Microsoft Welcomes Dynamics GP into Fold with Versioning, Lifecycle Policy

By Carolyn Moltzan | September 10, 2019

Microsoft has announced the latest version of Dynamics GP will release on October 1, 2019. This version will simply be called Microsoft Dynamics GP, removing the version detail that has been linked to the product for some time. The release will include updates and functionality that will enhance the core application and platform.
The most impactful part of the announcement from Microsoft is the change in the GP lifecycle. Moving forward, Dynamics GP will follow the Modern Lifecycle Policy - aligning it with Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365. This transition brings GP into the fold with all other Microsoft products, showing Microsoft’s investment and commitment to the product now and in the future.

The Modern Lifecycle Policy guarantees a few key things to Dynamics GP users:

  • Microsoft will provide a minimum of 12 months' notification prior to ending support if no successor product or service is offered.
  • For products under existing lifecycle policies (such as the Fixed Lifecycle Policy), Microsoft will continue to provide servicing and support for a fixed amount of time
  • Changes for these products and services may be more frequent and require customers to be alert for forthcoming modifications to their product or service.

As far as new features and functionality in the October release, Microsoft has announced updates in finances, workflows, system enhancements, and has added features based on user requests. Additional information about each of these features will soon be available on Microsoft’s feature of the day blog.

Dynamics GP Updates to Financial Enhancements

  • Long Description for Payables Transaction Entry
  • Expand Display for Fiscal Period Setup
  • Display User who posted for Journal Entry Inquiry
  • Add Class ID to Fixed Assets Transfer
  • Document Attach available in Bank Reconciliation
  • Visual Cue for EFT Vendor on Edit Payment Batch
  • Show Check Number in Apply Sales Doc Window
  • Payroll option to Not include Additional Withholding
  • Payables Integration to Payroll Enhancement
  • Deduction/Benefit Quick Assignment functionality
  • Exclude Inactive Records for HR benefit and Deduction lookups
  • Employment History reason for change for all dates
  • Payroll Reprint Pay statements by Audit Code

Dynamics GP Updates to Workflow Functionality

  • User Security Workflow
  • User Workflow
  • Security Roles Workflow
  • Security Tasks Workflow
  • Import Workflow
  • Export Workflow
  • Change Approver for active Workflow Task
  • Vendor Approval Workflow submit on Hold or Doc Attach

System Enhancements for Dynamics GP

  • Support SQL 2019
  • Support Windows Server 2019
  • Support Office 2019
  • SmartList add Date options
  • Sort companies in User Access
  • Search option in User Access
  • Filter inactive Users in User Access Setup
  • More than 32 Report Options in Report Group

Top Feature Requests for Dynamics GP

  • Copy Report Option
  • Filter Item Stock Inquiry by Date
  • Exclude Inactive Items on Item Price list
  • Minimize transaction when Go To is selected for PO that exists
  • Save setting for Display new PO per user
  • Inactive field added to Item SmartList
  • Display User ID in Item Maser table
  • Excel Paste in Web client
  • Make History Drop down default to most recent year

If you’re interested in upgrading to the latest version of Dynamics GP after its release this October, please reach out to the team at Stoneridge Software.

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