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Anya Ciecierski, CAL Business Solutions

A Guide to Microsoft Acronyms from the Dynamics GP 2010 Launch Event

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    At a recent Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launch event for Microsoft partners I heard this clear statement, “If you do a LMT from MBL to BRL in GP, BP becomes DCO in AM but not BE”. Say what??

    If you work with Microsoft for any period of time, or try to buy their products, you will soon realize that you need to speak “TLA”. For you newbies, TLA (Three Letter Acronym) is the official language of Microsoft.  

    As a fun exercise for myself during this event, and to help my new coworker who is just learning to speak the Microsoft language, I came up with this list of acronyms. And mind you these are just the ones I heard mentioned in one event related to ERP software. Yet there are so many more and new ones created each day, just to confuse us all.  See how many you can translate from this list:

    AA: Analytical Accounting

    AM: Advanced Management (an edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP)

    AS: Authentication Service

    BE: Business Essentials (an edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP)

    BI: Business Intelligence

    BP: Business Portal

    BRAP: Business Ready Advantage Plan

    BPOS: Business Productivity Online Standard Suite

    BRL: Business Ready Licensing

    CfMD: Certified for Microsoft Dynamics

    CRM: Customer Relationship Management

    DCO: Dynamics Client for Office

    DDV: Drill Down Viewer

    EFT: Electronic Fund Transfer

    ERP: Enterprise Resource Planning

    GA: General Availability

    GL: General Ledger

    GP: Microsoft Dynamics GP (as in Great Plains)

    HR: Human Resources

    IIS: Internet Information Services

    IM: Instant Message

    IM: Integration Manager

    ISV: Integrated Software Vendor

    KPI: Key Performance Indicator

    LMT: License Model Transition

    MBL: Module Based Pricing

    MR: Management Reporter

    MRP: Manufacturing Resource Planning

    PDK: Personal Data Keeper

    PM: Payables Management

    PO: Purchase Order

    PTO: Paid Time Off

    RM: Receivables Management

    SAAS: Software as a Service

    SIS: Single Instance Storage

    SLP: System List Price

    SOP: Sales Order Processing

    SP: Sharepoint

    SPLA: Services Provider License Agreement

    SRS: SQL Reporting Services

    UI: User Interface

    VAR: Value Added Reseller

    VPC: Virtual Personal Computer

    WSF: Windows Sharepoint Foundation

    XBRL: Extensible Business Reporting Language

    I admit that there were several that I did not even know.  I had to humble myself and ask the presenter to explain and risk the jeers of my Microsoft peers more fluent in “FLA” or consult Wikipedia or this handy Microsoft acronym list I found online.

    So to translate the first phrase from Microsoft into plain English: “If you do a License Model Transition from Module Based Licensing to Business Ready Licensing in Dynamics GP, Business Portal becomes Dynamics Client for Office in Advanced Management but not Business Essentials”. Got it now?

    Do you speak Microsoft? What other Microsoft acronyms have you heard?

    By CAL Business Solutions, Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

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