One of the brilliant things about the Microsoft Dynamics suite is the ability of each individual product to integrate with the others and pass critical data between the two without the need for duplication. In particular,
1. Better overall coverage of both accounting and project management
In past years, the development of project management software has resulted in construction specific solutions that are highly specialized and often quite inflexible. Then the need to incorporate accounting data into the project management process brought about solutions based on accounting programs, but with added project management features. But these solutions ‘thought’ like accounting staff, rather than like project managers and were often difficult for project managers to use.
But with ERP and CRM integration, you can have the best of both worlds. ERP solutions typically don’t provide fundamental project management requirements such as Variation/Change Order control, Forecasting, and Subcontract Control, so these facilities are accounted for in the IPM and CRM combination. This way you have an extensive coverage of all your project management facilities along with your accounting data.
2. Better communication
The important thing though is not just having two separate solutions for each department, but also that these solutions can talk to each other. What would happen in your organisation if the project manager made changes to a part of a project that impacted on the budget, but didn’t inform the accounting department? Chaos. The accounting department would be working off original budgets that don’t match with the new projections, as they have no visibility of the project manager’s changes. With integration, informing each department of changes is as simple as synchronising the data, and this way you have better communication and visibility among your staff.
3. One version of the truth
Along with better communication, you also will only have one version of your data. Many organisations that run accounting applications and then separately record and control their project data often have multiple versions of the truth, and sometimes make mistakes as to which is the most up to date. As you can imagine, this can have disastrous consequences. With an integrated system, you will always have one central database with the most current, accurate data.
4. Higher productivity
Running two separate solutions without integration also means your employees’ productivity can be lowered if they have to continually enter duplicate data into each system. With integration, data is automatically synchronized between the systems without the need for users to enter duplicate information, saving them time and you money.
5. Higher user adoption
Finally, one of the key reasons for
You can find out more about the benefits of ERP integration in our free whitepaper and see how integration is helping IPM and CRM work together to provide cutting edge project management software. Or if you’d like to find out how IPM can help with your project management needs, please contact
By Reef Fielding, IPM Global: the creators of IPM –