Microsoft just made an exciting announcement: the next release for Dynamics GP is dropping on October first of 2019, and will be called simply “Microsoft Dynamics GP.” You read that right! No year or version marker at the end. Dynamics GP has made the move to a “Modern Lifecycle Policy.”
What is a Modern Lifecycle Policy?
Dynamics GP is moving to a Modern Lifecycle Policy, which essentially means that the product is serviced and supported continuously, as long as you maintain your license and keep current with the service terms and system requirements (your VAR partner will keep you updated with that – you won’t even have to think about it. Here are some FAQs). This move is a good thing! It shows that Microsoft is committed to Dynamics GP for the foreseeable future (remember all those questions about Dynamics GP going away?)
Upgrades and updates will be released more frequently, and on a predictable schedule each year, throughout the year. Changes like non-security and security updates, new product builds, new feature requests, access to online content including Knowledge Base and webcasts, phone support, and online support will all be continuously updated for you.
Microsoft (and Crestwood) will always give you plenty of notice before any action is required on your part.
Do I Need to Upgrade my GP System?
The short answer is no… but you should consider it! Your existing lifecycle for your current system is still in place (click here for a roadmap of all Dynamics GP products). But the benefits of upgrading to the MLP include access to a guaranteed updates throughout the year, such as mid-year and year-end with a feature release each October.
This is a preview of just SOME of the first updates that will release October 2019. Crestwood will provide more information as Microsoft releases it, but in the meantime, we couldn’t wait to share!
If the new Modern Lifecycle Policy sounds like the Dynamics GP version for you, please reach out to your Crestwood CAM, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to answer any questions about what an upgrade will mean for you and your business.