Microsoft ERP Pricing Promotion

A new customer offer from Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Called the Dynamics ERP “Give Me 5” program

The promotion aims at  new customers of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL who purchase a license for a “Foundation Pack” from participating resellers. For approximately $3,000, they will receive licenses for the first user plus four additional users (5 in total). The exact price will vary according to the amounts specified by the retailers offering the deals.

The promotional offer applies to both Business Essentials and Advanced Management editions of all three software products. Customers are only eligible if they have not previously licensed any version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, GP, or SL. The offer is available now and will remain open until June 22, 2012, just enough time to get it in the budget for next year. You can read the full terms of the Dynamics Give Me Five promotion via this download.

 

ERP Vendors

The basic ten step process for choosing an ERP is:

  1. Identifying the business ‘pain’ that needs fixing
  2. Pulling together the needs for the business together
  3. Review the ERP Guidebooks site
  4. Define Requirements, Objectives and Results you want
  5. Review Shortlist supplied by ERP Guidebooks
  6. Ensure Vendors can meet your needs
  7. Shortlist two Vendors
  8. Conduct an Evaluation
  9. Negotiate
  10. Choose the Vendor and Deploy your solution

This section looks at various vendors at a summary level, where their solutions are targeted and the pros and cons of each. These are the summary reasons of why we make recommendations. We cover some corporate content,  where to find out more information, where they blog, what they tweet etc. They are in no particular order.

  • Oracle
  • Microsoft
  • NetSuite
  • SAP
  • Sage
  • MYOB
  • Epicor

Oracle

Oracle  offers its database, tools, and application products, along with related consulting, education, and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world.  Within the applications market it offers E-Business Suite, Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and PeopleSoft.

Oracle has grown primarily through acquisition of best-of-breed point solutions and has merged the JD Edwards Enterprise One functionality into Oracle EBS. Oracle EBS is comprised of over ten product lines, each of them having several modules that are licensed separately. Oracle’s best-of-breed approach, on the other hand, allows for more flexibility to accommodate changing business needs, but this strength can become a weakness when it becomes harder to enforce standardised processes across a larger organisation.

JD Edwards supports the manufacturing industry especially well. It is an integrated applications suite of comprehensive ERP software that supports a wide variety of business processes with one common database. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has an open platform which provides for a broad support for different operating systems, databases, and middleware from Oracle and other vendors. PeopleSoft targets large organizations, especially in the public sector and financial service sector.

PeopleSoft has eight different application solutions such as financials, supply chain, HR, CRM and so on, among which HR and CRM solutions are the most desirable. Before being acquired by Oracle, PeopleSoft suite was initially based on a client-server approach with a dedicated client. The current PeopleSoft version is based on a web-centric design which allows all of a company’s business functions to be accessed and run on a web browser.

Blogs/Website

Corporate Site http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/index.html

Blog http://blogs.oracle.com/applications/

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/OracleEPMBI

Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics is a line of business management solutions that enable companies and their people to make business decisions. Microsoft Dynamics offers a range of business applications designed to help midsized businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners, and suppliers by automating and streamlining financial, customer relationship, and supply chain processes.

This is a summary of the positioning and relative strengths of various Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) is solid, easy-to-use, low-cost, and offers well-developed pre-packaged functionality for accounting, e-commerce, and manufacturing.

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) is great for project accounting and project management, making it ideal for the professional services industries.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) supports a large number of languages, giving it more global reach.  It is highly flexible and modular, offering customers the ability to customise its tools to meet manufacturing and distribution needs. In terms of scalability, however, it is better for local, rather than centralised large-scale enterprise deployments.

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) is the right choice if you need enterprise scalability. It is highly customisable, offering an “integrated development environment (IDE) and multi-tier architecture”.  That translates into easy customisation, giving on-site developers the ability to create new features whenever the business growth requires it.

 

Blogs/Websites

For more information – vist the the ERP Partner blog for Microsoft Dynamics

 

Corporate Site http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/en/gb/default.aspx

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/MSFTDynamicsERP

 

NetSuite

NetSuite targets growing midmarket business with its Web-based business-management system. The company’s NetSuite application includes modules for ERP, CRM, e-commerce, marketing automation and more. NetSuite serves customers across a variety of industries, such as software, finance, education, manufacturing and retail.

NetSuite provides online, hosted customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software designed to help small and midsized companies manage their businesses and automate their processes. NetSuite’s software handles such functions as sales, customer communications, order management, inventory management, finance, e-commerce, time and billing, and Web site management.

NetSuite provides midsize businesses on demand web-based business applications to run their entire company. NetSuite  provides integrated front office customer relationship management (CRM), back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP), and ecommerce in one powerful application with the modularity and flexibility necessary to meet your specific business needs.

NetSuite holds all corporate data in a single database, giving you access to your key performance metrics on a customisable, real-time dashboard and does not require synchronisation between disparate systems.

NetSuite’s hosted, web-based services and solutions are delivered on demand for robust, end-to-end ERP and business process management.

NetSuite Offers products either as standalone or integrated. The major delineations are:

  • NetSuite – for Financials, CRM or Ecommerce
  • NetSuite OpenAir – a version for professional services organisations
  • NetSuite OneWorld  –  real-time global business management and financial consolidation to mid-sized companies with multinational and multi-subsidiary operations.

Blogs/Website

http://www.netsuiteblogs.com/

Corporate Site

http://www.netsuite.com

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/NetSuite

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/NetSuite

 

SAP

SAP has a range of options for potential and current customers

  • SAP Business One
  • SAP Business ByDesign
  • Business All-in-One
  • SAP Business Suite

SAP is one of the leading international providers of business software. SAP has more than 109,000 customers in over 120 countries and employs 53,000 people at locations in more than 50 countries.

Based on SAP’s technology platform NetWeaver, SAP Business Suite is a set of integrated business applications that provides industry-specific functionality and scalability. Although very powerful, SAP can be more difficult to change as a business evolves. This is both a strength and a weakness: it is tightly integrated and helps enforce standardised business processes across an enterprise, but it can be more difficult to modify the software to adjust to evolving core processes and requirements.

SAP’s other core offerings include SAP Business All-in-One and SAP Business One. SAP Business All-in-One is a comprehensive integrated enterprise software which offers industry-oriented solutions. Different from SAP Business Suite, All-in-One focuses on small or midsize companies. SAP Business All-in-One is template-based version of SAP Business Suite.

SAP Business One is a single, integrated application designed for small companies with less than 100 employees. It mainly supports retail, wholesale, services, and manufacturing. With third party add-ons, SAP Business One is able to support over 10 industries.

In order to meet the needs of small or mid-size businesses, SAP now delivers a SaaS solution.  SAP ByDesign supports companies with 100 – 500 employees. As a SaaS-type on-demand system, SAP ByDesign has low upfront costs and may require fewer IT resources than traditional ERP software.

Blog

http://blogs.sap.com/

Corporate Site http://www.sap.com

Twitter

SME http://twitter.com/#!/SAP4SME

By Design http://twitter.com/#!/SAPByDesign

Sage

The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. For more than 30 years, Sage has delivered easy-to-use, scalable, and customisable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, merchant services, time tracking, as well as for the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit, and real estate industries.

Sage Accpac ERP

Sage Accpac is equipped to meet small- to mid-sized business demands and is able to handle to over 400 users with a choice of operating systems and database platforms.

Bundled with SageCRM, Sage Accpac Extended Enterprise Suite allows organisations to carry out  sales, marketing, and customer service functions for greater cost savings and higher revenues.

With a track record of customers in 169 countries, Sage Accpac provides companies with capabilities to manage their global business including multicurrency and multi-location functionality, multi-jurisdiction compliance, and multiple language versions.

Sage ERP X3

Sage ERP X3 is a software suite with advanced, simple, and cost-effective business applications designed to meet the functionality requirements of mid-to-large distributors and manufacturers.

It offers first-class integrated functionality in the areas of finance, sales, CRM, inventory management, while remaining affordable, quick to implement, and simple for users

Sage ERP X3 is a multi-audit system available in 8 languages and legislations.

Blog/Websites

http://www.sage.co.uk/blog/

Corporate http://www.sage.co.uk/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP5SYXuWwOw

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/sageERP/

Epicor

Epicor Software is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability.

Epicor’s ERP solutions help midmarket organizations and divisions and subsidiaries of  Global companies to maximize their most important resources for profitable growth. Solutions are available for a number of industries including manufacturing, distribution, services, hospitality and retail.

At the core of Epicor is an adaptable, collaborative architecture that delivers business management, providing real time, in-context business insight throughout any manufacturing environment.

Epicor is a multidimensional solution uniquely equipped with rich feature sets supporting  environment including make-to-order (MTO), engineer-to-order (ETO), configure-to-order (CTO), mixed-mode, make-to-stock and discrete manufacturing. In addition to a full range of manufacturing capabilities, Epicor extends tools across back-office processes including financial management, customer relationship management, sales and customer service, providing real-time, in context information to employees from the shop floor to the top floor.

Blog

www.epicor.com

Corporate Blog http://blogs.epicor.com/connectedenterprise/

http://www.youtube.com/epicor

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/epicor

 

MYOB

MYOB is traditionally thought of as the powerhouse small business accounting package in ANZ. They have now extended their product line to include MYOB EXO for medium sized business to migrate to as they grow.

MYOB EXO Business is a complete fully integrated financial and business management system consisting of modules supporting Finance, Job Costing, Point of Sale, Fixed Assets, Customer Management, Reporting and Inventory Control. EXO Business will provide a business management view of an entire operation.

EXO Business is the next step in the MYOB product range and is perfectly suited to organisations that require:

  • A large number of users across multiple locations
  • Stricter control over the general ledger
  • Graphical visibility via management dashboards into how your business is performing
  • Advanced stock management across multiple warehouse locations
  • Importing of stock from overseas suppliers
  • Management of jobs, including, quoting, labour charges, tracking and reporting
  • Assembly of goods
  • High volume of transactions.
  • Compatibility

The Modules in our EXO Business system are part of an integrated business solution and are fully compatible with each other, meaning you can add modules as and when you need to

 

Blog/Websites

http://myob.com.au/blog/

http://myob.com.au/

You Tube

http://www.youtube.com/MYOBAustralia

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/MYOBTeam

 

ERP Vendors – microsoft

This week in Atlanta, Microsoft are running their Convergence user conference.

The key announcement was that

the company revealed a path for its ERP customers to move to the cloud with the next major releases of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, which will run on the Windows Azure platform.

This means that the next version of Dynamics SL, GP, NAV and AX will be both available as Cloud and On-premise applications.

In addition Microsoft introduced Dynamics AX 2012. This is the high end Microsoft solution that competes with the likes of SAP and Oracle.

The beta of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will be released in April 2011. The final release is expected to be generally available in August 2011.

More information on this release is here.

In addition Microsoft announced that:

  1. Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is now generally available
  2. The On-premise version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is now available ( you can have it on the cloud or in your own offices)
  3. Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 with improved integration with Dynamics CRM is available
  4. Dynamics GP 2010 R2 will be generally available on May 1, 2011


Microsoft Dynamics GP – Manufacturing Video

Microsoft Dynamics GP is aimed at manufacturing companies. Here is a video testimonial of one.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Video

Here is a testimonial video for the Dynamics GP product – done by the American Red Cross. Covers benefits and functionality.

Which Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solution is Best?

This is a summary of the positioning and relative strengths of various Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solutions.

Consider this with our ERP Checklist – that looks at 150+ ERP functions to consider and evaluate.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) is solid, easy-to-use, low-cost, and offers well-developed pre-packaged functionality for accounting, e-commerce, and manufacturing. 

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) is great for project accounting and project management, making it ideal for the professional services industries.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) supports a large number of languages, giving it more global reach.  It is highly flexible and modular, offering customers the ability to customize its tools to meet manufacturing and distribution needs. In terms of scalability, however, it is better for local singly-control enterprise firms, rather than centrally-control large-scale enterprise deployments.

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) is the right choice if you need enterprise scalability. It is highly customizable, offering an “integrated development environment (IDE) and multi-tier architecture”.  That translates into easy customization, giving on-site developers the ability to create new features whenever the business growth requires it.

For more information – vist the the ERP Partner blog for Microsoft Dynamics

Interested in Microsoft Dynamics GP?

If Microsoft Dynamics is on your ‘short-list’ of vendors to evaluate, then here’s some good content for you to review.

This is an ERP blog that appears to be written by the partner network. In this case it relates to Manufacturing Functionality on Costing and Inventory Control. This is the first of 5 blog posts.

Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) is solid, easy-to-use, low-cost, and offers well-developed pre-packaged functionality for accounting, e-commerce, and manufacturing.