Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains

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What Are the Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains Functions

Dynamics Great Plains is one of the solutions that Microsoft offers as part of its Dynamics product line. Microsoft offers the following 2 versions of Dynamics Great Plains as part of the current “Business Ready Licensing” program:

The “Advanced Management” version includes all functionality of the “Business Essentials” version. In addition, it includes other functionality. Additional modules are available, but some of these are not available with the “Business Essentials” version. The following table describes what major modules of functionality are available in what version and what additional functionality can be licensed in addition to each version.


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Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains Business Essentials vs. Advanced Management

Functionality Group                       Business        Advanced
                                              Essentials      Management
Financial Management 
General Ledger                            YES            YES
Intercompany                              YES            YES
Multicurrency Management                  YES            YES
Analytical Accounting                     YES            YES
Fixed Asset Management                    YES            YES
Encumbrance Management                    YES            YES
Receivables Management                    YES            YES
Payables Management                       YES            YES
Bank Reconciliation                       YES            YES
Safe Pay                                  YES            YES
Cash Flow Management                      NA             YES
Collections Management                    NA             YES
Customer/Vendor Consolidations            NA             YES
Electronic Bank Management                NA             YES
Lockbox Processing                        NA             YES
Cashbook Bank Management                  ALC            ALC
Electronic Reconciliation Management      ALC            ALC

Business Intelligence and Reporting 
FRx Currency Translation                  YES            YES
Microsoft FRx® Desktop User(1 BE user)    USR            USR
Advanced Analysis Cubes Library           NA             YES
Analysis Cubes Library                    NA             YES
FRx Report Manager                        NA             YES
FRx Report Server (first engine)          NA             ONE
Key Performance Indicators                NA             YES
FRx WebPort                               NA             USR
Microsoft Forecaster                      NA             USR
FRx Report Server (per additional engine) NA             ALC
Microsoft Forecaster                      NA             ALC
SmartList Builder                         ALC            ALC

 Supply Chain Management
Inventory Control                         YES            YES
Invoicing                                 YES            YES
Landed Cost                               YES            YES
Purchase Order Processing/Receiving       YES            YES
Sales Order Processing with Adv Invoicing YES            YES
Available to Promise                      NA             YES
Bill of Materials                         NA             YES
Order Management                          NA             YES
PO Generator                              NA             YES
Requisition Management                    NA             YES
Returns Management                        NA             YES
Advanced Distribution                     NA             ALC
Advanced Picking                          NA             ALC
Extended Pricing                          NA             ALC

 Manufacturing 
Manufacturing Bill of Materials           NA             YES
Manufacturing Order Processing            NA             YES
Master Production Scheduling              NA             YES
Materials Requirements Planning           NA             YES
Capacity Requirements Planning            NA             ALC
Engineering Change Management             NA             ALC
Job Costing                               NA             ALC
Microsoft Demand Planner                  NA             ALC
Quality Assurance                         NA             ALC
Sales Configurator                        NA             ALC
Sales Forecasting                         NA             ALC

 Project Accounting
Contract Administration                   NA             YES
Project Accounting                        NA             YES
Time & Expense                            NA             YES

 Field Service
Dynamics CRM Professional Server          NA             ONE
Depot Management(requires Returns Mgmt)   NA             ALC
eService Call                             NA             ALC
Preventive Maintenance                    NA             ALC
Service Call Management                   NA             ALC

Human Resource Management 
Payroll – US                              ALC            ALC
Payroll Direct Deposit                    ALC            ALC
HR                                        ALC            ALC
HRM Self Service Suite (US)               NA             ALC

Collaborative Workspace
Business Portal                           NA             USR
Business Portal
           (Named Vendor/Customer Users)          NA             ALC
Client for Microsoft® Office
           and SharePoint® Server                 NA             ALC
Client for Microsoft® Office and
          Windows® SharePoint® Services           NA             ALC

Configuration and Development
Customization Site License                YES            YES
Integration Manager - Conversions         YES            YES
Developer Toolkit Microsoft Dynamics™ GP  NA             ALC
Dexterity                                 NA             ALC
Modifier w/ Visual Basic for Application  NA             ALC
Great Plains Extender                     ALC            ALC
Integration Manager                       ALC            ALC

YES = Included

ALC = Additional component or users available a la carte

ONE = One Instance Included. Additional instances are available a la carte

USR = One User included with each AM (or BE) User as noted. Additional users are available a la carte

NA = Not Available

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