22 Dec The Real Truth About Dynamics GP? It’s Not Going Anywhere
Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) is a business accounting software package that was released in 2010 and is currently one of the top options on today’s market. It’s versatile, intuitive, and if you’ve given any attention to competing software companies in the last 12 months, allegedly at risk of being phased out. In this post, we’re going to discuss the rumors and explain why you shouldn’t be worried about Microsoft Dynamics GP going anywhere in the near future.
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Whether you currently run Dynamics or you’ve considered investing in it, you’ve probably heard conflicting information about the software’s future. As a cloud hosting company that pays careful attention to all of the industry’s rumors and information drips, we’ve certainly heard our fair share. Some of the most common rumors we’ve heard include:
- GP is no longer going to be supported after 2020.
- Dynamics GP is going to be phased out by Microsoft in the near future.
- Microsoft will be migrating clients to a different version of the software sometime after January.
- High fees will be associated with the changes and transfers.
Before we get into the details, we want to make sure that you know that none of these rumors are true.
The truth is that many of these rumors are based on a change that Microsoft made in 2019. “Dynamics GP 2018 R2” became “Dynamics GP,” which is certainly easier to say and remember!
Microsoft also announced that they’re streamlining Dynamics GP and making the update cycle more consistent with other their products, which are typically updated and re-released each year. This is also known as the “Modern Lifecycle Policy.” This means that although users will need to update the software and purchase the newest version each year, they will also benefit from better support and more in-depth testing before each release.
Microsoft has released their update schedule through 2024, and it’s likely that they’ll periodically add to it as they create goals for the software.
Now that we’ve cleared up the confusion, let’s turn our attention to where the confusion came from in the first place.
As we mentioned at the outset, much of the confusion comes from competitors hoping to get a piece of the pie Microsoft is currently enjoying. Telling potential clients that the software they’re currently using is “just fine” isn’t the best marketing strategy, so it’s not surprising that some vendors are sowing seeds of doubt amongst loyal Dynamics GP users. As with any claim that sounds counterintuitive or surprising in the context of what you already know, it’s important to evaluate the source of the rumor and their motivations for making certain claims. In this case, it’s clear that the competition is simply attempting to scare users out of Microsoft’s market.