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Microsoft Great Plains Practice

Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains offers integrated capabilities for financial management, distribution, manufacturing, project accounting, human resource management, field service management, and business analytics. By delivering deep access to decision-driving information, a rapid return on investment, and expert, dedicated customer service, to grow and manage business better. Microsoft platform enables to integrate with other applications and data sources, regardless of platform or programming language, harness e-commerce capabilities that work seamlessly with the financial, supply chain management, and reporting processes, or built in custom solutions that meet industry and business-specific needs. Great Plains offers a modular design that lets to license only the functionality needed, then add modules that integrate instantly with the current solution as needs change. There is assurance that operations and information are flowing smoothly across the organization always accurate. Microsoft Great Plains offers the following features in each of the module.

Financial Management
Microsoft Great Plains financials sharply reduce time and effort for key accounting tasks, provide easy access and rich analysis of integrated, updated information, and connect smoothly with operations across entire business.

  • General Ledger
  • Account Level Security
  • Analytical Accounting
  • Multidimensional Analysis
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • Intercompany with Interfund Accounting
  • Payables Management
  • Receivables Management
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Collections Management
  • Customer/Vendor Consolidations
  • e-Banking
  • e-Expense Management
  • Revenue/Expense Deferrals
  • Refund Checks
  • Multicurrency Management

Manufacturing module offers powerful, cost-effective resource planning and management tools that enable to collaborate with trading partners, manage the entire financial life cycle of the manufacturing business process, and build a sustainable advantage in specific industry.

  • Sales Forecasting
  • Master Production Scheduling
  • Capacity Requirements Planning
  • Materials Requirement Planning
  • Sales Configurator
  • Manufacturing Bill of Materials
  • Manufacturing Order Processing
  • Engineering Change Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Job Costing

Horizons Manufacturing Suite
Horizons Manufacturing Suite - (HMS) has a tight, seamless interface with Microsoft Great Plains Inventory, Sales Order Processing and the standard or advanced Purchase Order. Horizons Manufacturing Suite was released in 1995 and has over 350 active sites worldwide handling both discrete and batch process systems.

Horizons Light Manufacturing is written in the same programming language as Great Plains for seamless integration and the same look and feel as Great Plains. All the same icons, keystroke short cuts, zooming and drill-down capabilities make HLM feel and act like Great Plains. The following are the features of Horizon Manufacturing Suite.

  • Bill of Materials (BOM) with Production Entry (Standard, Reverse or Customer Work Orders)
  • Engineering Change Orders (ECO)
  • Work in Process (WIP)
  • Serial and Lot Numbers
  • Materials Requirements Planning (MRP)
  • Configurator

The distribution module maintains tight control over distribution and streamline of pick/pack/ship cycle to gain competitive advantage. From forecasting to delivery, Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains will enable to accelerate sales order processes and lower costs per transaction. Integrated applications manages better inventory, fill orders faster and provide e-commerce—driving superior customer service.

  • Sales Order Processing Advanced
  • Invoicing
  • Advanced Distribution
  • Advanced Picking
  • Available to Promise
  • Landed Cost
  • Inventory Control
  • Bill of Materials
  • Extended Pricing
  • Purchase Order Processing/Receiving
  • PO Generator
  • Demand Planner

Project Accounting
Project accounting module provides the tools organizations need to effectively manage project performance while ensuring budgets are met and billing is both accurate and timely. With Microsoft Project Accounting, cash flow is improved and costs are better managed. Full integration among modules streamlines invoicing, time and expense reporting approvals, and reporting, helps to drive strategic direction.

HR Management
HR Management module attracts the best employees, manage all personnel-related processes, implement and track meaningful benefit programs, manage payroll, offer employee self-service capabilities, and deliver the information to managers and executives need to make better informed decisions faster. It integrates with leading payroll service providers such as ADP, so employee information and payroll data can be easily shared. It is a cross geographic application catering to different regions of the globe.

  • Human Resources (US & Canada)
  • Payroll (US & Canada)
  • Direct Deposit (US & Canada).
  • Payroll Connect (US)
  • Federal Magnetic Media

Field Service Management
Field Service Management module is a total solution for organizational profitability and customer satisfaction. The combination of a complete field service solution with superior business management capabilities helps to manage all aspects of operations.

  • Service Call Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Returns Management
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Depot Management
  • ManagerAssist
  • eTech
  • TechAssist
  • eService Calls
  • eReturns

Analytics–Great Plains provides a broad range of flexible, customizable analytics, reporting, and budgeting options to meet the company's needs—from advanced consolidation analysis to the simplest reporting requests. The application taps into the most powerful reporting, analysis, and budgeting tools available.

  • Microsoft Business Solutions for Analytics–FRx® Professional
  • Microsoft Business Solutions for Analytics–Forecaster
  • Microsoft Business Solutions for Analytics–Enterprise Reporting
  • Crystal Reports 10 Professional

E-commerce–Great Plains offers seamless integration between e-commerce solution and the business management system, eliminating re keying of data, ensuring accuracy of information across all systems, helping to serve the customers better, and improving decision making at all levels.

  • eConnect
  • eOrder

Microsoft Business Solutions Business Portal
Microsoft Business Solutions Business Portal integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains to deliver applications, information, and processes to employees, customers, and partners across the enterprise.

Microsoft Business Portal
HRM Self-Service Suite
Key Performance Indicators
Project Time and Expense
Requisition Management
Electronic Document Delivery

Customization and Integration Tools
Customization and integration tools of Great Plains, will have complete customization and integration control, as well as access to a suite of powerful, industry-standard tools and technologies millions of developers are familiar with.

  • eConnect
  • Integration Manager
  • Modifier with Visual Basic® for Applications
  • Dexterity
  • Software Development Kit (SDK)

Foundation–Great Plains provides the core functionality that powers the entire solution. The modules within the series combine features that can help improve efficiency and increase productivity while ensuring accuracy and security of critical business information. It allows configuring the solution of the choice to blend with the business process specific to the organization.

  • System Manager
  • Report Writer
  • Advanced Security
  • Field Level Security
  • Process Server

Case Study

Jeema Mineral Water is one of the largest sellers of Mineral water in UAE. Jeema manufactures various sizes of mineral water bottles in their manufacturing plant located at Hatta. They have less control over the issues, stock position and consumption of raw materials due lack of proper system in place. Jeema is an existing user of Microsoft Great Plains and was looking for a solution, which helps them not only to keep track of the manufacturing information but also integrates with Microsoft Great Plains.

Business Problem:
Client faces major problem, with lack of proper control over the manufacturing of bottles. The major challenge is to keep track of committed delivery shortages from the vendor, have a check on wastages, control over labor and resources, overhead costs and a system to capture the relevant information for decision-making process. Presently the information is captured manually and is difficult to keep track of the accurate information of issuance, consumption and wastage of the material at each stage of manufacturing. Management has an insight to increase the profitability by lowering the cost of production through streamlining the existing manual process.

The Clavib Solution
Horizon Light Manufacturing (HLM) module was recommended by Clavib which not only provides the manufacturing solution but, seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Great Plains Business Solution. The following module meets Jeema’s business requirements summarized as follows

  • Full proof control over the manufacturing processes with proper flow of issuance and consumption of the material.
  • To control the shortage of supplies from the vendor.
  • To control the labor and overhead costs.
  • Advance planning and allocation of machinery for the manufacturing.
  • To enable our clients to improve manufacturing visibility, streamline execution and control risk.
  • To capture the online information of the orders lying in the manufacturing stage.
  • To integrate with existing Microsoft Great Plains to streamline business process.
  • To help the company in delivering orders in time and within budget, reduce risk and to make better decisions.

Technology — Horizon Light Manufacturing - HLM

Value Proposition
By successfully implementing Horizon Light Manufacturing suite, our client could meet all of their requirements. At present they have full control and track of material position at each and every stage of manufacturing process. They could achieve greater visibility in the system.

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