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Why Now Is Simply Not The Time to Build Your BI Solution From Scratch

by Garth D.
Chief Operations Officer, Zap ,

After many years of the enterprise software market reinventing ERP solutions to run our businesses, why in 2015 would you consider the risk of building an ERP solution when you can buy one like Microsoft Dynamics AX, which has already had NASA program levels of investment leveraged against it?

The simple answer is: you wouldn't.

Many of you reading this have already taken - or will be taking - the wise step toward supporting the incredible investment that Microsoft has leveraged into the Dynamics AX platform since acquiring the solution in July of 2002.

With an ever-increasing R&D investment in this product line, Microsoft has created not only a platform that is inherently flexible and increasingly scalable, but also a business model that allows some of the best global consulting firms to support the individual needs of any Customer across multiple industries. It's hard to understand why any sane selection team would look past this product to any other for the needs of the process and transaction flows of their business.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has become a standard requirement for all organizations to manage and process the transactions that run their business. Initially it was all about ensuring that these systems provided the business the capability to have an "unqualified audit" or support taxation requirements; however, as with maturity in all industries, these systems now provide this as a pre-requisite, and there's a new reason why a business needs to invest in ERP: VISIBILITY.

This need has created a very interesting conundrum for both the consultancy firms that sell and support Microsoft Dynamics AX and customers who invest in this very platform.


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About Garth D.

Having seen ZAP from early days through to the present, Garth manages all of the commercial operations globally for ZAP which include Sales, Presales, Consulting, Support, Training and Customer advocacy. With BI such a vital part of any ERP or CRM deployment, ZAP has created solutions that massively add value to the Dynamics eco-system and mitigate risk for the very customers we all seek to serve.

With customers in 45+ countries and spanning local mid-market to Fortune 500 and beyond, Garth has seen the ZAP brand become synonymous with high levels of customer satisfaction creating an ever growing excitement in the channel, this supporting the long hours and tireless exertion needed and making it incredibly worthwhile.


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