Review of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation by Victoria Yudin
This is an update of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 book she wrote a few years ago, which has been updated for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:
In brief this book covers:
- Plan, install, and implement Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 with real-world advice from a Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP
- Learn how to set up the core modules in Microsoft Dynamics GP effectively following detailed, step-by-step instructions
- Discover additional tools and resources available for your Dynamics GP
Victoria has been an MVP since 2005, and is the only person to have been so awarded for consecutive years since then, and it is a status that is well deserved. I’m regularly asked by clients about which resources I use for determining tables which tables or fields to uise in SmartList Builder of other reporting tools and, while these days I don’t often refer to many, having spent a few years learning what’s what and where, I always mention Victoria’s blog as it contains some very easy to understand information .
As such I had high expectations for the book; and I was not disappointed.
The book is broken down into sensible chapters which segment the information and make ad hoc referencing easy to do:
- Chapter 1: Application Structure and Licensing
- Chapter 2: Planning – Business Requirements
- Chapter 3: Planning – Dynamics GP System
- Chapter 4: Planning – Infrastructure
- Chapter 5: Installation of SQL Server, Dynamics GP and Integration Manager
- Chapter 6: System and Company Setup
- Chapter 7: Module Setup – General Ledger, Bank Reconciliation, Payables and Receivables
- Chapter 8: Module Setup – Inventory, SOP and POP
- Chapter 9: Populating Initial Data
- Chapter 10: Training, Tools and Next Steps
As you can see from the list of chapters, the book progresses well from one area to another covering the initial planning and then installing the required software, from SQL Server upwards, before setting up the system and then the modules, loading initial data and moving onto the training and next steps of an implementation.
Victoria covers each of these areas very well, providing enough depth that people new to Microsoft Dynamics GP will be able to make use of this book. There are a number of practical examples throughout the book to aid in this process.
While I don’t necessarily agree with all the points Victoria makes, but, lets be honest, who reads any book and agrees with everything, the book gives a very firm foundation on which to build and highlights some of the pitfalls to be avoided when implementing GP.
The book covers all of the core Financial and Distribution modules which generally forms the bulk of most implementations of Microsoft Dynamics GP that I have participated in, and systems I have taken over from other people.
I wish there had been a Microsoft Dynamics GP 9 Implementation book when I was getting into implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP as I’m quite jealous that there is the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation book for those starting now.
This book is definitely going to be useful for consultants, such as those doing a role similar to mine, and I think it will be very good for those on the client side of an implementation as it will help understand the issues and reasons why certain things are done as they are.