Best Software MAS 90

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Best Software's MAS 90 came out on top of other vendors in the category for its ease of use and wealth of features by excelling in many areas that other ERP vendors find difficult to handle. Out of the box, MAS 90 arrives with more than 25 modules that cover everything from accounts payable to time slips. MAS 90 also includes modules for sales/purchase order, general ledger, material requirements panning (MRP), office link and work order.

The MRP module is particularly useful for companies involved in the manufacturing and distribution of goods. MAS 90 evaluates data from inventory management, sales and purchase orders, bill of materials and work orders to make recommendations on inventory levels. It runs a set of complex calculations to help users make informed decisions about the products they manufacture. This feature proved to be easier to use than other that of other ERP products CRN Test Center engineers examined this year.

All of MAS 90's modules are also easy to set up. A complex module like bank reconciliation, for instance, can be done in only two steps--activate the bank reconciliation module, test inputs from accounts payable and general ledger into the module. If the inputs work, the bank reports will be correct.

Best Software backs up partners with a robust, support-rich, multitier channel program. The vendor provides sales and technical training, marketing and seminar support and numerous sales and technical resources at its solution provider Web site. Best also coaches new or struggling partners by helping them design efficient business plans.

This is particularly helpful because ERP is one of the most critical software applications that many companies depend upon for their daily operations. Once committed to a vendor, a company often won't discard it for at least 10 to 15 years because of the massive undertaking required to change interfaces and integrate a new solution with other systems, along with the significant amount of training that users would have to endure.

> MAS 90
PRICE: $3,500
DISTRIBUTORS: Blytheco, MacDonald Consulting, Kianoff and Associates
COMPANY: Best Software
Irvine, Calif.
(800) 854-3415

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