Trying to get the most out
of your GP (Great Plains) investment?
Although ACE no longer sells Dynamics GP to new clients and Microsoft announced no new sales to new clients starting in 2026, we offer a range of solutions and services to extend the life and maximize the investments you have already made.
To extend your Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment and maximize its functionality, here are six key actions you can take:
Stay Up to Date with Updates and Upgrades
Microsoft regularly releases updates, service packs, and major version upgrades for Dynamics GP. Stay current with these releases to benefit from bug fixes, performance enhancements, security patches, and new features. Additionally, consider upgrading to the latest version of Dynamics GP to leverage the advancements made in subsequent releases, ensuring you have access to the latest functionalities and improvements.
Deploy Some of GP’s Untapped Features and Functions
Studies have shown that businesses use less than 50% of their accounting software’s out-of-the-box functionality. Want to stop writing checks? Consider enabling the EFT for payables module. Tired of managing assets outside the system? The fixed asset module is a feature rich module that can simplify the handling of capitalized assets. There are even more opportunities to optimize Dynamics GP by contacting ACE for training and assistance implementing these hidden treasures.
Business Intelligence and Reporting
Harness the power of data within Dynamics GP to gain insights and make informed decisions. Utilize the reporting tools provided, such as SmartLists, Excel Reports, and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), to create meaningful reports and dashboards. Additionally, consider using Power BI or other data visualization tools to generate interactive visualizations and perform advanced analytics on your Dynamics GP data.
Integration with Third-Party Applications
Extend the capabilities of Dynamics GP by integrating it with other software applications used in your organization. Use technologies like eConnect, Integration Manager, SmartConnect or Web Services to connect Dynamics GP with external systems such as CRM (Customer Relationship Management), e-commerce platforms, payroll systems, or industry-specific solutions. Integrations streamline data exchange, eliminate manual entry, and provide a unified view of your business processes.
Extend Functionality with Add-Ons
Explore the vast array of third-party add-ons and industry-specific solutions available for Dynamics GP. These add-ons provide additional features, vertical-specific functionality, and enhanced capabilities beyond the core system. Examples include enhanced financial reporting tools, payroll integrations, warehouse management systems, advanced inventory planning, high volume order entry, and AP (Accounts Payable) workflow. Evaluate your business requirements and leverage these add-ons to extend the functionality of Dynamics GP.
Automate your business processes and streamline approvals through the use of workflows in Dynamics GP. By defining rules and conditions, you can automate tasks such as purchase approvals, expense management, document routing, or inventory replenishment. Add a third party for powerful AP document capture and workflow approval that seamlessly creates a payment voucher upon final approvals. Workflow automation reduces manual effort, enhances efficiency, and ensures compliance with business rules.
Customization and Configuration
Leverage the customization capabilities of Dynamics GP to tailor the system to your specific business needs. Use the built-in tools, such as Modifier with VBA and the Customization Site License (CSL), to modify screens, add fields, create macros, and design custom reports. Configuration options allow you to set up modules, security settings, workflows, and user preferences according to your business processes.
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