What is the truth with Dynamics GP???
We have been a Microsoft Gold Partner for almost 20 years now and let me tell you that we have heard many things about Dynamics GP over the years…
Rumors, most of them ended up being rumors! So be careful and don’t just believe anything other vendors are telling you they know “for sure” what’s happening at Microsoft. Always ask for proof from Microsoft, and Microsoft only.
Otherwise these other vendors are just “selling” you based on fear. Don’t you want to work with someone that is truthful and simply providing you the best product/services your company deserves?
That being said, Dynamics GP is NOT GOING ANYWHERE!
“Funny” enough, some of our clients have received FAKE information from other vendors including statements like the following:
- “Microsoft will not be supporting Dynamics Great Plains in 2020”
- “Dynamics GP is being deactivated by Microsoft”
- “Microsoft will most likely be migrating you to a new part of Dynamics in the new year”
- “This switch may be a large price increase for your ERP Solution”
>>> ALL OF THE ABOVE IS NOT TRUE
We know many users have concerns about the Microsoft Dynamics GP roadmap and this is why we are writing this article to make sure you get the most accurate information regarding the future of Dynamics GP for 2020 and beyond.
As many of you already know, this past October (2019), Microsoft released a new version of Dynamics GP. Changing the version name from “Dynamics GP 2018 R2” to… Simply “Dynamics GP”. With this new release, Microsoft is dropping the version number and announced that Dynamics GP is now moving to the “Modern Lifecycle Policy”.
With this latest announcement from Microsoft, we now have clear goals from Microsoft on the future of Dynamics GP and the Dynamics GP Roadmap.
The Real Future of Dynamics GP
What’s the Dynamics GP Modern Lifecycle Policy?
As mentioned, with the new Dynamics GP release, Microsoft is moving it to what is called the “Modern Lifecycle Policy”. With the Modern Lifecycle Policy, Dynamics GP will be supported for a continuous one year. This means that a new release will be available every year, which is consistent with most of the other Microsoft products.
The Modern Lifecycle Policy is a great sign for users who are willing to stay on Dynamics GP as it will offer continuous support and servicing including bugs, fixes, new features and patch updates for Dynamics GP. So far, those updates are scheduled up to 2024.
What’s new with Dynamics GP Updates and support?
On top of the yearly new releases, Microsoft has committed to three-yearly minor updates of Dynamics GP going forward.
One main obligation of the Modern Policy is that in order to stay current, Dynamics GP users will need to complete at least one of the three yearly releases. Completing at least 1 of the minor upgrades allow you to stay current and keep Microsoft’s support.
Basically, if you already upgrade to the October 2019 Dynamics GP new release, and you complete one of the minor upgrades in 2020, you will be able to skip the late 2020 release! But remember to take at least one upgrade in 2021 to keep your ERP system current 😊!
For those who are still on Dynamics GP older version (Before Oct 2019), they are staying on the existing Fixed Policy Lifecycle. However, if you want to keep your support, here are the support end dates for those previous versions:
- Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 – Mainstream support end date 4/14/2020
- Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 – Mainstream support end date 7/13/2021
- Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 – Version 18.00.0727 and prior (anything before October 2019 release) – Mainstream support end date 1/10/2023
If you have questions regarding the Microsoft dynamics GP roadmap, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to discuss the future of your Dynamics GP Solution, as well as how we can help you adapt to the new Modern Policy and the Dynamics GP Roadmap.