Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains)


 

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a financial accounting system for small to midsized businesses that has expanded to encompass a range of functionality increasingly consistent with a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. The product has been extended by a large network of partners focused on a range of vertical markets. Microsoft Dynamics GP was originally developed by North Dakota-based Great Plains Software and was acquired by Microsoft in 2001. The latest version, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, was released in April 2010.

Microsoft Dynamics GP has applications for financial management, human resources management, manufacturing planning, supply chain management, field service, business intelligence, collaboration, compliance and IT management. The Advanced Management edition contains additional features not found within the Business Essentials edition. There are also a la carte modules which can be purchased separately, along with hundreds of third-party applications from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), which can be added to the system to fit additional needs.

Dynamics GP leverages Microsoft’s Windows and .NET frameworks. Because Microsoft develops the Dynamics products, the resulting technical consistency is a significant benefit. The system can be deployed on-site or hosted for a monthly fee. The company and its partners provide benefits such as online training and support.

 

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Business analyzer
 
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP - Business analyzer
    Business analyzer
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP - Ad hoc queries
    Ad hoc queries
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP - Reminders and dashboards
    Reminders and dashboards
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP - Customizable homepage
    Customizable homepage
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP - Financial dashboard
    Financial dashboard
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP - Purchase order entry
    Purchase order entry
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

35 Reviews of Microsoft Dynamics GP

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from Ramos Wood Floors
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Is an excellent program. I like how it works is very professional and easy to use.

 
 

from Ramos Wood Floors
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Very effective program , great to use , highly recommend this program to everyone

 
 

from Ramos wood floors
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

East,reliable ,simple

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This program has made work easier.Its a multi funtion program that has help me so much.I would recommend it to everyone.

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Get it.You wont be desapointed

 
 

from Vista Outdoor
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

Good for ERP, Bad for MRP

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When using great plains, I have found the software to be easily navigable, but fairly poor for being a robust ERP system. I work on the supply chain when I use ERP systems, and I wished it had better planning and MRP features. I ended up using spreadsheets as an MRP and planning tool!!

Pros

Easily navigable

Cons

Planning and MRP

 
 

from Tivol
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Use Great Plains for our Accounting needs

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Microsoft has developed and maintained a great product to help businesses with accounting. Easily integrates into our point of sale system. Also with a great history, it is easy to find resources to help in any need.

Likes Least

For us we only scratch the surface of the software. It would be great if they had a scaled down version.

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Easy to start off and get your feet wet. The ability to copy a company and use it as a test before corrupting your real info on the live company.

 
 

from Blue Beacon Int
Specialty: Transportation
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Great plains

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Microsoft based SQL. The vendors were quick to suggest everything was supported. It wasn't until we released the product that we found its short commings

Likes Least

Does not easily support multiple companies. We had to write multiple enhancements to support all of our companies

Recommendations

Look at available 3rd party support products. The payroll module works great. Basic general ledger.

 
 

from Harriet Carter Gifts
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Dynamics GP for the retail market

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The simplicity to correct system issues without the need of Microsoft tech support

Likes Least

That Microsoft does not support HA with SQL server

Recommendations

To look at the full functionality and backend features before making a decision

 
 

from Highland Community College
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Good and Practical ERP

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Ease of creating reports and reliability of the platform.

Likes Least

Performance - it utilizes resources too heavily often times.

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Very clean ERP replacement for budgeting clarity and reporting needs.

 
 

from United companies
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Ms dynamics

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Reliably and maintenance. Product performs as expected

Likes Least

Upgrades there is extreme issues loading upgrades and testing, touching individual devices

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Maybe use the ax version for a more vigours product

 
 

from Atricure
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Dynamics GP Finance and Manufacturing

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Sits on the MS stack and works well for the smaller growing business.

Likes Least

The amount of Add-on's required to meet all our functional needs and keeping them aligned.

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Be sure to understand the missing business functions from the software, there is a lot of complexity in managing all the additional software.

 
 

from Rypos Inc.,
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Solid mid market ERP system

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It is a comprehensive solution, with solid add-ons to compensate for deficits in the core system. We run a manufacturing operation with deep. multi level BOMs and FIFO costing, GP manages it very well. AP, AR and GL are solid.

The smartlists are a nice reporting tool, where you can drop the data into excel for easy analysis.

Likes Least

The front end has a clunky feel. On the back end trying to find the table the data is stored in takes a lot of time so the learning curve from a reporting sense is very long. The SQL tables are sparse - so you could end up having to add several tables to a query just so you can connect the one table you need. Report writing process is long and arduous initially. It is really expensive to upgrade. Other solutions in past lives have required minimal tech support to upgrade, this is a major process to upgrade and therefore very expensive.

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We chose this software because it's a solid solution that manages FIFO costing in a manufacturing environment.

It would be good to have a clear understanding of what the report buildout will entail. Like most erp systems there will be considerable buildout but in this system the lack of insight into which tables the data is stored in causes pain for customers and VARs alike.

You also need to plan to write a sizable check to upgrade, periodically.

 
 

from Ensorcell Investments
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Solid Product

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This product offers are good combination of functionality and simplicity.

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Nothing negative to say - this product gets the job done

Recommendations

Take a step back and consider your business needs and examine if the product aligns with those needs

 
 

from Digital Ally Inc
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Easy to use and adapt to.

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You can depend on Microsoft and your partner and GPUG for support when needed.

Likes Least

I wish there was a little more flexibility built in to the reporting within the GP package.

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Great software with lots of addins available to make it a great custom fit.

 
 

from Insperity
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Strong recommendations from industry leaders with all the bells

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Strong recommendations from industry leaders with all the bells

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Microsoft software difficulties and difficulties in talking with a real person

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Strong recommendations from industry leaders with all the bells

 
 

from CRES Insurance Services LLC
Specialty: Insurance
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Very robust product, not good fit if you don't need all the features.

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GP has great potential for large companies. But we do not have to keep track of inventories, and we do not use GP to track our sales or supply chains. This means we don't get to use many of the features.

Likes Least

GP does not integrate well with any non-Microsoft product, causing constant issues. It is also very difficult to learn to use quickly. The product is very robust, but is not user-friendly, and we had to constantly try to customize the way we used it to make it work for us. We also had issues with accounting functions, such as integrating reports and learning how to generate special reports.

Recommendations

Make sure you really need all the 'bells and whistles' included in this product, or if you can choose something simpler that may have less features but which is easier for you staff to learn and use.

 
 

from Hodgson Mill, Inc.
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Great Package

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I have used GP in several companies and I find it to be one of the easiest packages to use and to train employees on.

Likes Least

Canned reports not very user friendly. Too many "bolt-on" packages and not enough "built in" functionality, but this improves with every release.

Recommendations

Understand your business and what you need. Let the software work for you. If you are changing from another package, understand why you are changing and DO NOT try to emulate the previous package

 
 

from iPaperless Document Management Solutions
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

CRM with the Power of POS

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This is the best financial and sales tool for every business weather big or small, Start out small and grow with it as you increase your inventory. The Point of Sale functionality has all the features you get from any main stream POS added with a great accounting collection tool

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I couldn't fault the product...i tried very hard because i believed Microsoft shouldn't get involved in this space but they have done a brilliant job at delivering a product that meets running a business with total financial independence when it comes to information collection

Recommendations

If you are not tech savvy get someone to help you demo the product first. it is feature rich making what you are looking for seem like rocket science but if working under the right personnel it will meet all your deadlines.

 
 

from Textile
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Work in progress

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It's a great product if utilized to its ability. Play around and explore

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Cost to upgrade/update a bit pricy compared to others and often

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Always make sure you consider updates when comparing

 
 

from Lifetime Products Inc.
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Dynamics Done Right

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The information integration was one of the best features. Easy to use. The included processes help users work effectively with little downtime. The flexibility of the software makes for a great over product.

Likes Least

Some of the reporting tools can be improved on. Some users experienced difficulty with support, but they were resolved in a timely manor.

Recommendations

Look at what you need in your business. If you need a comprehensive product, serious consider this one for your small business.

 
 

from Ionis Pharmaceuticals
Specialty: Pharmaceuticals
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Not the best, but it gets the job done

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The fact that it's Microsoft means that it will at least work with Windows...and that going from one version of Windows to another shouldn't be too traumatizing.

Likes Least

It doesn't have all the features that a system of its kind should have.

Recommendations

Take every software for a "test drive". And not just by IT specialists or the individuals implementing it. Instead, have your regular...day to day operators work with the software. They are the ones that will have to use it all the time....their should definitely have a say.

 
 
 
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