Microsoft Dynamics GP Consultant Selection Overview

By: Andrew Karasev

If you think about purchasing Microsoft Great Plains as your company ERP solution, the important part if finding Microsoft Business Solutions VAR or if you are mid-size or small operation – probably just Microsoft Great Plains functional and technical consultant.? Microsoft Dynamics GP is successor of former Great Plains Software Dynamics/eEnterprise, and modern Microsoft Great Plains is pretty complex MRP system, so if you think one person is capable to support all the module, plus provide? technical consulting: installation, data conversion, massage and migration, integration with your legacy applications, train your people in all the modules: GL, Manufacturing, Sales Order Processing, plus implement web based GP Business Portal – you are probably a bit idealistic and should think about experienced consultant who can do implementation and at the same time be your project manager, capable to manage third party consultants, who specialize in specific modules.? In this small article we would like to orient you:

  • Nation-wide consulting companies.? We should give you well-known names here.? These companies typically present in major business metros and are pretty aggressive in their marketing and sales campaigns.? At the same time these companies might be at the high end of consulting rates and very robust in their collection policies.? Good point here is this – nation-wide companies are capable to bring over resources from other offices to support all the spectrum of GP modules
  • Regional consulting practices.? These MRP consulting companies typically specialize in several product lines and hit regional and local clientele via aggressive direct mail and telemarketing.? In comparison to nation-wide MBS VARs regional companies have to subcontract technically challenging projects offshore or to GP ISV, so what out if you will get the job done under the same umbrella
  • Remote Support MBS consulting companies.? These implementation partners typically have few offices within USA or Canada, from where they do sales and project management.? Remote support is typically done from country side support centers or even from offshore facilities

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