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RSM US LLP

Is Microsoft Dynamics GP Disappearing?


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I would like to set the record straight for all those who may be concerned that Microsoft Dynamics GP is disappearing.

This is a FALSE rumor by NetSuite's CEO Zach Nelson during a recent earning's webcast where he implied such things like "the continuing demise of Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains," "less international and less sophisticated than Microsoft Dynamics AX and NAV" and "there’s little future for anyone who wants to be a new GP reseller."

Microsoft Dynamics GP is stronger than ever and is a leader in Mid-Market ERP Systems. As a former Microsoft employee, working now as a Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Specialist in the East Region, I can tell you first hand the product team in Fargo is well under way in developing GP 12 to be released in 2012 \ 2013 time frame; as well as getting ready to release Dynamics GP 2010 R2 in the second quarter of 2011.

Even though Microsoft develops and supports four different ERP products, each product has a distinct niche in the market place. Another fact I would like to point out is Microsoft's published Statement of Direction which outlines the future direction of Microsoft Dynamics GP through 2016.

Further proof is that the Dynamics GP product team in Fargo wants to hear from all existing customers on what features they would like added into GP “12.”  Here is your opportunity to be heard and suggest new features.  If you would like to suggest a feature go to MS Connect, https://connect.microsoft.com/, and submit what is important to you.

In closing, Microsoft Dynamics GP has tens of thousands of customers, a vibrant partner community and third-party application ecosystem, and proven industry functionality which addresses the needs in many key verticals like health care, not-for-profit, and public sector.   Microsoft Dynamics GP is offered as a hosted or on-premise solution.

By: Jeff Katz, RSM McGladrey - Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, SL, CRM Partner in New York

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