We have a huge base of Microsoft Dynamics GP customers already taking advantage of the power of Dynamics GP combined with Microsoft Office and SharePoint.  With the announcement that Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 are now available to business customers, it's a great time to talk about the potential of leveraging these new releases.

People:  Microsoft Excel 2010 has a number of new features that make information more visual, helping to interpret data easier to avoid overload.  When connected to Dynamics GP, Excel empowers people by delivering new insight into business information making it easier to share and act.  New Excel 2010 features such as Slicers and Sparklines bring numbers to life

PowerPivot  for Excel 2010 is super cool and has a huge value to Dynamics GP customers.  Mash data together from Dynamics GP, Dynamics CRM, and other data sources and create graphs and charts against your key business metrics in one place.  This is a must do.  Check it out.

 Processes:  Businesses are complex and so the processes a business has are equally complex.  Exceptions, missing information, multiple teams and locations make it difficult to have a repeatable process that's followed.  New Workflows with Dynamics GP that leverage SharePoint help define your processes for more than just approvals, but steps in your specific business before approval is needed.

Being able to view information outside of Dynamics GP gives people a huge benefit, but being able to write data back to Dynamics GP without a full user is awesome.  Using SharePoint 2010 External Lists, Dynamics GP customers can now view information, update it and have it update Dynamics GP.  No development needed.  No customizations.  Right out of the box, built into our portal.

Ecosystem:  Connections.  Connections are vital and using technology to make it easier to connect and collaborate gives a business leverage, leverage to grow and  compete. 

In Dynamics GP 2010 you can now email professional looking Word forms to suppliers and customers, making it easier to communicate.  Being able to email groups of documents from a batch or a filtered list  not only helps people to connect, it helps them communicate steps in a business process.  For example, you can email all orders that were shipped to customers, so they have an advanced ship notice.

These are just a few of the things you can take advantage of with Dynamics GP, Office, and SharePoint.  Feel free to share your favorite features of the new release.

Take Care,

Pam