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A View to a Kill: How Management Reporter Has Sparked a Mass Exodus from FRx

by Jack Boyer
Founder, Boyer & Associates, Boyer & Associates

My 13 and 16 year old daughters think that both computers and accounting/ERP software are boring. Wait until they read this post! Now I've got them.

Seriously, Management Reporter (MR) appears to make just about every financial report writing person's work easier. The purpose of this post will be to focus on whose life is made easier during this mass exodus from FRx to Management Reporter. The first "view" I would like to share is that of the user. If you are a user, you should read all of the ideas from the various perspectives as they may be useful to you.

View of MR Replacing FRX from the User's Perspective

The software feels and looks like an up-to-date .NET-based program rather than a dated Access-based program and user interface.  In addition, there are many smaller improvements that together have proved valuable to users.  They include:

  • The dimension reporting flexibility is appealing to users. No longer do you need to make sure the whole account string is accounted for. Instead you have more flexibility with the dimensions from the chart of accounts. (See the screenshot further down)
  • Maintain and secure Row, Column, Tree, and Report definitions into folders by type, function, category, or user.
  • Tailor your workspace with the ability to hide columns in the Row, Column, and Tree definitions.
  • Group daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly reports to generate consecutively.
  • Insert graphics such as your firm logo.
  • Stress key numbers such as having negative numbers turn red.
  • Many users seem interested in the scheduler. FRx had this ability, but we found the MR scheduler is more reliable.


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About Jack Boyer

Jack founded Boyer & Associates in 1994 with a vision to create a firm that could attract and keep the area’s best ERP consultants, developers, and business development people.

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Jack’s career began doing application and sales support for Solomon Software- the firm that created Dynamics SL. Jack was promoted to regional manager when the firm moved him from Philadelphia to Chicago in 1988.

Jack believes that finding the right software is only a piece of the challenge in implementing software. Without the right people to implement it, you only have half a solution. You need the right business analyst to flush out a company’s requirements and you need the right consultants to make the software align with those needs.

Jack has an honors degree in accounting from Penn State (1984) and passed the CPA exam while at Boyer & Associates.

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