Over the last 25 years, Technology Management Concepts (TMC) has grown fond of Great Plains and its distinct culture, which has brought together our customers, partners, ISVs, and the company itself. Dynamics GP served as a model for publishers to create an industry culture that continues to hold a special place in our hearts as we move into Digital Transformation. 

After Microsoft’s acquisition of Great Plains, Navision, and Axapta, there was some uncertainty, and GP was perceived to be lagging behind for the first time. Twenty years later, the channel is again shaken by Microsoft’s recent announcement that GP’s runaway is set to end in 2028. This begs some questions. Is GP a capable, stable, and mature ERP? Yes, it has! Is there still life in GP? Absolutely! However, there are now new options to consider that build on the spirit of GP while also taking advantage of the exciting capabilities of the Cloud. 

The Choice Between Familiarity and Innovation 

The comparison that can be drawn here is to a beloved, reliable old car that is still functioning well and likely to continue doing so for some time. Even if some maintenance and repairs are necessary, as long as we have access to a trusted mechanic and replacement parts, we have no intention of purchasing a new car. 

If you’re looking to buy a new car nowadays, high gas prices and environmental concerns are important factors to consider. You might be torn between purchasing a gasoline-powered car, a hybrid, or even an all-electric vehicle. While this wasn’t a major concern ten years ago, electric cars have now become a vital component of every major automaker’s future strategy. 

Navigating the Shift to Cloud ERP 

The Cloud is now a critical component of organizations’ long-term strategies, including their ERP systems, much like the electric car’s emergence. Fortunately, for GP users, Microsoft offers a range of Cloud ERP solutions, including Dynamics 365 products. Microsoft is one of the world’s leading Cloud providers, investing heavily in products such as Microsoft 365, Azure Managed Services, and Dynamics 365, making Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly Dynamics NAV) the preferred ERP option for SMB and SMC spaces. 

Microsoft has announced Dynamics 365 Business Central as the product of choice to replace GP. Business Central represents the future of ERP and is a robust and scalable solution that is a natural progression from GP. At TMC, we are huge fans of BC and believe it is the logical next step for our GP customers. While it may not be the right choice for everyone right now, as committed Microsoft partners, we see it as a powerful tool that will help our clients stay ahead of the game. 

When is the Right Time to Migrate?

While GP is still a reliable option and will be supported by Microsoft until 2028, it is clear that the digital landscape is rapidly evolving, and Dynamics 365 BC offers a more modern and innovative approach to ERP.

“Microsoft will continue releasing GP regulatory & security updates, but the Oct 2022 release was the last release adding other new features. BC will be the focus of Microsoft’s investments in the SMB segment. To transform your business, we recommend moving to BC.”

Mike Morton | Microsoft SVP

Why Upgrading to Business Central is the Right Move for your Growing Organization 

For those who want to stay current with the latest business trends, take advantage of various features, and enjoy the benefits of cloud-based solutions, Business Central is a highly attractive choice. With the growing demand for enhanced security, flexibility and AI capabilities, cloud-based applications have become a necessity for many businesses. 

In the same way that it can be difficult to let go of a beloved, older car, it’s understandable that some businesses may be hesitant to move away from their current ERP system. While it has served them well, it’s important to acknowledge that it may no longer be the best solution for their evolving needs. By choosing to embrace change and explore options like Business Central, businesses can better position themselves to keep pace with the direction of the industry and take advantage of the benefits offered by cloud-based applications. 

As we evolve and grow, it can be challenging to let go of what is familiar and comfortable, but ultimately, it is necessary for progress. 

“I was with a client yesterday, who is on GP. Did not want to move from GP – was very adamant. But after speaking to them a while they did realize that although it might not be tomorrow, it might not even be this year. They have to start planning. It’s not as controversial as people like to think. It’s just the way things happen as they evolve and grow and change. Things change and at some point you have to change with it or it becomes a disadvantage. We have this opportunity now to do it in a planned way and I think it makes sense for both TMC and our customers to get in front of it and make sure that we’re in the right place at the. Right time with our software.”

Jennifer Harris | President of TMC

If you’re looking for comprehensive knowledge about Dynamics 365 Business Central and what your migration roadmap looks like for your business, get in touch with us today. Our extensive 21-year experience as a Microsoft partner enables us to provide you with the necessary Microsoft Dynamics business solutions to drive your business forward.  

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