Weds 11th June 2014

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 is now available and has some great new capabilities.

Dynamics GP 2013 R2 was released at the end of May 2014 and brings some exciting new features and functionality, including executive dashboards, backup to the cloud, streamlined workflow and more.

dynamics gp financial dashboardThe release reflects Microsoft’s commitment to offering a business solution that is quick to deploy, easy to use and with the power to support growing business ambitions.

Some of the most significant new system-wide features include:

  1. Executive dashboards in Office 365 – increase productivity and collaboration with Office 365 by easily creating and securely sharing executive dashboards. Dynamics GP and Office 365 work together to connect people, processes and systems all in one place.
  2. Backup to the cloud with Microsoft Azure - protect your data with enterprise-class backup on Azure. With Azure you can mitigate risk with a secure, easy-to-use database with back up to the cloud.
  3. Streamlined workflow and requisitions capabilities – with GP 2013 R2 you can quickly create and manage workflows & requisitions within Dynamics GP. Requisitions are the first step in phasing out Business Portal, which will not be released for GP 2015. With GP 2013 R2 you can consolidate multiple requisitions into a single purchase order. Furthermore, there is a new native workflow engine that no longer relies on SharePoint. There are four approval workflows: purchase order, requisition, project time and time and attendance. Managers can approve requests using email.
  4. Identity Management – this new feature makes it easier to track and organise your online identity. It provides the ability to log into the GP web client using your Windows identity. This is not available for the desktop client.

There are also new features across financials and distribution, as well as a set of companion apps. These apps are suitable for users involved in key business processes, but don’t need access to the full functionality of Dynamics GP. For example, there is a new app for Procurement in the Windows store. Employees can enter self-service requests. It uses inventory from GP to create a user-friendly catalogue with a shopping cart approach for end user requests.

So what’s next for Dynamics GP?
Dynamics GP 2015 is set to be released in December 2014 with additional functionality improvements, identity management and a service-based architecture. Beyond the GP 2015 release, there will be functionality and technology releases every six months in what the GP team are referring to as GP “Next.”

For further information on the new GP 2013 R2 release, including enhancements that we have not touched on in this article, feel free to contact us on +44 203 866 8800 or register your interest here.

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