My predictions for Microsoft Dynamics GP in 2020

December 11 2019

I’ve got five precocious predictions (and a bonus) for Dynamics GP users for 2020. Let’s see what next year is going to look like.

1.  You will be sick and tired of hearing about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC) is Microsoft’s latest evolution in mid-market ERP software. It’s not a direct upgrade from GP, and the feature set is not a one-for-one match between the two. Still, users reading this are probably smart enough to make an informed decision on whether they want to make a change (more on that later). What’s important here is that Microsoft employees and partners are incentivized on Azure usage, and GP doesn’t generate direct Azure usage. As a result, I’m hearing more stories from users and partners that the arm twisting is well underway to get companies to move to BC. Expect everything from friendly calls to severe scare tactics in 2020 to try to get companies to move.

2. Business Central will come into its own, but with some big caveats

About Mark Polino

Mark Polino is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a former Microsoft MVP (2007-2018) for Business Solutions. He is the author or coauthor of 5 books related to Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Mark also maintains the Dynamics GP focused website He speaks and writes regularly about ERP related topics. Mark has been a controller and CFO for a division of a publicly traded company and he has  worked as a consultant implementing ERP solutions. Mark holds additional certifications including Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) , Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Dynamics Credentialed Professional for Dynamics GP 2015 (Core Install and Core Financials), Xero Certified. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Rollins College. Mark lives with his family in Florida.

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jefflfrye's picture

I for one am one of the folks who is being pestered straight to SAP or Infor. If I have to go to the cloud I will trust the companies which did not devalue hundreds of thousands of dollars in prior investment in order to make us uncomfortable. Someone from Microsoft marketing really needs to have a workshop with Microsoft's new world order management about how not to irk the current customer base they are trying to harvest for subscription money.

edodesu1's picture

As usual. Thanks Mark!

danabaker's picture

Thanks for this post. In some aspects, you have the gift of foresight, as most have come true. As for 2020, it brought a lot of surprises. Now there is a very high demand for remote specialists. This has played into the hands of companies that actively offer such services. Specialists such as Microsoft Dynamics developers have been working remotely for a long time. Here is a good article which will tell about the features of remote work of these specialists:
Their professional activities were not affected by the quarantine measures. And judging by the dynamics, you turned out to be right in regard to 2021 as well - I think that we will indeed be waiting for an update in many areas of business and IT technologies.