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Anya Ciecierski, CAL Business Solutions

Should You Wait For the Release of the New Microsoft Dynamics GP “11”?

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Although my grandmother needs a new computer now she is waiting to buy it until the release of the new Windows 7.  Why? Someone told her it was “better”.  Well, I am sure it is, new is usually better otherwise why would they release it.  But for her, she needs a new computer now and Vista would already be a HUGE improvement from her current system.  Plus upgrading now would save her (and me) quite a bit of frustration.

This is the same with Microsoft Dynamics GP.  You could wait for the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP “11” but what will that cost you now? Probably quite a bit of inefficiency and frustrated users, limping along on a system like Peachtree or QuickBooks that you have likely already outgrown, or is threatening to give out any day.   The better idea is to implement Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 now.  And when GP “11” is released you will receive it free since you will be active on your maintenance plan which is required for the first year.

But for those of you who are the type to stand in line because you must have the very latest and greatest, here is the timeline.  Microsoft told partners in May 2009 “we will now schedule our major release cycle around future Microsoft Office system releases, which generally occur every 24–30 months.”  The last major release of Microsoft Dynamics GP was Version 10.0 in June 2007. The next major release, Microsoft Dynamics GP “11” is scheduled for Q2 of 2010. In the interim, there were a number of feature packs that all delivered value for Dynamics GP customers.

Microsoft says “Microsoft Dynamics GP “11” development will focus on increasing depth and reach for core functionality, enriching integrations with the Microsoft Office system, extending external connections through Web Services, and ensuring faster Return on Investment (ROI) for customers.”

GP Product Roadmap

Will Microsoft Dynamics GP “11” be better? Sure it will!  But is it worth waiting and limping along on an already outdated system? Probably not!

Request a free demo DVD of Microsoft Dynamics 10.0 from CAL Business Solutions.

By CAL Business Solutions – Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

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