Small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors who are considering expansion, or maybe acquiring another like business, may also be considering the right strategy for data integration.
In such cases, and if the SMB is not using an integrated data management system, like Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 full pulling-in data from other sources, then the likelihood of successfully accessing and gathering data from umpteen silos of information residing on numerous computers remains daunting.
For example, collecting legacy data WITHOUT the benefits from Dynamics GP, particularly the Dynamics GP cloud utilizing Microsoft Azure, can mean countless hours combing Excel spreadsheets and transferring a zillion pieces of data into yet another non-integrated program.
‘Best practices’ when importing data into Dynamics GP Cloud include utilizing three important steps without need of special programming skills:
Integration Manager (IM)
This special, GP application imports data into Dynamics GP, and uses an easy-to follow graphic display for “designing and mapping integrations.”
Use this app to integrate a variety of business applications by creating an XML document for BizTalk for holding payables and invoicing in a queue. Standard programming interfaces associated with eConnect include:
“eConnect .NET Assembly…Biz Talk Adapter…Message Queuing, or MSMQ…and SQL Stored Procedures.”
Standard Internet transport protocols—like HyperText(HTTP) and XML doc formats—are just two examples GP users have at their disposal to access data. ASP.NET provides the basis for integrating Web Services for Dynamics GP.
Learn more about how to manage data integration through the Dynamics GP cloud platform. Contact us for a demo on Dynamics GP 2016, including its SaaS capabilities with cloud-hosting services offered by Microsoft Azure.