Winthrop Development Consultants Newsletter – August 2022

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt has been a long time between Newsletters, but that does not mean nothing’s been happening. On the contrary, we have been really busy working hard to improve our software products with the aim of making your lives better.

This newsletter contains important information about price changes, and new releases of all our software (including a critical security update). Please forward this newsletter to anyone in your organization who would find this information useful. They can subscribe to future newsletters using the link below:

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#GPPT #BPST Pricing Increase from January 2023

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWe have not changed our pricing since 2016 when the current module-based pricing was adopted with the release of Build 21 of GP Power Tools.

Since then, we have released many new builds with lots of added functionality and features in all modules of all our products, providing a massive increase in the value. So, from January 2023 there will be a minor increase in the module pricing.

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#MSDynGP ISV Talks with Dynamics Connections

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs part of my marketing strategy for the last six months, I have been working with Dynamics Connections to promote my products to the Microsoft Dynamics GP partner channel.

GP Power Tools is a very easy product to sell. You just need to show the Benefits Presentation to a customer and they will want it on their system. So the aim is to get the partners to show this short presentation to their customers.

I have found that using Carol Livingston and the team at Dynamics Connections has been a worthwhile investment with an increased awareness of our products amongst the partners after her presentations.

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#MSDynGP Consultants: Are you a Microsoft Partner?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAn important part of the amazing Microsoft Dynamics GP community is the independent consultant.

Independent consultants don’t usually sell the Microsoft software or licenses, but they provide deep knowledge about how to setup and use the accounting/ERP software. They often work in conjunction with the customer’s partner of record (POR) to provide a additional level of support.

But many of them are not signed up as a Microsoft partner and don’t have their access to the PartnerSource Business Center or their own GP Registration keys.

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#MSDynGP It’s official: Microsoft Dynamics GP is here to stay

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOver the last few weeks I have been chatting with Terry Heley on the Microsoft Dynamics GP Support team. She was been working really hard on getting the Lifecycle information for Microsoft Dynamics GP updated to reflect Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to the Dynamics GP product.

Regardless of of the sales hype and disinformation you might hear from other sources who want to spread FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt), Microsoft Dynamics GP is not going away any time soon and the product lifecycle information has been updated to show this.

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COVID-19 and Winthrop Development Consultants

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs my email inbox is getting filled with COVID-19 related updates from almost every company I have dealt with in the past, I thought I would not perpetuate the situation with another email.

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 ….

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#MSDynGP Microsoft Dynamics GP – October 2019 release coming soon

David Meego - Click for blog homepageGuess what? … there will be no Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R3, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2019 or Microsoft Dynamics GP 2020. Why? Because in early October 2019, we will have Microsoft Dynamics GP instead.

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).

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#MSDynGP Microsoft will lose its Dynamics GP customers to competitive products

David Meego - Click for blog homepageSorry 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 …

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#MSDynGP Dynamics 365 BC is not an upgrade from Dynamics GP

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis week a forum thread on the GPUG Open Forum caught my attention and I felt I had to respond. The topic was the future of Microsoft Dynamics GP and whether moving to Dynamics 365 is an option.

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.

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#Perth: Innovating Workplace Productivity with Microsoft MVPs

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIf 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.

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#GPPT GP Power Tools Build 27 is coming soon

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou 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.

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#GPPT GP Power Tools Build 26 is coming soon

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs 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.

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New presentation on the Benefits of Winthrop Development Consultants products is now available

David Meego - Click for blog homepageSelling 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.

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#MSDynGP Don’t Believe All The Microsoft Sales Hype

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast 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.

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Important: Winthrop Development Consultants now directly and exclusively distributes all of its products

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs 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.

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Updated Builds for all Winthrop Products as at 09-May-2018

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWinthrop Development Consultants is pleased to announce that updated builds for GP Power Tools, Batch Posting Service Toolkit and the free Visual Studio Integration Toolkit are now available.

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.

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Winthrop Development Consultants will distribute all of its products directly from 01-Jul-2018

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWinthrop 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.

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The future of Microsoft Dynamics GP …. again!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt has been just over a year since the last time this old chestnut was raised by someone in the community.

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.

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