What Are the Benefits of Dynamics 365 Vs. Dynamics GP, NAV, and AX?

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Microsoft developed Dynamics 365 (D365) to address client needs regardless of where their business is in its evolution. In the past, it had developed Dynamics NAV, GP, and AX to fit specific needs for various industries. These Dynamics solutions were fine for these businesses at one time, but as these businesses experience growth, acquisitions, changing regulations, etc., they have outgrown these solutions. D365 is the answer to these outdated solutions, but if everything is still working just fine, why make the move to D365 at all? Here are 13 potential benefits of a D365 upgrade from these other Dynamics solutions.

13 Potential Benefits of D365 Over Dynamics GP, NAV, and AX

  1. Enable international growth with a global solution that supports multi-language/multicurrency capabilities.
  2. Reduce costs by minimizing or eliminating ISVs.
  3. Improve scalability, flexibility and reduce capital investments with a 100% cloud solution.
  4. Improve user adoption through ease of use.
  5. Make more informed business decisions with richer reporting and business intelligence capabilities.
  6. Improve productivity with more out-of-the-box capabilities.
  7. Automate manual processes with improved workflow.
  8. Boost business agility with development/customization flexibility.
  9. Improve organizational visibility with the ability to host multi-company information within a single database.
  10. Invest in the future of business technology.
  11. Increasing number of dedicated Microsoft development resources committed to future roadmap development.
  12. Significant number of dedicated Microsoft resources to support technical support cases and escalations.
  13. Create a foundation for emerging technology initiatives like Internet of Things (IoT) and Robotic Process Automation.

What’s the business case for upgrading to D365?

If your current Dynamics solution is no longer providing the benefits you need and is inhibiting the ability to grow your business or is just showing too many signs of age, you should consider the lost opportunity costs by NOT changing solutions. These lost opportunity costs can include future acquisitions, business expansion, and bringing in more customers, just to name a few.

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a major consideration when considering moving to a new ERP. When moving from one Dynamics solution to another, you are almost certain to have lower TCO than you would by moving to a new product outside of the Microsoft family.

What are the TCO benefits for upgrading to D365?

By upgrading to D365 instead of moving to a non-Microsoft solution, the TCO benefits include the following.

Less Risk

D365 works seamlessly with Microsoft productivity tools, including Excel, Outlook, Word, Power BI, SharePoint, and Skype.

Microsoft Support and Backing

Microsoft is 100% committed to ERP and is a very stable business.

The Potential to Eliminate ISV Products

D365 decreases contract costs and corresponding maintenance fees.

Single Database

Since D365 operates within one database, there will be fewer manual consolidations and roll-ups of information.

No More Upgrades

With a continuous cadence of hotfixes and new functionality, your system will become “evergreen.” Like Office 365, you will always be on the current version.

We have more information on the benefits of a D3654 upgrade from Dynamics GP, NAV, and AX to D365 in our free ebook, 14 Point Blueprint to Dynamics 365 ImplementationsAre you ready to talk about moving to D365? Please get in touch with one of our experts at any time!

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