The advent of the Dynamics 365 product line fundamentally changes the business landscape for Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) clients and partners alike. This change will create opportunities for select customers and partners to benefit from the Dynamics 365 product line, but I believe that there...

Sitting back and trying to understand the details behind Microsoft’s Dynamics Office 365 announcement.   With all the money and resources at their fingertips Microsoft gets one critical thing wrong in their Dynamics Office 365 strategy. My guess is that once again love of technology and/or a...

Why do sophisticated ERP projects require an “ERP Architect”? And why are ERP Architects the difference between sitting at the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby on either Secretariat or on a camel? Think about your current ERP implementation or any other that you have been...

A fascinating new study by StarBase, a company that according to their website "provides testing and quality assurance services and solutions that take the risk out of deploying IT solutions", details the challenges that AX program managers have in delivering on time and on budget...

Now that some of the initial excitement is fading regarding the big project Madeira announcement it is time to get an answer to the biggest question that has not even been asked! (For anyone late to the dance, check out this quick primer on project Madeira...

For a quick primer on project Madeira check out eWeek: Microsoft's Outlook-centric, software-as-a-service business management offering for SMBs goes live in the United States. Question: If you were Microsoft, would you rather sell a single, one-thousand user AX deal or one thousand, one user Madeira deals? My...

Twitter Synopsis: Developers develop or how strength leads to weakness. From day one of the Microsoft acquisition of Axapta it has been my opinion that if ERP software were sold strictly to developers then AX partners would never lose a deal. To even a non-technical person the...

Twitter Synopsis No failed ERP implementation was ever preceded by a bad demo. An Analogy There is a great software joke that goes something like this. Man arrives at the Pearly Gates and is met by St. Peter who tells him that he has lived a shaky life...

  “Twitter” Synopsis Every failed ERP implementation probably started with a comprehensive RFP that took weeks or months and endless dollars to create and complete. Think about it. The Problem The Request for Proposal (RFP) has long been the standard tool used to initiate the search for a new ERP...

(with fresh ideas and strategies to avoid the usual pitfalls) If you are contemplating or in the process of implementing a new ERP system then you must come to grips with the fact that your implementation will fail. If we reasonably define a successful ERP implementation as...