Gone are the days when companies have to endure the pain and high costs of periodic ERP system upgrades. For many companies, this could mean paying consulting costs of as much as 75% of the original implementation costs if they had a heavily customized system. Such upgrades typically happen every three to five years, depending on the preference or requirements of the customer.
Free, automatic, convenient ERP upgrades
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Here’s an example for you. If a business spent $100,000 in services implementing an ERP system and upgraded it every three years, it could easily spend $50,000 for a fairly complex upgrade. And this number does not account for the cost of new servers or the internal costs of training staff. Over 15 years, this would entail a cost of $250,000 just to maintain an existing ERP system.
Return on Investment (ROI) is a number that can often be difficult to prove. But with Business Central, these savings are real numbers and are easy to validate. For example, what would be the ROI on an ERP system that cost only $50,000 to install (instead of $100,000) and saves you $250,000 in upgrade services over 15 years? That may be a hard number to calculate, but it’s a great problem to have!
Easy customizations that are specific to your business
How does Microsoft do this? The online version of Business Central runs within a multi-tenant environment where all users share the same source code. This makes it simple for Microsoft to periodically update all systems or rapidly roll out periodic bug fixes or enhancements between the semi-annual updates. To enhance their Business Central system, customers can download certified app’s from
After Microsoft has updated the core Business Central system, the process checks for current versions of any applied app’s. It then applies these new versions, as well as re-applies the customer’s customizations - all in a matter of minutes, at no cost! Customers who wish to install their Business Central system on an on-premise server can do so and, if they keep their database synchronized with the online version, can update their system whenever it works for them.
Consider implementing Business Central to streamline your business processes and downgrade your stress.
*Malcolm Roach is President and CEO of