Is There a New Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade Path?

Posted on: May 12, 2020 | By: Julia Paul | Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft’s Naming Structure with Dynamics GP

Many of our clients have asked, “What is the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics GP?”.  Starting in 2019, Microsoft has dropped the year from the name of the product. For example, previous releases were Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016, or Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018. Starting with the release in October of 2019, Microsoft has changed the name of the product to Microsoft Dynamics GP. This has caused many of our clients to wonder what the Dynamics GP upgrade path is and is this the end of Microsoft Dynamics GP? The answer is no. Microsoft is committed to providing releases of Dynamics GP through the year 2024.

So, why the change in the naming structure? Microsoft changed the naming structure so that it’s consistent with their other solutions that are updated on a continuous basis. It’s part of Microsoft’s Modern Lifecycle Policy. There will be a new release for Microsoft Dynamics GP each year. In addition, there may be one or two other updates that are provided for things such as payroll taxes. So, while there will be a release each year starting in 2019 all the way through 2024, the naming structure will always stay Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Modern Lifecycle Policy

This naming approach is part of Microsoft’s Modern Lifecycle Policy. So, what exactly is a Modern Lifecycle? The Modern Lifecycle Policy states that there will be one release per year. Many of our clients have become concerned that they have to upgrade each year. The Modern Lifecycle Policy does not require an upgrade each year. They will continue to support a release for five years after the release. For example, the release in 2019 will be supported through the year 2024. However, when you do want to upgrade, you will need to step through each successive release in order to get to the current release.

Upgrade Path

In previous years, you could upgrade from Dynamics GP 2015 to Dynamics GP 2018 in one hop. Starting with this Modern Lifecycle, you will need to upgrade from the release in 2019, to the release in 2020, to the release in 2021. This will simply create a little more effort during the upgrade but, again, will not affect the support of the solution. Which brings us to our next big question “What is the upgrade path all about?”. Clients have become concerned that there won’t be an upgrade path or that there won’t be much done to Dynamics GP. However, Microsoft is continuing to invest in Dynamics GP with each successive year. In the release in 2019 there were system enhancements, financial enhancements, as well as approximately six or seven top feature requests from the users. In addition, there was workflow functionality that was added to Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Conclusion

So, for those people looking to stay on Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft does have the Modern Lifecycle Policy, and they do have an upgrade path. They have committed to new releases from 2019 through 2024. Some clients may consider moving to another Microsoft Dynamics solution such as Dynamics 365 Business Central, which we at Logan Consulting support as well. If you want to understand whether you should stay with Dynamics GP or upgrade to a solution such as Business Central, feel free to contact us. Hopefully you find this information helpful and understand that Microsoft Dynamics GP does offer an upgrade path going forward.

Logan Consulting is a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner based in Chicago, IL with clients throughout the United States. We have a concentration of clients in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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