Dynamics GP continues to thrive, both for on-premise and cloud customers. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature solution with over 45,000 customers around the world, so it isn’t going away anytime soon. However, Dynamics GP isn’t immune from Microsoft’s consistent push towards the cloud.
So why move GP to the cloud?
Here are some reasons why GP customers move to the cloud:
- They need to invest in new hardware to support new versions of GP
- They are concerned about backups, recovery, security and 24/7 remote access
- They are not current with Microsoft on your maintenance and want to add users/capabilities to the system
- They are looking for better access to information/reporting (GP2018 required for Power BI)
So what can we expect in future releases of Dynamics GP?
First, Dynamics GP releases and development will continue from Microsoft. The current roadmap is projecting two additional version releases. This clearly indicates a commitment by Microsoft considering these are typically released every two years. Customers should expect various user community requested enhancements and fixes.
Second, the Intelligent Edge will continue to be a focus for Microsoft as they allow for experimentation with AI learning, Power Apps, and the Common Data Service options used within Dynamics 365.
Over the years, the Microsoft Dynamics community has grown and evolved into a worldwide system where end users and partners can network, collaborate, and share their knowledge of GP. There are a number of events that bring us together in person, and resources that bring us together online. Here are 5 great resources that you can turn to for help in the Dynamics GP community:
- The Dynamics GP Blogster – Mariano Gomez (MVP) provides you with his insightful knowledge of Dynamics GP
- Community Dynamics – a forum used to ask questions about Dynamics GP and have them answered by GP professionals from all around the world
- Dynamics GP User Group – a communication channel for GP professionals to network and share their Dynamics GP knowledge
- Dynamics User Group – a forum for end users to ask questions about how to use Dynamics GP
- Dynamics GP Land – Christina Philips and Steve Endow (both MVP’s) share their knowledge of Dynamics GP
Natalie Williams, Marketing Manager, WebSan Solutions Inc. 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence
If you are thinking of starting a new business, or getting a new software system, what company do you choose? How do you know that the company that you decide to go with fulfills your needs? It’s time that you do your own research and be in charge of your business financial system. Here are some questions that you should ask before you make a decision:
1. Will the accounting software grow with your business?
You want to make sure that you don’t outgrow your system. It’s better to get a system that has the capacity to grow with your business.
2. Can access be restricted for some users?
Having the power to monitor who uses particular functions is very important to a company. Having control is very important for senior level employees to keep certain information confidential and private.
3. Do you want to go towards cloud hosting or stay on premise?
Even though moving to the cloud would be less money and more current with what today’s businesses are doing, some people don’t feel comfortable choosing the cloud. But at least there are options to choose from.
4. Can I afford this software?
Sometimes it takes money to make money. But if this decision will put you deep in debt then it’s not worth it. Be sure of the software you choose and thoroughly access the situation for the right budget.
5. Ask for referrals from other business, clients and/or family.
If you don’t know where to start, ask around about the different accounting software people you know are using. Also, start to search on Google. If you have read this blog on our website then I just have given you an accounting software to look into, Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains.
By: Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Partner