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There is a common misconception that Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions are designed only for big businesses. Ten years ago I would have agreed with that, but advancements over the years have greatly increased the availability of technology for any size business. In fact, there are numerous reasons why small businesses can, and should, adopt an ERP solution to help them run smoothly and efficiently.

Often, small businesses feel overwhelmed by the thought of adopting an ERP solution. Whether the concern be costs, time, or IT resources, the perception is that the project is simply more than the company can afford. As a result, many small businesses continue to manually run operations in programs like Microsoft Excel, greatly increasing the potential for human error as they lack safeguards and compliance rules that can protect companies from incredibly costly mistakes.

Fortunately, advancements in technology have eliminated most of the issues that deter small businesses from looking into ERP solutions. Here are four big reasons why small businesses can, and should, adopt an ERP solution today:

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Companies have much more flexibility in regards to the ways they can utilize and access their ERP system. Software as a Service is a software delivery model that allows companies to purchase and use ERP software on a monthly subscription basis. This model allows users to access their system via the internet, eliminating the need for On-Premise servers and in-house IT professionals. Since the company hasn’t invested heavily in the project, they can easily jump ship at any time if they determine the costs aren’t worth it.

Affordability

On-Premise ERP solutions can require costly investments to implement and maintain. However, now that Software as a Service is an option, typical investment costs like IT personnel and infrastructure can be avoided. Data is hosted in the cloud, hardware and IT maintenance responsibilities are put in the hands of the service provider, and costs are brought down.

Faster Implementations

Getting up and running quickly is critical for the well-being of small businesses implementing an ERP system. Furthermore, quick and painless user adoption is a must for businesses that want to keep training costs down. Microsoft Dynamics GP is designed on a platform that is easy to implement, and bolsters a very intuitive interface that looks and acts like commonly-used Microsoft Office products. Users can quickly learn the functionality needed to utilize the software without having to go through months of training.

Ease-of-Customization and Extension

ERP solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics GP are designed with modern, open technology, built with the concept of customization and add-on applications in mind. Interfaces, roles, and processes can easily be tailored to a business, cutting down costs on customization time. Starter and Extended packages allow companies to save money by purchasing a package that meets their bare minimum of requirements without the added costs of unnecessary functionality.

A wide range of functionality can be added to Microsoft Dynamics GP by integrating it with relevant third party applications. This allows companies to pick and choose the functionality they require and build a custom system of solutions at an affordable price.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, please contact us today at 636-237-2280 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              636-237-2280      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email us at sales@turnkeytec.com.

For a high level estimate of your investment in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, please use our “FREE” Microsoft Dynamics GP Quick Quote Tool. It will give you a great starting point for assessing your potential investment in a solution like this.

By Brad Vorbeck and Michael Ramatowski at Turnkey Technologies, Inc.—Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky Microsoft Gold Certified Dynamics GP and CRM Partner.

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh

Good news for distributors and manufacturers, the Inventory Control module in Microsoft Dynamics GP2013 has been enhanced in a number of ways to give greater control over inventories and visibility. Microsoft has addressed numerous pain points faced by distributors and manufacturers when controlling inventory. Here are six of the most important enhancements that have been added to help companies manage inventory:

Inactivate Items-
• One of the most useful enhancements for inventory control is the ability to make items inactive. This prevents the sale and processing of the inactive item by either restricting the transaction or sending a warning. When looking up available items, the feature allows you to exclude inactive items, giving a real representation of items available to sell. Using this feature also allows you to maintain history on all of your items, including ones that are no longer in use.

Inactivate Sites-
• This allows distributors to prevent unused sites from being entered on any new transactions. The new feature allows the site to be made unusable without having to delete it, preserving the sites history for future reference. Existing transactions can still be posted to the site until the on-hand inventory is gone, allowing you to use the site right up until it’s ready to be deleted.

Inactivate Item-Site Relationships-
• This feature is handy when certain items are no longer stored at specific sites in the warehouse. By removing the possibility of entering the wrong item-site combination, you can ensure that all inventory items are stored in their proper places.

Reason Codes-
• Reason codes can now be created and entered onto a transaction to document inventory movement. A log is created that tracks the activity of inventory throughout the warehouse, uncovering trends and providing insights to tighten operations and increase efficiency.

Bin Transfer History-
• This is now simplified by adding a document number to Inventory Management that tracks the history of bin transfers for items. Order tracking is improved and a history of specific bin transfers can now be managed.

Assign suggested sales to an item-
• This feature allows the user to make relevant product recommendations based on the customer’s selection of a particular item. This enhances your sales team’s ability to identify numerous items to “upsell” to your clients.

With these new enhancements in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, distributors and manufacturers don’t have to struggle to keep up with the diverse demands of their business environment. Microsoft spends billions each year in research to improve their software and offer a complete package of tools to fully run businesses in various industries.

For a high level estimate of your investment in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, please use our “FREE” Microsoft Dynamics GP Quick Quote Tool. It will give you a great starting point for assessing your potential investment in a solution like this.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the wide range of enhancements offered in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, please contact us today at 636-237-2280, or email us at sales@turnkeytec.com.

By Brad Vorbeck and Michael Ramatowski at Turnkey Technologies, Inc.— Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky Microsoft Gold Certified Dynamics GP and CRM Partner.

 

“The Art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.” – Alfred North Whitehead

 

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 will be launching this December and I thought I put together my “Top Ten Favorite Feature List” for everyone to not only read but see a screen shot as well.  My inspiration came from watching David Letterman this week but I’m starting with Number 1 and going to Number 10.

 

#1 Ability to change customer address user defined field names

1 ability to change

 

#2 Attach Documents to Purchasing or Sales Transactions

2 attach

 

#3 Historical Journal Entry Inquiry

3 historical

 

#4 Consolidated Invoicing

4 consolidated

 

#5 Voiding a Credit Card Vendor’s Invoice Automatically when a Credit Card Payment is voided

5 voiding

 

#6 Inactivate items and Item/Site Assignments and Inventory Site

6 inactive

 

#7 Sort Order now Stored with Default View

7 sort

 

#8 Payroll Integration to Payables Voucher Description, Document # & Consolidation

8 payroll

 

#9 Inventory Reason Codes for Transactions

9 inventory

 

#10 Select a Printer at the time of Printing a report

10 select

 

These are just 10 out of 60 New Features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. For additional details on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 click here.

I also invite you to download an upbeat and engaging new white paper, “25 Brilliant Ideas to Outsmart Your Competition with Microsoft Dynamics ERP”.  This report includes 25 examples from real companies – from non-profits to distributors and many in between.

For a high level estimate of your investment in Microsoft Dynamics GP, please use our “FREE” Microsoft Dynamics GP Quick Quote Tool.  It will give you a great starting point for assessing your potential investment in a project like this.

If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about what Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 can do for your organization, please contact us today to setup a  “Free Discovery Call” at 636-777-4110 or email at sales@turnkeytec.com .

 

By Michael Ramatowski, at Turnkey Technologies, Inc. – Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky Microsoft Gold Certified Dynamics GP and CRM Partner

 

“Change is inevitable in a progressive society.  Change is constant.” – Benjamin Disraeli

 

In today’s competitive global markets, small to midsize companies are finding it harder and harder to compete using the same tools they used 5-10 years ago to achieve their business goals.  More and more companies are looking at replacing their current accounting systems and are turning to Microsoft Dynamics GP .   Here are four signs you are ready to make a move:

  1. Maintenance – Annual maintenance is too expensive for the value it brings to the organization. Your current accounting software lacks the things you need to run the business.  Microsoft continues to invest billions of dollars each year enhancing Microsoft Dynamics GP for maximum value to their users.
  2. Integration – Doesn’t integrate well with other systems and can’t get at the data very easily. Microsoft Dynamics GP works well with third party applications because of the ability to use web services and the Microsoft .Net Framework.
  3. Reporting – Current reporting done manually and staff doesn’t have real-time access to decision- driving information.   Microsoft Dynamics GP has 220 out-of-the-box Office Excel reports that can be instantly refreshed, plus gain tighter control of consolidations, financial reporting and budgeting across your organization.
  4. Mobility –Executives and employees need information at their fingertips even when they are out on the road.  Accessibility to multiple devices like iPads, iPhones and smart devices is a must in today’s world.    Information has to be accessible over the internet, so users can access information on any computer, no matter where they are at.

These are just a few of the signs it is time to change, to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics GP go to www.turnkeytec.com.

For a high level estimate of your investment in Microsoft Dynamics GP, please use our “FREE” Microsoft Dynamics GP Quick Quote Tool.  It will give you a great starting point for assessing your potential investment in a project like this.

 

By Michael Ramatowski, at Turnkey Technologies, Inc. – Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky Microsoft Gold Certified Dynamics GP and CRM Partner

“Cloud tipping point at hand”- says Google CIO Ben Fried

The fast pace of technology changes over the last few years has challenged CIOs and CFOs to keep up.  Government regulations, global economic turmoil, and technology-savvy employees are creating demands on your business, and your ERP Software System is at the center of it all.

In the past, many organizations wouldn’t have dreamed of putting their critical business systems outside their walls. But with the advancement of technology it makes a lot of sense to reconsider.  Here are three reasons to look at a cloud hosted solution for your ERP System:

  1. Regulatory Compliance – It can be very expensive keeping SAS 70 Type II and SOX compliance for your organization.  By choosing a SOX compliant ERP hosting provider, you can leverage all their policies to assure your own SOX compliance.
  2. Disaster Recovery – ERP hosting providers have more redundant systems, up- to- date software and hardware, highly trained staff, and multiple locations to protect your data and ensure its availability.  You can leverage their investment for faster turnaround times and peace of mind.
  3. Employee Consumerization of IT – Smartphones, iPhones, iPads are the mainstay with knowledgeable workers in the workforce. They are more mobile and want the same access to their business systems – no matter the place, time or device – as they have with their iTunes or Facebook.

These are just a few reasons for putting your ERP Software System in the cloud today.  If your ERP Software can’t move to the cloud, look to Microsoft Dynamics GP as a solution.

For a high level estimate of your investment in Microsoft Dynamics GP, please use our “FREE” Microsoft Dynamics GP Quick Quote Tool.  It will give you a great starting point for assessing your potential investment in a project like this.

By Michael Ramatowski, at Turnkey Technologies, Inc. – Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky Microsoft Gold Certified Dynamics GP and CRM Partner