Activity Based Costing Software — New Reviews 2017

What are real users in the enterprise tech community saying about activity based costing software in 2017?

In the review excerpts below, we take a look at new activity based costing software reviews on IT Central Station. Users discuss the solutions listed below, sharing which features they’ve found most valuable, and where they hope to see improvements in the future:

Oracle E-Business Suite

Features Users Find Most Valuable

Adhir Mandal, Sr. Director (Technical) at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees, speaks of how Oracle E-Business Suite’s integrates well with both the Oracle Database and the in-house developed software used by his company.  

Integration with Oracle Database

“You can probably find other products that work with Oracle database, but because that’s their own product, EBS tightly integrates with it. I think that’s the most valuable thing.

Integration with In-house Developed Software

We needed to use financial software, anyway…we always had Oracle Database. So, from a licensing point of view, it made perfect sense. It integrates well. We have a very strong presence from the PL/SQL developer’s’ point of view. We have good resources. We have a lot of in-house developed software and it has to integrate with Oracle. We do a lot of invoicing and so on feeding into the Oracle EBS system from our in-house system. It was natural. The system is naturally a good fit, actually.”

Where Users See Room for Improvement

An IT Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,000-5,000 employees shares several points for improvement:

Features that Meet Industry Standards

“Its features are good, but I think they need to look around at the other products in the market. There are a few industry standard features which are missing from this product. We are discussing one of these with them where synchronizing calendars across different countries is a big thing.”

Technical Support

“The other area is definitely the support side”, adds this user. “Turnaround time needs to be faster. They need to improve working with the end user, and asking very specific questions to help resolve an issue. People should collect different types of information before sending the problem back and forth.”

JD Edwards EntepriseOne

Features Users Find Most Valuable

Order Processing Time Reduced

Sibsankar Bhattacharya, Project Manager – JD Edwards at a tech services company with 51-200 employees, shares that using this activity based software has enabled his company to reach their KPI of reducing their “order processing time by 30%.”

Bhattacharya attributes his success with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne to several valuable features:

  • Warehouse management
  • Advanced pricing
  • Sales order management
  • Inventory

Where Users See Room for Improvement

Project Management and CRM Features

Guillermo Badia Marti, an Application Analyst at a manufacturing company, mentions “project management and CRM” as areas where the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne can improve.

Additionally, Marti shares his experience of how Oracle has improved their technical support for the product:

Oracle has improved a lot. This was a pending subject I when I raised my first service request to Oracle and it took months to get an answer. Nowadays, I am getting a web conference, call, or an email after sending my request. My last issue was solved within two weeks (a tricky one).”

Oracle PeopleSoft

Features Users Find Most Valuable

HR and Payroll Features

Senior PeopleSoft Administrator t a local government with 1,000-5,000 employees writes:

“The most valuable feature of this product is the HR suite; it is leading vendor for human resources in the market. So for me, the HR and payroll features are the biggest flagship of the PeopleSoft product.”

Payroll Feature is Very Robust and Highly Scalable

This user elaborates that “the payroll feature is very robust. They support a wide variety of technology. They are keeping up with these new technologies, so that means scalability is high.”

Where Users See Room for Improvement

Analytics and Machine Learning

Anil Kumar Pandey, Principal at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees, suggests that “There should be more analytics, monitoring analytics, and also machine learning should be incorporated into the core product.”

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Features Users Find Most Valuable

Financial Analytics

Ljubisa Vukoje, an MS Dynamics NAV Developer at a company with 51-200 employees, shares that “Financial analytics provide end users with a real good picture of financial information, such as income and P&L. It can be divided by organization unit, for example, and it can be reported in one additional currency.”

Where Users See Room for Improvement

Tarsun Tan, an MCT-NAV freelancer at a tech services company with 1,000 – 5,000 employees, discusses the need for “setup security to be simpler”:  

Setup Security

Tan elaborates that setup security “needs to be more user-friendly for consultants or users to set up.

Currently, performing this task requires deep knowledge about tables, forms, pages, and reporting. It is a hard task for consultants to determine the security (roles for user, which module/table can be accessed by user).”

IFS Applications

Features Users Find Most Valuable

Pricing Matrix

Claudio Scarpellino, CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees, lists IFS Application’s Pricing Matrix a highly valuable feature:

“Allowed us to implement a very complex “go to market” pricing model. This allowed us to tailor pricing to individual customer requirements. We could implement an automated pricing model that maximized gross profit in a very competitive environment.”

Where Users See Room for Improvement

Scalability Issues with Hardware

Scarpellino describes that “The product scales well. However, the original hardware requirements were not specified high enough to meet the number of users. We increased disk I/O on the server to resolve this issue.”

NetSuite ERP

Features Users Find Most Valuable

Accessibility Features

Westley Chan, a Software Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees, describes NetSuite ERP as a “cloud-based ERP tool with minimal downtime. It can be accessed from anywhere in the world.”

Chan shares that the solution “provides support for consolidated reporting from multiple subsidiaries in different countries.”

Where Users See Room for Improvement

Minimized Human Intervention

Ihno Cheong, Senior Director Contents Integration at a program development consultancy with 51-200 employees, suggests that NetSuite ERP would improve if it were to “exponentially increase the revenue of cloud ERP SW.”

This way, explains Cheong, “human intervention could be minimized, and there might be certain ways of optimizing the method of selecting and configuring apps by the end user.”

Read more of the latest activity based costing software reviews from 2017.