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Dynamics GP Warehouse Management System Custom Tuning- Great Plains Barcoding Series

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									?There are several products, which could be integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP,
where you have such WMS business logic as Order Fulfillment, Inventory
Replenishment, Merchandise Count and Transfer between sites. However you may
need some features to be customized in existing Warehouse Management automation
product or in WMS extensions for Dynamics GP. Custom programming in such areas
as Supply Chain Management, Retail/POS, Warehouse Automation might be too
challenging, as you have to program Laser Barcode Scanners (such as call its driver
functions, program batch level document scanning and following upload to Great
Plains to give you few challenging areas) and other barcoding, WMS and POS
devices. Direct programming would be the most difficult if you pick external
Warehouse Management System, which integrates to Dynamics GP via integration
module or the set of connectors. It might be a bit easier to tailor WMS logic, if you
are taking the route of implementing WMS extensions for Dynamics GP, where
programming could be done directly in Microsoft Dexterity in most of the cases, plus
if WMS extensions has WMS client, running directly on the barcoding scanner, then
the programming should be done accordingly on the micro OS level. Now lets review
WMS programming options:

1. External WMS and Custom Features. Here you have some of the structural
communication dilemma, as external WMS is typically purchased directly through its
Software Development Company, while Microsoft Dynamics GP you acquire and
implement via GP Partner network. If you decide to have custom features in
Dynamics GP forms and have this customization to be applied on the Warehouse
Management System level, the coordination might be a challenge. In our opinion the
best approach here is to establish very reliable (personal shake hands) connections
with key decision makers in both WMS software vendor and your Dynamics GP
Reseller (well, this might look like very old fashioned wisdom, typically acquired in
the college on BBA route or in MBA track of your Master degree, but it is the reality,
as you have to deal with at least two subcontractors). In any case, this is not the end of
the story of the something to be considered necessary as negative. Lets review other
options

2. Dynamics GP Warehouse Management Extensions. There are Dynamics GP
Technology Partners (often positioning themselves as ISV) with Dynamics GP WMS
extensions, working directly out of Great Plains tables and enabling GP forms for
Barcode Scanning. Let us give you example of Alba Spectrum Dynamics GP WMS
extensions module. It is open for custom programing, and the provider considers the
module as the solution (open for customization, reporting, enabling support for new
barcoding devices). As this publication goes to open press, we do not want to overload
it with advertising, but feel free to contact us directly

3. If I dont need complete Warehouse Management System, could you enable just
several Great Plains forms for Barcode Scanning, POS devices and give me cheap
EDI (Electronic Document Interchange) interface. This is typical request from small
or mid-size customer, be sure that you have selected Dynamics GP Technology
Partner with expertise in Great Plains Dexterity, eConnect, VBA (in case if you are
deploying Integration Manager or Modifier, where VBA scripts are the way to alter
standard logic)

4. Older versions of Great Plains Dynamics and WMS implementation thoughts.
Warehouse Management System is often associated with Barcode scanning
technology. In our opinion the cost to be reenrolled back into Microsoft Business
Solutions Dynamics GP annual enhancement program is fraction of the cost for the
WMS to be implemented. We could partially stand behind the announcement, that all
the versions of Great Plains Dynamics (as well as Great Plains Accounting for DOS,
Windows, Mac) are upgradeable to current version Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010
(also referred as version 11.0). This is the list of Dynamics GP, Great Plains
Dynamics/eEnterprise and GPA versions: Dynamics GP 8.0, 7.5, Microsoft Great
Plains 7.5, 7.0, Great Plains on Pervasive SQL 2000/Btrieve and Ctree: 7.5, 7.0, 6.0,
5.5, 5.0, 4.0, 3.2 and earlier. Great Plains eEnterprise was available on MS SQL
Server 2000, 7.0, 6.5 (earlier version was known as Dynamics C/S+). Great Plains
Accounting for DOS, Windows and Macintosh was technically based on different
code base, but by its business functionality it looks like predecessor of Great Plains
Dynamics

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help@albaspectrum.com We need to discuss your cards in order to recommend you
the best solutions, which is not contingent to our preferences. We serve you
USA/Canada nationwide via remote support (web sessions and phone/Skype
conferences). Local service is available in Western Michigan, Chicagoland, Southern
California (LA, Orange County, San Diego), Houston area of the state of Texas


Andrew Karasev, Great Plains Dynamics GP and eEnterprise Certified Master,
Microsoft MVP and consultant with 10 years and plus experience and expertise. Alba
Spectrum, 1-866-528-0577, help@albaspectrum.com. If you are thinking to
implement Dynamics GP in challenging environment, we recommend you to give us a
call. Our information portal is Pegas Planet

								
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