In the world of technology, it’s not uncommon for once-reliable systems to eventually reach their end of life. Such is the case with Dynamics GP, a trusted companion for many businesses over the years.

As Dynamics GP’s mainstream support comes to an end, it’s time to explore your options and make informed decisions about the future of your business operations. 

Imagine your business as a classic car that has served you well. It’s familiar, reliable, and gets the job done. However, just like that classic car, Dynamics GP requires increasing amounts of maintenance as it ages. The once-readily available spare parts are becoming scarcer, and the cost to maintain it is steadily rising. It’s like driving your classic car, but now you need to invest more time, effort, and resources to keep it on the road. 

But here’s the twist: Imagine a sleek new electric or hybrid car. It’s loaded with advanced features, requires minimal maintenance, and is designed to meet the demands of modern roads. Translated to the tech world, this new car is equivalent to the cloud-based solutions available today. It’s like trading in your classic car for a state-of-the-art vehicle that can be driven anywhere, doesn’t rely on outdated infrastructure, and is more energy-efficient. 

So, as the decision maker you’re faced with 3 distinct options: 

Staying Put with Dynamics GP

Sure, you can continue driving your classic car – Dynamics GP – but be prepared for challenges down the road. With mainstream support ending, you might encounter compatibility issues, security vulnerabilities, and limited access to new features. It’s like choosing to stick with your classic car while accepting the fact that it will become increasingly difficult to keep up with the fast-paced traffic of modern business.

The 10 Risks of Staying on Dynamics GP

Embracing a Hybrid Model: Migrating to Azure Cloud

If you’re attached to Dynamics GP but also want a taste of the cloud’s benefits, a hybrid approach might be the solution. Think of it as upgrading your classic car with some modern features, like hybrid engines that optimize efficiency. Migrating to Azure cloud allows you to retain some aspects of Dynamics GP while enjoying the scalability, accessibility, and disaster recovery capabilities of the cloud. However, it’s important to note that this hybrid approach might still leave you managing certain on-premises components. 

Embracing the Future: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Alternatively, you have the option to make a daring move by transitioning to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, a comprehensive cloud-based solution tailored to meet the requirements of contemporary enterprises. It’s akin to exchanging your vintage car for a top-of-the-line model equipped with all the latest features. Business Central offers effortless integration, automated updates, enhanced teamwork, and the convenience of accessing your business data from any location, much like upgrading from an outdated, restricted floppy disk computer to a sleek laptop. 

Okay, so when is the right time to migrate? 

Great question. Let’s talk strategy. Just as you wouldn’t embark on a cross-country road trip without a plan, it’s essential to develop an end-of-GP roadmap for your business. Start now rather than later, so you have time to evaluate your needs, assess risks, and make an informed decision. Proactivity is key, as you wouldn’t wait until your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere to start thinking about an upgrade.  

Think of this decision-making process as choosing the right path on a mountain hike. Being reactive is like realizing you’re lost only after wandering off course. On the other hand, being proactive is like having a well-marked trail map and a knowledgeable guide, like us at TMC, by your side. We’ve successfully navigated many cloud migrations and have the experience to help you identify the best solution for your unique situation. 

Remember, the future of your business is in your hands. Just as you’re responsible for steering your car down the road, you’re also in charge of steering your business toward success. Don’t let fear of change hold you back. Embrace the opportunity to modernize, optimize, and future-proof your operations. 

Explore your options, assess risks, and create a roadmap that aligns with your business goals. At TMC, our team is here to guide you through this complex transition, ensuring you have the information, support, and confidence you need to drive your business forward. Contact us today for a GP migration assessment.