Is It Time to Make the Switch from Dynamics GP to Business Central?

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If you are a small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) using Microsoft’s former flagship ERP, Dynamics GP, likely you are curious about the newer and more modern Dynamics 365 Business Central. Each software provides a complete business and financial management solution for your enterprise, making ordering, selling, invoicing, and reporting easier. But many SMBs are realizing that making the switch from Dynamics GP to Business Central is the right move for them. How can you know if the same is true for you? Below are some differences between the two and distinct advantages Business Central provides over Dynamics GP.

The freedom of the cloud

Dynamics GP is an on-premise solution, which works well for companies with an employee base in one or several physical locations.

Business Central supports workforces that are increasingly mobile. This fully cloud-based solution will work anytime, anywhere, and on any device. If you have a sales team or field service function that needs ongoing access to your ERP software, it’s time to make the switch.

Application assimilation at its finest

Built as a standalone system, Dynamics GP does not integrate easily with other Microsoft products.

Business Central, on the other hand, is designed as an application within the Office 365 product suite. It increases a company’s productivity with seamless integration to Office 365, allowing improved decision making and built-in intelligence. If your company is an avid Office 365, it’s time to make the switch.

Custom potential for your business

With Dynamics GP, what you buy is what you get.

In addition to existing product collaboration, Business Central allows solution extension with add-on apps tailored to your business. For example, enhance reporting capabilities by adding Power BI and improve your process workflow with Flow. If your company needs to tailor a solution to its unique and growing needs, it’s time to make the switch.

 
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Sleek and smart reporting

For new businesses that are in the initial stages of developing their sales, marketing, and customer databases, Dynamics GP works well.

Business Central, with its availability of data via the cloud, enables improved reporting and analytics capabilities. This is especially crucial for SMBs that are strategically focusing on near-term growth. Power BI is embedded within Business Central; this allows users to define data categories and attributes, producing dimensional reporting that slices and dices information as needed. If Dynamics GP’s third-party reporting is not robust enough for your growing SMB, it’s time to make the switch.

No hidden costs

Dynamics GP’s licensing model requires a large investment upfront and recurring maintenance fees. Users are all-too familiar with the term “upgrade” when it comes to the ERP solution; many do not understand when they should upgrade or if it’s worth the cost, so they delay or skip the move to new software releases.

Business Central eliminates the upgrade guessing game by providing automatic updates every six months via a sandbox environment. Its subscription model allows for user changes as needed. If you’re ready for Microsoft to manage your ERP solution’s infrastructure for you, it’s time to make the switch.

Are you interested in learning more about the differences between Dynamics GP and Business Central, and whether it’s time for you to migrate? Since 2001, Microsoft Gold Certified ERP partner BroadPoint has helped over 600 organizations deploy Microsoft Dynamics. Our team has the experience and skills to support you. Contact us today to learn more.

Zach Volpicelli