Everest Meets Midmarket Needs

Offers comprehensive ERP apps, requires conformance to its processes.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Everest Standard Edition 6.0

For small-to-medium-size companies that need to grow beyond basic accounting software, Icodes Everest Standard Edition 6.0 delivers a comprehensive set of tools in a somewhat cumbersome package. Everest costs a reasonable $1,463 per concurrent user, but companies should also expect to invest in training, data migration and consulting services to get the most out of the application.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

USABILITY

FAIR

CAPABILITY

GOOD

PERFORMANCE

GOOD

INTEROPERABILITY

GOOD

MANAGEABILITY

GOOD

SCALABILITY

GOOD

SECURITY

EXCELLENT

  • PRO: Very good financial applications; comprehensive set of canned reports; relatively inexpensive for an ERP package.
  • CON: User interface is complex; some business processes will need to be adapted to the software.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
• Automation Tech Inc.s MiniERP • Exact Softwares e-Synergy • Home-grown solutions using applications tied to a SQL database

Icode Inc.s Everest attempts to partially fill the large gap between full-blown ERP systems and point-oriented financial and inventory management applications. eWEEK Labs tests show that Everest delivers a wide range of capabilities for a reasonable price, but it will require a relatively large investment in training and data migration, as well as conformance to its processes.

In eWEEK Labs tests, client/server-based Everest Standard Edition 6.0 delivered about 80 percent of what a small-to-midsize business would want from an enterprise resource planning application, including accounting, inventory management, e-commerce, shipping, receiving and returns management. The application is lacking, at least to some extent, in the areas of sales management, international support and the ability to readily integrate with other complex applications.

Everests database server, Extended Systems Inc.s Advantage Database Server, runs on Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000, NetWare 5.0, and Linux 2.4. The client requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional.

An upgrade to Icodes Accware, Everest is geared toward companies upgrading from applications such as Intuit Inc.s QuickBooks. Everest Standard Edition costs $1,463 per concurrent user—a compelling price relative to a full-blown ERP solution such as SAP AGs R/3 and Siebel Systems Inc.s Siebel. Icode also leases the Everest software at a more affordable $42 per concurrent user per month for 60 months.

Aside from the software investment, Everest requires a considerable investment in planning, training and data migration. To a lesser degree, companies will also need to plan on investing resources in customization development or tapping Icodes reseller or consultant channel to get up and running.

Companies should expect to tailor their processes to fit Everest, rather than the other way around, so the package will be most appealing to organizations that havent made substantial investments in business technology beyond basic accounting software.

Companies that have well-entrenched processes, particularly on the sales side, will have to make a cultural commitment if they expect an investment in Everest to pay off. Any company that still relies on paper for any of these processes, or has to manually synchronize data among applications, will see a substantial return on investment.