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Marcia Nita Doron, Sikich Boston

If You Believe in Tinkerbell and Microsoft Dynamics GP in the Cloud, Clap Your Hands!

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In December, just a few days before the official release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Pam Misialek from Microsoft posted an article entitled “Becoming a Believer” on the MSDN Blog about Microsoft’s journey to bring ERP into the cloud. For those of you who may not know this, GP2013 was the first release of this popular ERP system to include a Web client, and was considered by most to be a monumental achievement. This is what Pam had to say:

“While I've been known to be a realistic person and sometimes called a skeptic, for several months I barked about magic fairy dust. Over time I became a believer that we would be able to accomplish the impossible task of creating a web client.

From printing, to security, to excel reports, to performance, to customizations... For many months I had lists of concerns and not too many answers. When I asked about them the common response was, "Yes, we need to figure that out."

When we plan a major release, we start with a vision document. It frames out what we want to accomplish with the release. Our development team takes this vision and figures out how to make it a reality. During this time I had to remind myself that they are executing our the vision and although scary it was going to be epic when they finally figure it out.

Here are a few excerpts from the vision document:

A trend in the market today revolves around cloud computing. In the ERP space, customers have traditionally been slow to adopt this model due to highly confidential information being stored in a cloud environment choosing to adopt cloud for other needs like email. In a survey conducted by Moderate on behalf of Microsoft, they found that cloud computing has strong appeal provided three barriers are addressed: security, responsibility/visibility, and uptime/support.”

Pam also listed the Vision Pillars from that document which were:
- Speed to Customer Value
- Ease of Deployment
- Easy Integration in Web
- Lower ongoing Costs (IT)

Admittedly, there are still some holes in this initial release of Microsoft Dynamics GP’s Web client. But Microsoft has an aggressive timeline for filling in those holes. As a Microsoft Business Solutions partner,  we’re confident that the Web client will soon be a fully functional, viable alternative for our clients and the vision will soon be a reality.

Like Pam, there were both skeptics and believers among us. But now that we’ve had time to deploy, test, and “play around with” the new release and the Web client, we’re believers!

I’d love to hear from ERP Software Blog readers about their experiences with GP2013 and the Web client. Comments are welcome!

 By Marcia Nita Doron, Altico Advisors, Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM Partner serving New Hampshire (NH) and beyond.

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