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Warehouse Management System for Dynamics GP Barcode Scanners Text vs. Graphical Interface

If you are investing in the Warehouse Management System for your Corporate ERP application, such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, the functionality and the price for barcode scanners might be something to question.

We recommend you to consider two options.  First one would be upscale Barcode scanner with Windows CE and graphical user interface versus the scanner, which only has text mode screen (like you would have in old-good-days DOS operating system or Unix).  However, do not rush to purchase the one without graphical interface, until you get the barcode scanner compatibility list from your prospected WMS reseller.  In this publication we will review scanner requirements for Alba Spectrum WMS for Microsoft Dynamics GP Great Plains:
1. Text Mode Barcode Scanner.  WMS client, running directly on the barcode scanner is compatible with text mode scanners.  To be reasonably in price/reliability median, we recommend you to consider Symbol PDT 3000 Portable Data Terminal Series, or scanner with compatible features and processing power.  From the scanner info sheet: “Symbol Technologies’ PDT 3000 Portable Data Terminals answer the need for hand-held data terminals that are high on features and performance, but low in price. Designed for efficient, economical data collection, the PDT 3000 Series packs the power of a 16-bit, DOS-based PC into a small, lightweight data terminal that goes anywhere to get the job done. Feature for feature, dollar for dollar, no other terminal surpasses the PDT 3000 Series for overall value. Its durable ergonomic design, standard DOS operating system, and flexible options put the PDT 3000 in a class by itself…”  This scanner cost is around $500.  Well of course there is drawback and for this scanner it is text only user interface, whoever we do believe that Warehouse Management Worker barcode scanning training cost and learning curve period would be comparable to the option to do that with the scanner with graphical user interface (and Windows CE operating system).  The savings could be significant if you plan to deploy WMS for hundreds of warehouses
2. Scanners with Graphical user interface.  Here we also recommend you to look at Symbol line of products.  You should expect the cost to begin with $800 and up.  Graphical Interface is definitely more intuitive (however on the tiny barcode scanner LCD screen it might be too difficult to gain, due to the small screen size and very repetitive style of scanning procedures)
3. How to request WMS presentation?  Please, call us 1-866-528-0577, 1-630-961-5918 or email us help@albaspectrum.com  We serve you USA, Canada nationwide and internationally via web sessions and visit onsite for Warehouse Management System deployment and user training.  Local service is available in Western Michigan (Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, St. Joseph areas), Houston, TXFree Web Content, Southern California

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Andrew Karasev, Alba Spectrum http://www.albaspectrum.com 1-866-528-0577, help@albaspectrum.com  Informational portal http://www.pegasplanet.com  Andrew is Dynamics GP Certified Master and specializes in challenging customizations, data conversions, integrations, reporting.  As an announcement, Alba Spectrum is opening the location in Benton Harbor/ Saint Joseph Area of the state of Michigan, where we are welcoming Dynamics GP customers, who need second opinion, barcoding, failed implementation recovery, version upgrade, challenging data conversions



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