Microsoft recently announced that existing Dynamics GP users can renew their Maintenance Plan and receive Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central licenses with that renewal at no extra cost. All you need to do is renew with a certified Cloud Service Provider (CSP).
With roughly 40,000 companies in the U.S. using Microsoft Dynamics GP, it’s a safe bet that many are still running on outdated, in-house servers that don’t maximize performance and accessibility. As a famous talk show therapist would say, “How is that working for you?”
Probably not that great. Since Dynamics GP is not a true web application, the last few months have been a wake-up call, revealing limitations in its Web Client functionality that allow for time and expense entry, but not full-featured accounting use. In addition, with many users now working remotely, more IT resources are required for maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as monitoring and responding to security risks.
If you’re one of the Microsoft Dynamics GP companies that are ready to admit the status quo is not working, here are two fast and smart ways to make a change for the better:
#1 - Take Advantage of the Microsoft Maintenance Plan Renewal Offer
If you haven’t heard yet, this is BIG NEWS! Microsoft recently announced that existing Dynamics GP users can renew their Maintenance Plan and receive Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central licenses with that renewal at no extra cost. All you need to do is renew with a certified Cloud Service Provider (CSP).
Under the program, you simply renew your Maintenance Plan through the CSP program and receive Business Central licenses You acquire the Business Central licenses 60% below the standard commercial price, gain dual use rights of your current on premise Dynamics GP while you make the transition to Business Central, and you can spread your renewal over months instead of paying one lump sum.
Bottom line is that one price gets you both your renewal and the Business Central licenses! If you are ready for the cloud now, this is a fast, smart, and affordable way to get to there.
#2 – Take Advantage of the Microsoft Maintenance Plan Renewal Offer
Wait, isn’t #2 the same as #1? This is not a mistake! Even if you are not ready to upgrade to Business Central, we recommend you still take advantage of the Maintenance Plan renewal offer. Why? Because you can renew the offer up to three years, giving you plenty of time to plan for a move to Business Central.
In the meantime, though, there is no reason for you to suffer through the restrictions of an on-premise solution. There is another option that gives you the advantages of the cloud (accessibility and security) but does not require anyone in your organization to learn new software, transfer data, or change processes!
If this year has proven anything, it is that business needs to take place in the cloud. The Microsoft Maintenance Plan Renewal Offer is a great place to start whether you are ready for “cloud now” with Business Central or want to move Dynamics GP to the cloud. In any case, working with the right partner is essential. You need one that is multi-faceted with the know-how and infrastructure to implement whatever choice you make. These qualities include deep expertise in Dynamics GP and Business Central and extend to additional solutions and services that support your journey to the cloud at your pace.