- Requisition Management inside of Dynamics GP
- Timesheets inside of Dynamics GP
- The new Workflow module which does not require SharePoint
- The increasing importance of the Web Client
However at the same time Microsoft are encouraging Dynamics GP customers to be using Office 365 for Business Intelligence reporting.
All these changes could leave many Dynamics GP customers confused, but in fact these changes are logical and would appear reflect a wider Microsoft strategy. The key reasons as I see it are
- It was always hard to align the versions of Dynamics GP and SharePoint, which often meant customers had to maintain old versions of SharePoint.
- SharePoint 2013 is typically far more complex and resource hungry in it's infrastructure needs. Many Dynamics GP customers are ill prepared to deploy this sort of platform.
- Microsoft's investment with SharePoint is in the cloud, so On Prem focused solutions for SharePoint around Workflow and Business Portal does not make sense.
- Office 365 for BI (Either Excel Reports or Power BI), makes sense in terms of Microsoft's wider strategy around Excel and the cloud being at the heart of it's BI offering.
In my opinion Dynamics GP is now catching up with other Microsoft Products/Services, whilst also taking a lead over the other Dynamics products. It is moving toward being a cloud ready solution, which will increasingly be delivered on the Azure platform and integrating into Office 365.