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Microsoft Dynamics GP: Bringing Sexy Back

by Mark Polino
Director of Client Services, Fastpath, Integrated Business Group
June 20 2016

Computer on the beach 

With the release of Dynamics GP 2016, the Microsoft team has done a great job of taking a smart product and making it sexy, too. The addition of OData for data access, along with hooks into Power BI, give Dynamics GP one of the most powerful and easy to use business intelligence combinations of any ERP system, period. The HTML5 web client is a fantastic blend of the familiar and the modern, extending GP to more devices, locations, and users than ever before.

GP's flexible deployment options can deliver on almost any business scenario. If a company wants the security of GP on premise, but needs the flexibility of remote access for multiple locations, GP 2016 and the HTML 5 client handle that perfectly. If a firm wants a complete cloud environment, partner services like PowerGP Online by NjevityToGo provide a fully hosted option for GP 2016 that adds the reliability and security of a Microsoft Azure backend and, in some cases, teams that know GP inside and out. In short, GP is flexible enough to handle just about any scenario.

All of these options include GP's deep functionality with years of development behind some pretty complicated requirements. Then there is an add-on solutions community so deep and rich that every competitor has tried to copy it. If this isn't enough, we haven't even touched on customization options to further personalize GP.

Still, we live in a world with increasing competition in the middle market for ERP. Large players are trying be nimbler. Smaller players are working to beef up their offerings. Everyone is spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) into the ...

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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 DynamicAccounting.net. 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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