A Dynamics GP Showdown: Customized Solution vs. Third Party App

A Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation has many variables that go into making the project a success. The right modules need to be selected, a plan with a solid methodology needs to be in place, and the key stakeholders must be involved in every step of the decision making process.

In many instances, native features of Dynamics GP solution fall short in terms of scalability. Many of these shortcomings, if accepted as they are, could create solution adoption risks that would have been avoidable if other viable options were explored. One of the strengths of the Dynamics GP architecture is its ability to integrate seamlessly with other applications, opening up a host of opportunities to incorporate function-specific tailoring to fit with any business model.


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About Curt Finch

Curt Finch is the CEO of Journyx, a Certified Microsoft Partner. Journyx maximizes the value of Microsoft Dynamics by adding enterprise time tracking. Journyx Accountlink for Microsoft Dynamics allows companies to quickly implement a complete time tracking solution using existing business data in Dynamics. Connect with Curt on Google+.

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Gloria J. Braunschweig,

Gloria J. Braunschweig, CMA
President, Computeration, Inc.

I'd like to add a few more caveats. The code of third-party solutions certified by Microsoft are held in escrow should the developer ever go out of business. Clients purchasing custom solutions should insure their written agreement with the developer stipulates who owns the code. It can only be truly protected by filing a copyright. Many clients assume they own the code, but that's not necessarily true. Custom code owned by a developer should also be held in escrow for the longterm protection of the client.