"We were able to use that money from the first implementation to cover the second implementation, and I've actually never been that far under budget on an implementation before."
As Director of IT and Enterprise Business Applications for Asure Software, Bruce Harris has been involved in implementing countless systems, platforms and software solutions. But his experience implementing Vena stood out for two reasons:
- The implementation was so efficient that the savings from Phase 1 actually covered the cost of Phase 2
- Allowing users to stay in Excel made for a smooth implementation, but also greatly improved adoption
Hear from Bruce about the "constantly expanding" ROI his company sees from Vena, and what exactly made implementing Vena so easy.
I’m Bruce Harris, Director of IT and Enterprise Business Applications for Asure Software in Austin, Texas – and kind of a fun side gig I guess, a lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin at the Graduate School of Accounting.
To me, this is the quickest implementation I’ve really ever worked with, and the fewest questions – because usually, within implementation, discovery can take weeks, with questions from the consultants trying to figure out how your business is run.
But the nice thing about this is since the FP&A team was already in Excel, we're not moving platforms. We’re not moving Excel to another platform – we’re moving Excel to Excel, so same application.
They’re able to see those spreadsheets, see those temples we’re using, take those and implement them into Vena very, very rapidly with very, very few questions.
And we actually- from the first implementation, we actually had money left over because the first implementation went so quickly. We were able to use that money from the first implementation to cover the second implementation, and I've actually never been that far under budget on an implementation before.
So, having to buy multiple point-based solutions, I'd be paying at least twice what I am. If I have to buy those multiple point-based solutions separately, then I'm paying for Vena. And the further I extend the platform, the more ROI I can get out of the system, so basically it's almost up to us. It’s like, we can constantly increase that ROI by constantly expanding that platform, that we're able to expand ourselves too, so we don't even have to spend consulting dollars.
So to me, that ROI will always be increasing as long as we're able to think of new ways to extend the platform.