Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Upgrade overview for develope
New name for Microsoft Great Plains or former Great Plains Dynamics is Microsoft Dynamics GP. Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 is definitely new product, comparing to old GPS Dynamics, however if you use so-called fat client Microsoft Dexterity is still doing its graphical interface and database interaction job.
If you have Microsoft Great Plains and support it for your company and have light or heavy Great Plains customization, written in Dexterity you need to know your options in upgrading Great Plains or migrating it from ctree/Pervasive (not supported by Microsoft since 2005) to MS SQL/MSDE.
Great Plains Dexterity is proprietary programming language/environment, which was created in early 1990-th to provide platform / database / graphical interface independence for Mac and Windows based Great Plains Dynamics. Today it is legacy and Microsoft Business Solutions is phasing Dexterity out.
However Great Plains 8.0 and even 9.0 is Dexterity based application, so you have to deal with it and its customization.
Positive News. Prior to version 7.0 Great Plains had plans on expanding GP functionality and so was changing tables structure forcing Dexterity customization to be analyzed and partially rewritten with each upgrade. Not any more GP structure stays the same Microsoft is doing new modules acquisition and unifying its graphical interface to move all its ERP packages: Great Plains, Solomon, Navision and Axapta to web-based Microsoft Business Portal.
Negative News. Dexterity has possibility to customize existing Great Plains screens, so called Alternative Great Plains forms. This was upgrade problem in the past and it stays now there is no way to do it in house (until you are willing to pay for full-time internal developer who is usually in the learning curve). You got to bring in consultant.
Recommended approach. You should have the strategy to migrate Dexterity customization to SQL, Crystal Reports, custom web publishing Visual Studio.net and slowly abandon Dexterity customization
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