Proper Planning for GP2013 Upgrade

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Now that Dynamics GP2013 is available, you can start planning for your upgrade. Great features and enhancements abound including the new Web Client, the new Business Analyzer dashboard that allows you to track key performance indicators, improved purchasing functionality and so much more. Installing your GP2013 upgrade will unlock additional modules and increase functionality for those who are on GP Standard, GP Professional and GP Business Essentials. For a complete list of modules in the GP2013 Starter Pack with a brief description of each one, please visit http://community.dynamics.com/gp/b/erpsoftwareblog/archive/2012/10/11/microsoft-dynamics-gp-2013-starter-pack-module-descriptions.aspx
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Prep work for your upgrade is a two-fold process. You must first be sure to meet the system requirements to insure that your infrastructure can support this feature-rich version of GP. There are specific requirements for the desktop clients as well as the database servers which you must meet prior to your upgrade. Note that you cannot be on Windows XP or Vista if you wish to upgrade. Here is a more detailed requirements overview, but please be sure to check with your upgrade provider as this document is subject to change: https://www.softsolgrp.com/products/microsoft-dynamics-gp/
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Your second task, is to review the list of modules in the GP2013 Starter Pack. You will want to schedule a meeting/conference call with SSG to review the additional features and plan for implementing new functionality. Many features require special installation and configuration to work properly. We will need to be aware of these prior the upgrade process. Some of these modules include Purchase Order Processing, Analytical Accounting, Cash Flow Management, Sales Order Processing and Grant Management.
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Remember – the key to a successful GP2013 upgrade is proper planning and preparation. Consider “What’s New” training on GP2013 so that once your upgrade is complete, you are ready to go!