The Viewfinder

Replacing your legacy ERP system with Dynamics 365 Business Central is easier and more affordable than you may think

Morgan Bazin

Author: Stephan Breant
Practice Director, Dynamics 365 Data & Dynamics
Long View


An outdated legacy ERP system could be holding your business back. Information silos, disconnected systems, and manual processes keep you from delivering the experience your customers expect and ultimately can put your business at risk. Major changes in market conditions, industry, and regulations can add further complexity to an already outdated system, forcing your teams to spend too much time running the system instead of focusing on business growth. An outdated legacy system can quickly become problematic. The tools that once supported you may now be standing in your way.

Deciding to overhaul your ERP system may seem like a daunting task. But when you think of it, what is the real cost of trying to maintain an ERP system that is no longer keeping up with demand? Whether the result is lost sales, customer dissatisfaction, or compliance risks, failing to update your technology can be a costly decision.

If you recognize any of these warning signs, the time has come to make a change


  • Expensive to maintain
  • Limited functionality
  • Lengthy reaction time to address business changes
  • Difficult to manage programs
  • Lack of support from original vendor
  • Costly version upgrades
  • User dissatisfaction
  • Wasted time dealing with multiple systems that can’t talk to each other
  • Lack of reporting capability and business intelligence
  • Loss of productivity
  • Duplicate or inaccurate data
  • No single source of truth
  • Lack of clear process
  • Clunky system performance
  • Incomplete or incorrect information creates customer dissatisfaction and lost sales



The Benefits of ERP Applications in the Cloud

There’s never been a better time to implement a new ERP system. The cloud has opened new avenues for companies of all sizes to affordably expand capabilities, create greater efficiency and mobility, and be prepared for ever-changing business conditions. Businesses of all sizes around the world are making the move to the cloud to modernize their technology platform, gain overall system efficiency, and enable their teams to stay connected to the data they need to meet customer demands from virtually anywhere.

Dynamics 365 Business Central can save you money

Companies that have moved away from the traditional on-premise, server-based ERP to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central platform have saved immediately because they no longer must fund or manage their own data infrastructure. Instead, they pay a Microsoft Cloud ERP provider like Long View Systems a monthly or yearly payment to manage it for them. The goodness of this setup is further realized when the company spreads the monthly or yearly payments out and treats it as a recurring, fully tax-deductible expense (OPEX instead of CAPEX).

Dynamics 365 Business Central makes you more flexible

Dynamics 365 Business Central can be accessed with any Internet-enabled device. That means you can make good business decisions no matter where you are from a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. You can also share data more easily across locations and departments, and because everyone in the company is interacting with centralized data through a common interface, the likelihood of interpreting the data differently between functions is lessened and opportunity for collaboration is increased. Finally, data that is in Dynamics 365 Business Central is easier to use with BI tools such as Microsoft Power BI, designed to work with data in the cloud, providing you the flexibility to choose which reports and dashboards will work best for your company.

It's easier to scale your growth with Dynamics 365 Business Central

Scaling is a complicated science. If you grow and scale your business too slowly, you’ll fail to keep up with your customers and competition. But if you scale too quickly, you might over-spend and waste resources. Dynamics 365 Business Central solves this dilemma because it offers a scalable platform, ideal for Small Medium Businesses, and fast-growing businesses alike. As new employees enter the company, you don’t have to purchase and install new hardware or additional software seats. Rather, you can scale your Dynamics 365 ERP package to accommodate additional number of users, without the hassle of maintaining or replacing on-premises hardware and software.

Dynamics 365 Business Central is fast and secure

Dynamics 365 Business Central is fast because data centers are hosted and maintained by the best of the best in world-class hosting environments: Microsoft Azure. Their sole purpose is to make your data accessible as easily, as fast, and as secure as they can possibly make it. These data centers ensure geographic diversity and back-up, and store your data in multiple places to make sure nothing gets lost.

With Long View Systems, you can onboard your organization and users to Dynamics 365 with the right partner

Long View Systems is a Microsoft Partner, Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), and Microsoft technology consulting firm. We are dedicated 100% to the Microsoft platform, leveraging a combination of cloud, on-premises, and hybrid configurations to increase productivity, connect your workforce, and increase organizational agility and performance.

Long View Systems provides high quality professional services that will help your business migrate to, implement, support, or customize Microsoft software; especially Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP and CRM, as well as Power Platform, Microsoft 365, and Azure.

We have Deep Expertise with Microsoft ERP Implementations

Long View Systems has decades of experience taking companies off green-screen solutions, homegrown solutions, and a host of other unsupported, on-premise ERP solutions that could jeopardize the future of your company. Our business application experts and solution specialists often have decades of industry experience to help you break free from the status quo and embrace modern, flexible, and intuitive Microsoft ERP solutions that help you optimize your operations, empower your employees, engage your customers, and transform your offering.

Our team can help you with all aspects of your migration, from solution design and configuration, data migration to training and post-deployment support. We help you understand the solution and how to best apply it to your business so that it fits with your processes and global operations. You’ve been using your legacy solution for a long time, and we don’t take that for granted. The change management aspect of an ERP project is just as important to us as the design and deployment, and we partner with you throughout the life-cycle of your solution.

What you can expect from us

Dynamics 365 ProcessLeaving legacy ERP behind does not have to mean unwelcome disruption for your people and processes. Our team of experts will help you tackle all the major obstacles holding you back from migrating off your legacy solution for a smooth, low-risk approach to business transformation. We offer:

  • Highly trained and certified team
  • Commitment to know your business and understand your unique challenges
  • Specialized industry and business process expertise
  • Support beyond go-live to ensure you get the most out of your system

As a Microsoft Partner, Long View Systems has empowered people and businesses to realize their full potential with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. By using best practices and methodologies cemented over years of experience, Long View Systems will ensure that your team is fully trained and ready to realize the full benefits of your Dynamics 365 Business Central implementation.



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