Top 5 Advantages of Microsoft Dynamics GP vs. NetSuite

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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 advantages over NetSuite.

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 deployment options – and your data – and can choose to run your system in an on-demand environment, on-premise, or a combination of the two. Moreover, you can change your deployment choice at any time, taking your data with you, whenever it makes sense for your business.

2. More robust out-of-the-box functionality


According to a December 2009 Accounting Library report, Microsoft Dynamics GP meets 84% of all requirements defined, compared to NetSuite’s 52%. The application areas mentioned in the study where Dynamics offers the greatest advantage "out-of-the-box" are Payroll, Job/ Project Costing, Fixed Assets, Budgeting, Multi-National Accounting, and Manufacturing.

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


Microsoft Dynamics GP offers a design that works like and with the Microsoft Office System, including integrations with Office Outlook, Word, and Excel. This ensures the user-interface is familiar and easy to work with for most employees, increasing the rate of staff adoption of the new system while reducing training costs.

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.



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 ERT Group at 954-825-0888.


Enterprise Resources Technology Group, Inc. (ERT Group) is a technology consulting firm that empowers companies to grow and succeed with business solutions that streamline processes, improve productivity, and squeeze more profit from operations. ERT Group is a

Florida Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a 2010 President’s Club member for Microsoft Dynamics – offering Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics ERP.

3 thoughts on “Top 5 Advantages of Microsoft Dynamics GP vs. NetSuite”

  1. can you compare netsuite and microsoft dynamic gp in terms of its vendors, partners, modules (core and extended) and add ons

  2. Microsoft Dynamics GP Enterprise Resourse Planning is organized in Series, each of which contains several modules. The typical Series are Financial, Sales, Purchasing, Inventory, Project, Payroll, Manufacturing, Company and System. The latter two contain all the necessary modules to configure various company wide and system wide options.

  3. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mid-market business accounting software or ERP Software package.Dynamics ERP systems allows easy creation and consolidation of financial statements using the same "building block" approach as used by Microsoft FRx with Rows, Columns, Trees and Catalogs and the familiar user interface used by Microsoft Office applications.Informative blog keep blogging.

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