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Transferrable Skills when Hiring

  • 1.  Transferrable Skills when Hiring

    Posted Mar 06, 2018 03:16 PM
    It's hard to find people with GP experience.  What skills or systems should I look for that are indicators a candidate will be a good GP Administrator and Business Analyst?  SQL, NetSuite, Oracle, Financial background?

    Williams Thomas
    UNICOM Engineering, Inc.
    Canton MA

  • 2.  RE: Transferrable Skills when Hiring

    Posted Mar 07, 2018 08:48 AM
    Edited by David Morinello Mar 07, 2018 09:01 AM
    Functional or Technical?
    ​SQL and TSQL skills are a good start. Much of what a GP Administrator does depends on these basics. Back in 2005 I went into a company as a SQL DBA and inherited GP. I have never looked back from there. An ability to stretch one's skills and an eagerness to learn new things is good. We end up wearing many hats! Knowledge of one or more reporting tools can be useful.

    A financial background is not necessary, but it sure helps to be able to speak the language of your "Customers".

    Good luck!

    David Morinello
    Senior Dynamics GP Systems Architect
    Ascend Learning, LLC
    Leawood KS

  • 3.  RE: Transferrable Skills when Hiring

    Posted Jan 03, 2019 10:01 AM

    Personally, I find SQL almost a necessity but not at the expense of a functional understanding of the processes the business follows within the solution. The preferred candidate would be born in Accounting and worked their way into IT to have a good foundation in GAP workflows and processes to effectively troubleshoot.
    I used the term "solution" to highlight that this is more than just GP. Many implementations are heavily burdened with ISV add-ons and the bulk of the support issues I find requires an understanding their impact on the core application, inter dependencies workflows and custom schema that exists to support those enhancements.
    So such a person in my mind needs to have worked with more than just GP, but also in an environment with least several such simultaneous enhancements AND have the ability to cope with not fully understanding these relationships while working with vendors who prefer to sell upgrades and professional service time. So full circle, I guess we comeback to the SQL skills again. 

    Michael Barnes
    IT Manager, Enterprise Systems
    Kenco Group, Inc
    Chattanooga GA

  • 4.  RE: Transferrable Skills when Hiring

    Posted Jan 07, 2019 11:29 AM
    Hi @William Thomas

    • Dynamics GP
    •      If possible make sure they have exp in the modules you use
    •      If not GP, then another product that is SQL Based, and also not cloud based
    • SQL - Querying
    • SQL - View writing
    • SQL - Stored Procedures (at least understanding what they are doing)
    • Integration Writing
    • Data Repair with GP
    • SmartConnect
    • Integration Manager
    • Financial Reporting: Jet, Management Reporter
    • Power BI is another in-demand skill
    • Troubleshooting: Ability to understand the Troubleshooting steps for GP
    • Enough Networking to understand securities, basic system requirements
    • Thinking out-side the box

    Kindest Regards,
    Jo deRuiter , MCP, DCP
    "That GP Red Head"
    GPUG Academy Instructor
    Dynamics GP Credentialing Council-Vice Chair
    770-906-4504 (Cell)

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