Microsoft is discontinuing support for two versions of Dynamics GP in July 2021, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and 2016 R2, but which new solution should you choose? To help make your decision easier here are 5 questions to ask yourself before choosing between the old and new.
What problems are you facing with your current ERP system?
While it may be tempting to migrate over and make the switch, there are several things you should keep in mind before making any commitments. If your current system still meets all of your needs at this time then migrating is not a priority for now – if ever! Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central allows users to take on more responsibility but requires full commitment from stakeholders throughout the organization. Be sure that everyone has enough energy (and spare hours!) before investing significant resources into upgrading!
Is a cloud-based ERP what your organization needs?
Business Central is a cloud-based solution that could be the right fit for your organization. With remote work now more widespread than ever, Business Central can provide tons of benefits to any company looking to increase efficiency and productivity while minimizing downtime with its highly reliable hybrid model. Before you make this decision, though, it’s important to ask yourself if your team will benefit from all these features or not without having an in depth discussion about their needs first.
Do you have to update your infrastructure?
Whatever your IT strategy, don’t forget to update that infrastructure. If you’re looking for a way of avoiding acquiring new servers, two possibilities are available depending on what best suits the needs of your business: Hosting with private cloud or trying Business Central’s fully-cloud based solution – which one will work out better for you and make things easier?
Is it time to redefine your processes?
Change is difficult. Migrating to a new system, or an entirely new process can be daunting and time-consuming but it might also represent the best chance for your company’s future success! Business Central has been used in many industries since its inception with companies like Symantec, IBM, Bayer AG among others.
Choosing an ERP solution is a major decision for any company, but the process of implementation can vary depending on your needs. At it’s core, implementing new software involves four phases: engage with stakeholders to define goals and expectations; drive responsibility by establishing clear guidelines; enable collaboration through seamless integration between systems and people; finally convert business processes into automated modules that are scalable over time.
Any efficient ERP implementation plan requires a roadmap, which often comes in the form of a checklist of tasks that helps keep both the customer and vendor on track with their responsibilities. Both parties need to work through these elements before beginning any implementation phases like research and requirements building or maintenance/support so they can ensure an efficient project run for all involved stakeholders.
What are your defined goals?
If you need to meet any specific needs for your business, like using third-party products and custom developments in Business Central, then there is a large ecosystem of Dynamics GP. This one can old the attention span better than its newer counterpart because it has been around longer so more people know how to use it which makes finding help easier when problems arise.
However if new features have made some things obsolete or certain development projects unnecessary altogether such as SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) with Business Connector enabled from within Microsoft Excel; this doesn’t mean that you should get rid of them just yet though! There may be even greater options available soon enough making these older programs worth keeping until something else comes up on their heels. This isn’t specific to Business Central, more of an example of condensing technology for simplicity.
Dynamics GP or Business Central, which path so I take?
Your decision to switch from Dynamics GP or Business Central will affect many aspects of your business. Once you’ve made the choice, it’s time to begin planning for either a migration with an existing partner or starting fresh by contacting Microsoft and one of their partners who specialize in transitioning businesses onto Technology Solutions like Black Belt Solutions.
If transferring files over is not possible, such as when company data has been heavily customized after years’ worth of use, then this specialized team can analyze processes before beginning any transitions into newer technology solutions so that there are no hiccups along the way while also training employees about how they should interact with new software systems once everything is up-to-date!
Insight: key benefits of Dynamics 365 Business Central
Low Cost of Ownership: Dynamics 365 Business Central is the best option for small and mid-sized businesses looking to control their cash flow. With low infrastructure investment, no upgrade or maintenance costs, a predictable monthly fixed fee model with higher license levels that provide additional features like Salesforce integration, and more flexible licensing options than its on-premise counterparts such as SAP ERP HCM Cloud Edition Plus (AP), Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Professional Edition (PE) & Enterprise edition PE subscriptions offer you complete flexibility while also getting everything in one single package at an affordable price point. You can get started right away without any IT help from anyone else!
Streamlined Data Shared for All: Businesses can control their cash flow by leveraging Dynamics 365 Business Central. It’s a cloud ERP that offers low infrastructure and maintenance costs, as well as the option to only pay for what you need with its subscription-based monthly fee model. You’ll also save on upfront payments, server management, IT resources – all of which are available through the Microsoft Certified Partner, Black Belt Solutions.
One Platform To Rule Them All: Business Central is a robust, end-to-end solution that not only assists in managing your business but improves customer experiences and relationships. The CRM features allow you to track customers interactions, get insights on upsells or cross sells opportunities through the sales cycle. Flexible pricing structures are available for individual customers as well as groups giving each client more personalized attention while allowing them to have peace of mind knowing their needs will be met at an affordable price point fitting his/her budget.
If there’s ever any issue with returns or after sale concerns Business Central has plenty of options including simple management service requests which can help address these issues quickly without the hassle if it being out sourced elsewhere when they can often create problems themselves due to lack of familiarity with products.
Powerful Warehouse and Supply Chain Management: Dynamics 365 Business Central is the newest and most advanced warehouse management software on the market, offering features for optimizing your supply chain to ensure you can fulfill customer orders faster. You’ll be able to use predictive stock replenishment in order meet demand more efficiently, automatically create purchase orders based off of sales forecasts and expected out-of-stock situations, optimize storage facilities with templates that determine where items should go; all while getting real time updates so you know what’s happening as it happens!
Flexible and Easy to Scale: One of the best features about Dynamics 365 Business Central is its flexibility. With cloud technology, your business data can be accessed from anywhere and on any device for easy access to company information no matter where you are in the world! This means that whether or not you have a physical office located somewhere else, with this software all users will always be able to log into their account and get what they need because it’s accessible everywhere at anytime via remote work.
Not only does this offer an incredible amount of convenience but also allows companies without large budgets enough leeway when deciding how much space they want to start out with as well as if there needs ever arise such as growth spurt which makes changes necessary – something other programs would charge heavily for making adjustments like these.
Data Security and Compliance: Dynamics 365 Business Central is the perfect solution to your company’s data security needs. This system already has in-built features that ensure you’re backing up and storing all of your sensitive information securely, but if you want it even more secure then this application also comes with amazing features like authorization, authentication, encryption and auditing tools that allow for an added layer of protection. Furthermore, Dynamics 365 offers a way to make sure that businesses are compliant on both local laws as well as global standards so no matter where their customers live they can be confident knowing everything will be handled accordingly!
Seamless Integrations: Dynamics 365 Business Central is not just an app – it’s a whole new way of doing business. With this powerful and innovative solution, you can keep up with changing needs to take on whatever challenges come your way. Whether that means analyzing the data in your Microsoft Power BI dashboard or downloading extensions from AppSource, Dynamics 365 has what you need for success!
Simplified Project Management: Dynamics 365 Business Central offers features to manage your projects from start to finish. Create, track, and report on project status in real-time with advanced reporting capabilities that can see the impact of changes immediately. You’ll be able go beyond simply managing resources by planning capacity for sales opportunities as well and make critical decisions about profitability based on insights into resource levels at any given time so you never miss a beat!