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Dynamics GP Is Here For Good

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For the past several months I have read many Dynamics GP blogs and seen various Dynamics GP communities on LinkedIn post discussions about Dynamics GP being discontinued, or the entire Dynamics line being sold off by Microsoft. I was highly suspect of this for many reasons, the least of which is knowing that Dynamics GP is responsible for 75% of the Microsoft Business Solutions ERP Products division’s revenue.

At the last technical conference, Errol Schoenfish, Director of Product Management for Dynamics shared the current success being delivered by Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft employees, resellers, and developers. He stated that Dynamics is the leader for technical innovation of the Dynamics Line of ERP products and has enjoyed its most robust sales this past year.

Generally speaking you don’t leave your prize racehorse at the starting gate. So why would Microsoft do anything but support and expand Dynamics GP? Well they wouldn't.

I have heard and read these rumors many times over the past years.  I do not know how they get started or why.  Some people suggest that the competition to Dynamics starts the rumors so they can have talking points as a way to suggest avoiding selection of Dynamics as your ERP solution.

Dave McClure, Contributing Writer and Columnist at CPA Practice Advisor had these issues to pick with the way Microsoft handles its affairs.

In the midst of all of this, Microsoft has a big challenge, they can’t seem to find a new CEO to lead the company in the post-Ballmer era,” says McClure, “Ballmer has led Microsoft for the past 14 years, but has announced he will leave any minute now. And they can’t seem to find anyone else who wants the job”.

Just this week Microsoft named Satya Nadella the new CEO, a man who has been with Microsoft for 22 years and clearly has the credentials to take on the job. Ballmer planned his retirement for over a year, so this "leave any minute" comment was just as much an assumption as the comments about Dynamics being dropped.

ERP systems have become much more of a commodity purchase and as I have said here many times, the software, although important, is not as critical as the service provider in ensuring your success.

Gordon Macdonald, a Director on the ERP Product team at Microsoft makes note of just how important Dynamics GP is to Microsoft’s future evolution.

“Microsoft Dynamics GP is a key product in our portfolio of Microsoft Dynamics business solutions. We recently released Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and it is one of the first ERP solutions from Microsoft that is available as a hosted solution on Windows Azure through our partners,” Says Macdonald. “We are committed to Microsoft Dynamics GP, have a solid roadmap and continue to innovate and invest in it to deliver a solution that meets the ERP needs of our small and mid-size customers.”

In fact the Support Lifecycle policy for Dynamics GP 2012, the last release, shows that the product is guaranteed support from Microsoft for 10 years. Moving forward the new 2013 product release has the same Support Lifecycle policy ensuring that new customers have the assurance they need to feel confident in making purchase decisions. Microsoft has been a leader in providing these polices for well over 20 years.

It’s very important to know the source of negative claims as this generally points to weather they are true or simply created to cause doubts. In business you are in control and you hold the keys to what information you give weight to.

As you focus on reviewing what the best ERP solution for your organization and team will be make sure you do your research not only on the features but also the software publisher and the implementation team.  If you do this you will be successful.

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About The Author: Curt Finch is the CEO of Journyx, a Certified Microsoft Partner. Journyx maximizes the value of Microsoft Dynamics by adding enterprise time tracking. Journyx Accountlink for Microsoft Dynamics allows companies to quickly implement a complete time tracking solution using existing business data in Dynamics. Connect with Curt on Google+.

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