Women’s Bean Project and the Versatility, Security, and Power of the Power GP Cloud  

In episode 22 of “Inside Dynamics Communities,” Ryan Gonzales, Senior Sales Director, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, and Pam Misialek, Community Director, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, host Melissa Dobkins, Director of Customer Success, Njevity, to discuss the Women’s Bean Project and the Dynamics GP cloud.

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00:40 — Pam introduces Dobkins and asks her to provide an overview of the Women’s Bean Project. The organization has been a customer of Njevity’s for over a decade and has operated on Dynamics GP for the entirety of the relationship.

“What drew us to them was their story,” explains Dobkins. The Women’s Bean Project is a nonprofit that offers women the opportunity to learn valuable job skills, as a means of transforming their lives through employment opportunities.

02:45 — The Women’s Bean Project was one of the earliest customers to come to Njevity’s cloud, explains Dobkins. Initially, the nonprofit was using QuickBooks but soon realized the platform was not sufficient as the organization began to grow. Specifically, the Women’s Bean Project was looking to move from QuickBooks and move towards a partner that could help implement an ERP system in the cloud. With Njevity’s Power GP environments, customers and users can trust that their environment will be secure.

“Security should not be the reason you don’t go to the cloud — it almost should be the reason you do,” notes Dobkins. She also notes the cost benefits of moving to the cloud, as it requires less infrastructure than on-premise systems.

06:34 — Pam asks Dobkins if she has any tips for customers looking to move to the cloud. Having conversations with current partners or other users is a great place to start, says Dobkins. Having these conversations, and getting multiple opinions, is a great way to learn about the options available through the cloud.

Ryan notes how there is often hesitancy from companies to ask these questions, considering they specialize in the aspects of their business — manufacturing, developing products, serving communities — and not IT or software integrations.

09:27 — Another resource for asking pressing questions such as these is Community Summit North America 2023, explains Pam. There are options, and the “biggest point is get educated on what your business goals are for the year…what is your long-term strategy five years from now, and where do you want to be?”

11:27 — As it relates to the migration from Dynamics GP to Business Central, Dobkins explains that Njevity “here for those customers, we’re not going anywhere.” Dobkins advises that users identify the requirements and needs of their organization, look for the best system for their business, and implement that.

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