Additionally, if considering an upgrade to 18.5, now is the perfect time to convert from an on-premise Dynamics GP version to a cloud-hosted version. By converting to a cloud-hosted environment such as AWS or Azure, you will continue to receive updates and new releases, all managed by your Cloud Service Provider (CSP). We’ve outlined the top 5 benefits of moving to the cloud:
1. Cloud-Hosted Dynamics GP Offers Increased Flexibility and Scalability
One of the biggest benefits of moving Dynamics GP to a cloud-hosted environment is increased flexibility and scalability. With a cloud-hosted solution, businesses can easily scale their system up or down as needed, without the need for additional hardware or IT resources. This means that businesses can easily adapt to changes in their operations, such as a surge in demand or a new business process, without having to worry about the limitations of their current IT infrastructure.
2. Moving Dynamics GP to the Cloud for Improved Security
Another major benefit of moving Dynamics GP to a cloud-hosted environment is improved security. Cloud-hosted solutions are generally considered to be more secure than on-premises solutions because they are managed by experienced IT professionals who have the expertise and resources to keep the system secure. Additionally, cloud-hosted solutions are typically backed up regularly, so businesses can rest easy knowing that their data is safe in the event of a disaster.
3. Cloud-Hosted Dynamics GP Can Offer Cost Savings
Moving Dynamics GP to a cloud-hosted environment can also help businesses save money. With a cloud-hosted solution, businesses no longer have to invest in expensive hardware or IT resources, and they can also reduce their energy costs and office rent. Additionally, cloud-hosted solutions can be attractive to many clients because they are paid for on a subscription basis, rather than require a large upfront capital investment.
4. Moving Dynamics GP to the Cloud Allows for Improved Collaboration
Another benefit of moving Dynamics GP to a cloud-hosted environment is improved collaboration. With a cloud-hosted solution, employees can access the system from anywhere, at any time, using any device. This makes it easy for teams to collaborate and work together, even if they are located in different parts of the world. Additionally, cloud-hosted solutions typically include built-in collaboration tools, such as instant messaging and document sharing, which can further improve teamwork and productivity.
5. Partnering with a CSP to host Dynamics GP in the Cloud Means Better Support and Maintenance
Finally, moving Dynamics GP to a cloud-hosted environment can also provide businesses with better support and maintenance. LBMC Technology Solutions’ Cloud-hosted Dynamics GP customers are managed by experienced IT professionals who can provide your business with the support you need to keep your system running smoothly. We manage, update and maintain your environment automatically, so businesses don’t have to worry about staying current with the latest software updates. We do all the heavy lifting for you, every step of the way.
With a CSP like LBMC Technology Solutions hosting your GP, you will ensure the hosted server environment on which GP is running is on the latest versions of system software and includes all the latest updates and features without the manual oversight or monitoring of previous on-premise GP environments. Eventually, when the time is right to select a cloud-based ERP solution, the migration to the new system will be much less complicated.
Move to the Cloud or Move from Dynamics GP to Dynamics BC? Which is Right for You?
It may be that you have determined now is the right time to make the move to a cloud-based ERP system and you are actively researching and evaluating a new system. For many Microsoft Dynamics GP clients, their first thought is to migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central. BC might be the perfect solution, particularly for companies who have complex supply chain planning, warehouse management, inventory, distribution or manufacturing requirements.
Business Central is a fantastic solution for midsize and larger businesses who have heavy distribution and manufacturing needs. In addition, many companies may choose BC because they want to fully leverage the integration of their ERP software with the entire Microsoft stack of business and office products including O365 and Dynamics CRM. Dynamics BC offers an all-in-one, cloud-based business management solution that combines all the features and functionalities of Dynamics GP with the power of Microsoft Azure.