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Why Choose Dynamics GP

Learn The Lingo: Glossary for Fixed Asset Management in Microsoft Dynamics GP

Fixed Asset Management in Microsoft Dynamics GP is a powerful tool.  It is good to make sure everyone on your team is familiar with the lingo. In the official Fixed Asset Management Guide for Microsoft Dynamics GP you will find a glossary with the definitions for the following terms: Account ACRS (Accelerated Cost Recovery System) […]

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90 Fixed Asset Reports Available in Microsoft Dynamics GP

Dynamics GP users love reports. Did you know that there are 90 reports available, out of the box, for just the Fixed Asset Management module in Microsoft Dynamics GP? You can use Fixed Asset Management reports to review your asset activity and spot transaction errors. You also can use reports to gather required information for […]

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Why I Don’t Trust Expensive ERP Discovery Studies

I hate it when companies are over-sold by a salesperson. In my experience, one of the most guaranteed ways to buy more than you need is to pay for an expensive discovery report before you buy Dynamics GP. I just met with a distribution company using Microsoft Dynamics GP. They had paid $12,000 to a large Dynamics GP partner for a “business analysis”.  I saw a copy of the report. I was not impressed.  Now, almost 2 years later this company is way over budget and they are still not where they should be at this point.

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Who is Required to E-file Tax Returns and How Can It Be Done in Dynamics GP?

There are a number of great reasons to file your payroll and business taxes electronically this year. One of the best reasons is to go green. Want to save paper? Of course you do. Who doesn’t?

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Can I Still Buy Great Plains Accounting Software?

The software has certainly improved over the years, but the core features users loved about Great Plains software are still the same. Dynamics GP is still a stable, core financial system that just works.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP Pricing Guidelines for Distribution Companies

The price of Microsoft Dynamics GP financial accounting software systems for distributors can vary widely. You may need simple inventory tracking all the way up to a full warehouse management system (WMS). In order to start the conversation, and make sure we are all in the same ballpark, here are some guidelines.

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Who Provides Microsoft Dynamics GP Support for Distribution Companies?

Many distribution companies own a Microsoft Dynamics GP solution. Perhaps you even purchased it back in the old “Great Plains” days. Your business may have started out simple, and Dynamics GP (Great Plains) was just your core financial system. Over the years maybe you added on other disparate systems for inventory management and product configuration.

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5 Signs You Need Better Inventory Management Software

Does your distribution company need better inventory management software? Here are 5 signs that you to make a change:

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How To Set Up PIN Code to Place an Order With A New Dynamics GP Partner

Our team has been placing Dynamics GP orders for decades and we have always told companies that we can only place orders for them if we are their official “Microsoft Partner of Record”. Apparently that has now changed, and orders can be placed by any partner.

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SalesPad Panels Report: A Review of Web Portal in SalesPad for Dynamics GP

The SalesPad web portal is not very widely used right now, but I think that is going to change. A great session at the SalesPad Panels event had to do with SalesPad’s web portal. This tool is still pretty new, I think they started talk about it about a year ago. Although not too many clients used it now, SalesPad is working on development and I think as it becomes a more mature product, it will be more viable for additional clients.

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SalesPad Panels Report: Security Script Manager in SalesPad for Microsoft Dynamics GP

One of my favorite sessions at the SalesPad Panels 2015 event was about scripting in SalesPad. We have talked before about SalesPad’s flexibility and what you can do with SalesPad scripts but this session was geared towards the people who are writing the scripts and helping us to write them better. And the things SalesPad is doing to make writing scripts better and easier within the software. In the latest version of SalesPad 4.4.1.0, which was just released a couple of days ago, they have cool new functionality called Security Script Manager.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Strategy and Roadmap Through 2016

Once you make an investment in a product you want to know the roadmap, the direction where it is headed. Microsoft Dynamics makes that information very clear. Check out the published “Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap” graphic and download the latest “Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Strategy Statement of Direction PDF”

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37 Free but Dangerously Powerful PSTL Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Before 2012 Dynamics GP users had to pay a fee for these tools and they were not cheap. Then Microsoft made them all available for free. And now some of the most popular tools have been incorporated right into the main Dynamics GP system. But if you want to use the rest of the free PSTL tools they still need to be specifically installed or activated in your Dynamics GP system.

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Video: How Much Does Microsoft Dynamics GP Cost?

It’s not as easy as finding a price tag on the bottom of the box and software is only a fraction of the total cost. There are four main areas that you need to keep in mind. Licenses, maintenance, services and hardware. Find out more about each cost and where to get detailed information.

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George’s Four Favorite Reasons to Upgrade to Dynamics GP 2015

Dynamics GP 2015 has been out for almost 6 months now, and summer is a great time to plan your upgrade. Here are a few features that I am the most excited about in Dynamics GP 2015.

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Is ACA Reporting the Reason to Stop Outsourcing Payroll for Dynamics GP?

Are you thinking about Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance? If you use Dynamics GP and outsource your payroll functions, now is the time to evaluate bringing payroll in house.

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Prospective ERP Buyers Survey Helps New Buyers Avoid Problems

Problems? Aren’t EAP systems supposed to solve problems, not cause them? Sure. But hasty choices, a poor fit or the wrong expectations can sour what should be an exciting step forward for your company. This is where your fellow buyers fit in. The features that new buyers are looking for can assist you when setting […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #10 Can we improve the efficiency of our picking processes?

Picking processes are as unique as the distributors that deploy them. Efficient and flexible picking systems need to factor in all of the variables, from expiration dates to shipping methods, that are unique to the products and the company procedures. The right answer The number of variables involved in optimizing the picking process for your […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #9 Will managers be able to analyze sales data to monitor unique KPIs?

The sales managers that oversee the day-to-day operation of your sales organization know what it takes to be successful. They aren’t interested in dashboards that were designed by someone else. They want access to detailed order data and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that they can slice, dice and display what they know is important. The […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #8 Can employees customize screens to meet their needs?

Every person thinks and works a bit differently. In the past workers had to adjust to the way the system presented information. There was no choice unless you enlisted the help of a programmer to customize the application for certain users. The right answer The proliferation of apps has changed everyone’s perception of what software […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #7 Will we have insight into pricing and margins at the line item level?

There was a time when pricing was simple. Yearly or quarterly product catalogs included columns listing standard prices at lot quantities. Now that customers can search online for anything and compare prices easily, static pricing is a thing of the past. To compete on price your sales reps need to know the margins for each […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #6 Can we automate all customers notifications?

In business, surprises are usually not a good thing. Most of the time, an unexpected turn of events leads to delays and missed deadlines. Automated status updates that keep your customers informed of progress and delays help them plan and avoid situations that cost them money. The right answer Just as we have become accustomed […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #5 Does the purchase order process automate drop ship and replenishment?

In the past, the practice of accumulating backorders over the day or week to place a master purchase order was the norm. Manually matching up the backorders when stock arrived was a time consuming and error-prone process. Orders sitting on the dock were held up waiting for that one last item to arrive. Those are […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #4 Will sales have access to customer and sales data on their mobile device?

Making it easy for your field sales team to do business in the field means full access to information through their mobile device. No switching to the laptop to take notes, or telling the customer you will have to call them back with answers. Immediate information at their fingertips. The right answer Getting information in […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #3 Can we check inventory status during the order entry process?

While this question may seem obvious, it is surprising the number of distributors who are still taking orders without basic inventory information. Customers don’t appreciate being put on hold while the service rep calls the warehouse to see if a critical item is in stock. The right answer Order takers – whether they are in […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #2 Can we monitor orders at every step in the process?

As orders, the lifeblood of your organization, flow through your business management systems, they should be visible and monitored from entry to delivery. Batch processing in most legacy systems doesn’t allow your team to handle exceptions proactively and answer customer inquiries quickly. The right answer Distributors on the leading edge are using rules-based workflow that […]

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10 Questions Every Distribution Company Needs to Ask Before Buying Accounting Software – #1 Will we have access to centralized order and customer information?

When a customer calls to place an order, your sales rep should be able to access all the information needed to process the order in one application, better yet, one screen. Customers don’t appreciate being put on hold while they wait for the service rep to look up their discount terms or why there is […]

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NPR Graph Tracks the Typical American Workday – How Dynamics GP Can Help

Published by NPR, the survey report includes interactive graphs that plot each occupation and the hours people surveyed work. Visit: Who’s In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph

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How Many Companies Use Microsoft Dynamics ERP?

A question that people evaluating Microsoft Dynamics GP often ask me is, “how many companies are using Microsoft Dynamics?” Here are the official counts from Convergence 2013. Breakdown of the Microsoft Dynamics customer numbers by product: Microsoft Dynamics® AX 18,000 companies Microsoft Dynamics® GP 43,000 companies Microsoft Dynamics® NAV 94,000 companies Microsoft Dynamics® SL 13,500 […]

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PRESS RELEASE: CAL Business Solutions Chosen As Contributor For New White Paper Highlighting 25 Brilliant Ways Companies Can Use Microsoft Dynamics ERP Software As a Competitive Advantage

HARWINTON, CT, November 23, 2012  – CAL Business  Solutions, a Connecticut based  Microsoft Dynamics GP partner, announces the release of a new white paper  titled , 25 Brilliant Ideas to Outsmart Your Competition with Microsoft  Dynamics ERP. CAL Business Solutions was chosen by the ERP Software Blog to be part of a panel of 21 […]

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