Proponents for NetSuite’s web-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system say that it is the ideal fit for small to mid-size businesses because there is no software, hardware, or servers to buy upfront. Companies pay a monthly subscription based on number of users, giving them access to the benefits of ERP at a significantly lower initial cost than on-premise ERP deployments, which often require substantial upfront investment in software, equipment, and in-house IT staff.
But NetSuite is by no means the only on-demand [also known as software as a service (SaaS)] ERP application on the market. Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) also offers on-demand deployment, with these 5 key
1. Multiple deployment options
NetSuite offers only one option: on-demand deployment. But what happens when your company grows or needs change and it makes more financial sense to bring your ERP and data in-house? Will NetSuite be able to scale to grow with you? If you need to switch ERP providers, but NetSuite controls access to your data, how difficult (and expensive) would it be to switch?
With Microsoft Dynamics GP, you control your
2. More robust out-of-the-box functionality
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3. Full spectrum of customization tools
Since NetSuite is purely a web-based solution, you control neither the software nor your data. This can make it difficult and expensive to handle certain customizations, such as changing the way a process flow works or creating a report that aggregates information from multiple sources. Microsoft Dynamics GP provides a wide range of customization options, from end-user customization tools to more in-depth integration and customization.
4. Ease of use
5. Vast network of certified partners
Microsoft Dynamics has more than 2,000 certified implementation partners worldwide; that dwarfs NetSuite’s network of only a few hundred vendors. This gives you peace of mind that you can find a local expert and partner who is equipped and qualified to support you before, during and after the ERP deployment, with the bandwidth to respond quickly to your needs.
IS MICROSOFT DYNAMICS GP RIGHT FOR YOUR COMPANY?
Dynamics GP is easy to deploy and configure. And with its modular approach you gain the flexibility to license only the functions you currently need, with the option of adding users and additional capabilities in the future. To explore whether Dynamics GP is a good fit for your business, contact
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