Thursday, October 28, 2010

CYMA Explorations

We're having a great time at CYMA Explorations this year. The flight in was the best kind - uneventful. CYMA Accounting Software opened their 30th anniversary Exploration Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona by releasing CYMA Version 12 and their new CYMA HR Module known as CYMA HR ExPRess. This is a full featured Human Resource Module from CYMA that works in conjunction with their CYMA Payroll module. Included are Human Resource Benefits, Human Resource Credentials, Human Resource Positions, Performance Reviews and Employee Self Service so employees or their managers can access employee payroll and human resource information remotely with any standard web browser.

During the conference opening, Chris Lovely, President of CYMA, announced Kerr Consulting & Support (that's us!),, was once again the largest reseller for CYMA Accounting Software. This makes it ten years running, and we don't mind bragging about it.

Other major announcements include CYMA Accounting Software OEM relationship with RedGear Tax Software known as RedGear Accounting Software powered by CYMA. RedGear is the 6th largest tax software provider with over 10,000 tax professionals using their RedGear Tax Software. CYMA is now being shipped on every RedGear CD. RedGear also offers ArkWorks Document Management.

CYMA has also partnered with BizNet as their Business Intelligence tool for CYMA Payroll and CYMA HR. These reports are generated using Microsoft Excel and are simple for end users to access. This new product is now known as HR & PR Financial Reporting Powered by BizNet.

There are numerous training sessions being offered during the conference.

· Version 12 GL, AR, AP Overview

· Version 12 Job Cost, Sales Order, Inventory, Purchase Order Overview

· Bank Reconciliation

· Crystal Reports for Beginners

· RedGear ArkWorks/Document Management

· HR Overview

· F9 for Beginners

· CYMA Tips and Tricks

· HR Benefits

· Employee Self Service

· eDesk (customized CYMA Desktop)

· HR Credentials

· Applying the CYMA Payroll Update

· Structural Changes to Chart of Accounts

· Business Insight Powered by BizNet

· Installation of CYMA Version 12

· Payroll Year-End Procssing for CYMA

· Core Modules: CYMA Year End Processing

· HR Positions

· Importing and Exporting Data from CYMA

· F9 for Advanced Users

· Advanced CYMA Reseller Topics

· Advanced Crystal Reports

Friday, October 29, 2010 Randy Johnston from K2 Enterprises will be the keynote speaker. Randy is a renowned expert on current technology and current ERP applications.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Announcing a new Partner

Effective November 2, 2009, Peter K. Ristau is joining Kerr Consulting as a full Partner. Peter was a partner with Kerr Consulting from 2000 to 2004, at which time he left to pursue other interests. Peter brings a broad array of talent to Kerr Consulting; he is the former president of Relational Solutions, Inc., an award winning reseller of Sage Pro ERP™. He has been integral in the development and growth of source code and customization in the accounting software community for a long time. Peter is a charter member of the consulting team, and leading instructor worldwide, of the Sage Pro ERP products. His experience with source code and process manufacturing are notable, leading the President of a competing software firm to leave a congratulatory message wherein he stated that he was “green with envy”.
Dave Kerr, Managing Partner at Kerr Consulting says “All of us at Kerr Consulting are excited to welcome Peter Ristau back as a Partner in our firm. Peter brings incredible wisdom and experience, both important attributes for our Sage Pro clients as we explore their options during the sunset of Visual Fox Pro.”

Peter will set up an office in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where they have a substantial client base. Peter will also be available to assist Kerr Consulting’s Sage Pro clients across the US.

Founded in 1987, Kerr Consulting is a Sage Select reseller, offering Sage Accpac ERP™, Sage Pro ERP™, and SageCRM™ sales, installation, and support. With offices in 5 states, Kerr Consulting has clients in all 50 states and over 20 countries.

For questions, contact Phil Smith at 800-352-4032 x106.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Said "Black Sheep black, do you got some wool?"

It's nice to be able to respond "Yes I do, man, my bag is full." But how do you know how full that bag is? Not too long ago, we could only determine what our financial situation was by sitting down with our (printed) bank statements and our check register. Now everything's online, and life's much easier. Your paycheck gets deposited directly to your checking account, and your kids spend it directly with the debit card. And your employees have the same situation.

However, you still get your check deposit advice as a paper copy. This has a number of drawbacks. First, it's easy to lose your check stub. This takes up valuable administrative time when employees - especially around tax time - begin to ask for replacement paystubs.

Secondly, the hard costs to processing and mailing these check stubs are not small. A dime for a blank paycheck form here, forty two cents (and climbing) to mail the form, and it all adds up.

Finally, it's not very green. Sooner or later, all of those paystubs end up in a landfill somewhere. Add to that the fact that your personal information on that stub passes through many hands on the way to the landfill, and you've got one more reason.

The solution is ePaystubs from Kerr Consulting. Utilizing a secure website, your employees can view their current pay advice, including deductions for insurance, taxes, or defined contribution plans.

Ask for a demo!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back Up your Data, Run for your Life

Although hurricane season is off to a slow start this year, there is no better time than the present to protect your valuable company data in the event a storm comes your way this year. Last year after Hurricane Ike, we lost power at our business for over a month. Fortunately, we were able to run things on generator power - and we had all of our critical business data backed up nightly. As a result, our continuity was flawless.

It's not only hurricanes that you need to worry about, however - wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and any number of other events can easily cause you to lose power for long enough to cause data loss. Our data backup partner, GlobalDataVault, has a collection of historical disaster maps that shows a variety of causes of loss. Surprisingly, places like southeast Missouri have had major earthquakes, as well as major floods.

You can take steps to remedy that, however. By implementing an automated backup regime for your business, your data remains safe. Better yet, in the event of equipment damage, some backup services (GlobalDataVault is one example) will provide you with temporary hardware while you get back up and running. So if your on-premise server is damaged by floodwater, they will provide you with access to a virtual server at no additional charge.

So, check them out.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Certify: a better way to manage your expenses

I'd like to tell you a little about our newest business partner, Certify. We recently entered into an agreement to market and provide support and training for them. This is the result of a long search for just such a solution. Kerr Consulting has a wide range of software products to increase productivity for the small to medium business. We offer everything from contact management software to enterprise resource planning software, and we're always looking for pieces to fill in the gaps.

One thing we have had trouble finding has been an expense management and reporting solution. We've evaluated a significant number of different providers - online, hosted, and on premise solutions. After a great deal of consideration, we visited with Certify in June. We decided that they were the best fit for our clients based on the following criteria (among others):
  • Price. There's no setup fee; the Personal edition is just $4.95 per month and the corporate version starts at around $10 per month and volume discounts are available.
  • Ease of use. Certify currently has eight ways to enter data - you can send in the information from an app on your Blackberry or iPhone. You can fax it in. You can send in the information on a text message.
  • There's no software to install; if you can access the internet, you can prepare and file your expense reports.
There are many other reasons we chose Certify - integrity, data security, innovation - and we hope you'll give them a try. Visit our website to learn more, or sign up for the free demo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Social Media and Customer Service

Last week at Sage Insights was a tremendous experience for everyone here at Kerr Consulting. We'll be posting more thoughts on Insights as time goes by, but for just for starters, we have been convinced that social media (like this blog) present a great opportunity to reach out to our customers in the ways that they want to be reached. So, we've started this blog, and we have also started a twitter account. If you have a twitter account, you can follow us by entering "follow kerrconsulting" - but you already knew that.

Of course, we'll still be updating our website ( with additional content, including a component catalog.

Monday, May 18, 2009


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