GPUG Amplify 2018 Recap
Last month, one of the most important conferences for the Microsoft Dynamic GP community took place, the GPUG Amplify 2018, where many important announcements were made and many important topics were exposed for attendees and exhibitors.
For those who are not familiar with the GPUG Amplify, it is a Microsoft Partner-only event preceding the User Group conference, that provides executive product insight, best practices, and functional topics around Dynamics GP.
This year, among the topics shared in the convention some stood out more than others, like “why engaging with Microsoft & other Microsoft partners now makes more sense than ever”.
In this session, David Gersten explained the multiple reasons why partnering with Microsoft is business-critical. He stated that businesses that are isolated are missing out on the advantages of partnering with both Microsoft and other MS partners. He shared the help that Microsoft offers around Dynamics GP with add-on solutions, and how it integrates with Power BI, Azure, Office365, Flow/Bookings, Dynamics 365 and many more, not forgetting they also offer partners numerous programs to guarantee success like Partner Incentives, Azure Everywhere, Cloud Sure Step, Cloud Mentor, Dynamics Learning Portal, and One Commercial Partner represent just a few of these programs.
Another main subject presented in the convention was “Making Sense of Blockchain Technology – Dynamics and Beyond”. This keynote presentation was presented by Derek Martin, Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft. In his speech he stated that “Blockchain is poised to drive digital transformation beyond company walls,” this means that in a near future, companies will be able to expand their borders in the digital world. For companies building trust outside their organization is important and valuable, but losing it can have serious consequences both economically and digitally. Blockchain will reduce the cost and risk of security threats from fraud by removing friction and allowing direct interaction between parties, it will also increase speed in shared data. It is estimated that in the next 2 to 3 years, Blockchain will save 3.2 trillion dollars in transactions. Finally, Derek stated that “Blockchain is conceptual and pragmatic – and it’s a journey that Azure will support in every stage, in the engagement of your customers, empowering your employees, optimizing your operations and transforming your products.
Finally, last but not least, big announcements were made for Dynamics GP community. The keynote presentation for Dynamics GP 2018 was hosted by Bob McAdam, GPUG General Manager, and featured Theresa Nistler, Senior Program Manager for the Microsoft Dynamics SBM development team. Theresa is currently working on shaping Microsoft Dynamics Financials series and Workflow for the next release. She delighted us with the newest features in the recently released Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018. Among the new features, we can find the four main upgrades of the 2018 version:
- Workflow 4.0
- Optimized Financials/HRP
- Comprehensive Doc Attach
- User Experience
Theresa told attendees that the updates that will go to the next generation of Dynamics GP will have some significant changes and it’s important to take into account that some language is going to change. She also mentioned that Microsoft is working on making information faster and easier to locate, for this next version it will save time and improve accuracy with new features in the Financials/HR area.
Regarding the Dynamics GP roadmap, Microsoft is already working on GP “Next” 2018 H2. This includes areas like Financial Enhancements, Purchasing Usability, Sales Optimization and Top Features Requests.
This is an exciting year for all Dynamics GP community and everyone who is involved with the product. Great things are coming, so don’t forget to visit Microsoft’s “Experience Dynamics” Website and leave your comments or ideas to make Dynamics GP even greater.
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