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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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