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Dynamics GP Upgrade Resources

Why I Don’t Trust Expensive ERP Discovery Studies

I hate it when companies are over-sold by a salesperson. In my experience, one of the most guaranteed ways to buy more than you need is to pay for an expensive discovery report before you buy Dynamics GP. I just met with a distribution company using Microsoft Dynamics GP. They had paid $12,000 to a large Dynamics GP partner for a “business analysis”.  I saw a copy of the report. I was not impressed.  Now, almost 2 years later this company is way over budget and they are still not where they should be at this point.

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Best Practices for Backing Up Your Own Dynamics GP Data

Every company that uses Microsoft Dynamics GP needs to understand the importance of backing up their own data, and the right way to do it. Here are my insider tips, based on working with hundreds of Dynamics GP systems.

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Why Does CAL Recommend a Test Upgrade for Dynamics GP?

Your data is not just important, it’s vital to the life of your business. In light of this, there are several reasons why we recommend doing a test upgrade for your Dynamics GP system.

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How Much Training Do I Need When I Do a Dynamics GP Upgrade?

Why do they have to change everything? That is always my first question when I do a software upgrade. I remember spending an hour looking for the Print button when Office 2010. And the frustration I felt after realizing that the “Advanced Find” button in Dynamics CRM was now that tiny wheel icon in the corner.

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43 Questions You Must Ask Before Hosting Dynamics GP Online

We want to make the Dynamics GP Cloud experience as SIMPLE for you as possible. We have come up with 43 questions designed to cover everything you need to know so you can make an informed decision and compare “apples to apples” of various cloud software vendors and between different Dynamics GP data center offers.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Strategy and Roadmap Through 2016

Once you make an investment in a product you want to know the roadmap, the direction where it is headed. Microsoft Dynamics makes that information very clear. Check out the published “Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap” graphic and download the latest “Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Strategy Statement of Direction PDF”

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How Much Does it Cost to Upgrade from Dynamics GP 10 to GP 2015?

If you want to upgrade from Dynamics GP 10 to Dynamics GP 2015 the price will be higher than the cost of an average Dynamics GP upgrade. The problem with skipping versions If you want to upgrade from Dynamics GP 10 to Dynamics GP 2015 it means you have skipped several version upgrades in between. This […]

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12 Questions To Determine the Cost of Your Dynamics GP Upgrade

Even if you are still evaluating Dynamics GP for a future purchase it is a good idea to budget the cost of upgrades and know what type of information you need to track.

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When Should I Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015?

Microsoft Dynamics GP was released December 2, 2014. Any new clients purchasing Dynamics GP will start using version 2015. However, if you are an existing Microsoft Dynamics GP user our advice is that you might not want to upgrade right away. Why would you wait to upgrade your Dynamics GP system? According to Dan Saffo, […]

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Will Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 System Requirements Require a SQL Server Upgrade?

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 is scheduled to be released in December 2014. We typically recommend that our clients wait several months to install the newest version, but you can start planning for the system requirements now.

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6 Tips to Lower the Cost of a Dynamics GP Upgrade

In our article, “What is the Average Cost of a Dynamics GP Upgrade?” we stated that in our experience the average cost of a standard Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade is between $2,200 and $3,700. However, this is just an average. There are 8 factors that can impact the price of the Dynamics GP upgrade. But […]

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When Does Support for Microsoft Dynamics GP End?

If you are working with CAL Business Solutions, your support from us never ends. Many of clients are running old versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP and that is ok. While you are missing lots of great new features (like the ones we reviewed at CAL Connect2014), we understand that upgrades need to be done at […]

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Download Dynamics GP Year End Closing Resources

Our Year End Resources webpage at https://www.calszone.com/client-resources/year-end-resources/ has been updated with Microsoft’s Dynamics GP closing instructions and checklist documents for GL, AP, AR, Inventory, Fixed Assets, Analytical Accounting, and Payroll. We also included links to the Year End Payroll updates for those on Dynamics GP 2010 and Dynamics GP 2013, Year End Payroll Manuals. Tax updates […]

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3 Users Share Lessons on How to Simplify Future Dynamics GP Upgrades

If you are evaluating Dynamic GP (Great Plains) accounting software, one question you might not think to ask in the beginning is, “How easy is the Dynamics GP upgrade process and how much will it cost?” But I can assure you, you will certainly ask that question later. This question becomes especially important if you […]

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How to Avoid Year End Closing Horror Stories in Dynamics GP

When I spoke to several Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants in my organizations there was no shortage of “Year-End Closing” horror stories. What is interesting to me is that these horror stories could have been easily prevented with just a small amount of advance preparation. Specifically, Dynamics GP year end closing training. How can year end […]

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Microsoft CustomerSource Tip: How to Change Your Dynamics GP Partner Of Record With Microsoft

If you are unhappy with your Microsoft Dynamics GP partner relationship it is always a best to try to mend the relationship before seeking a change. However, as we outlined in our post, How to Divorce Your Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner, sometimes divorce is inevitable if it is in the best interests of your business. […]

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7 Questions CAL Will Ask You Before a Dynamics GP 2013 Upgrade

‘Tis the season. (Not that season) The season to upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. Now that the product has been out for 6 months and the first service pack has been released, many of our clients are starting to upgrade to the latest version. Here are 7 questions CAL Business Solutions will ask you […]

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The Cost of Upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

With the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, many of our Dynamics GP users are considering an upgrade from older versions. If you are current on your annual maintenance plan you get the new release for free. (Read: Unofficial Guide to the Two Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Upgrade Policies) But with this 2013 release there […]

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Microsoft CustomerSource Tip: How to Find Out What Version of Microsoft Dynamics GP You Are Using

When you call technical support for Dynamics GP, the first question you will likely be asked is, “What version of Dynamics GP are you using?” What can be confusing is that the name of the Dynamics GP system is not necessarily the version number anymore. Here are step by step instructions to quickly find out […]

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Compare Dynamics GP 2013 vs Dynamics GP 2010: Upgrade Infrastructure Costs

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 […]

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8 Things to Confirm Before Your Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Upgrade

Functionality Review: Review how your current functionality will map to the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Starter Pack, Extended Pack or A La Carte Packs. Decide if you want to make any additional purchases on the old price list. Read: Unofficial Guide to the Official Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Upgrade Policies and 5 Ways Existing Customers […]

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When Does Mainstream Support End for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010?

When Does Mainstream Support End for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010? Some customers who are using Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 want to know when mainstream support, from Microsoft, will end. The answer is October 2015. Of course you can still get support from CAL Business Solutions after that date, but it does become harder for us […]

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

If you purchased Microsoft Dynamics GP before 2006 you are likely using either the Standard or Professional versions. We just confirmed that all Module Based Licensing customers (using Standard or Professional Versions) will receive the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Extended Pack at no cost. This is $10k worth of software for free. But your protected […]

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Microsoft Dynamics GP Extender Will Be Discontinued But Not Gone

Microsoft announced that as of  February 1, 2013, the Extender Standard module for Microsoft Dynamics GP (Extender) will no longer be offered by Microsoft.  Any new or existing customers who want to purchase Extender can purchase it directly from eOne Solutions (eOne). The Extender tool will NOT be available on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 […]

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The End of Microsoft Dynamics GP Version 10.0 Support – Next Steps?

Goodbye Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 support! Microsoft mainstream support for this product was discontinued today, October 9th, 2012.  Extended support will be ending on October 10th, 2017.  This chart outlines the differences between Dynamics GP Mainstream Support and Extended Support. If you are using Microsoft Dynamics 10 now you can choose to skip the Microsoft […]

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REVISED: 5 Ways CAL Customers Can Save Money Before New Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Pricing Begins

(Note: This post was revised 9/20/2012 with corrected pricing information and again on 12/17/2012) New pricing, called Perpetual Licensing, is coming with the release Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. (We don’t know exactly when the release will be, but rumor says December 2013.) What does this mean for our existing Microsoft Dynamics customers? In general, you […]

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Discontinuation Notice for Microsoft Dynamics GP Modules – Concur Expense Integrator, Audit Trails and Electronic Signatures

Microsoft just announced that effective December 1, 2012 there will be some big changes for Concur Expense Integrator, Audit Trails and Electronic Signatures in Microsoft Dynamics GP. Good news is that you can still continue to use these modules if you own them, and you won’t pay maintenance on them. BUT they won’t upgrade to […]

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