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Does Microsoft Dynamics GP Scale?

by Mark Polino
Director of Client Services, Fastpath, Integrated Business Group

It's can be a pretty scary jump in terms of costs and time to move from something like QuickBooks to a robust, mid-tier solution like Microsoft Dynamics GP. Any implementation can be disruptive to a business, so companies want to know that they are going to be able to leverage their investment for a long time. They want to know, "does GP scale?" 

I do a lot of work with enterprise size companies using Dynamics GP. These are companies with annual revenues in hundreds of millions to low billions. At that level, it's not unusual for companies to hire executives who have experience with tier 1 solutions like SAP or Oracle. The funny thing is that many of them have a similar question, "will GP scale?"

I'm happy to tell you that the answer is yes.  I get questions about fairly complex topics like switching to standard cost for inventory, purchase price variances, and every kind of reporting imaginable. I get a lot of surprised looks when I tell people exactly how Dynamics GP handles their particular issue.  

The upcoming release of Dynamics GP will only add to its scalability. The upcoming web client should allow Dynamics GP to better scale out. Improvements to areas like distribution and fixed assets will help GP scale up and cloud based pricing lets the power of GP scale down.

Given the growth of Dynamics GP to better server wider markets there are some areas that were great when introduced but now they need some work to keep up with GP's growth. A couple of the items that come to mind include: 

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About Mark Polino

Mark Polino is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a former Microsoft MVP (2007-2018) for Business Solutions. He is the author or coauthor of 5 books related to Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Mark also maintains the Dynamics GP focused website He speaks and writes regularly about ERP related topics. Mark has been a controller and CFO for a division of a publicly traded company and he has  worked as a consultant implementing ERP solutions. Mark holds additional certifications including Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) , Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Dynamics Credentialed Professional for Dynamics GP 2015 (Core Install and Core Financials), Xero Certified. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Rollins College. Mark lives with his family in Florida.

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