I got the chance to interview Mark Polino a Microsoft Certified IT Professional for Dynamics GP. He is a well-known MVP in the MS Great Plains community. I attended Dynamics Decisions 2011 and I thought he did a wonderful job speaking about the worst mistakes that you can make with Dynamics GP, which was really helpful because I’m new to the system. These are the questions he was asked:
1. When did you realize this would be your career?
In my first few years as a consultant, I realized that my experience with Dynamics GP gave me an advantage even if I chose to go back into the industry. When I moved out of consulting and into a controller role for a while it made a huge difference in getting the job.
2. In 2010, you wrote the book “Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Cookbook” what was your inspiration for writing it?
I had built several “50 Tips in 50 Minutes for Dynamics GP” presentations that got great reactions. I was considering building them into an eBook and mentioned that to my friend and fellow MVP, Mariano Gomez. He was talking to a publisher about a book and he put me in touch with Packt Publishing. The rest is history and the publisher’s help made a huge difference in delivering a better book.
3. What are you current projects now? Are you planning on writing another book or speaking at an upcoming event?
I have a number of speaking engagements lined up including a pile of presentations at Convergence 2012 in Houston. I’ve written a number of fictional short stories to illustrate Dynamics GP features in a different way. There are a few more projects in the works are, but none of them are far enough along to discuss just yet.
4. What would you say is the strongest feature in Microsoft Dynamics GP?
I think there are two. The first is its strong financial features. This provides a solid underpinning for Dynamics GP. Second is a strong ISV/Partner channel. This provides ways to extend Dynamics GP into places no one can foresee.
5. What is the biggest problem that you’ve observed that new users face?
It’s still training/training/training. Companies don’t want to pay for. Training gets delivered at implementation and maybe never again so new users only get what’s passed down. People learn more about what’s already in their system after an upgrade, even though much of the functionality isn’t new. Companies think ERP should be easy to use. It is, but Angry Birds is even easier and there are more than 56,000 videos of walkthroughs of Angry Birds. This idea of the software being so intuitive that we don’t need to train is simply unrealistic.
6. What do you think the future of Cloud ERP holds
Cloud ERP will bring greater accessibility, that is, ERP in more places. It may ultimately reduce flexibility. It will be harder for companies to customize ERP systems in the way they have in the past. Frankly, this is both good and bad. It keeps companies from making mistakes like customizing new systems to look just like their old systems, but it may make sales harder for more horizontally focused systems.
You can visit Mark Polino website here: http://msdynamicsgp.blogspot.com/
By: Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner
What if I told you there was a way you could eliminate up to half of your spending on costly resources while increasing your company’s productivity? The answer is simple – consider implementing cloud technologies in your day to day operations.
In today’s competitive world, companies are always looking for ways to stand out from their competition. Businesses in fields such as accounting, healthcare, marketing, consulting or law spend their precious resources, time and energy managing operations which range from collecting time and expenses and approvals to invoicing customers and collections.
Considering the benefits in terms of cost, manpower, control and accessibility, it’s no surprise that many corporate companies are now looking into implementing a cloud solution for the business software they use to manage administrative or financial tasks. The following explains how cloud technologies can benefit not only regular businesses, but service businesses as well.
- It saves you money and time – As previously mentioned, service companies spend their valuable time and money collecting expenses and time from their field personnel while they should be focusing on delivering value to customers. By including cloud technologies like web-based time and expense reporting in your company, you can reduce paperwork, and costs by allowing employees to access data at various locations.
- It increases productivity – Cloud integration breaks traditional boundaries in business. With cloud, businesses are now able to communicate, share files, and interact with clients or employees around the world with more ease. Projects can continue to move along even when employees are away for travel or not in the office.
- It can help gain a greater competitive advantage - Cloud based integration can help gain new customers and boost market share because of its ease of use and how it enables you to focus more time on your customers.
- It can enable better customer satisfaction – In a service based business, you want to spend the majority of your time and energy on your customers. Utilizing cloud can help simplify IT operations and improve your customer experience.
- You gain better control of your business – Cloud technologies make navigating through your company’s data and information effortless. It also makes delegating tasks less complicated due to increased accessibility to your company's files and documents. For a growing service business, it can help a company quickly adapt to market demands.
Competition in the services business market continues to increase. By taking advantage of cloud technologies, like Cloud Dynamics GP by WebSan, you can stay ahead of the curve and focus on what’s important – the customer. So, why not try it out?
By: Mabelle Gonzales, Marketing Coordinator at WebSan Solutions Inc, a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner.
A CEO plays one of the most important roles in a business and has a tremendous amount of responsibility. So some people may say, “I would never want to be a CEO, it’s just too much”. But I say, “If you increase your business intelligence using Microsoft GP, it is a breeze.” Now you’ll have more knowledge to:
Make better business decisions
- You don’t have to solely rely on advisors, consultants and employees because you have educated yourself about what’s been going on in the company.
Use a tool you are already familiar with to reduce operational costs
- With more than 200+ built in Excel reports it is easier to observe changes in the company and react to market conditions rapidly.
Achieve your budget and forecast targets more consistently
- Productivity improves because budgeting will be more accurate and planning will be more organized.
Be notified about key changes in your business rapidly
- Be anywhere in the world and enable the system to alert YOU proactively when key metrics change
With this new found awareness it is easier to track many things in your company using Microsoft GP. If this has not persuaded you to at least see what Microsoft Dynamics GP can do for you, then I’m assuming you’re already profitable and as happy as you can be.
By Natalie Williams, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner
I frequently receive questions from Clients regarding our Hosted Dynamics GP solution, so I thought I would publish our "FAQ" document on our blog for all to see. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us and we can help you with any inquiry you may have.
Q: What is the cost of Hosted Dynamics GP?
A: You will need to contact us in order to discuss your requirements in a bit more detail so that we can provide you with a quote customized to your needs.
Q: Who owns the data?
A: The Client owns the data and WebSan Solutions owns the application as well as any customizations and/or enhancements made to it.
Q: Where is the data hosted?
A: The data is hosted in a secure, Tier II data center located in Toronto.
Q: How often is my data backed up?
A: Data is backed up nightly, with offsite backups taken weekly.
Q: How can I own my own customizations?
A: You will need to purchase “Modifier”, which is the standard MS toolkit that it used to customize Dynamics GP.
Q: What about updates to the system? Are upgrades pushed, or are they coordinated with the Client? Are there any fees for an upgrade?
A: No charge for an upgrade Upgrades are coordinated with the Client Only charged for Professional services if there is additional training or the Client wants to take advantage of new functionality in the latest release.
Q: Is it a multi-tenant environment, or is our system on its own server?
A: Each Client has their own "virtual" server, with Windows, SQL (database) and Dynamics GP installed on it. No data is shared amongst Clients and each Client only has access to their environment
Q: How is the system accessed?
A: Dynamics GP is accessed via Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote apps via Internet Explorer on your local computer
Q: Does anything need to be installed on my computer to enable access to the system?
A: No, as long as you are running Windows XP SP3 (or above) and on Internet Explorer 7 or above, that is all you need.
Q: What about my local printers and drives? Will those be accessible from Dynamics GP?
A: Yes, the system automatically maps your computer's drives and printers each time you log in. This is a standard feature with RemoteApps.
The rise of cloud computing has led to a strong push from many companies to adopt security and data portability in a cloud environment. Cloud computing, otherwise known as SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), allows you to have your data and applications available to you virtually anywhere via the Internet.
Companies large and small are looking to the cloud as their future. All of this sounds good right? The only problem is that these companies cannot carefully self-manage their own IT projects to fulfill their future needs; projects grow in size and costs eventually run over budget.
There is a solution. When partnering with an experienced vendor such as WebSan Solutions Inc., your company will experience distinguished service and support when moving to the cloud. WebSan Solutions Inc. will strive to use our leading solutions to your company’s benefit in order to make the transition smooth and help your company move forward.
Cloud Dynamics GP is crucial for companies looking to propel forward but don’t get lost while you’re in the transition.
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