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Continuing with our Stick or Twist series, we raise the stakes with one of our ever popular comparison tables. In our biggest table yet, we compare Microsoft Dynamics GP with Dynamics 365. 

 

Dynamics 365

Dynamics GP

Maturity

Brand new product launched in the US in November 2016. Architecture is based on Dynamics NAV, however may be subject to usual teething issues at UK launch 

Maturity

Very well established product. Great Plains was released in 1999 and since then has established itself with an impressive track record.

Platform

D365 is available in the cloud and on premise

Platform

Can be implemented in the cloud, on premise and hybrid cloud too

Integration

D365 has integration of new features at the heart of the product. Features like ODate and REST technology that improves the links between web services and other third party data sources

Integration

GP is a fully capable of integrating with third party products such as Concur, Jet Reports, Kwiktag and Spindle. However, this isn't as 'native' as integration with D365

Licencing & Pricing

SaaS (Software as a Service model)

Licencing & Pricing

Perpetual Subscription

Third Party Add-Ons

Third Party add-ons are available through the AppSource. Whilst we believe this is a fantastic addition to the Dynamics family, we think it will take significant time for it to reach the maturity of other Dynamics software add-ons

Third Party Add-Ons

Established and well supported ISV community with a range of products and services available

Project Approach

On our first impressions and limited hands on time for D365, we think it'll be much more flexible for implementations. It has a huge range of customisable options. However this may lead to longer implementation times

Project Approach

GP has always been an out of the box solution that you can configure and deploy quickly

Availability

Immediately

Availability

Immediately

Future Proof

D365 is a product taking direct aim at competitors such as SalesForce. It had a strong launch in the US and we expect it to be the focus for Microsoft in the future

Future Proof

Dynamics GP has a roadmap outlined for years to come. However, with D365, it does pose questions about the long-term future of Dynamics GP

Financial Management

Yes

Financial Management

Yes

Fixed Assets

Yes

Fixed Assets

Yes

Supply Chain Management

Yes - not 100% NAV functionality yet

Supply Chain Management 

Basic inventory management and distribution

Project Management

Yes

Project Management

Yes - Project Accounting Module 

Self Service

Timesheet entry

Self Service

Project Time and Expense entry

Cortana

Yes - Business Artificial Intelligence 

Cortana

No

Partial VAT

No

Partial VAT

Third Party application critical for charitable organisations

Document Management & OCR

Yes - not 100% NAV functionality currently

Document Management & OCR

Achievable through third party applications

Office 365 Integration

D365 appears to include integration with Outlook, Word and Excel for non-finance users, so you can initiate workflow process from emails

Office 365 Integration

Office 365 comes with embedded reporting for Dynamics GP non-finance users but you can't currently intiate activity

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As you can see from our comparison table, both products have their merits. It's difficult at this stage to pick out a clear winner. But you don't need to put all your eggs into one basket and choose one right now. You can have the best of both worlds by picking Dynamics GP and upgrading Dynamics 365 later, once it becomes clear what value Dynamics 365 will offer your business.

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