There have been many sessions at the Microsoft Directions North America 2019 Conference covering the migration from Dynamics GP to Business Central. VOX ISM has already helped many our customers through this migration and we wanted to share with you some of the reasons why you should consider migrating and to tell you about the great data migration tools that make it easy and reduce the data migration down from hundreds of hours to a few!

Dynamics GP to Business Central

When Should You Migrate from Dynamics GP to Business Central

Many companies today are trying to determine when they should migrate from Dynamics GP to Business Central. Depending on your decision to upgrade to either Business Central online or on-premises, different scenarios are supported.

The decision to move from one ERP solution to another is obviously an important one and not taken lightly.  However, there are times when you either can benefit from a new solution or you just don’t feel as though your current solution is a fit any longer.


One issue that can affect that decision in the Microsoft Dynamics world is mobility.  Dynamics 365 Business Central is a completely mobile enabled and browser enabled the solution. Meaning it will work on any device, anytime, anywhere.  This is in stark contrast to Dynamics GP which won’t really work on any mobile device and doesn’t really work in a browser either.  So if your sales team or maybe a field service team needs access to your ERP solution Dynamics GP may no longer be a fit.


Another indication that it may be time to consider whether you should migrate from Dynamics GP to Business Central is improved reporting.  Dynamics 365 Business Central uses a dimensional reporting structure.  In Dynamics 365 Business Central you define dimensions (think attribute or category) and you can tag those dimensions to any transaction in the system. You can also define default dimensions on things like customer, vendors, items, etc. so each time you transaction against that particular item the dimension is defaulted in.  This then allows you to do dimensional reporting and slice and dice your data in numerous ways.  Dynamics GP requires a 3rd party tool and some roundabout reporting efforts to tag transactions with a dimension or attribute.

Upgrade Path

A third indication you may want to move from Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 Business Central is if the upgrade paths of Dynamics GP have become too cumbersome.  Dynamics GP is older software that does require regular upgrades.  At times those upgrades can be cumbersome and not provide great functionality improvements.   With Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrades are simply pushed through by Microsoft with some minor testing via a sandbox environment.

The Dynamics GP Data Migration Extension

This extension makes it easy to migrate customers, vendors, inventory items, general ledger accounts, open payables and open receivables transactions from Dynamics GP to Business Central. If your business uses Dynamics GP today, you can export the relevant records and then open an assisted setup guide to add the data to Business Central. The migration extension works for all supported versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

To get more updates on Microsoft Dynamics 365 from Direction North America 2019, join us May 16 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM at Microsoft Canada for the Best Manufacturing App Seminar (BMAC).

The BMAC is a one-stop experience that brings together Canadian manufacturers and industry experts and keeps them ahead of manufacturing’s digital transformation.

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Conference Agenda:

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central for Manufacturing– What Is New for Canadian Manufacturers in 2019
  • 14 BMAC Exhibitors Will Present Their Product and Service in An Allocated Time Slot.
  • An Open Exhibit Hall -Visit and Try Out the Software with The Exhibitor That Catches Your Attention.