How does Dynamics GP fit into my organization’s cloud strategy?
As an experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation partner, Schneider Downs understands the value organizations have placed on their investment in Microsoft Dynamics GP, formerly known as Great Plains.
We recognize that many businesses are struggling to find the right way to incorporate Microsoft Dynamics GP into their cloud strategy and are questioning if it’s time to reevaluate the software altogether.
The Schneider Downs Technology Advisors can help address these concerns, and more importantly, guide you through the complex migration to the cloud – whether this means continuing on-site premises deployment support or migrating Microsoft Dynamics GP to Microsoft Azure, or what our team considers the best option, migrating to a cloud-based accounting system such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
As with any decision, the first step is understanding your options. Regarding Microsoft Dynamics GP customers, you have three primary options as the support-end date approaches.
Migrate to a Hosted Dynamics GP Deployment – This option may be attractive to smaller companies who do not have the IT resources to maintain an on-premises server or larger companies who want to shift their IT resources efforts’ elsewhere; however, this path typically incurs higher costs in both the short term and long term. It also can sometimes add extra hoops for end users to jump through and add additional vulnerability to your network.
Migrate to a SaaS Based ERP – Many organizations are choosing this route as it eliminates costs associated with maintaining servers and the risk associated with having on-premises data. It also allows finance teams anywhere-access to their data and is generally backed by at least a 99% uptime SLA and massive annual investments in security (over $1 Billion annually in Microsoft’s case). If you opt for this route, the Schneider Downs consulting team can help select and implement the ideal cloud ERP. Dynamics 365 Business Central is a great option as there is a direct migration path from Dynamics GP. Microsoft also offers dual use rights to GP and Business Central for companies wishing to migrate.
Take No Action – The final and most dangerous option is to simply do nothing. Doing nothing will leave your system vulnerable to risks without updates and patches from Microsoft.
Business Expertise – As a multi-faceted professional services firm, our team has access to a diverse bench of professionals with expertise in a wide range of solutions to augment your implementation, including cybersecurity, internal audit, data analytics, audit and assurance, tax and more.
Client Success – With a focus on the long-term success of our clients, our team prioritizes the importance of thorough documentation and clear instructions to ensure your team can operate independently post-engagement.
Experienced Professionals – Our implementation professionals are well-versed in technology and industry-specific concerns, allowing our consultants to hit the ground running and provide true guidance from day one.
Microsoft Knowledge – The implementation team has evolved with Microsoft’s offerings, allowing us to gain a thorough understanding of how legacy platforms worked and the steps needed to move clients to the appropriate Microsoft solutions.
Schneider Downs Technology Advisors are committed to providing value-added technology services and solutions to our clients. We strive to create an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship with our clients by focusing on client satisfaction, delivery of quality service and the continuous education and training of our staff. In today's demanding world market, one of the most challenging tasks facing a company is utilizing and processing information effectively and efficiently.
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