Microsoft Distribution Expert Offers Advice On Effective ERP for Distributors

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As your distribution business expands and faces greater challenges in this global market, you may eventually need to re-evaluate your ERP system, or lack thereof, and decide if it is time to make a change. Microsoft distribution expert Joseph Carigliano has some practical advice that may help you safely navigate the waters of the distribution industry and "go the extra mile" in improving your business.

The interview, published by, asks Microsoft Senior Business Development Executive, Joseph Corigliano to talk about effective enterprise resource planning (ERP) for distributors, dealing with Microsoft partner channels, and how to competently choose an ERP vendor.

According to Corigliano, distributors should strongly consider beefing up their ERP systems if they are expanding into a global market, distributing to multiple channels, and if they need to track their regulatory compliance. Microsoft partners, he explained, can assist distribution companies by introducing more industry-specific functionality to their ERP systems to ensure they get results that will work specifically for distribution.

Finally, Corigliano gives sound advice on choosing a good ERP vendor. Microsoft and Microsoft partners, for example, provide real-world Dynamics ERP case studies that highlight some of the wins Microsoft Dynamics ERP software has facilitated. Distributors should also look for forward-thinking vendors that will help them prepare for new technology as it emerges, such as the current move that will see professionals to increasingly rely on mobile devices to do their business.

The interview, "Answers from a Distribution Professional" is available for free download at at

By Anya Ciecierski, CAL Business Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics GP Distribution Partner,

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