It’s gotta be the shoes.
One of Nike’s most popular commercials of all time featured Spike Lee and Michael Jordan promoting the famed Air Jordan shoes. Mars Blackmon, Spike’s character, asks Jordan what makes him the best player in the universe. Is it the vicious dunks? The long shorts? The short socks? Responding to Jordan’s repeated no, Mars concludes, “It’s gotta be the shoes.” The ad campaign was credited as a landmark in the evolution of Nike into a massively profitable lifestyle brand. What do shoes have to do with Sage Intacct accounting software? Glad you asked.
Shoes and Software — Tools of the Trade
From ensuring safety to enhancing performance to escalating style, the right athletic equipment is vital. While equipment manufacturers may claim they provide a competitive advantage (and some may be right), no one would argue that it’s the underlying athletic prowess that truly provides the ultimate edge. Shoes are tools that facilitate an athlete’s success, but there’s more to the equation. Dress me in a pair of Air Jordans and I’m still not going to dunk.
Accounting software is a tool as well. And software publishers, like athletic equipment manufacturers, may claim their products provide a competitive advantage. And some applications, like Sage Intacct, do offer quantifiable efficiency and operational advantages to the companies that leverage them. Sage Intacct accounting software can streamline operations, speed processing, deliver strategic insights, and boost productivity — helping you run faster and jump higher (so to speak).
Like the classic Air Jordan shoe, Sage Intacct accounting software is frequently recognized by the press, earning two Top Rated Awards from TrustRadius in the Accounting & Budgeting and ERP categories, the first (and only) financial management solution preferred by the AICPA, receiving a #1 rating for customer satisfaction by G2 Crowd, and recognition as a Visionary for cloud-based Core Financial Suites in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. And as Sage Intacct 2019 Release 1 demonstrates, the shoes keep getting better.
But for all the advantages and accolades accounting software applications like Sage Intacct offer, it doesn’t change the fact that when you peel back the technology — kick off the shoes you might say— it’s talent like Jordan that brings the true advantage.
It’s a Team Effort
Just like the best shoes alone won’t make the player, the best accounting software alone won’t transform a company’s performance. It will, however, enable the best players and teams to reach higher levels of success.
The most competitive companies, like the most competitive players, recognize the importance of good coaching; the kind of coaching a professional partner can provide. A partner can amplify Sage Intacct’s inherent capabilities and magnify a company’s intrinsic strengths. Putting the right equipment on a talented athlete and providing them with the best coaching will make them a better player. Similarly, providing the best accounting software to a performing company, and backing them with a business partner’s guidance, will give that company what it needs to become elite.
Give us a shout to see how our team can help you select the right-sized accounting software for your organization. Just do it.
*Google “It’s gotta be the shoes” to watch the original commercial. It’s fun.