Your ERP Future

Al Schuette / June 05, 2020
Your ERP Future
“Cloud-based” ERP packages are getting all the press and promotion, much like Windows-based ERP packages 25 years ago.  We have checked out many options, including Intacct, Acumatica and Microsoft’s Dynamics Business Central.  We’ve found these to be developing products, much like the Windows-based packages of the mid-1990’s.  They are adding features (like landed cost, serial and lot tracked inventory, integrated field service, and manufacturing modules) that Dynamics GP has had for over 15 years.  Many of the Dynamics GP add-on applications are being ported to work with these products because that functionality isn’t otherwise available in these young products.

We find that Dynamics GP still offers a richer range of capabilities, a wider variety of add-on solutions and a significantly lower cost of ownership than the subscription-based packages being heavily promoted today.  As those packages continue to mature over the next decade, we anticipate the time when they can be used to provide a better overall solution, but that just isn’t the case yet.

Dynamics GP has included an integrated graphical dashboard for over 10 years.  It tightly integrates with the latest versions of Office 365, supports workflow automation that includes the ability to do review and approval from your email application, and provides deep functionality when run from a URL in your web browser, all while being hosted in Azure or AWS.  But unlike many other packages, it can also be housed on your local network where your data never leaves your premises.

We continue to feature Dynamics GP because it offers the best toolset to help us address your business problems today.  It took about 10 years for Windows-based Dynamics GP to really be a compelling, cost-effective replacement for Great Plains Accounting (for DOS).  We are committed to continuing to evaluate cloud-based solutions so we can recommend one of them when they truly offer our clients the better value.
Al Schuette
About the Author

Al Schuette
Senior ERP Consultant

Al brings his experience as a computer programmer, information technology manager, business consultant, and entrepreneur/business owner to his clients. He has been active in the manufacturing sector throughout his career and holds an APICS certification in integrated resources management.  He has worked extensively with a variety of wholesale distributors and enjoys helping clients implement improvements in their supply chain and inventory management.  Al has extensive expertise in assisting organizations that currently are, or wish to, utilize job Project Accounting within Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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