“If my ERP system combines a third party product with
Why Best of Breed?
When your company is looking for an industry-specific solution, you are looking for the key piece to run your business. Some areas that we work with extensively include the construction and service industries, for which, very often, we will recommend
What we have found, when looking at the industry-specific “all in one” solution is that the concentration is on the industry-specific features, with the financial backbone being very weak. In addition, a smaller company trying to do it all cannot keep up with the constant changes in technologies and features that are required. By having Microsoft Dynamics GP as the backbone of the ERP system, the prospect will have a system which will continually be updated to take advantage of the latest technologies, and the third party, ISV Solution, will continue to focus on the specific needs of its industry.
What are the Caveats?
While I am an advocate of combining Microsoft Dynamics GP with third-party applications, there are areas that you need to be aware of.
1. Is the product truly compatible with Microsoft Dynamics GP? There are many companies that say they integrate with GP, but when you really question them, you will find out that while they might be written in a SQL database that can allow for connectivity, they have never integrated to GP. We have had customers purchase these products on their own, and they ended up requiring many more hours of consulting to create that integration. You need to ask to see the integration in action. Better yet, look for the “Certified for Microsoft Dynamics” logo on the product. That tells you that the products passed testing by Microsoft, meeting their criteria for integration to the Dynamics products.
2. Ask whether your
3. How long has the ISV vendor been in business, how many customers do they have and can you talk to references? These are standard questions, but they are essential. As a Microsoft Partner, we ask the same questions of an ISV vendor before we choose to work with them.
By incorporating a fully integrated, industry-specific application with Microsoft Dynamics GP, you will be able to achieve the best of all worlds with a fully integrated ERP System.