Great Plains Dynamics implementation in Houston area should have considered the light of the following technologies: Great Plains Dexterity, eConnect, VBA, Modifier, GPS Integration Manager. Here we would like to give you initial technology highlights

o Great Plains or currently Microsoft Dexterity. It is GP development environment with scripting programming language sanscript. DYNAMICS.DIC is Dexterity dictionary. Each GP table has DEX_ROW-ID column, which is required buy Dexterity architecture

o eConnect. Opposing Dexterity, eConnect manipulates GP objects (while Dex does not do this, and rather goes to procedural level). We recommend eConnect for all types of ongoing automated integrations from eCommerce web site, for instance, to GP. eConnect is friendly to MS Visual Studio.Net C # or VB.Net developer. Plus you can design scenarios, when Dexterity integration to GP security module provides front end (Dexterity screens) and eConnect does the programming job.

o Extender. This tool allows you to efficiently create Forms and Tables and link them to GP objects, such as customer. You can design very advanced structure for custom commission calculation for examples. Then, when forms and tables are created, consider eConnect and Visual Studio dll project to be called from Dexterity screens

o Integration Manager. Currently under the way of being redesigned with eConnect engine. Historically IM was open to VBA scripting and data transformations (vendor id remapping, for example, based on Excel template). IM is more end user tool, when programming is required, you should seek professional consultant help

o eCommerce. Here we would like to emphasize the cases, when you already have functionality eCommerce and need customization & integration projects to remap you eCommerce site to GP. Here your tools are eConnect, Alba Spectrum Sending Server (breaking through eConnect posting limits, as well as SOP transfers)

o Industry Verticals. Beside of publicly known vertical solutions, in our opinion variety of modern businesses, especially on the edge of business processes innovation, face the need to further and exclusively customize ERP and MRP application. GP should be good fit for the following industries: Transportation & Logistics, Consignment, Supply Chain, Discrete Manufacturing, non-profit, Aerospace & defense, internationals business (English speaking countries, plus Spanish Latin America)

o Upgrades. It is not a secret, that when you implement custom solution, altering business logic of your ERP application, standard version update may fail and you will need developer or consultant help to analyze custom features. In the case of GP, upgrade typically fails on the level of SQL upgrade scripts. Your consultant should be comfortable to analyze standard upgrade SQL stored procedures and make required alterations

o GP software development. It is recommended to place these projects offshore, to Philippines or India. Manila has long history of former Great Plains Software developers training, while India is catching up recent few years

Source by Andrew Karasev