Dynamics GP + Azure or Dynamics 365 BC in the Cloud?

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When Microsoft acquired Great Plains software and developed it into Microsoft Dynamics GP, it was and has continued to be a cutting-edge ERP solution. But as technology has progressed, many growing businesses have moved to keep up with innovations offered by cloud-based technology. Cloud-based ERP includes advantages such as:

  • Lower capital requirements
  • Fewer infrastructure costs
  • Access to enterprise-level software
  • Better scalability
  • Greater flexibility
  • Increased security
  • Automatic upgrades and system maintenance

If your business is running Microsoft Dynamics GP and you are ready to move to the Cloud, you have options. You can move your Dynamics GP operations to the Cloud by having it hosted on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform and online portal. Or, you might consider upgrading to cloud-based Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Of course, you'll want to choose the best option for your business. Express Info can help you identify the best path to realizing immediate ROI while future-proofing your technology investment.

Running your Dynamics GP with Azure

Moving to the Azure cloud will eliminate the expense involved in maintaining or replacing your expensive on-premises servers. Azure's cloud servers are ready to use, up-to-date, powerful, and secure. You won't need costly servers or skilled technicians to maintain them; your cloud host will handle all that and provide automatic updates.

Azure is available for a fixed monthly fee. You may find that a predictable charge works better for your company than the up-front costs of a physical server plus maintenance.

Looking forward to future growth, consider if you will be adding more users and requiring increased functionality. Azure is instantly scalable. If necessary, you can also easily scale down with just a click.

Azure gives you access to various cloud applications, allowing you to easily and instantly integrate with outside solutions. The same integrations could take weeks or months if your Dynamics GP runs on an on-premises server.

Azure protects your data in a secure environment and includes automatic backups and disaster recovery. You won't have to back up your data on your physical server or assign IT personnel to the arduous, manual process of restoring it. Onsite disasters can be devastating, but your data in the Cloud will be safe and instantly available.

Moving to the Cloud with Dynamics 365 Business Central

If you are ready for a complete cloud ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC) is a safe, efficient, accessible, and intelligent choice. Dynamics 365 BC automatically scales to your business needs, automates your processes, and helps you remain competitive and profitable.


With Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, you'll have instant cloud access on any device at any time. You can manage your business from anywhere, accessing the same data you'd have in your office. This is especially valuable for companies with remote or field workers and technicians. If desired, you can limit data visibility based on geographical regions or departmental boundaries.

Upgrades and backups

With Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC, Microsoft manages everything from backups to upgrades. You'll always have the most recent software version without the expense of repeated purchases.


Microsoft continually invests in state-of-the-art security, so you don't have to. It's automatically included in your cloud subscription.

Improved customer service and sales strategies

Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC centralizes data from accounting, sales, purchases, inventory, and customer interactions. Dashboards display all data in a familiar format for an easily adaptable user experience.

Enhanced business management

Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC works with Power Bi for improved business intelligence. Your company can benefit from data modeling, discovery, and interactive visual reporting without the expense of security upgrades. You can save money and have data that is better organized and easier to find in the cloud.

Benefits of cloud technology

Why move to the Cloud? Let's look at the statistics:

  • 78% of small and medium-sized businesses have already moved to the cloud.
  • After moving to the cloud, 94% of businesses say their online security improved.
  • 80% of companies say their operations improved.
  • Costs have gone down for 82% of small and medium-sized businesses with cloud technology.
  • 59% of companies say their IT teams or departments have become more productive.

These companies say that things get better as soon as a few months after they start using cloud technology. It also didn't matter how big the company was since both small start-ups and big companies saw benefits.

How Express Info can help

No matter the size of your business, moving to the Cloud can provide increased benefits. Choose either Microsoft Dynamics GP + Azure or Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. We can help you decide which makes the most sense for your company. And we can provide online or on-site support for your users, hardware, and software.

Every member of Express Info's in-house consulting team is passionate about solving business problems for our customers. We have real-world accounting and technology experience and offer digital transformation strategies that help you focus on growing and managing your business.

Contact our experts at Express Info to request information and schedule a demo or a discovery meeting to discuss your accounting software needs.

By Express Information Systems, www.expressinfo.com


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