Great Plains Consultant Selection Overview

By: Andrew Karasev

When you are thinking about implementing, upgrading or in general supporting Microsoft Dynamics GP for your organization, you should know that these services are provided through Microsoft Business Solutions channel partners. MBS can provide generic technical support, however when you are thinking about your business specifics, such as customizing GP business logic, designing reports, modifying existing screens - these projects should be entrusted to Microsoft Dynamics GP partners. When you are determined to locate GP partner, you should understand your selection options and criteria

1.Local GP partners. Local organizations typically have smaller number of consultants in stuff and provide personal-touch service. These people may be lacking advanced technical expertise and not be familiar with such advanced business logic as manufacturing, project accounting, bill of materials, human resources, but again they are handy and could be available on-call locally and be ready to stop by on short notice, when required

2.Regional GP partners. These consulting organizations typically serve such business metros as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, often having several offices scattered across the megapolis to optimize travel time and cost. It is common scenario, when regional partners are offering services and slightly higher price than local partners

3.Nation-wide partners. These organizations often are public companies, and you should expect higher technical expertise within organization, however these partners have the option to appeal to nation-wide bank of experts. Also, as every public company these partners have high level of formalization in relation to their customers, meaning strong collection and legal departments

4.Alba Spectrum Market niche. We are trying to behave as small company, while being US and Canada nationwide organization. We also deploy workforce in Manila, Philippines to fuel our GP customization and development expertise. At this time we have three offices in USA: Chicago, Houston and Naperville, IL. In other states we serve you via affiliated offices and consultants

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