September 2011 - Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP “12” – Our Windows 8 Vision

    The Microsoft Dynamics GP team, when considering the creation of our upcoming web client user experience, looked at many technologies that would offer us an architecture for future growth, a feature set that was strong with controls and flexibility, and one that provided us a performance model that benefitted our customers. 

    Silverlight was a clear standout product in this research.  In fact, we’ll be using Silverlight 5 features as it ships, specifically Silverlight 5 has been architected to deeply support business application development far deeper than other similar toolsets.  

    Windows 8 is an amazing product and has gained a lot of recent attention, especially around Tiles and Apps.  Those work particularly well in the consumer experience, such as playing media, checking on the local weather, or browsing websites.  Metro-styled apps, with their “clean” interface and open feel, might not be the best interface for a business application that has deep functionality sets, complex transaction windows, and deep reporting requirements.  What is great about the Windows 8 operating system is that it supports multiple styles of applications, and we are making a conscious decision to develop on the one we feel is best suited for business applications. 

    The Windows 8 platform has also garnered a lot of press around the new browsing experience that currently is slated to not have plug-in support, such as Silverlight.  What might not be evident to everyone is that XAML, the rendering technology for Silverlight is an integral part of the Windows 8 operating system.  And this really flows with where the browsing experience is likely heading – where the browser experience is inherent to the operating system and no longer remains a separate application to run. 

    The current usage of Internet Explorer as an application running inside of the OS is something that is being re-architected into the always-on, always-connected metaphor where a program such as Internet Explorer becomes irrelevant.  In the future, you’ll be browsing right from within the operating system itself, which means the choice of browser, or technology that it supports, will change to that of what the operating system inherently contains.  In our case, it will have XAML.  We are focused on those technologies that, when market focus shifts to those devices running an always on, always connected OS, we’ll be able to minimize our efforts to get on that platform.  By supporting the toolset that we are supporting today, we are using the Microsoft development platform to deliver a solid experience today, but also giving us the path to upgrade to those devices in the future. 

    As we all know, technology and toolsets change over time, and our Silverlight investment, with its available controls, the realized performance, and the architecture it offers, is the right choice for the Microsoft Dynamics GP “12” release.  Moving to Windows 8 will require most existing applications and functionality to be ported, whether Silverlight, HTML, or Javascript. 

    Jonathan Allen explains this well:

    “The companies most invested in Silverlight are actually in the best position. These companies have been adopting Silverlight, and Flex, for use in internal applications. This sort of application generally have no HTML and simply use the browser as a delivery mechanism. As such these applications can be ported to the Metro runtime with surprisingly little effort. A new distribution mechanism will be needed, but something like the Windows app store for enterprises is undoubtedly in the works.”


    Jay Manley

  • Don't Miss the Upcoming Microsoft Dynamics ERP Webcast Series

    Leverage the following prospect webcast series featuring Microsoft Dynamics GP! Watch for monthy webcasts that will be delivered througout the year.

    Changing Perceptions on ERP Strategy: The Best Keep Getting Better
    September 22, 2011
    Stepping Up to an ERP Solution
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    This Is Microsoft Dynamics GP

  • Grow Your Business with Microsoft Dynamics GP

    Microsoft Dynamics ERP delivers proven, comprehensive business management capabilities that provide the increased control, streamlined operations, and insight you need to help improveprofitability and, ultimately, support your business as it grows. And it’s easier and more affordable than you think.

    If you’re outgrowing your entry-levelaccounting software, stuck on an outdated legacy solution or wondering why you keep renewing a maintenance agreement on a solution that no longer provides the innovation you need to move your business forward, Microsoft Dynamics ERP for small and mid-sized businesses can help you:

    Gain greater control by giving you confidence that the right decisions are being made by the right people in your organization.

    Increase Your Margins with a solution that helps maximize your profitability by making the most of your people, processes, and systems.

    Drive Growth by turning improved profitability into new opportunities with a financial management solution that helps drive and support your business growth.

    And the best part is that it is easier and more affordable that you might think with packaged starter solutions offered by our reselling partners, starting as low as $165 per user per month. To find out more about the starter solution
    packages available to new customers in the United States visit

  • Clouds aren't bad...they're a fad. Really?

    In reading the Developing for Dynamics GP Blog by David Musgrave, I came across this post.  It is hilarious and I caught myself holding back chuckles.

    In reality, this has actual merit and is something we are thinking about in our journey to the cloud.


  • Sure Step Online Now Available

    Sure Step is now online for customers and partners.  Now sharing Sure Step content is much easier and can be updated real-time.  It's a huge step.

    For those of you who don't know what Sure Step is, it's a standard methodology for implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP including templates, best practices, diagrams.  It takes risk out of the implementation process.