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Three reasons to select Microsoft Dynamics over SAP

Making the decision to implement a new business management system is a process that requires research and foresight. Here are three reasons why businesses have selected Microsoft Dynamics over SAP business management software.

  • Microsoft Dynamics can scale with your business. Microsoft Dynamics provides affordable scalability for your growing businesses. With benchmarked performance up to 2,250 users and rich functionality across financials, supply chain management, and customer relationship management, you can be confident in the ability of Microsoft Dynamics to meet the needs of your growing business. Using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Dynamics provides enterprise-level reporting, flexible decision-making support, and timely, relevant business insight at a low cost with significantly high usability and flexibility.

  • Microsoft Dynamics provides a low cost of ownership. Microsoft Dynamics is engineered to cost-effectively support the changing requirements that are frequently necessary for customers to adapt, grow, and maintain a competitive edge in their business. Independent research has demonstrated that Microsoft Dynamics offers a high return on investment (ROI) and low overall cost of ownership. Microsoft Dynamics licensing is designed to be cost-effective. It is based on concurrent users versus named users and has no imposed user minimum or maximum, so it evolves with you for the life of your business.

  • Microsoft offers an industry-leading vertical partner ecosystem. Microsoft is in a position to deliver vertical solutions to hundreds of different industries on a local basis. Microsoft's Certified for Microsoft Dynamics program offers solutions designed to meet the needs of specific industries. It can provide customers with the benefits of a rich portfolio of tested, reference supported solutions developed by vendors that have met Microsoft’s highest solution and organizational certification standards.

Customer evidence: Learn how Microsoft Dynamics has benefited other companies

See how companies have solved real business problems and benefited from choosing Microsoft Dynamics over SAP software.

Wheelabrator Group

Leading industrial-equipment manufacturer manages growth with flexible ERP system
Wheelabrator Group is one of the world’s largest and most established manufacturers of surface preparation equipment and technologies. As the company grew, so did the complexity of its operations. Wheelabrator needed a solution that offered built-in project-management capabilities for manufacturing, integration with existing line-of-business and industry-specific systems, and cost-effective customizations to meet complex process–flow requirements and future growth needs. The company chose Microsoft Dynamics over SAP and Infor, and has benefited from improved visibility into project costs and increased operational efficiency.

GfK

Global market research firm uses flexible ERP system to standardize data, plan growth
GfK Aktiengesellschaft is one of the world’s largest market research firms. As it grew, GfK found it increasingly difficult to standardize financial reporting across its global network. Subsidiaries could not easily roll up local reporting into the individual GfK Reporting Systems and the corporate SAP-based system. Instead of implementing a more costly, less flexible solution in its subsidiaries, the company chose to use Microsoft Dynamics, which integrated with the SAP system used at corporate headquarters, yet saved the company approximately U.S.$600,000 as compared to SAP.

Choice Energy

Energy broker increases reporting and decision-making abilities
Texas-based Choice Energy LP is a leading independent energy brokerage firm in the United States, offering customers, such as corporations and utilities, market liquidity and price discovery. The company quickly outgrew its mostly manual accounting system, and chose to implement Microsoft Dynamics over SAP Business One. In just weeks, they had a customized solution that helped Choice Energy LP move from quarterly financial reporting to monthly financial reporting. Their customized solution includes monthly detail-rich reports that offer increased insight into broker activity and that allow agile decision-making by the company.

ISS

Property Services Firm Implements CRM Tool, Generates Return on Investment in Less Than Three Months
Low usability of the firm's existing SAP customer relationship management (CRM) application undermined user adoption. IT managers found the inflexible system prohibitively expensive to customize to individual business units. Managers used a scorecard to evaluate alternative CRM solutions against multiple criteria and Microsoft Dynamics CRM business software won over Siebel CRM and SAP CRM.

Questions to ask when evaluating an SAP solution

If you are considering the SAP Business Suite or SAP Business All-in-One:

  • SAP may offer a fixed-price, fixed-scope implementation of SAP Business All-in-One. What specifics actually govern this offer? Will I have to conform my business to match SAP's ideas of how to run a business in order to get the benefits of the rapid implementation? How will the cost and time of implementation be affected if I want to have the solution modified to meet my unique business practices?

  • Do I have to license named users instead of concurrent users or user sessions? What is the difference, and what do you see as the pros and cons of each?

  • Is NetWeaver middleware required for integration with SAP and non-SAP systems? If so, how will this affect the cost and complexity of my implementation?

  • What does a typical All-in-One support team look like? How many administrators? How many developers? How many support personnel?

If you are considering SAP Business One:

  • How many users can Business One reasonably scale to? How many references can you provide of existing SAP Business One users of my size?

  • What are my choices if I outgrow Business One? Can you provide details on the cost and steps to migrate to SAP Business All-in-One or SAP Business ByDesign?

  • Does SAP plan to deemphasize Business One in favor of Business ByDesign when it is released? Do I need to plan and budget for an eventual migration if this happens?

  • How much of the functionality being demonstrated is native, "out-of-the-box" functionality versus functionality developed by a partner or through a third-party developer?

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