Archives for April 2016

Microsoft Dynamics GP: Is the Cloud Easier Than You Think?

Microsoft Dynamics GP: Is the Cloud Easier Than You Think?

For customers already running an on-premise implementation of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the issue of whether to move to the cloud is no longer a real option – the question is when to make the move.  The latest version of Dynamics GP was engineered especially for the cloud, and upgrading can be easy with the right partner and plan.

More and more users are realizing the benefits of the Cloudheader-SMB-GP-illustration-679

  • Monthly subscription pricing can save a significant amount of money over the old software licensing model, where you would purchase a per-user license and then pay a yearly enhancement fee.
  • The Dynamics GP hosting provider maintains all the software, so your in-house IT Staff can be free of the burden of updates and upgrades, which are including in monthly subscriptions.

When is the right time to move to the Cloud

Almost nobody welcomes change, regardless of the benefits. One of the most common and understandable concerns expressed by Dynamics GP customers is how making the move to the cloud might impact workflow. It’s important to make sure the process is well thought out and managed. Make sure you partner with a Gold Certified Partner for Microsoft Dynamics GP to help you every step of the way.  

At Accountnet, we help with every phase of the move to the cloud, beginning with helping our clients identify and document requirements: 

  • Assess whether you currently have the right set of modules, whether they are being used, and if there is additional functionality you need immediately (or in future).
  • Determine any regulatory requirements (for example, HIPPA, SOX) for your industry. Note any seasonal reporting as this may affect your decision around timing around rolling out a new system.
  • We help our client determine which hosting solution is best for your company (i.e., cloud, multi-tenant hosting or dedicated hosting environment). Make sure to talk about disaster recovery requirements when considering any hosting provider.
  • Identify types of users within the organization and how they will be accessing the system.

Accountnet can configure the core system and any new modules. Once the initial system is set up, they will upload copies of your existing databases to the cloud servers for testing (migrations can usually be performed overnight or on a weekend with little to no downtime).  Final integrations with any Microsoft Office products (like Excel and Outlook) or external applications can be completed and validated.  

Contact us at Accountnet today if you’re ready to take the next step toward the Cloud with Microsoft Dynamics GP or call 212-Dynamics

Three Trends Impacting ERP in 2016

Enterprise Resource Planing System

2015 brought many advances and changes to Enterprise Resource Planning as the industry continually seeks to improve product and service offerings for companies doing business in a global economy. Some of the trends we spotted last year may impact any ERP implementation you have planned for this year. Make sure that your ERP vendor keeps you abreast of all the latest trends and understands how it affects your particular business.

Here are three things to consider as you move forward:

  1. As more organizations (including small and medium businesses) continue to adopt ERP solutions, cloud solutions have become easier to deploy and more cost-effective. In fact, “cloud” is no longer just a trendy buzzword within the industry but a viable option for many organizations; cloud ERP implementations may eventually become more the rule than the exception. Weigh the benefits of cloud vs. on-premise ERP implementation If you haven’t already.
  2. While 2015 saw plenty of ERP implementation success stories, it also saw a rising number of failures. Even an experienced project manager may not have the skill set required to get a difficult ERP implementation back on track if something goes wrong. Your ERP implementation partner should have project recovery specialists on their team as these are becoming more critical to successful implementations.
  3. Success depends largely on how well your organization is willing to effect the necessary business process reengineering and change management that should accompany any ERP implementation. You can’t expect to roll out an enterprise-wide solution without a significant amount of planning, training and ongoing support. Make sure training sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each department or function and that your ERP vendor will continue to work with you through and beyond the transition.

Accountnet has helped hundreds of companies adopt an ERP solution that matches their business goals and has deployed it according to our clients’ timetables and within their budgets.  We are Gold Certified Partners for Microsoft Dynamics in New York City, serving the Northeast from Boston, MA to Washington, DC.  Contact us today for a free needs assessment or to learn more about Accountet’s services.