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The Dynamic Business is driven by a vision of unity: connecting employees, partners, suppliers, and customers in ways that allow you to be proactive, agile, and forward looking. A Dynamic Business brings people together across geographies and cubicles, across roles, and teams.
To become a Dynamic Business—positioning your organization to compete and grow in the years ahead—you need more than vision. You need a solution that facilitate unity, connecting people, data, and processes across functions, roles, and locations. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already looking at one that can help you take your organization to the next level….  …But if you’re looking at SAP, you might want to look again.
We’ll show how you make the move to enterprise-class ERP with confidence. You’ll learn more about requirements critical to business success today, including:

  • Agility. As you know, change is a constant fact of business—organic growth, mergers and acquisitions, entering markets, realigning priorities—all demand flexibility from your core business application. We’ll review how the right business solution can deliver the industry-specific functionality that you need in a nimble package that also allows you to tailor processes, workflows, and other activities to the changing needs of your business. We’ll also show you how to avoid getting stuck in ‘electronic concrete’ with systems that hold you back instead of supporting you in times of change.
  • Simplicity. SAP will tell you how much functionality their solution delivers out of the box.  In this series you will learn why you can have too much of a good thing. Especially features you don’t use and the millions of lines of code that comes with it that you have to maintain and support. The fact is, when software gets too complex, your business can suffer, in the blog we’ll show you how you can minimize this complexity and choose the solution that’s the right size for your organization.
  • Cost of Ownership. Licensing. Deployment. Configuration. Hardware. Maintenance. Training. Support agreements. Upgrades and updates. Costs add up fast! Your ERP initiative should drive growth—not burden your organization with high cost of ownership. Upcoming posts will explore stories of licensing surprises, cost overruns, and the liabilities of maintaining overly complex systems. We’ll let you know how to avoid these and we’ll contrast that with the open, transparent model of Microsoft Dynamics.
  • User Experience. Employees want tools that make their jobs easier, are simple to use and learn. The right solution will help your people find, use, share most importantly act on information quickly and easily.  On the other hand, if you bet on a function-rich but user-unfriendly solution, you’re taking a big gamble. In the series we’ll give you the questions to ask any vendor so you can avoid the pains of user frustration and low adoption that can doom your ERP initiative before it gets off the ground.

You will also learn how customers have overcome these challenges using Microsoft Dynamics AX and other familiar Microsoft technologies such as Windows, SQL Server, Office, SharePoint, etc.

SAP may be able to support your business requirements, but the cost and complexity can quickly shrink the benefits of your ERP rollout and ruin your vision of a unified business. Keep reading as we explore these challenges in detail and help you avoid the biggest mistake of your career (hint: it begins with S-A-P). You can have the end-to-end ERP system that you need to become a truly Dynamic Business.

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