Dynamics GP to Business Central Migration

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Dynamics 365 Business Central is Microsoft’s premium cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed to help SMBs streamline their finances, sales, services, and operations. With its speed, modern cloud security, and tailored features, Business Central has quickly earned a reputation as a top ERP that enables growth-minded businesses to make smart decisions. While it is similar to Dynamics GP, there are notable differences between the two.

If you’re getting ready for a Dynamics GP to Business Central migration, or if you’re still on the fence about whether it’s worth making the switch, here’s what you need to know. 

The Benefits of a Dynamics GP to Business Central Migration

Legacy solutions such as Dynamics GP and NAV offer plenty of advantages over other outdated accounting systems. Still, migrating Dynamics GP to Business Central can offer even greater benefits, including:

  • Innovative mobile access
  • Affordability
  • Smoother app integration
  • Custom adaptability
  • More robust reporting capabilities
  • Seamless upgrades

Due to budgetary and disruption concerns, some businesses have hesitated to invest in a Dynamics GP to Business Central Migration. Yet, when you consider the long-term benefits, it becomes clear why making the move now is a wise decision.

The most significant difference between Dynamics GP and Business Central is that the latter features newer cloud-enabled technologies and a more modern interface. Other upgrades you’ll enjoy by migrating to Business Central from Dynamics GP include:

  1. Biannual updates. Business Central’s twice-yearly updates ensure your business is always operating on the latest secure version. Microsoft’s 3,500 cyber-security professionals are continually working to protect, detect, and respond to sophisticated cyber threats.
  2. Accessibility. As a cloud-based solution, Business Central is accessible on any device, from anywhere at any time. That means you no longer need to invest in updated hardware, servers, and maintenance agreements. 
  3. Seamless integration. Business Central integrates natively with other Microsoft solutions like Azure and Office 365. You can also easily export lists to Excel, update them there, and then publish them back to Business Central.
  4. Modern user interface. Its web-enabled and intuitive interface makes Business Central a joy to work in. Users can also personalize the interface to accommodate the way they work.
  5. Improved reporting and automation. Machine learning and AI support equipment monitoring, forecasting, and more accurate and timely data.
  6. More manageable costs. No more annual licensing and enhancement fees. You pay only per user, per month. 

The Dynamics GP to Business Central Migration Process

It’s fair to say a Dynamics GP to Business Central migration is a significant project, but it doesn’t need to be a difficult one. If you want your new ERP to perform well for years to come, it’s essential to take the time necessary to do it right. 

There are basically two ways to migrate from Dynamics GP to Business Central.

  1. Start from scratch. The required method for migrating to Business Central on-premise or on Azure, this process uses specific tools to import master records and open transactions. 
  2. Update Dynamics GP and migrate to Business Central. The preferred method for migrating Business Central SaaS, this process uses Microsoft migration tools to import master records, historical data, and open transactions into Business Central.

No matter which process you choose, working with a Dynamics Partner like 360 Visibility to properly upgrade and migrate system and data to Business Central can make the migration experience a stress-free and successful one. We ensure proper training, adoption, utilization, and optimization of your new system and ensure your organization gets what it needs to operate more effectively and efficiently. Working together, we assist you in gaining the greatest efficiency through Business Central and ensure you get the most out of this incredible tool. 

Barbara Allen
Barbara Allen
Throughout her career, Barb has held various key leadership positions as ERP Team Leader, Project Manager, Consultant and Business Systems Implementer. She has successfully implemented ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics, Deltek Maconomy and WorkBook in organizations of all sizes; from start-ups companies with 2 users, to Fortune 500 companies with over 1400 users.
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