6 Misconceptions About Migrating from Dynamics GP to Business Central   

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If your company is currently using on-premises Dynamics GP, you may be wondering whether you should migrate to Microsoft's cloud offering, Dynamics 365 Business Central. There are many misconceptions around Business Central that we'll address in this blog post and provide some insight into why many small and mid-sized businesses are making the switch to Dynamics 365.   

"GP and Business Central are very similar, so there are no benefits in migrating."  

Though at first glance, both these mid-market ERP solutions seem similar, there are a lot of benefits when you migrate from on-premises GP to Business Central online. For one, you can take advantage of the numerous benefits of cloud ERP, such as lower maintenance costs, more agility, and automatic upgrades. You'll also get seamless integration with Microsoft 365 and the Power Platform.   

"Cloud ERP is not as secure as on-premises."  

Despite this common misconception, cloud ERP can offer more data security than on-premises solutions. The cloud-based Dynamics 365 Business Central is hosted on Microsoft Azure and provides numerous enterprise-level protective features to keep your company's data safe. With cloud ERP, you share the responsibility of data security instead of having to manage it all on your own. 

"It is too difficult to migrate our data to Business Central."  

Applicable clients can take advantage of Microsoft's cloud migration tool to ease migration from GP to Business Central online. This assisted setup guide allows you to migrate your data (customers, vendors, GL account, etc.) and move it to Business Central. To use the cloud migration tool, you need to be using Dynamics GP 2015 and later versions.  

"You can't process payroll in Business Central."  

While Dynamics 365 Business Central does not currently have a payroll feature out-of-the-box, you can easily integrate a payroll app that will give you the needed functionality from Microsoft AppSource. You'll find thousands of cost-effective ISV add-on solutions here that can easily extend the functionality of Business Central based on your needs.   

"It will be too expensive to move from GP to Business Central."  

Business Central does not require a large upfront investment to get up and running as a cloud ERP solution. Typically, you pay a subscription fee monthly or annually to use the software, and you don't need to invest in any hardware or special infrastructure. In addition, if you have an existing enhancement plan with Microsoft, you'll be able to take advantage of a 40% discount on Business Central licensing. Not to mention, the long-term cost-savings when you don't have to pay for server and software maintenance or deal with costly upgrades! Plus, if you are an SMB, you could also look into fixed-fee or lean implementations to keep your migration and implementation costs low. 

"Business Central is only for manufacturing or distribution." 

Dynamics 365 Business Central is not designed only for manufacturing and distribution. It is also applicable to most small to mid-sized companies across different industries, including financial and service industries, associations and non-profits, retail, project-based businesses, and more. Check out the top benefits of Business Central.   

Evaluating a GP Migration? We Can Help

Migrating from Dynamics GP to Business Central can mean eliminating costly on-premises infrastructure, time-consuming upgrades and maintenance, and lower cost of ownership for your business. If you'd like to learn more about migrating to Business Central, the team at Kwixand Solutions can help. We offer a free, no-obligation Dynamics 365 Business Central assessment to help you figure out whether this is the right solution for your business, along with the process, costs, and timeline of migration. 

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By Kwixand Solutions, www.kwixand.com

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