The GP team continues to push out new daily feature. Dynamics GP 2016 Feature of the Day: Word Templates for Batch Approval Workflow
From the GP team, information on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 – The Database Upgrade
More good stuff in the Dynamics GP 2016 Feature of the Day: SmartLists from Favorites
Yesterday Microsoft announced Project Madeira, a new, cloud based ERP system currently in preview mode, but coming in the fall of 2016. There’s an online web client, iOS and Android clients, and interaction with Office 365 so you could create a customer from Outlook, for example.
Madeira is based on Dynamics NAV, but it’s not quite the same as NAV, and it uses Azure DB as the database.
I played with the prerelease a little yesterday and it’s clearly designed a competitor to the NetSuites, Intaccts, and Xero’s of the world. I’m including a bunch of links at the bottom so you can make up you’re own mind.
Frankly, the announcements have left me with more questions than answers.
Madeira is positioned for companies from 10-99 employees, so clearly a its short step up from Quickbooks or Quickbooks Online and in Xero’s neighborhood. This is a good thing. That’s always been a big step up. It’s also where Microsoft’s last failed attempt with a scaled down version of GP tried to go. I think Madeira is better positioned and by delivering a mostly complete offering (Fixed Assets, Time Sheet entry and a few other things come later) it has a chance to succeed.
But I’m left wondering why Microsoft needs a 5th ERP system? It’s NAV, but not NAV so there will be developmental differences. It’s hosed by MS and I’ve seen comments that its only sold through partner and that it will be available directly and through partners so there’s some confusion there. It’s positioned for companies from 10-99 users, but is it licensed that way?
GP and NAV both have lots of companies using them that don’t fit where they are positioned, so licensing, scalability, and migration will be important.
As I parse the press releases and stories a couple of things stand out:
What does this mean for GP? Which is of course why you are here.
[Outtake: Oh yeah, one last question, why the heck didn’t they announce this at Envision last week? Seems like a missed opportunity.]