Many of our GP clients are interested in upgrading to the newest release, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. If you are using Microsoft Dynamics 2010 then version 2013 is an obvious next step. But if you are running an old version you might want to compare your options, considering the costs involved.
The jump to Dynamics GP 2013 will likely require additional investment in hardware and operating software. We have found that many of our Dynamics GP users are operating on hardware and software that is no longer supported in the 2013 version.
We recommend that you compare the Recommended system requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 versus Recommended system requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010.
If you choose to upgrade to Dynamics GP 2013 now, here are a few infrastructure investments you should be aware of:
- No longer supported: Windows server 2003 (or earlier)
- Basic: Windows Server 2008R2 (approximately $6,000 for Dell or HP)
- Progressive: Windows Server 2012 (same)
- No longer supported: SQL Server 2005 (or earlier)
- Basic: SQL Server 2008 R2 ($1,000-2,000 depending on number of users)
- Progressive: SQL Server 2012 (same)
Operating System Software:
- No longer supported: Windows XP (or earlier)
- Basic: Windows 7 (if an upgrade from XP, purchasing new PC is best bet)
- Progressive: Windows 8 (same)
Microsoft Office Software:
- No longer supported: Office 2007 (or earlier)
- Basic: Office 2010 ($200 – $500 based on type of license purchased)
- Progressive: Office 2013 (same)
Minimum Workstation Space Requirements:
2GB Hard disk space
32-bit ODBC DSN is required
Note: SharePoint Services 3.0 and MS Office SharePoint Server 2007 no longer supported.
Before choosing an upgrade path, this is an excellent opportunity to evaluate what your infrastructure roadmap is and to incorporate it into an overall IT strategic plan. Areas you may want to consider:
End-user hardware devices:
What mix makes the most sense for future computing needs?
- Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Hybrid tablets – i.e. Windows Surface
Budget: For a middle of the road desktop PC (for example HP Compaq 6300 Pro pre-installed with Windows 7 or 8, 3.2GHz, 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive) the cost without monitor is approximately $750. (Monitor add approx.. $220)
Cloud – Email & Collaboration
- Hosted Exchange vs. buying Exchange licenses
- Microsoft Office 365 and GP integration
Hosted Dynamics GP (outsource to a data center vs. running in-house)
- More secure than running it within your four walls?
- Evaluating all costs involved with on-premise vs. cloud deployment
Budget: To host Dynamics GP in a data center budget approx. $2,500 set up fee plus $282 per month per user for a subscription or $185 per month per user if you already own the Dynamics GP software.
- Is it the time right to move from physical to virtual servers?
- Should you archive on Day 1?
Data back-up & recovery
- Should tape be replaced by disk backup?
- Are written policies and procedures in place?
- Cloud backup – what to look for in a service provider
- Pros & cons of VPN, Terminal Services and Citrix – expense, security, performance
- Can virtual desktop technology be a viable option?
Web server (required if you are running the GP web client)
- All machines must have valid certificates (SSL)
- Server must be IIS-enabled
- Clients need IE 8 or 9, Silverlight plugin and Office 2007 or better
- Addressing the balance between security vs. practicality & usability
- Taking a fresh look at web server and firewall configurations
CAL Business Solutions can help you evaluate the benefits and costs of upgrading your Dynamics GP installation – and determine if the added benefits of Dynamics GP 2013 outweigh the potential infrastructure investments. In some case we may recommend you make the move gradually and use Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 until you are ready to upgrade your other IT systems.
If you are interested in implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and would like to discuss the hardware requirements please contact CAL Business Solutions firstname.lastname@example.org . We can recommend an IT services provider or work with your existing IT team or provider to make sure you make the best investment.
Thank you to our Dynamics GP client and partner, The Walker Group, a local Connecticut IT Services Provider, for assistance in gathering this information and pricing.
Find out more about Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 attend our Dynamics GP 2013 Launch Event in Farmington, CT on May 10, 2013. Dynamics GP 2013 Launch Event Details & Registration
For more information, please see original article on the ERP Software Blog.
By CAL Business Solutions, Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics GP partner www.calszone.com