The fact that the question was asked again has prompted me to write another article to help get the correct message out to the Microsoft Dynamics GP community.
TLDR: I believe that the Microsoft sales and marketing machine and its promotion of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 products are having a very negative affect on the existing customer base of Microsoft Dynamics GP. Partners who believe the hype are scaring their customers into moving away from Microsoft Dynamics GP and those customers are more likely to go to a competitor’s product than to Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Below is my response from the forum post:
Disclaimer: This is my opinion only.
While Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC) is being developed at a rapid rate, it does not have the maturity and functionality of Microsoft Dynamics GP. If you have a plain GL, AR, AP system then it might be an option for you (as long as you have fast and reliable internet).
If you have other modules from Microsoft (such as Project Accounting, Field Service, Manufacturing, etc.) or modules from ISVs (Independent Software Vendors), then moving to Business Central is likely to be a downgrade with much functionality lost. It would also probably be a re-implementation as there is no one-click migration.
Microsoft Dynamics GP has a new version scheduled for release before the end of the year (not sure of exact dates yet), It is not confirmed, but I hope it will be labelled as “Microsoft Dynamics GP 2020”. When this new version releases there will be at least 5 years of full support and another 5 years of maintenance support. That gets us to at least 2030 and probably beyond…
Please read my previous articles on the topic:
- #MSDynGP Don’t Believe All The Microsoft Sales Hype
- The future of Microsoft Dynamics GP …. again!
- The future of Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Dynamics GP is a cash cow for Microsoft and they will not want to kill the cash cow, even though their sales and marketing team have been spreading misinformation (or at least giving the wrong impression) about the future of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
At this stage what I have been hearing on the grapevine is that Microsoft Dynamics GP customers who believe the hype (possibly because of their partners scaring them) are more likely to move to a non-Microsoft product than Business Central.
PS: I wonder if my MVP Status will be renewed on the 1st July?
[Edit:] Please note that my article does not say anything negative about BC. The issue is that there is no reason to move away from GP any time soon. What I am hearing from many sources is that those customers who have been scared by the hype are more likely to change to a competitor’s product that to re-implement on BC. GP is still being developed and not going away for at least another 10 years.
To quote Douglas Adams: Don’t Panic.
29-Jun-2019: Added commentary edit.
This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.