My 2018 Microsoft Dynamics GP Predictions: Pressure, Power BI, and plenty of risk management

I nailed my 2017 predictions for Microsoft Dynamics GP, so let's see if I can do it again for 2018.

1. You will be underwhelmed by new features.

Crystal Ball

The GP team is effectively mining Microsoft Connect for new features. This means that new versions get little fixes and feature updates. Workflow gets incrementally better, the web client gets improvements, maybe a few rough spots get smoothed out, but there isn't a vision for things that will make you say "WOW". I'm happy to be wrong on this one, but I don't think it will turn out that way.

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About Mark Polino

Mark Polino is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Microsoft MVP 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 DynamicAccounting.net. 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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Mining Microsoft Connect for new features

I wish the CRM team would have at least one iteration when they tried doing this. There are vital improvements that have been sitting in Connect for years!

Interesting analysis

Prediction about a product that has already been released? :) Most companies do not upgrade every single time a new version of GP comes out. So many people who are upgrading to 2018 will be doing so from 2013 this year as it goes off mainstream support. So those users will be getting over 150 new enhancements to their system. We pretty much knew for a while that 2018 was not going to wow anyone. The incremental enhancements that the limited team of resources are able to deliver are actually pretty impressive given that the team is so small. On that note I want to thank Terry and the GP team at Microsoft for all of their efforts to keep this great product alive.

The larger issue is the lack of investment in the product and Microsoft really needs to address that. Not everyone is buying what they are selling on D365 and many clients prefer to purchase their software rather then rent it. Still more clients prefer to keep the software in house for security purposes especially with all the recent security breaches we have seen the consumers level of trust in the cloud is eroding.

PowerBI is definitely taking off. Just look at all the posts in the powerbi forums. I see strong momentum there this year as well.

CY 2018 not GP 2018

I believe Mark is referring to calendar year 2018 predictions and not to GP 2018. Saludos from Mexico!