Microsoft Great Plains implementation, customization, report design, integration and software development notes. Illinois MRP customers needs and solutions highlights
Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains is very robust mid-size ERP platform. With Microsoft Dynamics project trends, GP is now integrating with Microsoft Office product stack and exposed through such tools as eConnect and Microsoft Dexterity to Microsoft developers community. In this small article we would like to highlight Illinois businesses specifically and how Microsoft Dynamics GP fits
o Distribution & Logistics. The city of Chicago is one of the largest railway hubs, plus the west suburbs we see flourishing warehouses with light manufacturing & assembly with following delivery across the Midwest, US nationwide and Canada. Microsoft Dynamics GP could be integrated with legacy cargo tracking system through eConnect or SQL stored procedures integration. Considering XML Web Services interface option and MS SQL Server linked server mechanism – such an integration could work in cross-platform environment: Oracle, Sybase, IBM DBII data migration to GP on MS SQL Server
o Chicago downtown service businesses. Such businesses as advertisement & publishing usually needs robust collection management functionality, allowing to assign collection calls to regional and product collection officers. In recruiting & staffing you could consider deployment of some features of GP Project Accounting, where your customers are your projects and you have your temps log time & expenses against these project to be accurately billed out.
o Food Processing. This is typically referred as process manufacturing, when you can not exactly predict what will be the outcome from one unit of incoming ingredient (opposite to discrete manufacturing). Process manufacturing requires such third parties or custom modules, which allows you to catch random weight items, store them in units in your inventory and then sell by pounds to retail or small wholesale customers – this is classical Dexterity customization realm
o Agriculture. When we are talking about farmers cooperation, good example would be repair crews, serving elevators and farm machinery – Service Management Suite fits this scenario with possible customization and extended reporting