For the second year, GP User Group (or GPUG) has run their Amplify 2017 conference from March 21st to 23rd. This conference is dedicated to Dynamics GP only, so the content is very focused. Although GPUG is not a Microsoft company, Dynamics GP employees have a significant contribution to the conference content.
The much-awaited Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap provides guidance on what is planned for the next release, GP 2018, slated for late 2017 release.
Key developments for GP 2018 include more workflow updates referred to as “Workflow 4.0”, additional document management enhancements, finance and HR optimization, and new functionality called Power Suite.
The following Opening Keynote video from the conference includes the presentation of the Roadmap, together with demonstrations of some of the newest functionality in GP 2016 R2 and a view of some of the features already completed for the GP 2018 product. If you are interested in the advances in GP, take about an hour to go through this presentation to see how these updates and new features could benefit your operations.
The key takeaway is that Dynamics GP is still a very important part of the Microsoft Dynamics solutions and they remain committed in their investment to continual improvement. This is important for those who might question Microsoft’s commitment to GP, as this reinforces Microsoft’s intention to continue developing it long term.
Helping our clients get the most out of their Dynamics GP investment is what we do, and one of the critical pillars in this is through educational opportunities. Based on our experience of going to conferences over the years, we believe the Summit User Group is the top learning opportunity this year. The Summit User Group conference is the best end-user focused event that delivers the latest information on Dynamics GP and Dynamics CRM features and the exciting ways these can optimize your business processes.
With an expected attendance of 2000, the GPUG Summit will be the place where the greatest level of GP expertise will be concentrated for a 3-day learning opportunity. Although the detailed agenda is not yet available, it is safe to say that based on prior years there will be an extensive range of topics such as Business Intelligence, Financials, GP Admin, GP System Admin, Payroll / HR, Reporting, Strategy, Upgrades and more. And with over 170 total GP sessions, there is something for every type of user including some Canadian specific content!
As many of our clients have users with professional designations, attending GPUG Summit is a great way to achieve professional development credits. Last year there were 158 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) eligible sessions.
Summit 2017 will be at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville Tennessee from October 10-13, 2017. Early bird prices are available now until June 29, 2017 and hotel space is always limited.
If you’re looking for a great Dynamics GP and/or CRM learning experience this year, we invite you to join us at the Summit 2017 in Nashville. For more information, go to GPUG Summit 2017 or CRM Summit 2017.
A new year has started with Microsoft’s much anticipated communications, announcing key features in the latest Dynamics GP 2016 R2 release. There are a significant number of new features that will be of interest to many Canadian GP users; however, there are also several new functions that are only relevant to U.S. GP customers. Here are some of the new features that Canadian GP customers should note:
- Project Accounting Project Time & Expense timesheet status report
- Project Accounting Trial Balance Report with distribution line changes reflected on the report
- Cancel Purchase Order lines when linked to a requisition
- Reconciled Transaction Maintenance for Bank Reconciliation
- Safe Pay Check Name Format
- Display Tax Percentage for Historical Sales Transactions
- Batch Edited by Another User
- Link Credit Card Invoices to Original Invoices
- SmartList Designer Smart Lists available in Advanced Look-Ups
- SmartList Favorite Protection
- PowerBI on Web Client home page
This is a very high level summary of the features in Dynamics GP 2016 R2. For a more comprehensive list and description, just click on Dynamics GP 2016 R2 Application and System Features. There is also a video you can access here.
The announcement of this feature list which may, in itself, be a strong reason to upgrade. Microsoft has also announced that the taxes / year-end support for Dynamics GP 2013 will end in April 2018. This deadline provides additional rationale for any GP2013 customers to plan for their upgrade sometime in 2017.
Upgrading Dynamics GP to a more current version is always recommended as it increases functionality, improves efficiency and provides a better user experience. Current versions will also continue to be supported not only with tax tables, but also with security updates, hotfixes, and patches.
If you are considering the right time to do your GP upgrade, contact us so that we can help you assess your planning requirements and schedule the optimal time to get the upgrade done.
Joesoftware is celebrating over a decade of advancing our Penny self-service software by announcing the new release of Penny 5.0. Penny has evolved significantly over this time and we are thrilled to offer Penny 5.0 with some of our most sought after user, management and administrator improvements.
Continuous improvement is an important
mantra for Joesoftware, and this is nowhere more evident than seen through the evolution of Penny. Customer feedback is at the core of our improvements, with Penny 5.0 being a milestone version that addresses some of the most sought after developments in core areas of timesheets, leave requests, reporting, manager capabilities and enhanced administration. A complete list of the Penny 5.0 enhancements can be found in “What’s New in Penny 5.0”.
Some customers have already completed their upgrade to Penny 5.0 and many others are currently engaged in the process. If your company is ready to do more with your Penny solution, we’re ready to help you get it done!
To book your upgrade, please contact Sheila@Joesoftware.com.
Summit 2016 is the top Dynamics user group conference for GP (GPUG) and CRM (CRMUG). With Dynamics Convergence now retired, the Summit attendance is expected to jump from 4,100 last year to 6,000 this year. The focus is on end user education, making this event the perfect opportunity to increase your knowledge of Dynamics GP and/or CRM.
Summit is designed to give users access to Microsoft leadership and credible peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, and to broaden attendee knowledge horizons through keynotes, product roadmaps, focused learning and networking. The goal is for attendees to gain solutions for everyday challenges and to better plan for larger organizational goals.
Summit 2016 is set for October 11th to October 14th in Tampa, Florida. Joesoftware is attending the event, so if you plan to be there, please let us know so that we can meet with you. For more information or to register, please go to GPUG Summit 2016 or CRMUG Summit 2016. We hope to see you down in sunny Tampa next month.