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.
One of the most notable features of the new release of Microsoft Dynamics GP is an improved version of the web client. The web client allows users to access some of the system’s capabilities on-the-go, and gives IT professionals the deployment option of providing users with a URL to log into the system. Below, we list the most significant improvements and how GP is now easier to use than ever before.
1. Integrated search functionality
Apart from finding the window or the report that you need, the integrated search functionality will bring up a list of all the open windows and reports that are relevant to your search term and criteria. With this feature, users no longer need to remember where a specific window is. By typing the window name into the search field, the web client will immediately hyperlink to it.
2. Support for a variety of web browsers and mobile devices
The web client, which was previously only accessible using Silverlight and Microsoft browsers, can now be run through iPad, android tablets, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, since it uses the latest release of the universally accepted hypertext markup language – HTML 5.
3. Enhanced user experience
The user interface has been refreshed, with the banner now enabling users to log in and log out and indicate which company they’re logged into. The new web client also has the distinctive feel of Office 365 with the Office banner.
Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence
We are proud to announce the new features released with our Time and Expense Management System version 4.3. Expense group uploads, General Ledger uploads and overriding default supervisors are a few of the new enhancements that have been added to our system.
Expense Group Uploads
This feature will enable the upload of multi-user expense files. That is, specified users set in the security options have the ability to upload expenses for submission on behalf of other users. So if your department is responsible for submitting expenses, you can now gather all the expense sheets and submit them at once.
General Ledger Uploads
Upload journal entries through a downloadable template and synch them to your Microsoft Dynamics GP General Ledger.
Overriding Default Supervisors
Another new option in the User Management/ Security is the ability to set specific supervisors for users by document type.
WebSan Solutions offers a robust Time and Expense Management System to track your time and expenses hassle-free improving your employees’ productivity and your company’s profitability.
Doriana Kote, Web Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Channel Elite Awards Winner for 2013
Cloud computing has become the rule and not the exception for applications in today’s business world. It is with no doubt the default IT platform and the reality is a lot of organizations use multiple cloud environments delivered within different platforms.
The challenge of managing these cloud environments in a consistent way has created the need for what is known as cloud brokerage. That is, a third-party, vendor-neutral business that serves as a single point of contact when working with multiple providers. Cloud service brokers help users benefit from best-in-class offerings from different providers, while keeping the back end simplified.
Another trend is to certify trustworthy cloud providers. Certified clouds will lead to better take up and wider use of different services with the assurance they bring. After the NSA revelations, there has been an increasing need for cloud security in the business world that can be reassured by cloud certifications. WebSan Solutions has already amplified the importance of security by maintaining its hosted Dynamics GP solution in its state-of-the-art Tier II SAS70/SSAE16 certified data centre located in Toronto, Canada.
Finally, cloud - based applications are gradually gaining ground against on-premise software. Taking into account there is a Google or IOS application for almost everything in today's business world, people can work on one device, either it is a desktop, tablet or mobile and then stop and pick up right where they left off on a different device in another location.
Doriana Kote, Web Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Channel Elite Awards Winner for 2013
Today Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERPs) are developed and implemented so fast that it is hard to keep up with all this surplus of information. What is more, companies should make sure that during and after the implementation, all employees must be adequately trained on the system’s capabilities.
Using technology to facilitate this process is an essential technique to minimize costs and improve its effectiveness. Instead of buying expensive classroom training courses, nowadays you can easily buy e – learning courses that will save the company money, time and a lot of effort. Below you will find some of the benefits that e –Training will bring to your organization:
- Combine theory and practice by applying your knowledge in real – time.
- A fun and interactive way to understand complicated software, such as ERP.
- Test your knowledge by completing online quizzes.
- Learn on your own pace.
- More affordable than classroom training.
WebSan Solutions offers a comprehensive e - Training solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP through WebSan University. Videos, tests and a lot more of interactive documentation help you understand and apply procedures easily in the convenience of your own time and place. You can also choose between a variety of courses for both beginners and advanced users. You can even setup your company’s unique course catalogue customized to your specific needs.
Doriana Kote, Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Channel Elite Awards Winner for 2013
Implementing a new ERP Software is a time for new learning experiences and challenges. There are some common mistakes that you want to avoid when implementing ERP software, remember this list so you can become a hero and not a victim of poor planning.
Mistake 1: Not selecting the right vendor
Browsing through a vendor’s website can’t determine if they are right for you. Call the company and speak with someone, this gives you the chance to ask questions about the company and their services. Don’t forget to ask for references so you can hear more than one opinion of the vendor.
Mistake 2: Not taking advantage of all the features that you are paying for!
For any kind of service you pay for, be mindful of what’s included. If you are unaware of a feature that you have but never use, just ask!
Mistake 3: Underestimating the time and resources required
The estimated time for the scope of a project can go two ways: Either the scope is nowhere accurate (underestimating) or the scope is close to being accurate (educated estimating). It’s your job to review the implementation plan. If things are getting out of hand, use the following steps to help you solve a problem: review the problem, resolve the problem and remember the problem so it doesn’t happen again.
Mistake 4: Not properly investing in training and change management
Encouraging questions decreases a number of misunderstandings that occur with your staff. Have other resources available such as, review videos and webinars. Fill out change order requests to make sure your change is on record and not forgotten. Verbal communication doesn’t cut it anymore.
Mistake 5: Not having an active load testing environment
You won’t see the results of your changes based on a couple of “test users”. You must be able to mimic your true user load to see the real effect of changes and to watch out for costly unplanned downtime.
Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Partner
The release is almost here! Business is growing and so is technology so look no further! Microsoft Dynamics GP is committed to helping you do this by delivering a widespread vision and solution for your business. In part 1 of this blog I will be talking about 3 features that you can look forward to in the upcoming release.
Take command of your business
Have access to Dynamics GP virtually everywhere. There will be a new web client so you can use and contribute to Dynamics GP anywhere, anytime. The business analyzer dashboard helps you gain access to key performance indicators, reports and important information.
What’s new about business intelligence is it now offers both full service and self-service users have more of an “out-of-the-box” Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Microsoft Excel Reports.
Drive efficiency up while you drive costs down.
The new Dynamics GP will decrease operating expenses and improve cash flow more than ever. The sub-ledger reconciliation identifies discrepancies between your general ledger and sub-ledgers, eliminating time-intensive, manual inventory and bank reconciliation processes. Microsoft has improved on their purchasing module because it’s now able to enter quantity overages and automatically close purchase orders left open due to quantity shortages.
Position your business on a platform for growth.
This new version will have the security and flexibility to adapt and grow while saving you on IT costs.
You can now integrate your enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and productivity solutions on one platform to connect your business.
By: Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Partner