Avoid the Temptation to Take Shortcuts: 5 Tips for a Smooth Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 10

I have lately been receiving and answering a number of questions, and building very detailed project plans, for upgrading from previous versions to Microsoft Dynamics GP 10. Much has been the buzz throughout user groups, community newsgroups, and various other outlets on the product that customers are almost tempted to skip right over test environments and other preparatory work to the actual upgrade. However, if you have carefully established that the new features will continue to benefit your company operations, improve productivity, and reduce costs, then I have the following tips for a smooth upgrade:

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About Mariano Gomez

Mariano Gomez is a Microsoft MVP, PMP and EVP for Midmarket Solutions at Intelligent Partnerships, LLC. He is the original developer of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Spanish release for Latin America and has been consulting and implementing technology solutions for organizations across the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America for the last 20 years. Mariano holds an MIS degree from the University of Phoenix.

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Another Tip from experience

For every hour devoted to testing core GP functionality on the upgraded system spend three on the third party modules. Every system is as good as it's weakest part and understanding that not all third party modules are developed equally you need to make sure that everything is working on the upgraded system. I had major problems with an unnamed 3rd party module.

Upgrading third party products

Thanks for the input and that is certainly a very true statement. As a best practice, before starting the test upgrade, it is always good to check with third party ISVs whether their products are compatible with Dynamics GP 10.0 and/or if they are any known compatibility issues with any other third party products.

Also, if you are going to use third party products, make sure they have a good customer base that you can tap into for references about the ISV and the product itself, before making further implementation plans.

Best regards,

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

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