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Microsoft Dynamics GP Illinois Implementation Notes

Illinois with its numerous distribution, light manufacturing and assembly with nationwide shipping mid-size and smaller businesses is perfect place for such mid-market Corporate ERP applications as Microsoft Dynamics GP, formerly known as Great Plains Dynamics and eEnteprise.

GP has very robust set of Distribution modules: Inventory Control, Bill of Materials, Sales Order Processing, Purchase Order Processing, plus it has full suite of Manufacturing modules (discrete production oriented).  It could be integrated with legacy manufacturing packages, warehouse management systems with barcoding.  Great Plains is open for customizations, integrations, reporting via various tools: Microsoft Dexterity, eConnect, Extender, Integration Manager, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, Crystal Reports, FRx Financial Reporting, ad-hoc SQL scripting, including cross platform joins (where you combine results from two or more databases: Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL/PHP or something which is ODBC compliant).  If you are looking for new ERP application, or if you need second opinion in recovering Dynamics GP implementation, this small publication is for you:
1. Dynamics GP licensing.  Currently you can purchase Business Ready (Business Essential for small business or simple operations, and Advanced Management for larger company or more challenging set of modules and business logic needs).  If you are existing Dynamics GP customers with over three years history (prior to 2007) - you may continue to use Dynamics GP Standard or Professional licensing (where you add modules, available for your edition of Great Plains)
2. GP Partner Selection.  There is no answer to this question, it is really up to you and the answer depends on your needs and business processes.  If you are typical light assembly and distribution business in Chicagoland or Northern Illinois - you should probably pick somebody who is strong in GP Barcoding, Warehouse Management.  If you are larger organization with manufacturing facility in downstate IL, check if your potential Dynamics GP VAR has expertise in your industry and strong enough in manufacturing modules implementation.  If you have retail and point of sale needs, check if your reseller is comfortable to integrate such retail applications as Microsoft RMS or Counterpoint with Dynamics GP
3. Great Plains Implementation Recovery.  We are really sorry to hear that you are at that point, but you are not the first and not the last one in this position.  The fact is - Microsoft Dynamics GP is mid-market Corporate ERP application and its implementation requires years of experience, professional certification and industry expertise.  It is not difficult to make a bet where your Great Plains implementation failed - likely in initial data migration and conversion from legacy accounting application to GP.  Second likely problem would be complex and maybe unnecessary customization.  Third possibility - too many stakes on Crystal Reporting (especially when Crystal Report developer is very new to the tool and is trying to deploy Crystal Report wizard, versus deploying MS SQL Server Stored Procedure or View as CR base).  There is also the chance that your Dynamics GP implementation failed due to the fact that your GP partner is too week in eConnect programming and you have advanced eCommerce web site integration needs and expectations
4. If you are multinational company.  If you are crossing nation border and go internationally: China, Brazil, India, Russia, Germany, France, Poland, Middle East - please note that Dynamics GP Great Plains is not localized for these countries or regions.  Consider first localized small business Corporate ERP packages, such as SAP Business One first.  If your overseas facility is really large scale operation, consider Dynamics AX Axapta
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