Migrating from Dynamics GP to Business Central with WhiteOwl

Migrating from Dynamics GP to Business Central with WhiteOwl

Microsoft Dynamics GP has proven to be one of the most reliable enterprise resource management applications through the years. However, the rise of work from home arrangements have exposed a significant flaw in this system: it can hinder off-site productivity.

As a result, many of our South Florida clients have asked us about alternatives that they can take. In our extensive experience, the best option is another Microsoft gem: Dynamics 365 Business Central.

How is Business Central better than Dynamics GP?

In a nutshell, Business Central is better because it prepares your business for the future, while Dynamics GP can trap it in the past. Business Central is a powerful cloud-based solution built on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 infrastructure. This makes the software easier to update and allows users to fully leverage internet-based resources and tools with ease.

See the table below for a head-to-head comparison:

Feature Dynamics GP Business Central
Hosting On-premises
  • Cloud-based
  • Hybrid (on-premises and cloud-based)
Updates and support
  • Dynamics GP 2013 mainstream support and updates ended in 2013.
  • Dynamics GP 2015 mainstream support and updates are scheduled to end in 2020.
  • Dynamics GP 2018 mainstream support and updates are scheduled to end in 2023.
Ongoing updates and support
Add-ons and extensions Available from third-party developers via individual third-party channels Available from Microsoft and third-party developers via Microsoft AppSource
Difficulty in integrating Power BI Medium Low
Difficulty in integrating Dynamics 365 Sales and/or CRM High Low

What are the migration deliverables and timeline?

Migration is a breeze when done the WhiteOwl way. Our technicians have an intimate knowledge of both Dynamics GP and Business Central, so you can be assured that migration errors are kept at zero. Furthermore, we’ll provide you with experience-driven insights so you can hit the ground running with your new software.

We’ll assess the following components of your system:

  • General ledger
  • Accounts payables
  • Accounts receivables
  • Purchasing, inventory, and sales order processing
  • Bank and cash management
  • Fixed assets
  • All installed add-ons and extensions

The initial assessment session typically lasts two hours and will cover all the bases, including identifying the equivalent add-ons and extensions for your new system. Assessment will be followed by a live demonstration of Business Central, so we can demonstrate ease of use and other benefits. Then, we’ll discuss with you specific details about the add-ons and extensions that we recommend particularly for your business. Once all of that is done, you’re off to your 30-day trial period.

Related article: Microsoft Dynamics GP to Business Central migration FAQs

We’ll reach out to you just before the trial period ends to check whether or not the system works for you. Should you wish to finalize the migration, we’ll furnish you with quotations for the conversion to and implementation of Business Central.

Why should I migrate with WhiteOwl?

Our technicians at WhiteOwl are well trained and highly experienced, especially when it comes to Microsoft products. You can rest assured that we will provide you with a high level of customer service and product expertise. We’ll also make the migration process as simple as possible, so you experience only minimal downtime.

For South Florida’s small- to medium-sized businesses, WhiteOwl’s managed solutions are second to none. Talk to us about our migration and system upgrade services today. Contact us here.

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