Microsoft Great Plains fits to majority of industries, in the case of Chemicals & Paint you should consider implementation with balanced approach of utilizing existing Great Plains standard module and light customization and reporting with Great Plains Dexterity, MS SQL Server stored procedures, Modifier/VBA and direct .Net publishing from Great Plains Company database.
Lets consider industry requirements and their implementation in Microsoft Great Plains:
Raw Materials Labeling. Microsoft Great Plains ReportWriter supports Barcode fonts and you can print out barcodes off the inventory control items list. You should modify existing report or create new report in the case of new report you should train GP users to change report restriction to print labels for your raw materials batches
Quality Check & Bin Locations. Great Plains Inventory Control (IV) module supports bins and you can allocate items from specific bins, quality check should be implemented as either light Dexterity customization in IV or set of Crystal Reports to print checklists
Quarantine/Blocked inventory. In Great Plains you deploy sites and when you need to quarantine your Inventory you move it into quarantine site. The other way is to quarantine bins
Accident Procedure Sheet (APS) this and others compliance reports should be printed off the IV tables via Crystal Reports
Elements of Process Manufacturing. Catch Weight and others scenarios should be realized in the form of light Great Plains Dexterity customization for Bill of Materials module (BM). Catch Weight sometimes should be complemented with approximate input material unit weight variation control.
Logistics & Warehouse Management. If automated shipment is the most business processes critical requirement you can implement Supply Chain solution, integrated with Microsoft Great Plains. If you are looking for budget solution we recommend you light modification in Sales Order Processing (SOP) and Purchase Order Processing (POP) modules to automate Shipping/Receiving with barcode scanning.
Customer Orders. Here you should consider EDI (if you are large corporation) or eOrder or other simple internet ordering solution. In the case of custom internet application you can deploy .Net web publishing Microsoft Great Plains data sits on Microsoft SQL Server: SQL Server stored procs with ADO.Net
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Andrew is Great Plains specialist in Alba Spectrum Technologies ( http://www.albaspectrum.com ) Microsoft Great Plains, Navision, Microsoft CRM Partner, serving clients in California, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, Florida, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Canada, UK, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Russia