How to Migrate from Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 Business Central

migrate Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365

Are you considering migrating from Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365? If so, you’re not alone. Many businesses are making the switch to take advantage of the latest features and functionality that Dynamics 365 offers. In this blog post, we’ll provide an overview of what you need to do in order to migrate from Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 successfully.

Benefits of migrating your business to Dynamics 365 Business Central

The most recent version of Dynamics GP has been designed to operate in the Azure cloud. Still, updates are not automatic, and not all of its features will be available without third-party solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a cloud-based business management system for businesses of all sizes. And, because it is cloud-based, there is no need for expensive hardware or software upgrades. Plus, the monthly subscription fee makes it affordable for businesses of all sizes. So, why are businesses migrating to Dynamics 365 Business Central? Here are three reasons:

1) It’s easy to use – The intuitive user interface makes it easy for employees to navigate and find the information they need.

2) It’s affordable – The monthly subscription fee makes it more affordable than other business management systems on the market.

3) It’s customizable – Whether you need basic functionality or complex integrations with other systems, Dynamics 365 Business Central can be customized to meet your needs. So, if you’re considering migrating to a new business system, Dynamics 365 Business Central should be at the top of your list.

Case study: Migration from Microsoft Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 Business Central

Case study: Calbee North America – Migrating to Dynamics 365 Business Central from Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GP vs. Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics GP and Dynamics 365 Business Central are both powerful ERP solutions with overlapping features. So, what is the difference between Dynamics 365 and Dynamics GP?

The main difference is the design of each product. Dynamics GP is a legacy product designed for on-premise deployment, while D365 Business Central is a newer solution built for the cloud.

Feature or ProductDynamics GPDynamics 365 Business Central
HostingLegacy On-Premise or IaaS via Azure or AWS (not Included)Microsoft Cloud w/Hybrid On-Premise Deployment
Licensing Cost3 Users – $5K USD then $65/user/month – Perpetual Cost$70 USD user/month
Upgrade & Update CostsFree service pack updates for GP 2019 October release and later. Earlier GP versions — manual upgrades $10-50K per update.Free, Automatic and Customization Proof
Power BI & Reporting✓ – Significant Effort – Management Reporter and Jet Reports✓ – Minimal Effort – Leverage account scheduling and analysis views as well as jet reports.
Payroll✓ – YES✓ – YES through AppSource
BudgetingExcel based Import Budgets.Create multiple budgets for financials, revisions, analysis, and dimensional reporting.
Salesforce/Dynamics 365 Sales CRM Integration✓ – YES – Significant Effort✓ – YES – Significant Effort
GL Account StructureMultiple Segments for StructureDimensional Chart of Accounts
Purchase OrdersPO creation, separate inventory receipt, Requisitions, and 3-way PO invoice matching.PO creation, separate inventory receipt, and 3-way PO invoice matching. Does not have requisitions.

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Transition to Microsoft Dynamics 365

The transition from Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 Business Central is easy since most features match seamlessly. There will be some features you will have to learn, but it’s still a Microsoft-style interface. Both Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and Microsoft Business Central are significant upgrades.

Using Cloudshift Migration Tool to Get Started

Migrating to the cloud is an easy decision with many benefits – but Dynamics GP users face challenges in getting there. The switch from Microsoft Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 Business Central can seem like a daunting and stressful task. That’s why Calsoft developed Cloudshift. With our migration tool, organizations can easily migrate to D365 Business Central, strengthen their security, enhance reporting capabilities and improve mobility.


Dynamics GP is a popular on-premises ERP system, but it can be difficult and expensive to maintain. So now, businesses are moving to the cloud to become more agile and efficient.

Migrating from Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 Business Central can seem daunting, but it can be a smooth and seamless process with careful planning and execution. By using Calsoft’s migration package Cloudshift, you’ll be well on your way to reaping the benefits that Dynamics 365 Business Central offers.

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