What a great event Technical Airlift 2012 held Sept. 12 – 14 on the Microsoft Fargo Campus was. As Microsoft – Don Morton stated in the closing note, it is an event likely to become annual. And it should in my opinion. Having the opportunity to visit with program managers, product managers, developers, technical support, and really every area of Microsoft within Fargo, there is significant value in attending.
I had the opportunity to visit with a number of Microsoft folks around Business Portal. Though there was no session or slide within a session referencing Business Portal while at the conference, I did learn the following -
– Business Portal for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 will contain a new feature to establlish supportability of the new system and sample company databases. As a new feature in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, the system database is no longer required to be DYNAMICS. As well, the sample company no longer requires the database ID to be TWO. As result, Business Portal which depends on the system and company databases now needs to support the new configuration possibilities and it will.
– Business Portal for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 will be 64 bit only. Customers running Business Portal 5.0 (32 bit) today on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 should start planning their upgrade path to Business Portal for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.
– Regards to a roadmap for Business Portal, the vision does not seem clear. There were hints of changes coming in the upcoming releases. Could the functionality be built into the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client and/or Desktop Client? Possibly separate mini applications like a Time Card app? Removal of the SharePoint dependency? Regardless, Business Portal for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 on 64 bit will be available to use.
Lastly to mention, Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 will also contain new feature for supporting the named system and sample company databases.