But then I thought, would people be concerned if they had not heard from us? So I decided I would post something as a blog article instead, and here it is ….
That’s correct, the year will no longer part of the version name for Dynamics GP. In fact version 18 will be the last version of Dynamics GP (in the same way that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows).
Sorry about the click bait title, but it got you to read this opening paragraph. This article is my opinion on Microsoft’s current marketing strategy for its Dynamics accounting/ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) product range and how, with a couple of minor changes, Microsoft can convert all of its Microsoft Dynamics GP customers to Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions in due time.
To understand what the problem is and what the simple solution is … read on …
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.
If you live in Perth and work in the tech industry (or don’t work in the tech industry and want something to do), please come and join some of the Perth based Microsoft MVPs for a free community event on Saturday 25th May 2019.
This all day event (8;30 am to 5:00 pm) will be held at the Civic Administration Centre, City of Canning in Cannington, and will be an exciting day with seven presentations and a Q&A panel session to finish.
You might have seen some postings on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn mentioning that I have been working hard on the next release of GP Power Tools. Well, all the major features planned for Build 27 have been completed.
All that is left to do is beta testing, documentation and a couple of minor features and then it can be released to the Microsoft Dynamics GP community in time for the upcoming conference season for 2019.
As mentioned in my previous post I have been working hard for the last few months on the development of the next build of GP Power Tools.
Build 26 of GP Power Tools is already at release candidate stage and I am just working on getting the documentation for the User Guide manual updated and tweaking any issues found during beta testing.
Selling GP Power Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP has always been an interesting affair. If you can get a customer to sit and watch a demo (live or on video from the GPPT Portal), they immediately see the benefits and want the product. However, it is usually the people who work with the product day to day who see the demo and then they find it hard to sell to management.
Last week, I was having an email conversation with a partner friend in New Zealand and he mentioned that he had recently gained a number of existing Microsoft Dynamics GP customers from larger partners (VARs) who have decided to de-emphasize their Dynamics GP line of business.
My friend’s comment was this was short sighted and that it was sad when the fight for a quick dollar overrides the value of a long term relationship. His comments prompted me to write this “opinion” article.
As mentioned at the beginning of May, Winthrop Development Consultants will distribute all of its products directly from 01-Jul-2018. Well, the day has arrived and the distribution arrangement with Mekorma has now ended.
We have been working hard to make the transition as painless as possible for both Partners and Customers and the article below should hopefully answer any questions you might still have.
Please note that these builds are required to ensure that the products remain registered after 01-Jul-2018. All customers will need to update their systems before their current subscriptions expire to avoid interruptions to their registrations. Install over the top of the existing builds, no need to uninstall.
Winthrop Development Consultants has been working closely with Mekorma to distribute its product range for the last two years. Back in November 2017, we moved our free Visual Studio Integration Toolkit (VSIT) product back to Winthrop. Now we are pleased to announce that the remaining products; GP Power Tools (GPPT) and Batch Posting Service Toolkit (BPST) will be distributed directly by Winthrop Development Consultants from July 2018.
This time the question of Microsoft Dynamics GP’s future has been raised by Mark Brummel, who was a Microsoft MVP (Business Solutions) for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product, and is based in the Netherlands.
When this article is published, I will be somewhere flying over the Indian Ocean with a couple more hours before landing.
I am going to the ReigniteGP 2017 conference in Gauteng, Johannesburg and will spend a week with the South African Microsoft Dynamics GP community.
This first of a kind event in South Africa will bring together Microsoft Dynamics GP end-users, technical resources and partners in instructional sessions, and showcases, focusing on all versions of Dynamics GP.
Following on from last week’s GPUG Amplify conference, Pam Misialek has released an updated version of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Roadmap as at March 2017. While I was unable to attend the conference, I heard that it was a success!
This corrected slide has fixed some minor errors that were on the slide presented at the conference (oops).
When I joined Microsoft in 2001, one of the things that influenced my decision was the thinking that Dexterity (the language behind Dynamics GP) was going to die and so I decided that I would be better off inside Microsoft than continue working as an ISV (Independent Software Vendor).
Now sixteen years later in 2017 and I am back working as an ISV, and Dexterity, along with Microsoft Dynamics GP, is still going strong… despite the launch of Dynamics 365.
Earlier today, my friend Pam Misialek from the Microsoft Dynamics GP product marketing team announced the release date for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 on the Inside Dynamics GP blog.
This is the first release of Microsoft Dynamics GP to support HMTL5 for its web client, which enables it to work across any browser on any device (including Apple and Android tablets).
Winthrop Dexterity Consultants was formed in September 1999 and when I joined Microsoft in December 2001, my wife Jennifer continued to run the business for almost five years before the Omni products were acquired by Rockton Software. The business as a Microsoft partner was put on hold at that time. When I found out I was leaving Microsoft, I restarted the business as Winthrop Development Consultants.