Great Plains Feature Overview | Ecommerce Shopping Cart Features

By: Andrew Karasev

Microsoft Dynamics GP has very robust Sales order Processing module, which is typically the subject for e-commerce integrations, and in this small article we would like to review the possibilities. Microsoft Business Solutions promotes and primarily supports Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Portal Order Management module, which has such nice features as active directory user login and security, Sharepoint based shopping cart and others. Let's come down to details and options:

1.Dynamics GP Business Portal 10.0. We recommend you to get demo on this product or simply review it internally first, prior to looking to other solutions and third party extensions. BP has such features as Microsoft Sharepoint shopping cart, GP based catalogue, pricing based on GP Inventory Item price list and customer price level. If you have walk in customers, you can create walk in customer account in Great Plains and map all anonymous customers to it

2.BP flexibility. At this time, you can change such features as your company logo and look and feel type of design features for BP, however you probably should not try to customize existing BP business logic. In the past, if you used eOrder, even there, in ASP application, you was discouraged to change ASP pages and rather stay with standard logic, however we know multiple cases where customers simply altered eOrder in Visual Interdev environment

3.Beyond Business Portal. If you feel that BP is too expensive or it doesn't do the job as you need deep custom features, please consider to host your shopping card with known vendors: eBay, Amazon, you name it! Then you deploy eConnect or GP Integration Manager to integrate your Sales Invoices with GP. Known vendors typically have pre setup applications, where you can choose the options, and typically you have the same scenarios as with Business Portal - if they do not provide something like customer specific price levels or customer specific items catalogs, then you should look for your own application, built from scratch

4.Building it from scratch. Well, it may be not as bad as it sounds to you on the first hearing. Shopping cart you can purchase on the market in the form of C# or VB.Net module, then your web developers will integrate it into your ecommerce website

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