Microsoft Dynamics GP To Business Central Upgrades Thoughts

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Microsoft has noticeably ramped up efforts to offer a path for its on-premises SMB ERP customers on Dynamics NAV, GP, and SL to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Some technical tools already exist to help migrate data to the cloud, and there is a roadmap for more to come. And Business Central partners are armed with favorable licensing conversions and special offers for these existing customers. While many SMB ERP customer will be well suited to a future Business Central solution, others will be best served looking elsewhere. Staying in the Microsoft family, Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations is the logical option for organizations with multi-company, multi-currency, or other complex needs that their current ERP is struggling to fulfill. Some may end up looking at other third party options.

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Episode 1:

Our guests on this episode, Karen Riordan of Menlo Technologies and Peter Joeckel of TurnOnDynamics, walk us through some of the reasons today’s on-premises SMB ERP customer may be tomorrow’s SaaS enterprise ERP customer – or not.

 

Show Notes:

  • 2:00 – Karen’s background in the ERP channel
  • 3:00 – On being challenged to think about more than just Business Central for today’s GP customers
  • 5:00 – When a GP customer should stay on GP
  • 7:45 – Microsoft’s advantage by improving GP to BC cloud migrations
  • 11:00 – The importance of master data cleanup
  • 14:00 – Why GP customers may not be aware of the extent of the customization and ISV add-on solutions in their ERP
  • 18:30 – Consolidating legacy systems
  • 20:30 – Why leaving GP ought to be a move to the cloud in some form – whether BC, F&O, or another
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Episode 2:

In the first episode of this series about upgrade strategies for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers, Karen Riordan of Menlo Technologies and Peter Joeckel of TurnOnDynamics joined us to discuss the wide-ranging the experiences of these organizations and varied viewpoints they hold today when it comes to the much-hyped promise of moving from on-prem ERP to Dynamics 365 Business Central in the cloud.

On this second episode, we go deeper on the needs of GP customers today. The tens of thousands of GP customers in the world are a diverse group. Some have watched carefully as Microsoft and other vendors have released their new generation of ERP solutions, while others need someone to come in and start from the beginning on what cloud is all about. Peter and Karen agree that GP customers should expect their partners to take a consultative approach rather than acting as an extension of their IT team. And they discuss some of the signs that a company is a good candidate for moving to pure cloud ERP as opposed to some other alternative.

 

Show Notes

  • 1:00 – When talking about upgrades, why talk about the GP market’s decisions?
  • 4:30 – Why don’t companies have a great understanding of what a newer ERP system can do for their businesses?
  • 6:30 – The challenge of taking a consultative approach rather than a technical approach to ERP discussions
  • 10:30 – Signs that an organization really needs to consider a new ERP
  • 15:30 – What roles or groups tend to support new technology investments and why is there resistance in other areas?
  • 19:30 – Distinguishing between different types of GP deployments and why the broad use means different future needs
  • 22:30 – Why executive vision is the critical foundation to enterprise application investments, both for the organization and the success of an implementation partner
  • 24:30 – How coronavirus has impacted the ERP and broader IT priorities of organizations

Episode 3:

Examining the Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 BC upgrade conversation

In the first episode of this series about upgrade strategies for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers, Karen Riordan of Menlo Technologies and Peter Joeckel of TurnOnDynamics joined us to discuss the wide-ranging the experiences of these organizations and varied viewpoints they hold today when it comes to the much-hyped promise of moving from on-prem ERP to Dynamics 365 Business Central in the cloud.

On this second episode, we go deeper on the needs of GP customers today. The tens of thousands of GP customers in the world are a diverse group. Some have watched carefully as Microsoft and other vendors have released their new generation of ERP solutions, while others need someone to come in and start from the beginning on what cloud is all about. Peter and Karen agree that GP customers should expect their partners to take a consultative approach rather than acting as an extension of their IT team. And they discuss some of the signs that a company is a good candidate for moving to pure cloud ERP as opposed to some other alternative.

 

Show Notes:

  • 1:00 – When talking about upgrades, why talk about the GP market’s decisions?
  • 4:30 – Why don’t companies have a great understanding of what a newer ERP system can do for their businesses?
  • 6:30 – The challenge of taking a consultative approach rather than a technical approach to ERP discussions
  • 10:30 – Signs that an organization really needs to consider a new ERP
    15:30 – What roles or groups tend to support new technology investments and why is there resistance in other areas?
  • 19:30 – Distinguishing between different types of GP deployments and why the broad use means different future needs
  • 22:30 – Why executive vision is the critical foundation to enterprise application investments, both for the organization and the success of an implementation partner.
  • 24:30 – How coronavirus has impacted the ERP and broader IT priorities of organizations
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