This is the third in a series of guest blog posts from our friends at Panatrack and the first contributed by Charles Rathman. We have been offering our Dynamics GP integrated shipping software, StarShip with Panatrack WMS for years. The combined PanatrackerGP and StarShip solutions bring together industry leaders to offer a complete warehouse management solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers. Charles provides further insight into the barcoding side of the equation in his guest post below:
How stable is the integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP?
How stable is the integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP? Barcode software is not an island unto itself. It collects data through scanning of tagged inventory or assets and uses that data to update the tables running under ERP software. So the stability of that connection between the barcode software and the ERP software is of critical importance. But depending on a number of factors including the number of ERP packages an ADP vendor integrates with, the openness of their technology and their investment in research and development, these integrations can become unstable.
New versions of ERP software and other changes to the architecture of one or both systems can throw a curve ball at a barcode software vendor that they may not be able to handle. Obviously, if this integration has proven unreliable, that is a significant impediment to getting value from the barcode software. A vendor will certainly not volunteer this information, so we strongly suggest people considering barcode software ask for written assurance of compatibility with Microsoft Dynamics GP during their consideration cycle. But any data provided by the vendor may be suspect. So it may be most efficient to simply watch out for specific design features that can lead to problems, including:
Panatrack Product Evangelist Charles Rathmann helps people understanderstand the value of automatic data capture (ADC) technologies. Rathmann has more than 25 years of experience as an industrial marketing executive, journalist, analyst and researcher.
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