Exploring Alternatives to Microsoft Great Plains (Dynamics GP) End-of-Life

Microsoft Great Plains, which is also known as Dynamics GP, has been a trusted ERP solution for small-to-medium sized businesses for many years. However, with the ongoing evolution of technology and the shift towards cloud-based solutions, as a business you may be asking yourself  'What is Microsoft replacing Great Plains with?' Let us take you through your options.

Exploring Alternatives to Microsoft Great Plains (Dynamics GP)

So what do we mean by end-of-life? Well as of April 1, 2025, all new sales of GP perpetual licenses will end. New GP licenses will no longer be sold after April 1, 2026, however, current GP customers will still be able to purchase licenses and modules. So what are your options to upgrade from GP? There are a number of Microsoft products which stand out as prominent alternatives to Great Plains.

At City Dynamics, we have extensive experience providing a range of tailored ERP solutions using the Microsoft suite of products – and most notably Dynamics 365. Dynamics 365 Business Central is a natural progression when considering migrating from Microsoft GP.

For more information regarding our Dynamics 365 ERP solutions, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to support you.

Why Consider Moving Microsoft GP to a Cloud solution?

With Microsoft GP being gradually sunset, it’s important to look towards alternatives so you can begin the journey to replacing GP with something that continues to fit your business.

Modern ERP solutions like Dynamics 365 Business Central can offer enhanced functionality such as real-time analytics, AI-driven insights, and advanced automation capabilities that Dynamics GP lacks due to its older architecture.

The shift towards cloud-based solutions offers benefits such as scalability, lower upfront costs, automatic updates, and improved security. Many of the alternatives to Dynamics GP are cloud-native, providing these advantages out of the box.

Newer ERP systems offer seamless integration with other business applications and services, especially within comprehensive ecosystems like those offered by Microsoft.

By transitioning to modern ERP solutions, businesses can ensure they are aligned with future technological trends and avoid the risks associated with using outdated software.

When should you consider switching ERP solutions?

If your version of Dynamics GP is approaching the end of its support lifecycle, it’s crucial to start considering alternatives.

Similarly, if and when your current system begins to no longer meet performance expectations, or business needs you should start to think about a new ERP solution.

Other times to consider switching solutions are if your business is growing, and requires more robust, scalable solutions and when you need better integration with other modern business applications or services, and to take advantage of new technologies and innovations which can drive business efficiency and competitiveness.

Transitioning from Dynamics GP to Business Central with City Dynamics

When it comes to your business, transitioning to a new ERP system has to be handled correctly.

When considering a new ERP solution, you should conduct a thorough assessment of your current ERP system to identify critical processes, customisations, and data that need to be migrated.

Develop a detailed migration plan, including timelines, resources allocation, risk management, and key milestones. We can support you with this with our GP to Business Central migration service.

We will help you to plan and execute a comprehensive data migration strategy, to ensure your full data integrity and continuity. We will help you to understand data migration tools provided by Microsoft, or work to migrate your data on your behalf.

Our services include configuring Business Central to meet your specific business needs, and this may involve customising workflows, setting up user roles, and integrating with other applications.

We will complete thorough and rigorous testing to ensure that the new system functions as expected and meets all business requirements before executing the go-live plan, monitoring the system closely, and providing ongoing support to address any issues that arise post-migration.

Flexible ERP solutions

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a powerful and flexible ERP solution that offers comprehensive functionality, cloud capabilities, and seamless integration with other Microsoft products.

As businesses look to transition from older systems like Dynamics GP, Business Central provides a future-proof alternative that can drive efficiency, growth, and competitive advantage.

By following a structured approach to evaluation and migration, organisations can ensure a smooth transition and maximise the benefits of this modern ERP solution.

Get in touch with City Dynamics today to explore our ERP solutions including Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Ready to transition from Microsoft Great Plains to Dynamics 365 Business Central? Talk to us about how we can help you and your business!

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