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

31 Reviews of Microsoft Dynamics GP

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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.

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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

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

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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

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That Microsoft does not support HA with SQL server

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

 

from Lifetime Products
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Very Powerful Tool that can be Difficult to Use

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Overall, Microsoft Dynamics GP is a powerful and complex accounting and financial management tool. My favorite parts of the software is that the reports are customizable, and there is a lot you can do with them. Another positive is that the forms and records offer a tremendous amount of detail.

An important feature of MS Dynamics GP is the multiple dashboards available, though they can be overwhelming. One of the more useful ones is the Business Analyzer, which gives multiple options of which KPIs and other bits of data are shown and displayed in separate windows. These can be re-sized and moved around on your monitor so that what you need to see can be seen when you need to see it, if that makes sense.

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The main negative is that it can be difficult to use. The processes for doing thing are not intuitive and are unlike other similar systems. The entire user interface feels like something from the early 2000s. Compared to some of the similar products, I believe Dynamics GP would require a bit more training for the general user.

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This is the right tool if you need something that's very powerful and customizable, and you don't have a lot of general users who will require training.

 

from Catalyst4Change
Specialty: Food / Beverage
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Underwhelming Business Optimization

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GP has the potential to do much of what you would expect from an enterprise software system.

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Inspite of its potential to integrate many of the essential information activities within a business, GP falls short in making this an easy or intuitive task. A particular problem for our business is that we receive product in cases; however, GP apparently works in pounds. Therefore, we have had to purchase a third party software to dual track / translate cases and pounds --- this is a clunky process. Substantial custom Sequel code had to be written give users visibility to key data. Although we operate in the Seattle area, high quality VAR support options are limited.

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Before considering any software systems, rigorously document and flow out the true reality of your current systems --- be rigorous about this If you don't understand your current situation, the systems you select to drive your future will probably be suboptimal. Define in detail what you want to out of a new system and specifically understand what decisions you would make differently based on these insights. Then clearly define what base date inputs must go into the system to support your desired outputs. When you have completed these tasks, reach out to a systems consultant to help you select the software which can best convert those inputs into your desired outputs. All of the above may sound like common sense; however, my experience indicates that it is rarely done.

 

from AmWINS Group Benefits
Specialty: Insurance
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Great product.

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Great product that works with other Microsoft products

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reporting is not great out of the system. there are smartlists that can be used, but as far as creating management reports, you may want to use another software.

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if you have the financial resources, use this product for accounting and get a BI tool for reporting and updating budgets and forecasts

 

from COVEO Solutions
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Real Pain, keep dreaming of moving out.

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Been supporting Dynamics GP for years, and I don't see anything good. If the migration wasn't so hard...

This is a Microsoft application, using Microsoft technology, meaning it uses SQL Server as backend. Easy to backup, or copy company from prod to test. It uses SQL user, you can use it to configure your password requierments.

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First, the way you need to install the client and dependencies is a real pain. From computer to computer, you just can't get it work correctly.
Also, they keep session opened, and when you GP crash, you need to "DELETE" the session, really?
Switching across companies is very... painful
They don't always ask to change the date when you keep GP open overnight. And when it does, if you switch companies, it won't change the date on the other companies if it was already open overnight...

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Go with a cloud expert, with a much better reputation. You don't want to keep learning something that should be simple.

 
 
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