailored specifically for their purpose.
Because Intacct continues to grow market share at an impressive rate and because the program’s architecture lends itself to integration and automation, CodePartners recently sent four developers to Intacct Platform certification training. Already, we’ve completed several projects for client companies and are completing other projects to automate and integrate our own internal Intacct implementation with internal systems. We started the design phase for several large integration projects to take some familiar and important applications from our existing portfolio and connect them with Intacct Cloud Financials.
We think the integration opportunities with Intacct Cloud Financials are as significant as those we have enjoyed with Sage 300 ERP for the last 12 years. As such, we are actively looking for opportunities to help others integrate their applications to Intacct using the Intacct Platform. To speak with a certified Intacct Developer about integrating with Intacct, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.