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Title:Localizations of Dynamics GP – Why isn’t There “Global”
Description:Sometimes the enjoyment of finding something new in Dynamics GP involves a little blood, sweat, and tears. Learning how basic and critical it is to set the “Localization” in the price list then implementing to get the appropriate functionality – well, let’s say between the Microsoft legal eagles, technical support, and Computeration, we’ve all learned new things in the last two weeks.

March 2008 sales discussions: Questions of “We plan to open a European office, don’t quite know which country yet, is there functionality for that?” Ensuing discussion about Multi-currency, Value Added Taxes (VAT), “You don’t want to do US Payroll do you?,” manufacturing modules, and the ability to make electronic payments. Functionality appeared to be covered, but without a country picked yet, there couldn’t be any discovery or prototyping.

Reality in January 2009: Where do we setup VAT functionality? Technical support explained that we were probably better off installing the Euro localization to get Euro functionality even for a US company as long as US Payroll wasn't in use. Ensuing 20 hours to SSIS data out, massage the minor differences in Audit Trail Codes, install Euro code, SSIS the data back in.

Harder reality in May 2009: The US version of Electronic Funds Transfer for PM does not meet European requirements. They have this novel approach to Payables, Receivables, Positive Pay, and Reconciliation that all transactions should always be electronic using Euro Standards shared by all banks. Well, we thought, we should still be okay because Technical Support had us install the Euro Localization. So we added the Electronic Bank Management code, but still no EBM functionality. First we proved to ourselves that the registration keys were the restraint then we told Technical Support then they proved it to themselves and told us. I suspect there’s a little follow up going on inside Microsoft about the fact that a US Localization was licensed and a Euro Localization was advised by Technical Support. Microsoft, as we all know, gets really sensitive about legal aspects of their software.

I’m happy that today we can tell you about the resolution: Our client was allowed to transfer their choice of a number of their user licenses from a US Localization to a Euro Localization of Advanced Management resulting in US functionality in one company and Euro functionality in a second company within a second SQL instance. My thanks to the Microsoft legal eagles!

The downside: no intercompany transactions (can’t go between SQL instances), no Payroll in Euro (no big deal to this company), can’t double the value of their user licenses with 9 concurrent users on US time and 9 concurrent users on Belgium time, increase in price overall if client wants A La Carte modules in both localizations, and when they go outside the European Union for their next international office they will need yet another Localization and user licenses.
The next time I’ll know the hurdle exists. Hope that this helps you avoid it.
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