Microsoft is dropping Business Portal from the next product release of Dynamics GP, version 2015, that is due out by the end of this year. You will not be able to use your existing version of Business Portal once you move to the 2015 version of Dynamics GP.
As a quick recap, Business Portal is a SharePoint-based tool that provides collaboration, data entry and reporting using your Web browser directly into Dynamics GP. Some of the more popular apps are timesheet entry, requisitions, human resources and payroll self-service, key performance indicators, document management and queries. All of these can be created and saved to an individual user or groups of users. When a user logs into Dynamics GP, their home page in Business Portal is unique to them.
Business Portal is linked to Financials, Sales, Purchasing, Inventory, Project Accounting and Manufacturing. The create-and-modify wizard makes setting up and using Business Portal very easy.
That said, Business Portal has not gained the adoption that Microsoft had hoped and due to end-user and VAR feedback, Microsoft is replacing Business Portal’s features and functionality with built-in features in the future releases of Dynamics GP.
Jamie Grant, a Program Manager on the Dynamics Development team, had this to say:
“Our plans are to bring back those features offered in the portal and introduce them into the Dynamics GP application. In the next month or so, you will see the release of GP2013 R2. This release will have a number of new features as well as fixes. A few of the features you will notice will be around the inclusion of Time Entry and Requisitions (both formerly available in Business Portal). We will also be releasing an app that will allow end users to quickly enter their Time/Vacation/Sick leave.”
Business Portal will only be included in the web client version of GP, not in the local install version. And for those who will be able to use the web client timekeeping, the functionality is quite basic and the user interface is dated. For these reasons, many GP users have come to the conclusion that the time is now to find a reliable, robust replacement for Business Portal.
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