Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap 2018-2020

Microsoft Dynamics GPAt the GP Tech Conference this week, a new road map for Microsoft Dynamics GP was released which runs through to 2020:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap 2018-2020

As announced, earlier this week, the next version of Microsoft Dynamics GP is 2018 R2 and is scheduled for release on the 1st October 2018.

As you can see, on the roadmap, Intelligent Edge will be playing more of a role in future releases, but there will also be features requested by customers and the wider community. It is this latter section which is a large part of the new features in the upcoming release.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap 2017-2019

Microsoft Dynamics GPA new roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP was released at GPUG Amplify last week which shows the next three releases:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap 2017-2019

The next version, due for release in 2017 H2 (most likely December) is Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 and includes updates to Workflow (first time I've seen references to Workflow 3.0 and 4.0), Finance and HR Optimizations, Doc Attach, Power Suite (?) and top new features requested by customers.

I believe there is still time for you to get your suggestions onto Microsoft Connect.

If you see posts of the slide presented at GPUG Amplify you'll notice that the 2016 and 2016 R2 columns were identical; the one posted above does not have this same issue.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap For 2016 R2 & Later

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog recently posted the roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2, Dynamics GP 2018 and later.

RoadmapMicrosoft Dynamics GP roadmap

Following feedback from clients and partners, Microsoft are moving away from the 6 monthly releasde schedule they moved to a while ago. To be honest, that is a bit of a relief; while it was good to get new functionality, every six months was a bit much. So from now, Microsoft will be releasing new versions very 12 months.

The next release we are due is Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 which is due for release on the 1st December, which is 13 days from now. And the day I return home from a visit on client site, so I should hopefully be able to download and start playing straight away 🙂

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 should then be available at a similar date in 2017.

Microsoft have announced that the functionality in the next release will predominately come from the community, so please go to MS Connect to enter in your feedback on what you would like in the next release. I know from experience that Microsoft do use MS Connect as a source of new features or improvements.

Roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GPI'm not sure where I got this image from, but roadmaps for Microsoft Dynamics GP seem to be fairly thin on the ground so I figured I'd do a post.

Roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Part of the reason for posting this, is that I have had a few conversations with prospects looking to move to a new ERP who have asked about the future of Dynamics GP and quoting competitors who have talked about doubts of its long term longevity.

This is all FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) relating back to the Project Green of 2007/2008 which was a plan to Microsoft to unify their ERPs into one product. It is also a plan that was abandoned back in 2008, but the fact it existed at one point is still used being used by competitors to try to blacken the name and future of Dynamics GP.

As you can see from the roadmap, above, there are plans for fairly rapid releases of Dynamics GP which include much new functionality (including a rewritten Web Client in HTML5 after the 2015 R2 release).

The Convergence conference also saw an announcement that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 was due in late May or early June. As the RTM came out at the start of December 2014, this would align with the discussed 6 month release schedule.

Microsoft will soon be releasing details on the new features available in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2, so keep an eye out for that.