So you’ve checked out the new and improved features that will be included in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and are considering, or have committed to, upgrading to the new version. If that describes you you’re probably wondering about pricing, and about how much time and effort you’ll need to devote to the upgrade process.
There are a number of factors that will determine how much you will pay for, and what resources you’ll need to commit to, a Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 upgrade. Here are some of them:
Does your current version of Dynamics GP include your own customisations? If so, these will need to be transferred to the new version and you’ll need to allow for resources to cover the time and effort involved in doing that will add to the cost. The more complex your customisations are, the higher the cost will be. You may also find yourself having to re- write your customisations, which also adds to the time and expense.
Number of companies
The more companies you have set up in Dynamics GP, the longer it’s going to take to do the 2015 upgrade. Once you’ve completed the upgrade, the best approach is to upgrade the system database then choose which companies to update.
Size of the your database
The more gigabytes your company database contains, the more time you should allow for your Dynamics GP upgrade. The actual duration of the database upgrade is influenced by the performance of the IT infrastructure. If you have to upgrade your server hardware and software simultaneously, it will take longer to move a larger database.
Third party add-on modules
Many Dynamics GP users deploy add-on products within their platform to help them carry out particular tasks. While some add-on or independent software provider (ISV) products are easy to upgrade, others are complex. In some cases you may have to wait until the add-on product vendor releases an update that is compatible with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. The more third party modules deployed within an overall solution the longer the upgrade may take.
Your current Dynamics GP version
Rather than upgrade each time a new product version is released, some organisations choose to skip a series of updates before taking the plunge with a new version. The downside to this is that it can require additional time to upgrade after skipping versions than to upgrade incrementally. Depending on how many versions have succeeded the one you have installed, the cost of your Dynamics GP upgrade will be impacted. The older your existing version of Dynamics GP is, the more steps you’ll need to take to upgrade smoothly to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015.
The bottom line
The new and improved features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 – including expanded workflows, service-based infrastructure and single sign on through integration with Azure’s Active Directory – make for a compelling case for upgrading to the 2015 version. While there are various time and cost factors to take into account, for the majority of Dynamics GP users, an upgrade to 2015 will prove a very worthwhile investment.
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