Microsoft GP users might be well-acquainted with their ERP brand, but is it really doing everything it could be doing for their organizations?

In many cases, ERP solutions don’t include robust reporting tools or user-friendly interfaces that enable everyone in the company to get the information they need quickly. This is certainly true for many users of Microsoft Dynamics GP. There is, however, a Dynamics GP alternative, which has its foundation in the cloud and can easily be accessed by anyone who needs to enter or retrieve information: Acumatica.

Why Should You Lean Away from Microsoft Dynamics GP?

Recently, Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) has suggested that a few things will soon come to fruition. First, there will no longer be major enhancements to the GP functionality or the technology that powers this platform in the future. Second, If you want a modern solution, Microsoft is forcing you to seek cloud alternatives such as Dynamics 365 Business Central to guide your business processes and decisions going forward.

Advantages of Acumatica over Microsoft Dynamics GP and Business Central

As a solely cloud-based ERP platform, Acumatica offers its customers many benefits. If you choose to go this route, you’ll enjoy:

  • Acumatica’s single-product focus
  • A full, robust ERP with many industry-specific editions
  • Unlimited user pricing
  • True cloud (as well as on-premises) deployment options
  • The fact that every application is fully mobile

If you’re a loyal GP user who’s facing the decision of converting to a cloud-based system or staying with your legacy product, the choices might seem overwhelming. However, bear in mind that you don’t have to stick with a Microsoft product. There are other highly-rated alternatives on the market, and if you’ll be essentially undergoing a full implementation anyway, you should really look into the options available for your business beyond Microsoft’s scope.

Here’s something to consider: if you stay with Microsoft Dynamics GP, you’ll only receive maintenance releases every year (or not at all). If you choose to switch to Business Central, you’ll be required to pay. Or, you could operate your GP on Azure, connecting Business Central for its features and functions, but you’ll also need to purchase additional licensing.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go that way. Acumatica offers a simple solution that gives you one-and-done implementation and setup processes. In addition to realizing the benefits available from real-time data and insights, Acumatica offers ease of use, quality support, and a high-end product that many organizations are turning towards as their legacy systems are being replaced.

Acumatica’s ERP platform ensures that you’re always using a consistent, up-to-date technological environment that doesn’t come with any downtime. In other words, you can stay focused on your business and your team will have access to an ERP environment that’s available anywhere, anytime.

With Acumatica’s cloud-based platform, you:

  • Don’t have to worry about hardware maintenance
  • Can access the platform from any browser, no matter when you need it or where you’re located
  • Have the ability to work from any device

Considering Your Cloud-Based Options

Among the top perks associated with cloud-based solutions is the fact that your on-premise IT team will be free and clear of any situations that arise from problems associated with the software. This frees those team members up to do other tasks that facilitate the processes and growth of your organization.

There’s also the added fact that many modern cloud-based ERP systems can integrate all (or most) of your business processes into one streamlined platform. For example, you might view your CRM data and eCommerce information all within your ERP if you have the right tools to do so. This kind of detailed oversight of your numbers can help facilitate real-time dashboards, which are built to show you exactly where your business is and how it’s doing at any given time.

Learn more in What’s Next for Dynamics GP Users? Questions to Ask about Your Cloud Readiness.

Case Study: Strahl & Pitsch Makes the Move from Dynamics GP to Acumatica

For more than 125 years, Strahl & Pitsch Inc. has been a trusted name in wax manufacturing and distribution for a variety of uses including personal care, pharmaceutical, confectionary, and industrial. Focused on delivering for customers no matter the need, the company prides itself in its ability to develop specialized wax blends for its clients.

But for all the flexibility Strahl & Pitsch offered for customers, they were getting the exact opposite from their outdated Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Luckily, after turning to the Acumatica Partner network for a local reseller with knowledge of GP, they found MIBAR.

With MIBAR’s guidance and Acumatica they were able to get:

  • A completely connected and online solution able to deliver visibility and traceability.
  • Increased visibility into inventory costs and control over purchasing and sales.
  • secure, controlled deployment of Acumatica on the well-trusted AWS servers.
  • Consistent and future-proof software that delivers the personalization they need.
  • Lower up-front costs and reduced reliance on in-house servers.
  • A partner with the skills, focus, and hands-on support needed to get the job done.

Click here to view the full case study.

Talk to MIBAR About Your Switch from Microsoft Dynamics GP to Acumatica

If you’re in the need for an updated ERP system that sits in the cloud and delivers all the information you need in real time, MIBAR can help. As a company who has worked with businesses throughout the United States to help users make the most out of Dynamics GP, the MIBAR team is ready and able to help you on your move away from the platform—providing a secure, efficient, and seamless transition to a future-proof cloud product. Connect with our team to learn how we can transition your current ERP status into the cloud so your organization can enjoy the benefits mentioned above. If you have questions, we’d love to hear from you!

As a Dynamics GP user, it is important that you understand GP End of Life. It is not just a distant event; it carries substantial implications that every business must be aware of. To learn more, please watch our on-demand webinar, Microsoft Dynamics GP End of Life – What’s Next, to:

  • Gain a firm grasp of the critical dates that will shape your decision-making process.
  • Decode the terminology to understand how it will directly affect your day-to-day operations & future of your org.
  • Delve into the security & business continuity risks that may jeopardize your organization.

Click here to watch now.

Additional Dynamics GP Migration Resources

Dynamics GP to the Cloud: Understanding the Early Steps in Your Move

Your Options at the End of Dynamics GP Support: Comparing the Modern Lifecycle Policy with a True Cloud Update Schedule

Dynamics GP Alternatives