Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 is being released in Canada on December 1, 2017 (Microsoft Great Plains 2018)

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Why Upgrade your Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP (Great Plains) to GP 2016 R2?

Dynamics GP upgrade logoUpdated June 2017:  Microsoft Dynamics GP is actively being SUPPORTED and SOLD by Microsoft via authorized partners. We expect that Microsoft Dynamics GP will be supported and enhanced for many years to come. As Microsoft is starting to promote its new cloud-based Dynamics 365 ERP directly via its website, Microsoft is relying heavily on partners such as Endeavour Solutions to continue to promote and educate clients on the LONG TERM value of Dynamics GP. See below for the current product roadmap.   Note: Dynamics GP 2018 is set to be released in December 2017.

With GP 2016 and GP 2016R2, Microsoft has significantly improved the Web Client with a complete rewrite and redesign in HTML5, which is the modern technology that allows browser applications to automatically resize themselves on tablets and smartphones.  Released in December 2016, the New Dynamics GP 2016 R2 also represents the culmination of many "user requested" functions and enhancements made over the past few years. 

Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains ERP) was recently designated as a "MATURE PRODUCT" by Microsoft, which suggests that future releases will continue to focus on smaller usability and workflow enhancements rather than large structural design changes.  For an ERP system, where stability and predictability are paramount, this is a welcomed designation.

Based on Endeavour's experience internally and more recently with clients who we have helped to upgrade to Dynamics GP 2016 R2, we'd like to share the following:

1) The general consensus is that all of the ISV and 3rd party products are NOW compliant with both GP 2016 & GP 2016 R2.  We suggest, if you are on GP 2010 or GP 2013, you start to plan your GP 2016 upgrade ASAP, you're now 5-6 versions behind.  An added comfort is that GP 2016 R2 is quite similar to GP 2015R2, (even the “2016: What’s New” guide references GP 2015R2 in sections), and therefore based on Endeavour's last 18+ months working with GP 2015 and GP 2016, we know what to expect with functionality and capability.  There is no need to delay in your upgrade planning and preparations.

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2) Arguably the TOP reason to upgrade, is the Mature workflow capabilities that can further refine and automate your business processes. Originally released in GP 2013 R2 and enhanced in GP 2015, the workflow capabilities within GP 2016 R2 are robust and well worth exploring. In our opinion, spending the time to map out and automate your business processes Advisory Services is the best way to enhance the strategic nature and ROI of your ERP. Core workflow capabilities include a variety of e-mail based approvals where Line of Business users can approve items without going into or needing a license for GP. Cascading approval processes, time outs and exception handling have each been thought out for approval processing related to each of GP Financial, Sales, Purchasing and Inventory transactions / cards.

3) The web client is actually quite good. As with most long term GP users, especially those who use GP every day for data entry, the thought of using the GP web client rather than the full desktop client sounds a little foreign. However, once you get past the initial learning curve and navigation (15 min. or so), the web client has been reported to be "acceptable" as it strongly mimics the desktop version with the layering of windows within the browser. It should also be noted that the web client works in Chrome, Firefox, IE 11/Edge as well as Safari for those clients with Apple Mac users.  That being said, we still recommend the GP desktop client for every-day use, and leverage the web client for ad-hoc inquiries, quick inquiry access on evenings and weekends, or for mobile access while outside of the office.

4) Tablet and mobile access is also good and is getting our team’s creative juices flowing for potential new business scenarios. However, using dedicated mobile applications such as SalesPad Mobile, or Dynamics 365 for Sales - CRM, or web forms connected via SmartConnect for Dynamics GP may alleviate the need for purchasing additional full GP licenses for an extended group of mobile users.

2010 to 2016 GP upgrade Image above – GP 2016 R2 on an iPad: Customer Screen, Smartlist in background above the desktop.
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5) Within GP 2016 R2, there are new All-In-One viewers for Sales Management and Inventory Management. These new All-in-One viewers complement the Purchasing All-in-One viewer released with GP 2015 R2. Generally, viewers make it easier to view the documents related to a given transaction, without the aggravation of having to drill down into multiple documents and screens.

6) From a technical perspective, out Endeavour technical team looked at the new Systems Requirements for GP 2016 R2.

Two items to highlight:

A) There are numerous new SQL Server 2016 database, virtual machine and hybrid cloud options available for GP 2016, many of which are worth evaluating as part of your future upgrade plans; and,
B) Microsoft Office 2010 is no longer supported, so this may be a great time to consider the new Office 365 Enterprise cloud and desktop applications. Endeavour Office 365
C) Management Reporter (MR2012 CU16) is still being updated with its most recent update being released March 2017 - to include a variety of fixes including support for GP 2016 Dexterity Shared Components and a variety of new fixes / cumulative updates.




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Why choose Endeavour Solutions as your Dynamics GP Canadian Partner?

Dynamics GP 2016 LogoEndeavour Solutions has been working with Microsoft Dynamics GP Canada for over 20-years to advise and help progressive organizations improve their business processes, operational efficiency and overall performance by leveraging the power of Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP.  Underpinning each project is our belief that a strong ERP or CRM is only as good at the data within it. Based on this concept, our team at Endeavour strives to ask "why" and "how" to uncover the true processes and business insights that will help drive innovation within your business. Advisory Services

As our clients can attest: at Endeavour, we bring new ideas to you instead of only reacting to your requestsWe will work with you to implement, upgrade and enhance your Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) so that it serves your needs both today and into the future.   Complementing your configuration and optimization of Dynamics GP are a series of advanced functions and tools from our Approved ISV Partners.

Endeavour Solutions Canada is a Microsoft Gold ERP and Microsoft Silver CRM Partner focusing on development, implementation, upgrades, support and training for Dynamics GP and Dynamics CRM as well as Office 365 and Microsoft Power BI. We are one of the top Microsoft Dynamics partners in Canada, a President's Club Member and are currently the largest Microsoft ERP partner in Canada that has a sole focus on Dynamics GP ERP.

Our success is due to our focus on our customers, our people and our core values of integrity, trust, and accountability.  Endeavour Solutions is in the top 5% of Microsoft Partners worldwide with offices in: Toronto, Halifax, London, Ottawa, Edmonton and Montréal with remote support to the USA.


Workflow 2.0 within Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and GP 2016 R2 via Web Services

Workflow and employee self service previously offered via Business Portal (Workflow 1.0) has been embedded into Dynamics GP, starting with GP 2013 in conjunction with SharePoint, and further evolving to a fully embedded Workflow 2.0 via Web Services starting with GP 2013 R2. SharePoint is no longer a requirement for workflow with Dynamics GP.

What is Workflow 2.0? It supports employee self service and involves a variety to business logic steps (if-then) linking to active directory and other approval structures via e-mail or other Dynamics GP notifications to notify, review and approve/deny and edit specific requests. The following is a list of Workflow 2.0 items available in Dynamics GP 2015 R2 and GP 2016.  Combined with the new Document Attach function within Dynamics GP, automated e-mails with system generated attachments can be sent for internal approval via e-mail, and approvals can be made via e-mail (Mobile too) without the approving authority needing to log into Dynamics GP.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 System Requirements / Hardware Requirements

Complements of our Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Consultants
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This document contains the minimum client hardware requirements, server recommendations and Terminal Server minimum hardware requirements supported by the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Support Team. The following server recommendations are not minimum server requirements. The requirements and recommendations are based on experience with many different installations. Users may need to increase these requirements due to environmental factors to achieve individual performance expectations.   Review each Customer Profile below to determine what profile best fits the user count, modules used and transaction volume for your environment. Use that Customer Profile as a recommendation for your server hardware implementation. 

Click to Download the full technical support paper. New System Requirements for Dynamics GP 2016.pdf

Also, we now recommend a minimum of 16GB of RAM for clients running Dynamics GP and 32-64GB RAM for Management Reporter (MR) if using datamart.

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