ERP Collaboration

One of the negatives of early ERP systems was that getting information out was difficult – here is a Microsoft video on how they share data from the ERP out to Office and Sharepoint –  making it easier to get to the right decisions to keep sales growing.

We have highlighted Collaboration as a key requirement in out ERP-Checklist download.

Microsoft Dynamics SL for Government Contractors

Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) is great for project accounting and project management, making it ideal for the professional services industries. Hence why this article highlights its strengths in government projects.

A noted need is:

For government contractors, a top priority is to comply with requirement that they provide full detail of the direct, indirect, and overhead expenses associated with each line item they invoice to a government agency as it relates to the services and products they provide.

IF this type of functionality is needed for your business, add it to this ERP Needs Checklist and rate and rank the competing solutions to find the best fit.

For an understanding of how the different Microsoft ERP solutions are positioned, read this quick summary.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Video

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

Microsoft Dynamics “Cloud” Challenges

Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM for the Cloud is soon to  announced publicly – although its current beta testing is pretty broad and promotion has already begun with cross-sell offers to Siebel and users.

However, it line up of Dynamics ERP products (AX, GP, NAV and SL) don’t have short-term solutionsnto enable cloud versions. Basically the issues are:

  • The products were not built for the Cloud – they were designed some time ago for one copy of the software for one company. Web applications are more flexible, allowing many companies per copy and allowing moving of workload between systems
  • There are lots of products(AX, GP, NAV and SL) and they are all different ‘under the hood’
  • There may be a nagging doubt within Microsoft as to whether Cloud is a trend for the long term or a trend that will disappear
  • What to do with partners trained to sell products when most cloud applications are done through subscriptions and sold directly( eg Netsuite and,
  • ERP implementations are generally more complicated than a CRM implementation for example. There are more interfaces and systems that need to be integrated – and some of those no doubt will never reach the cloud!
  • Along the same lines, many Dynamics ERP implemenataitons may need other Microsoft technolgies to move at the same time – Azure, MS Office, Exchange etc.

 If you need a more technical view of this discussion,then the article by SoftwareAdvice is worth a read.

For more information on  Dynamics CRM 2011 product  visit our sister site CRM-Guidebooks.

Top ERP Predictions

Here are some predictions from IDG, a publisher in the IT industry on the ERP market.

Read this in association with our Top 10 ERP Trends Guidebook.

  1. ERP gets serious in the cloud – follows CRM and HR applications
  2. 3rd party maintenance in limbo – so vendors will continue to charge highly
  3. ERP gets Social – adding Social media type tool to ERP to help with collaboration and real-time information
  4. Mobility – extending business processes out
  5. Mergers and Acquisitions to continue
  6. Oracle Fusion arrives – when Oracle bought JD Edwards and People-Soft it mapped out a new product set called Fusion – so here it is at last
  7. Microsoft Dynamics has CEO focus – Steve Balmer is focussed on this area like never before, so expect some aggressive moves

The full article is available on Yahoo!