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Read the signs: When does a Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 migration make sense?

by Dann Anthony Maurno
Assistant Editor, MSDW
April 05 2017

Stoneridge Software CEO Eric Newell says complexity, not company size, determines the need for a Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 migration.

Newell will present his case in the MSDynamicsWorld-hosted webinar "Should Your Business Move From Microsoft Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365?" on April 11 (click here to register), and gave us an idea of what to expect.

Of several key pain points that signal the need for next-level functionality, a lack of visibility into multiple locations or entities is a common one. He describes in Dynamics 365 for Operations an ability to complete transactions without jumping back-and-forth between opening companies or entities, as is required in Dynamics GP. "So if people had to purchase add-ons or if they aren't able to process transactions between multiple entities very quickly or efficiently in GP, that would be the key win in the operations side," says Newell.

Newell describes a current Dynamics GP customer for which Stoneridge demonstrated Dynamics 365 for Operations. Among this customer's pain points was account creation across multiple departments.

"Right now when you create a new account in GP and you need to apply to multiple departments, you've got to set up those accounts in each of those departments," he says. "Whereas with the Financial Dimensions Framework in Dynamics 365 for Operations, once you set up a new main account it flows through to all of your different dimensions. And you can start reporting on it to your profit and loss and those types of financial statements, right away, once an account is created." So the ease of use in setting up main accounts is ...

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About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).