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Modernize Construction by Upgrading from Wennsoft to Construction365

Written by Mike Taranto / calender-icon April 9, 2024

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Did you know that the sun is setting on Microsoft Great Plains (GP) soon?

With the announcement of the end of life for Microsoft Dynamics GP, organizations need to think ahead and plan for the future. The need of the hour is a robust new system and support provider that enhances efficiency and ensures no losses during the transition.

Great Plains to Business Central: Enter the Future of ERP

A commonly used GP-based system is Wennsoft Job Cost (formerly referred to as Key2Act). If you are still using Wennsoft, you are long overdue for an upgrade. What your construction business needs is a power-packed platform that leverages the capabilities of Microsoft Business Central (BC) and is custom-built for your industry.

Furthermore, a more modern solution is a business imperative for the following reasons:

  • Microsoft is ending the support for Dynamics GP in 2028.
  • Need for a job costing solution that has superior integration capabilities.
  • Keeping up with technology updates, including Azure, cloud, and anytime-anywhere access.

For all this and more, you need a reliable technology and support partner that is well-versed with GP, Wennsoft, as well as Business Central so that you have a smooth, hassle-free transition into the future of ERP.

Construction365 for Boosting Efficiency, Accuracy, and Growth

Construction365 is a fully scalable ERP solution powered by Microsoft Dynamics Business Central. It is an all-in-one solution that transforms your construction processes by giving you complete control with real-time project tracking, interconnected operations, and centralized data. Construction365 gives you the benefit of a host of services from the Microsoft Dynamics suite that are tailored specifically for the construction industry. This includes financial management, resource planning, field services, sales & marketing, analytics & reporting, cloud-based technology, and more. With Construction365, you can:

  • Automate complex workflows.
  • Improve decision-making.
  • Leverage AI-driven insights.
  • Integrate through Microsoft AppSource.
  • Get real-time field updates.

Migrating from Wennsoft to Construciton365: 5 Key Things to Consider

Let’s take a closer look at the different aspects of project management in the construction industry to understand how upgrading from Wennsoft to Construction365 can make your processes more streamlined and future ready.

  1. Resource Management
    You need to have a crystal-clear view of your resources and how they are being used to ensure optimal resource utilization. While Wennsoft facilitates allocation and tracking via just nine cost elements, Construction365 allows as many as you need to meet your needs. This process further streamlines operations and maximizes productivity. It leverages data-backed intelligence to offer insights into resource availability and capacity, thereby avoiding overallocation and optimizing project schedules.
  2. New-age Technology
    Wennsoft’s biggest limitation is its reliance on the older Dynamics GP platform. It works on premise or on virtual server with Windows and SQL but lacks browser-based support. Construction365, with the power of Microsoft Dynamics Business Central at its core, can easily integrate with new technology modules and has built-in abilities to connect with Microsoft Office and Power Platform suites. Plus, it works well with different types of browsers and mobile devices, making it a lot more convenient to work with as compared to Wennsoft.
  3. Job Costing
    Wennsoft keeps tabs on project costs such as labor, materials, equipment, and overhead expenses. But Construction365 takes it up a notch by enabling you to meticulously track project expenses and revenues, giving you a complete picture of your financials. Furthermore, it boasts of a feature-rich budget management system, letting you set project budgets upfront and keep a close eye on spending as your project progresses.
  4. Integration Capabilities
    When it comes to integration capabilities, Construction365 stands out as the superior choice. Wennsoft works well with Microsoft Dynamics GP, but its integration options with other platforms are limited. In contrast, Construction365 can create a seamless integration experience for you with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. This means that data synchronization between project management and accounting modules is smooth and efficient, providing a cohesive workflow.
  5. Reporting and Analytics
    Construction365 houses a wealth of reporting and analytics tools that can empower you with deep insights about your projects, including progress, costs, and resource usage. What’s more, Construction365 comes with built-in integrations to Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Office. With all of these features, not only can you analyze performance comprehensively, but you can also seamlessly integrate data across your preferred platforms, enhancing overall efficiency and decision-making processes.

To Sum Up

Wennsoft provides project accounting and financial management services, but it falls short when it comes to offering comprehensive support across all areas. Plus, it relies on the outdated Great Plains system, which holds back its capabilities. This is where Construction365 shines. Built on the stronger Microsoft Dynamics Business Central platform, Construction365 by DynamicsSmartz can enhance project accounting and operational workflows from start to finish, making the whole process more intelligent, streamlined, and efficient.

Leverage seamless step-by-step migration services to ensure your data transfers smoothly without any losses along the way. Schedule a demo today to discover how Construction365 can drive greater value for your business and help you step into the future of construction today!