After reviewing Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains consultancy during the Clinton administration, then during the recession from 2000 to 2003, and now in the post-recession era, we’d like to make some predictions for the next five years. This may be attributed to the entire market, which includes Oracle Financials, Accpac, MAS500, PeopleSoft, SAP for mid-sized businesses, and Microsoft Navision, Axapta, and Solomon for small businesses. We’re talking about the implementation, customization, development, and support of mid-size ERP systems, which necessitates the efforts of more than one professional contractor – the customer requires the assistance of a Microsoft Business Solutions provider to incorporate the system. In our view, the most significant changes occurred during the slump, and these changes will reshape the market in the coming years. We’re in the midst of a demand redistribution period right now. Let’s take a look at the steps involved:
o Consolidation of Consulting Firms Up until Microsoft acquired Great Plains Software and founded Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions, which was later called Microsoft Business Solutions, Great Plains Software was serving small and tiny partners, down to one consultant. Small and mid-size Microsoft Business Solutions partners, on the other hand, were forced to combine with auditing companies due to the realities of cash flow after the recession. On the other hand, big corporations that serve mid-sized and small firms drive up the cost of consulting and clandestine execution.
o Expense cutting after the recession President and Chief Executive Officer Well, the cost-cutting scheme was introduced for industrial, mid-size, and small clients. The recession eventually forced consultancy prices down, and the consolidation process resulted in a scenario where customers couldn’t bear the pricing level due to a tight budget or a false expectation of a price reduction.
o Consultants are being laid off. This is a rather mundane procedure, but it is unavoidable during a period of stagnation and low demand. Consultants who were representing clients during the booming period had to find new jobs, most of which were in various industries, such as being controllers for mid-sized companies (when former controller was laid off due to high pre-recession time salary). However, due to previous layoffs, there is currently a scarcity of experienced consultants, especially technical consultants such as Great Plains Dexterity, VBA/Modifier, Integration Manager programmers, and technical specs authors.
Prognoses and predictions:
o Offshore is just one component of the overall solution. The biggest explanation, in our view, is that prospective clients are reasonably conservative. There have been many malicious virus attacks from outside the country, and we do not simply trust someone who lives on the other side of the world and has never shaken our hand. The second explanation is that small to mid-size businesses (which are wary of putting their faith in others) may lack the IT support and technology required to provide remote desktop, VPN, or web session services.
o Offshore partners with established infrastructure. While this is a viable option, we remain sceptical. Our cynicism stems from the fact that existing partners must charge the highest consultancy prices due to high overhead and headquarters costs, so the end customer’s savings might not be important.
o New Small-Scale Partners Across the United States Because of the crisis, some small partners were forced to abandon mid-size consultancy firms to start their own businesses, trusting in their skills and the modern way of working with offshore programming firms. We expect that in the future, the consumer will gravitate towards these partners and emerging national practises.