The Differences Between Dynamics GP and Business Central

Posted on: January 11, 2022 | By: Rosie Gill | Microsoft Dynamics GP

Dynamics GP has been a staple in the corporate world since its inception, being regarded as a solid and reliable ERP solution that has built-in HR and Payroll features. However, in recent years Microsoft has placed a greater emphasis on ERPs like Business Central which are cloud-based rather than on-premise, a crucial differentiating factor in an era where business is primarily conducted virtually and remotely. 

Although Microsoft is planning on supporting Dynamics GP for at least the next 10 years according to the product lifecycle roadmap they released in 2021, many Dynamics GP users are seeking out new, functional software that they can easily switch to. Business Central is a comparable ERP to Dynamics GP, but allows for flexibility and accessibility because it can be remotely accessed through the cloud. Let’s break down two of the main differences between Dynamics GP and Business Central to help give you a better understanding of the unique benefits of both softwares.

The Design

The major difference between the two solutions is the design. Dynamics GP is designed for on-premise purposes, meaning that it comes with associated hardware. Moreover, because the solution is on-premise, updates/upgrades to the software do not happen automatically and must be scheduled in advance with Microsoft. This makes it more difficult to have a consistently updated version of the product running.

Business Central, on the other hand, was designed as a cloud software solution, meaning that it is set up and run through the cloud. This makes things much easier for users because any upgrades released by Microsoft will automatically be set up in Business Central without the need for a download or installation because Microsoft handles it themselves. This ensures that users are operating at their maximum capacity on the software.

Functionality

Dynamics GP is a great software for businesses just looking for a basic solution. Dynamics GP does have HR and Payroll built into the system, but aside from that, the modules are pretty basic. 

Business Central has an array of modules to take advantage of like Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Warehouse Management in just its starter pack. While things like HR and Payroll are included in the basic version, users can easily integrate third party solutions with Business Central to incorporate these functions.

Next Steps

If you are interested in exploring further the differences between Dynamics GP and Business Central as well as the options current Dynamics GP users have for moving away from that software, Logan Consulting is happy to answer any questions you might have. Reach out to an expert consultant today!



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