Book publisher Blackwell & Ruth (formerly PQ Blackwell) has completed its transition to the cloud by swapping out MYOB Exo for MYOB Advanced.
Blackwell & Ruth is an acclaimed creator and publisher of bestselling illustrated books that are marketed internationally in 35 countries. The company was running all of its business software in the cloud – except financials, says CFO Liam Cooper.
“Our server came due for replacement and the rest of our business was already in the cloud, so we thought ‘why not financials too’?”
After making the decision to take its financials into the cloud, Blackwell & Ruth evaluated its options. It only had one local server and even that was backed up into the cloud. The company looked at a range of products before selecting MYOB Advanced.
“We considered other systems but MYOB Advanced was the most familiar and it has more modern functionality,” Liam Cooper says.
“Advanced has good dashboards and reporting. It’s also fairly intuitive, which means once people are trained they become confident users quite quickly.”
The subscription-based model of MYOB Advanced suits Blackwell & Ruth because expenditure is totally predictable. A monthly service pack from Enprise delivers support for the new MYOB Advanced system. This fixed-price support package further minimises the risk of unexpected cost.
“Advanced is a fantastic product that gives Blackwell & Ruth the headroom to grow into a multinational company without changing systems,” Liam Cooper says.
“We really value that flexibility. We also like the way we can use MYOB Advanced across multiple access devices. We did look at using Xero with a range of add-ons for job costing, sales dashboards, etc. There were too many moving parts and it was not flexible enough.”
Cloud the way Blackwell & Ruth likes it
The Software as a Service (SaaS) option chosen by Blackwell & Ruth is how Enprise delivers MYOB Advanced. You have your own highly secure shared environment provided by MYOB. Only certified Value Added Resellers (Enprise is one) can load software onto MYOB’s environment, and the software must be certified by MYOB.
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