Microsoft Dynamics GP: See What’s in “Next”

Naming conventions have been thrown by the wayside. Gone are the days of "Dynamics GP 2019 R2". Instead, Microsoft has chosen to go a different direction with their next GP update dubbing it "Microsoft Dynamics GP Next". We can try and figure out what this name change means but first let's look at the changes contained in the update due out in October 2019.

System Upgrades:

  • Support for SQL 2019
  • Support for Windows Server 2019
  • Support for Office 2019
  • SmartList Date option
  • Sort companies in User Access
  • Search option in User Access
  • Filter out Inactive users in User Access Setup
  • More than 32 Report Options in Report Group

Financial Enhancements

  • Long Description for Payables Transaction Entry

  • Expand Display for Fiscal Period Setup
  • Display User who posted the Journal Entry Inquiry
  • Add Class ID to Fixed Asset 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

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

Top Feature Requests

  • 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 Master table
  • Excel Paste in Web Client
  • Make History Drop down default to most recent year

Now that is a lot of change and enhancement, but it should be expected with any Microsoft upgrade. Now down to the naming convention. Could Microsoft Dynamics GP Next mean that they are starting the end life of the software? Not likely. Microsoft still supports Microsoft Solomon which is older than Great Plains. What it may show us is that the update cadence may slow down. By calling it "Next" it gives Microsoft the flexibility to roll out fewer updates and focus on Dynamic Business Central, it's latest cloud offering.

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Published By: Alta Vista Technology

Originally published on the Alta Vista Blog!


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