by Zac Richards
With Microsoft’s recent marketing push centered on the new Dynamics 365, many have started to raise the question, “Is Dynamics GP going away?” The short answer: no! Microsoft has stated that development of Dynamics GP will continue for as long as customers want it and recently released the Dynamics GP Roadmap. The roadmap highlights coming enhancements to the product, starting with GP 2018 and moving beyond.
GP 2018 is expected to release at the end of 2017, most likely before the end of Q4. Critical updates for the release include Workflow 4.0, Doc Attach, Finance & HR Optimization, Power Suite, and many other top features requested by current GP users. Microsoft is looking to strengthen GP’s cloud capabilities, making it easier and more convenient to access GP whenever and wherever you may be.
Dynamics GP is a proven ERP solution that has been around for over 20 years. With this background, Microsoft has an extra level of confidence in introducing their newest solution, Dynamics 365, to the market. Microsoft wants to offer general functionality but relies on partners to provide unique features and customizations to fit consumer needs. This leads us to believe that in the future, Dynamics GP will be developed even more so by partners than ever before. Customers express to their partners what they look to gain from their ERP system. In turn, partners transform those ideas into functional enhancements to improve the needs of customers.
Dynamics 365 is a SaaS-based accounting solution, meaning it is licensed on a subscription basis, designed for small to mid-sized companies that run on Microsoft Azure. Customers pay monthly for the service so there are no additional upfront costs for hardware, SQL servers, or other components typically associated with on-premise solutions. Dynamics 365, fully integrated with Office 365, competes with other cloud-based solutions such as Xero or QuickBooks. The upside to Dynamics 365 as a SaaS solution is that Microsoft can send out updates automatically without user intervention. Since Dynamics 365 is fully cloud-based, it is designed to work anytime, anywhere. 365 suits those who want to run on the cloud and do not have complex needs.
Even though Dynamics GP and 365 are both comparable ERP systems, they are each geared toward unique audiences. Dynamics GP users often have system requirements that go beyond core financials, while Dynamics 365 users focus primarily on the financial modules of GL, AP and AR and have less available to them in the way of customizations. Microsoft has assured the Dynamics GP community that it will continue to exist and grow, as the most recent roadmap for Dynamics GP shows ongoing development beyond 2019. Microsoft will also continue to provide support for the software.
For more information or to request a demo for either Dynamics GP or Dynamics 365, please contact Joseph St Germain at [email protected].
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