Meet Jonathan Nelson
Business Application Consultant
Business Application Consultant
As a Senior Application Consultant at Algorithm Jonathan spends the majority of his time working directly with Algorithm’s customers to help them improve their businesses through the better implementation and use of their software applications. Jonathan spends a lot of time getting to know and understand what makes Algorithm’s customers successful and assist them in expanding that success. His responsibilities include direct assistance with WiSys, ERP systems, on-site assessments, upgrades, new site implementations, and overall project management.
Jonathan began his career while still in college at the University of Cincinnati by going to work for a Cincinnati-based ERP Reseller. He has since worked for 2 large ERP end-users, participated in an ERP conversion to SAP and spent some time as a Channel Marketing Manager for Bosch prior to accepting a position at Algorithm, Inc. He has been able to develop a broad base of experience working for privately held small businesses as well as large fortune 500 companies both internally and as a consultant. Jonathan graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1999 with a degree in Business Operations Management.
Jonathan has 4 children and most of his free time is spent supporting them in their various activities. He loves to read and consume as many good books as he can. He really likes to have the answers so anytime he comes across a question he doesn’t have an answer to, he goes and figures it out.
Q: Besides switching from Macola, what's your best advice for ERP users?
A: Learn what your ERP is capable of and don't just go forward with what that last person told you. There are too many sites where we talk to the person who was trained by the person who was trained by the person who was trained formally. They are often shown only what they need to know and not empowered to explore the full capabilities of the system.
Q: If a customer is hesitant to switch ERPs because of cost, implementation time, and training, what would you say to help them overcome the hurdle?
A: It will cost your company significantly more if your ERP system is no longer viable, and it becomes an emergency switch. In other words, don't wait to make the change.
Q: What's your best piece of advice for a company looking to implement an ERP system?
A: Keep the pool of options limited based on the specific features you require. It is easy to get lost in the minutiae of all the different systems and lose track of your primary goals. Make sure that the demos are delivered based on your requirements and not an off the shelf demo script.
Q: What is a favorite feature of Exact, Acumatica, or SAP Business One Software?
A: The accessibility and ease of use with Acumatica really makes it the powerhouse it is.
Q: What is the best advice you've got from your mom?
A: She told me to always do your best work.
Q: What is your favorite way of spending the weekend?
A: Hanging out with my family is what you're likely to find me doing.
Q: What's your wish for ERP users in 2020?
A: To choose well – it's that simple. Invest the time in making the right choice because it has a long-term impact on operations.