A Guide to Microsoft Acronyms from the Dynamics GP 2010 Launch Event

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At a recent Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launch event for Microsoft partners I heard this clear statement, “If you do a LMT from MBL to BRL in GP, BP becomes DCO in AM but not BE”. Say what??

If you work with Microsoft for any period of time, or try to buy their products, you will soon realize that you need to speak “TLA”. For you newbies, TLA (Three Letter Acronym) is the official language of Microsoft.  

As a fun exercise for myself during this event, and to help my new coworker who is just learning to speak the Microsoft language, I came up with this list of acronyms. And mind you these are just the ones I heard mentioned in one event related to ERP software. Yet there are so many more and new ones created each day, just to confuse us all.  See how many you can translate from this list:

AA: Analytical Accounting

AM: Advanced Management (an edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP)

AS: Authentication Service

BE: Business Essentials (an edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP)

BI: Business Intelligence

BP: Business Portal

BRAP: Business Ready Advantage Plan

BPOS: Business Productivity Online Standard Suite

BRL: Business Ready Licensing

CfMD: Certified for Microsoft Dynamics

CRM: Customer Relationship Management

DCO: Dynamics Client for Office

DDV: Drill Down Viewer

EFT: Electronic Fund Transfer

ERP: Enterprise Resource Planning

GA: General Availability

GL: General Ledger

GP: Microsoft Dynamics GP (as in Great Plains)

HR: Human Resources

IIS: Internet Information Services

IM: Instant Message

IM: Integration Manager

ISV: Integrated Software Vendor

KPI: Key Performance Indicator

LMT: License Model Transition

MBL: Module Based Pricing

MR: Management Reporter

MRP: Manufacturing Resource Planning

PDK: Personal Data Keeper

PM: Payables Management

PO: Purchase Order

PTO: Paid Time Off

RM: Receivables Management

SAAS: Software as a Service

SIS: Single Instance Storage

SLP: System List Price

SOP: Sales Order Processing

SP: Sharepoint

SPLA: Services Provider License Agreement

SRS: SQL Reporting Services

UI: User Interface

VAR: Value Added Reseller

VPC: Virtual Personal Computer

WSF: Windows Sharepoint Foundation

XBRL: Extensible Business Reporting Language

I admit that there were several that I did not even know.  I had to humble myself and ask the presenter to explain and risk the jeers of my Microsoft peers more fluent in “FLA” or consult Wikipedia or this handy Microsoft acronym list I found online.

So to translate the first phrase from Microsoft into plain English: “If you do a License Model Transition from Module Based Licensing to Business Ready Licensing in Dynamics GP, Business Portal becomes Dynamics Client for Office in Advanced Management but not Business Essentials”. Got it now?

Do you speak Microsoft? What other Microsoft acronyms have you heard?

By CAL Business Solutions, Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

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