45 Days to Freedom

By | October 30, 2014

Today’s blog post is written by AvidXchange, a member of the MRI Partner Connect program and one of MRI’s Preferred Partners.

There always seems to be a layer of skepticism around AvidXchange’s ability to implement our software in 45 days, or less. It’s not unfounded, as some software implementations that are at the core of business processes take several months, or even longer. However, we believe that when you make the decision to automate your payable processes, it should happen as quickly as possible. In 45 days we guarantee to free you from your inefficient, paper-based processes, so that you and your team can focus on high-value tasks and scale for growth.

So, how do we do it? Over the last 14 years and over 500 client implementations, we’ve attached a method to our madness. It’s broken down into three phases:

  • Data Collection (Weeks One and Two)
  • Configuration (Weeks Two and Three)
  • Testing and Training (Weeks Four and Five)

Those phases are completed with our teams of Project Managers and Implementation Specialists who work tirelessly to ensure that the transition is easy for our clients. Below is an interview that we recently conducted with one of our Senior Project Managers, who has implemented over 100 clients:45 days to freedom

1. What are clients’ biggest concerns when implementing?

We understand that there are going to be some concerns about implementation. The most common concerns I hear relate to the time and resource commitments it will take to make a 45-day implementation goal realistic. We understand that the idea of implementing an enterprise level SaaS- based application in such a short timeframe sounds aggressive, but in our experience it is entirely possible while still allowing the client to focus on their day-to-day responsibilities.

2. What are the “steps” to implementation?

There are three main phases to implementation. Phase one is devoted entirely to data collection. During this phase you would provide AvidXchange with your chart of accounts, vendor list, user list, and entity list.  Once we get all of the data back, we move into phase two where we would help you to configure your portal and test the integration between AvidXchange and your accounting system. We do these tasks 100% remotely through a series of webinars that are designed to hold your hand through every part of the implementation. Once everything is setup, then we move on to phase three, which is dedicated to testing and end-user training.

3. How will the implementation process impact the workday for those involved?

Find out firsthand from one of our Senior Project Managers, Jennifer Liddy! Join us for an exclusive webinar for MRI Users on Wednesday, November 5th, at 2:00pm EST.

To learn more or register for the presentation, visit the AvidXchange website.

MRI version X

By | October 28, 2014

Last week at the 2014 International Users Conference we revealed MRI version X!

If you were not able to make it to New Orleans you may be wondering, “What is X?” MRI X will be released in Spring 2015 and is the new MRI Software. This will be our most user friendly product to date and its modern design will create the optimal “eXperience” for our clients. MRI X features flat menus, global search, configurable dashboard views, and much more! MRIX_Cobranded-Logo.USE THIS ONE

Browser Freedom:

With MRI X you have the freedom to access the MRI system from your favorite browser. Whether that is Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer you will soon be able to access MRI. Browser freedom is another great example of how MRI remains committed to Powering Maximum Flexibility.

Data Mobility and Device Harmony:

The responsive design of MRI version X allows users the freedom to access their MRI experience on their favorite devices. This could be on a Mac, PC, tablet, or smartphone! This feature also provides you the ability to access your data from your office to anywhere with internet access – you can even work in MRI while grabbing your morning coffee at Starbucks!

MRI version X is truly the next step for MRI. X presents the robust and powerful software MRI users are accustomed to using in a brand new, user friendly, environment that makes accessing and using your data simple and easy.

To learn more about version X, we invite you to watch a short video we debuted at the International Users Conference.

Today’s The Last Day!

By | October 22, 2014

We’ve had a blast at the 2014 IUC, but unfortunately we’ve reached the last day of the event! Attendees will have one more day to visit the Solutions Room, speak with an MRI expert about version X or our other award-winning property management software, or schedule a private demo. Additionally, the final education sessions will wrap up this afternoon.alligator

This morning at breakfast, we gave away 5 fabulous grand prizes, including an Ipad, GoPro, and trip for two to next year’s IUC!  We also had a “gator toss,” where many of our clients walked away with “Boots,” this year’s IUC mascot. It was a great way to kick off the last day!

We hope you learned a lot over the past few days  and feel equipped to tackle your property management needs when you get back home. We cannot thank you for eXperiencing New Orleans with us at the IUC. See you next year!

Are Your eXcited For Day Two?

By | October 21, 2014

IMG_20141020_202508161Onto the second day of the International Users Conference! We had a busy night networking and listening to some authentic New Orleans jazz music at last night’s MRI Extravaganza. And let’s not forget how fun it was to be part of a second line parade right onto Bourbon Street for some authentic New Orleans celebrating! After a great evening, it’s time to grab some coffee and start day two.

Yesterday we formally debuted MRI X, the latest version of our award-winning software. Featuring browser freedom, device harmony, global search, and enhanced usability, X truly takes MRI to the next level of property management software. We can’t wait for clients to eXperience the power of version X firsthand in the Solutions Room today.

Our attendees have a free evening tonight, which is great news since our hotel is within walking distance of plenty of restaurants and attractions. Be sure to brush up on the history of the Hurricane drink before trying one at Pat O’Brien’s, and feel free to have your fortune told by one of the many Tarot card readers peppered throughout the French Quarter. If you want to eat in a restaurant with historical significance, Napoleon House has been around since 1797,  and operated by the same family for the past 100 years.

What will you be eXperiencing this evening? Let us know in the comments!

It’s Time to eXperience the 2014 IUC!

By | October 20, 2014

It’s finally here! Today marks the official start of the 2014 International Users Conference, and we’re ready to make our 20th event the best yet! The first members of our team have been in the Big Easy since Friday setting up this year’s Solutions Room, and we’re ready to kick things off with the General Session this morning. Below are some of the other things MRI is excited to eXperience at the 2014 IUC: istock_000009260556small-resized-600

1) The New MRI  – This will be debuted during this year’s General Session. Our product development team has been working diligently to take our product to a whole new level of usability and innovation, and we can’t wait to showcase the browser freedom, device harmony, enhanced usability, and search capabilities available in the latest version.

2) The Culture of New Orleans - if you haven’t visited the birthplace of jazz before, you are in for a treat. Nowhere else can you find such an eclectic blend of traditions, languages, and cultures. Be sure to try a beignet while you’re down here (Cafe Du Monde is open 24 hours a day!), or if you’re in for something creepy, check out Reverend Zombie’s House of Voodoo or a Haunted History Ghost Tour. Of course, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel when you want to sample some of the famous New Orleans cuisine.

3) The Clients: The IUC is the perfect opportunity to interact face to face with our valued clients. We can’t wait to see familiar faces and meet some new ones, and are ready to answer questions about our award-winning software.

See you at the General Session!

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