Microsoft Dynamics GP is a robust accounting and ERP tool empowering thousands of organizations worldwide—but its future is uncertain, at best.
Users may have noticed that development of Dynamics GP has slowed and in October 2019, Microsoft published new lifecycle guidance for the tool that should come as a clear sign for business owners to start weighing alternative options.
If your business uses Dynamics GP, now is the time to think ahead, consider available software alternatives, and be prepared to implement them.
The current GP roadmap
Microsoft's 2019 update transitioned Dynamics GP from a Fixed Lifecycle Policy to a Modern Lifecycle Policy, taking support of the product through at least 2028.
Under the modern policy, Dynamics GP customers receive support and servicing—which includes bug fixes, new features, and tax updates—as long as they stay current by running at least one of the three yearly planned GP releases. Keeping the software up-to-date is especially important for businesses that run Dynamics GP payroll to be able to install the necessary tax releases.
With three updates a year, the changes are smaller than those Microsoft had provided every 18 months to two years in the past.
Older versions of GP, governed by the fixed policy, received finite mainstream and extended support. You can review Microsoft's Fixed Lifecycle Policy for Dynamics GP to understand when support for your software version will end.
3 tactics to secure your accounting operations
Microsoft is putting less support, product development, and marketing into Dynamics GP while boosting resources for their mid-market cloud solution, D365 Business Central (D365 BC). Although GP support is certain through at least 2028, this reprioritization is a key indicator that Dynamics GP will eventually come to the end of its lifespan—but when, precisely, that will happen is in the balance.
If your company uses Dynamics GP for its accounting needs, it's important to start thinking within a strategic long-term framework to avoid a service interruption, critical system issue, or loss of data, and ensure smooth accounting operations if the software is discontinued.
Here are three proactive approaches you can take right now: