1. Technical challenge. Great Plains is for mid-size and even large customers, you know that for small businesses analogous Microsoft MRP product is Small Business Financial. As GP is for mid-size, it is because of that not off-the-shelf product and more likely you expect GP be integrated and customized to fit to your existing IT and applications infrastructure
2. GP VAR selection. Considering the fact that you expect GP mapping to your ERP niche, and so, advanced technical skills and expertise are required from your Microsoft Business Solutions partner to implement GP ERP system. If your current partner doesn’t carry required expertise, you might consider bringing alternative opinion to revitalize your implementation and GP support
3. GP Programming. The following technologies should be considered and evaluated: Microsoft Dexterity (former Great Plains Dexterity), eConnect, Alba Spectrum Autoposting server, SRS, Crystal Reports, MS SQL Server Stored Procedures, GP Integration Manager, Modifier with VBA, Extender.
4. GP Implementation Phases: System Installation, Initial Data migration or conversion, beginning balances entry, user training, probably having old and new ERP work in parallel for one fiscal period (one month)