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Ecommerce advancement for microsoft great plains: tools and highlights for programmer - software


Microsoft Big business Solutions Great Plains, ex- Great Plains Software Dynamics and eEnterprise was considered in at an earlier time 1990th as ERP, which can be by a long way moveable to the appealing List and OS platform and it was at first free on Mac and PC - Mac OS and Microsoft Windows respectively. Graphical platforms clash is cute much over and now with eCommerce demands, we must look at Great Plains Dynamics tables structure:

? Naming Convention. Great Plains was calculated to be ready to move to the attractive catalog platform and doubtless this is why we see this a bit complex identification agreement in place: SOP10100, RM00101, IV00101 - these are samples: SOP header, Patron master, List master. First - we see module prefix: SOP - Sales Order Processing, RM - Receivables management, IV - Array control, etc. , then 0 stays for the master files, 1 - so-called work files (before transaction being posted), 2 - open files (after transaction is posted) and 3 - chronological files (when you close the year in Broad-spectrum Ledger - transactions are moved from open to chronicle files). So as you see - logic is acquaint with and structured, but it is not affable to the developer, who never seen and worked with Great Plains Dynamics.

? Tables Groups. Great plains was deliberate to first serve mid-size businesses and then with the availability of third party modules - the goal was to compete on corporate ERP promote with Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and others big players. This is why we see the whole cluster of tables to store, say Sales Invoice: SOP Header, SOP Lines, SOP Distribution, RM Key file, etc.

From the Forms side (or screens) you can see more human-readable names: SOP Entry, RM_Customer_Maintenance, POP_Entry or the like. But these birthright Great Plains Ability names do not help eCommerce developer - only almost certainly as the character reference on which table works with aspect screen.

Let's take a look at the tools available:

? eCommerce - at once with eOrder, and other eXXX goods it be supposed to be well thought-out as bequest and phase out product, based on Microsoft eCommerce attendant and ASP technology, today Microsoft has new model - . Net and ASPX World

? eConnect - was expressly formed for eCommerce developers, who integrate Microsoft Great Plains with eCommerce web interface. This tool covers a lot of Great Plains bits and pieces conception and retrieving functionality, conversely it does have restrictions, as it was not deliberate as substitute to Great Plains Adroitness shell. For case - if you conceive Instructions in SOP via Web interface/eConnect - it is arduous manipulate these instructions (transfers to Invoices, backorders, reallocations, etc. ). A new issue with eConnect - developers are kind of used to the fact that Microsoft provides free SDK to its products, Microsoft CRM for case in point has unreservedly downloadable Microsoft CRM SDK. For eConnect you have to pay abandon and be on Microsoft Commerce Solutions twelve-monthly assist to get edition upgrades. Also if you are ISV and build your GP integration to your customers - you have licensing issue with Microsoft.

? Custom SOP/AR stored procedures. Microsoft Affair Solutions partners in their carry out by and large have a number of Great Plains integration projects implemented where integration is realized on the stored procedures level and transactions are fashioned and manipulated in Great Plains SOP. So - you may end up in search of this type of help

Good luck with implementation, customization and integration and if you have issues or concerns - we are here to help! If you want us to do the job - give us a call 866-528-0577 or 630-961-5918! help@albaspectrum. com

Andrew is Great Plains specialist in Alba Spectrum Technologies ( http://www. albaspectrum. com ) - Microsoft Great Plains, Navision, Microsoft CRM Partner, helping clients in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, Phoenix, Seattle, Minneapolis, Detroit, Los Angeles

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