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Microsoft Dynamics GP – So much more than GLAPAR


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By Karen Jernstrom, Altico Advisors

I’ve been into retail analogies lately.  Don’t ask me why.  In a recent post here on the ERP Software Blog I talked about the iconic red “easy” button that has become synonymous with Staples.  And for some reason, when pondering what I’d like to write next about Microsoft Dynamics GP, what came to mind was the Burlington Coat Factory tag line:  “More than Just Coats. “

It’s been 10 years since Microsoft purchased Great Plains, a popular and widely used software application that was mostly known for its robust core accounting functionality, fondly called GLAPAR.  That’s pronounced “glapper” as in a 1920s “flapper.”  GLAPAR, for the uninitiated, stands for General Ledger (GL), Accounts Payable (AP), and Accounts Receivable (AR).  In the 10 years since the Microsoft acquisition, not only has the product been renamed (now Microsoft Dynamics GP), it has also benefited from Microsoft’s deep pockets, i.e. a major infusion of cash for R&D and functional enhancements.

The result is that Microsoft Dynamics GP is a leading edge, full service Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution with soup to nuts functionality.  So when I say that Microsoft Dynamics GP is “More than Just Accounting,” I’m not even doing justice to GP, because GP is now financial management, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Materials Requirements Planning (MRP), Forecasting and Budgeting, Inventory Control, Warehouse Management, Manufacturing Bill of Materials (BOM), Master Production Scheduling, Returns Management, Project Accounting, and more, and more, and more yet.

So since a picture is worth a thousand words and I have no desire for this blog post to run into the thousands of words, here’s a  picture that says:  “Microsoft Dynamics GP is not your grandfather’s Great Plains anymore.”

Business Essentials

The Business Essentials edition includes ALL of the following components:

Advanced Management

The Advanced Management edition includes ALL of the Business Essentials component PLUS the following components:

Account Level Security

Analytical Accounting

Bank Reconciliation

Customer Service Management

Customization Site License

Electronic Bank Management

Electronic Banking Suite

Encumbrance Management

Field Level Security

Fixed Asset Management

General Ledger with AFA

Integration Manager - Conversions

Intercompany

Inventory Control

Invoicing

Landed Cost

management Reporter Designer User

Multicurrency Management

Payables Management

Purchase Order Processing/Receiving

Receivables Management

Safe Pay

Sales Management

Sales Order Processing

Available to Promise

Bill of Materials

Cash Flow Management

Collections Management

Contract Administration

Customer Service Management

Customer/Vendor Consolidations

Grant Management

Key Performance Indicators

Lockbox Processing

Manufacturing Bill of Materials

Manufacturing Order Processing

Master Production Scheduling

Materials Requirements Planning

Microsoft Forecaster

National Accounts

PO Generator

Process Server

Project Accounting

Project Time and Expense

Refund Checks

Returns Management

Revenue/Expense Deferrals

Sales Management

Business Essentials a la Carte

A la carte components compatible with the Business Essentials Edition. These components must be purchased individually:

Advanced Management a la Carte

A la carte components compatible with the Advanced Management edition. These additional components must be purchased individually:

Additional Languages

Bill of Materials

Cashbook Bank Management

Concur Expense Integrator

Customer Service Management

Customization Suite

Electronic Reconciliation Management

Enterprise Reporting Base Pack

Enterprise Reporting Designer User

Enterprise Reporting Viewer User

External Connector

Federal Magnetic Media

Human Resources

Human Resources—Advanced

Integration Suite

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Adaptor for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Professional Server

Microsoft Dynamics GP Extender

Microsoft Dynamics GP Light User

Microsoft® SharePoint® Server

Modifier with Visual Basic® for Applications

Payroll—Advanced

Payroll—Canada

Payroll—United States

Payroll Connect

Payroll Direct Deposit

Position Control

PTO Manager

Risk Management Suite

Sales Management

SmartList Builder

Advanced Management

Additional Languages

Benefit Self Service Suite (United States)

Cashbook Bank Management

Concur Expense Integrator

Customer Service Management

Customization Suite

Depot Management

Distribution Suite

Electronic Reconciliation Management

Enterprise Reporting Base Pack

Enterprise Reporting Designer User

Enterprise Reporting Viewer User

Extended Pricing

External Connector

Federal Magnetic Media

Human Resources

Human Resources—Advanced

Integration Suite

Manufacturing Suite

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Adaptor for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GP Extender

Microsoft Dynamics GP Light UserMicrosoft Forecaster (per Each Additional Named User)

Microsoft Forecaster (Unlimited Users)

Microsoft SharePoint Server

Modifier with Visual Basic for Applications

Payroll—Advanced

Payroll—Canada

Payroll—United States

Payroll Connect

Payroll Direct Deposit

Position Control

Preventive Maintenance

PTO Manager

Risk Management Suite

Sales Management

Service Call Management

SmartList Builder

I’d be happy to explain the difference between the versions referenced in the snapshot below, Business Essentials  and Advanced Management.   But you can pretty much see for yourself that whichever one you choose, you’re getting a ton of functionality.  The type face in the snapshot is a bit small, so if you’re having trouble reading the module list,  you can download the Dynamics GP 2010 Overview brochure.

On a serious note, moving past the Staples “easy” button and the Burlington Coat Factory tag line, if I’ve piqued your interest in what a fully integrated Microsoft Dynamics GP system can do for you and your company, contact us or request an instant GP quote.

Submitted by Altico Advisors, Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner for Manufacturing and Distribution serving New Hampshire (NH)

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