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SAP Business One vs. Microsoft Dynamics GP formerly known as Great Plains

If you are working in small business company and would like to replace old accounting application with something modern then we would like to make comparison of the two popular packages coming from SAP and Microsoft.

If your business processes are pretty generic and you do not need complex integrations or customizations then both products should do the job.  We would like to give perspectives from such stand points as Corporate ERP application life cycle, innovations and obsoletes in technology and such strange guessing as the future ten years or beyond.  Let’s begin with ERP life cycle and where we see these two players at this time of October 2011:

1. Let’s speculate a bit about product life cycle.  If you remember old good days of 1970th where typewriting machine was required attribute of contemporary office then do you expect the investment in the typewriter is still working and should not be amortized or written off?  Another example would be the fact that you do not expect to drive the same car fifty years for your professional needs.  But why products have to be replaced by something new?  Probably due to the technology evolution

2. Where Business One is in its life cycle?  It looks like it was born in earlier 2000th in Israel, acquired and transformed into SAP B1 around the year 2002.  This application is friendly to Microsoft Visual Studio C# or VB programmer via Software Development Kit.  It is available internationally including such countries as China, Brazil and Russia and it supports Unicode characters or in other words Hieroglyphs

3. Where is Dynamics GP in its life cycle?  It was introduced on both Macintosh and Windows graphical computer platforms in earlier 1990th.  The pioneering Dexterity technology allowed Great Plains Dynamics to abstract its business logic from both graphical computing platform and database brand.  Great Plains Software had tremendous success in late 1990th by popularizing Dynamics through VAR channel.  When GPS was expanding internationally in late 1990th it realized that Dexterity is not supporting Unicode and it is difficult to enable Unicode via Dexterity.  ISV concept allowed Great Plains Software to establish solid add-ons market to offer custom business logic in industry vertical and horizontal niches

4. The future predictions guessing.  Of course it would be nice if key ERP players would find the way to provide evolution to its products.  In this case customers would not have concern about the future of their investments.  Unfortunately we do not see this trend at the time.  Microsoft Dynamics is geared toward the future and we believe that MBS will provide smooth migration from one Dynamics platform to another.  Good start was done back in earlier 2000th with the announcement of Project Green later renamed into Microsoft Dynamics project

5. Decision Making.  Our recommendation would be consider various points of views and criteria.  Don’t just buy the message that ‘our product will definitely do the job.’  See executive and technical presentations.  Try to reach out field consultants and do not restrict your contacts to sales folks only

6. Please call us 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904 (for international customers, where our representatives pick up the phone in Naperville and St. Joseph, MI call centers).  We have local presence in Atlanta, Chicago, Southern California, South West Michigan, Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. We serve customers USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil nationwide and internationally via web sessions and phone conferences (Skype is welcomed). Our consultants speak English, Spanish, PortugueseBusiness Management Articles, Russian and Chinese.  One of our experiences is international Corporate ERP and Consolidated Financial reporting

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Andrew Karasev is SAP Business One consultant and Great Plains Certified Master, MVP, MCSE and MSDBA, 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904. He is also the initiator of eFaru project and founder of Alba Spectrum information space.  Please note that we implement and support Dynamics GP directly through Alba Spectrum

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