Many of our legacy clients are steadfast Microsoft GP users, showing a preference to maintain their current systems over an immediate shift to cloud computing. A revealing poll conducted by Dynamics Communities underscores this trend, indicating that a significant 67.41% of Microsoft GP users are choosing to remain with GP for the foreseeable future. This substantial majority suggests that businesses leveraging GP have the luxury of time on their side. This time can be strategically used to cultivate a robust housekeeping regimen. Such diligence will not only optimize current operations within GP but also streamline the transition should businesses decide to pivot to a cloud-based solution in the future. 


Data Cleansing and Organization 


For businesses that have relied on GP over the years, it’s reasonable to assume the accumulation of inefficiencies, such as duplicate data entries, incomplete sales orders (SOs), or unposted batches, cluttering your system. This situation is far from ideal and certainly not a permanent fixture of your operations. 


Implementing a rigorous housekeeping strategy, focused on regularly reviewing and cleansing your data, is essential. This process eradicates redundancies and outdated information, thereby enhancing the functionality of your local storage and the overall GP environment. Such proactive measures not only streamline your current operations but also lay a solid foundation for a more efficient and cost-effective migration to the cloud. In a cloud environment, where costs are often correlated with the volume of stored data and its transfer, having meticulously organized and streamlined data can lead to substantial cost savings and bolstered system performance.  

Enhanced Performance and Efficiency 


Maintaining a strong housekeeping regimen ensures that your GP system operates at peak efficiency. By regularly auditing and cleansing your data, you reduce the processing load on your servers, which can lead to faster response times and lower hardware stress. This not only improves user experience in the present but also sets a baseline of performance efficiency that you’ll want to match or exceed in the cloud. Understanding your performance benchmarks before migrating can help you select the right cloud resources to maintain or improve your system’s efficiency. 


Risk Mitigation and Compliance 


For businesses in industries regulated by strict data handling and privacy laws, proper data management is not just good practice—it’s a requirement. Regular housekeeping helps ensure that your data handling practices comply with regulations such as GDPR or HIPAA. This proactive approach to compliance management makes the transition to the cloud smoother, as you’ll have a clear understanding of your data lifecycle and be better positioned to select cloud services that meet your regulatory requirements. 


Strategic Planning and Scalability 


A well-maintained GP system provides valuable insights into your current and future resource needs. By understanding your data growth patterns and system usage, you can make informed decisions about scaling your resources in the cloud. This foresight allows for strategic planning around cloud resource allocation, ensuring that you can scale your operations up or down efficiently as your business needs change, without incurring unnecessary costs. 


Simplified Migration Process 


When the time comes for migration, a clean and well-documented GP environment significantly simplifies the process. With reduced data clutter and a comprehensive understanding of your system’s architecture and dependencies, you can more easily map your existing setup to cloud services. This preparation reduces the likelihood of migration issues and can shorten the timeline for the move, allowing you to reap the benefits of the cloud sooner. 


Enhanced Security Posture 


Regular housekeeping includes reviewing and strengthening your security measures—actions that are critical when considering a move to the cloud. By establishing strong security practices, including regular audits, patch management, and access controls, you not only protect your current GP environment but also lay the groundwork for a secure cloud deployment. A solid understanding of your security posture enables you to select cloud services that align with your security needs and ensures that you can replicate or improve upon your current security measures in the cloud. 




For Microsoft GP users, developing and maintaining a strong housekeeping regimen is not just about optimizing current operations—it’s a strategic step towards future-proofing your business. Whether or not you plan to migrate to the cloud imminently, the benefits of such a regimen—ranging from enhanced performance and efficiency to risk mitigation and strategic scalability—cannot be overstated. By investing in these practices now, you ensure that your business remains agile, secure, and prepared for whatever technological advancements lie ahead. 


If you are looking for actionable steps for creating a strong housekeeping regimen you may be interested in our “Quick Bite” webinar series. This month we will be discussing best practices for maintaining a clean Chart of Accounts. Save your spot here.