Beyond ERP – Complete Business Management in the Cloud – Considerations for Choosing ERP 1

An accounting system might get you by, but complete business management in the cloud gives you forward-looking insight, compliance support and bottom line impact you need to grow your business

phone - man - chalk showing complete business management in the cloudSo far you have been able to get by with your current systems, but like many growing businesses your system is slowly nudging you outside of your comfort zone.  Your solutions haven’t failed you yet, but you cannot trust them to support you as you grow, adding new warehouses or retail locations – perhaps going public.  What’s worse, connecting with suppliers and customers is more difficult than it should be and maintaining regulatory compliance drains too much valuable time that could be spent on more mission critical processes.

You have reached the point where you know you have to upgrade your systems in order to sustain growth, but choosing a business management systems from the many, many options is a hefty task that will have major impact on the business for years to come. So we created a blog series to dive into the top considerations for choosing ERP.  When all is said and done, this blog series will amount to a comprehensive list of key factors you should consider before deciding on a new ERP solution for your business. In this first installment we will ask, Is standalone accounting software enough, or does your organization need complete business management in the cloud?

Going Beyond Traditional ERP

You’re sure to find several vendors that offer improved financial reporting, inventory management, budgeting capabilities, and so forth. But do they offer a unified solution that goes beyond business process automation and basic ERP (enterprise resource planning) functionality to deliver a complete and unified vision for your business? A comprehensive and modern solution delivers capabilities that are out of scope for many product offerings, such as:

  • Optional integration to SSRS, Busines Analyzer, 0365 and intelligence tools that span your core business processes.
  • A user experience that blends personal and work computing and inspires your people and your customers.
  • Anytime, anywhere access to make your people more productive.
  • SOX compliance and highest levels of data security and encryption
  • Cloud deployment options that won’t hold your data hostage.
  • Affordable pricing models to reduce or eliminate up-front capital expenditures.

Why Choose a Microsoft Business Solution from myGPcloud?

Microsoft delivers a comprehensive vision for SMBs that goes beyond traditional ERP and stand-alone accounting software. For example, business intelligence, collaboration, and communication capabilities are embedded across your business processes, so your people can quickly and easily find and analyze information, collaborate with each other to generate the best ideas and decisions, and communicate regardless of their locations or the devices they’re using. A consistent user experience supports rapid adoption, ease of use, and end-user productivity. Consumer-driven technologies such as chat, presence, and action panes have been incorporated into Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, setting the standard for great user experiences. Flexible suite options for customization in the cloud—let you decide what’s best for your business, and rapid implementation tools help you get up and running quickly. And finally, myGPcloud’s Microsoft Dynamics GP solutions are accessed from your web browser, enabling anytime, anywhere productivity.

So here’s your first checklist take-away: Go beyond business as usual and transform the way you work with complete business management in the cloud, with better ways of connecting, producing and innovating.

Customer Success Story

SMBs around the world, in a wide variety of industries, rely on Microsoft Dynamics GP to help them achieve profitable growth through greater operational control, improved employee productivity, and deeper business insight. Here’s a snapshot of how one high tech manufacturing customer implemented Microsoft Dynamics ERP in just six weeks.

Amalfi Semiconductor

“We can grow our sales and operations based on real insights into the actual needs of customers. If we had to do it all over again, we’d make the same choice.” Joe Whitty, Controller


Challenges Benefits
  • Physical inventory/vendor invoice matching.
  •  Accurate inventory cost, billing, order backlog information.
  • Time-consuming period-close processes with significant manual components.
  • International finance and consolidation management.
  • Purchase order inconsistencies.
  • No self-service management reporting.
  • $75,000 cost savings: vendor overbilling avoidance.
  • Quarter closing report prep speed-up: 1 week to 1 hour.
  • Consolidation: process time reduction from 1 day to 5 minutes.
  • Customized reporting: deeper insight, tighter control.
  • Increased productivity.


Next we’ll take a deeper look at the second item on the checklist, deployment flexibility—the ability of your new solution to take advantage of the cloud and to support the deployment model that makes the most sense for your business.

Learn more about a business solution from Microsoft: Take a product test drive, or just read more about our solutions.


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