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Roadmap Update: Microsoft to balance Dynamics GP on the Intelligent Edge

by Jason Gumpert
August 21 2018
Microsoft Intelligent Cloud and Edge diagram


Microsoft will launch the next major update to Dynamics GP, GP 2018 R2, in October 2018. The new timing (previous updates had been closer to the end of the year) will coincide with the broader October 2018 release wave of Microsoft business applications. In addition to the typical on-premises GP software, Microsoft will add a new option to deploy GP 2018 R2 in conjunction with a data-synchronized cloud instance of Dynamics 365 Business Central for analytics and mobile access.

Pricing for the synchronization option is not yet known (marked as "$TBD" in the slide photographed above), but it appears to be a key part of Microsoft's new positioning of legacy on-premises ERPs (Dynamics GP, NAV, and SL) as "intelligent edge" entities that should be brought together with the vast constellation of Azure-based services Microsoft now refers to as the "intelligent cloud."

Syncing Business Central with GP business data will give ...

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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