With the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, Microsoft introduced a new licensing model. As an existing Dynamics GP user, when you upgrade to Dynamics GP 2013 you automatically get all the functionality included in the Starter Pack.

This is a great deal for everyone upgrading to the new version because the Starter Pack includes new modules that you would not have otherwise had access to the past as they were part of the Advanced Management edition or were an a la carte module available for an extra cost. For most of our customers, the Starter Pack includes all the functionality they need, and more.

Read: Dynamics GP 2013 Modules Every CAL Customer Will Receive Free

However, there is more advanced functionality available if you have the Extended Pack or Additional Packs .

Do you already have access to the Extended Pack license?

Any client that had the Advanced Management edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP receives the Extended Pack license at no charge when they upgrade to Dynamics GP 2013. Also, any customer on the old Standard or Professional versions (purchased before 2006) also receives the Extended Pack at no charge. (this is an especially great deal, like buying a Honda Civic then getting a new Mercedes at no cost.)

Read: Microsoft Dynamics GP Standard and Professional Users Get $10K Worth of Software Free

But customers that were on the Business Essentials version would need to purchase the Extended Pack for an additional $10,000 one time fee that covers all users.

However, Microsoft has just announced a promotion that cuts the price of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Extended Pack in half. From $10,000 to $5,000.

Microsoft Dynamics GP FY14 Promotion – “Extend For Half” Promotion Terms:

The Dynamics GP 2013 Extended Pack module will be offered at a 50% license discount. ($5,000)

The annual maintenance plan from Microsoft is calculated at 18% of the full software list cost of Dynamics GP, not the discounted cost. So your Protected List Price will increase by $10,000.

Expires June 23, 2014

So what is included in the Dynamics GP 2013 extended pack that you might want?

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Extended Pack Includes:

Business Intelligence & Reporting

Microsoft Forecaster Unlimited– Unlimited Forecast accurate budgets and gain control of the entire budgeting and planning process. Coordinate plans dynamically and collaborate easily with your management team. One named user license included; additional licenses available at extra cost.

Supply Chain Management

Distribution Suite– Includes Advanced Distribution and Advanced Picking.

Available to Promise– Help ensure the right inventory is available at the right time to meet customer needs, make firm delivery promises, and boost profitability.

Returns Management– Meet customer, vendor, and business requirements with automated returns processing, accurate crediting for sales invoices and returns management authorizations, and efficient transfer of returned items to the main warehouse.

Manufacturing Solutions

Manufacturing Bill of Materials– Maximize production efficiency, support time-to-market goals, and cut inventory costs across the extended enterprise by tightly integrating different types of bills and customized definitions into manufacturing operations

Manufacturing Order Processing– Efficiently track and manage the entire cycle of order processing, including detailed production costs, work orders, routings, outsourcing, and work center definitions.

Manufacturing Suite– Includes Capacity Requirements Planning, Engineering Change Management, Job Costing, Quality Assurance, Sales Configurator, Sales Forecasting.

Master Production Scheduling– Gather information from sales forecasts to form a single, comprehensive production schedule and automatically create manufacturing orders.

Materials Requirements Planning– Gain the deep visibility into material requirements that can translate into more effective resource planning — helping reduce stock outages, drive down inventory costs, and streamline the production process.

Project Management

Project Accounting– Maintain tight control over project direction, execution, and budget; support resources effectively; and ensure accurate billing and accounting through tight integration with company financials.

Customer Relationship Management (Note: this is not the same as the full Microsoft Dynamics CRM product)

Contract Administration– Maintain unlimited contract price books, monitor profitability against service calls, and recognize revenues through five different methods.

Service Call Management– Track and update new and historical service calls against a contract, service warranty, and current inventory. Time execution, coordinate customer schedules, assign appropriately skilled technicians, and escalate calls automatically.

Depot Management– Track parts, labor, and expense details. Create a Parts Usage report. Manage spare parts and trunk-and-lot-tracked stock inventory.

Preventive Maintenance– Forecast purchasing and scheduling requirements based on time in service or product usage. Coordinate open service requests with upcoming preventive maintenance calls. Track details of Preventive Maintenance activities.

So when you are evaluating an upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, take a look at the advanced financial management and supply chain management functionality available to you in the Extended Pack. If you do not already receive it and feel you will need it now, or in the near future, take advantage of this 50% discount offer.

Contact CAL Business Solutions at sales@calszone.com or 860-485-0910 x4.

By Anya Ciecierski, CAL Business Solutions, Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner, www.calszone.com