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Microsoft recently stated that
at least 15,000 customersare now running Dynamics 365 Business
Central. While that figure is difficult to analyze, reports from
partners of growing Business Central sales and optimistic forecasts
for the next year provide supporting evidence of the (primarily)
SaaS ERP's momentum.
With Business Central established as Microsoft's SMB ERP
solution for the future the biggest execution challenge for
partners could turn out to be staffing. Some consultants have
transitioned from Dynamics GP or NAV to Business Central. But if,
as partners report, most BC deals continue to be new adds rather
than migrations and upgrades from Dynamics NAV or GP, then the
marketplace will continue to face competing resource demands.
The increase in BC sales volume has
already started to constrain some consulting teams, pushing out
project start dates or, worse, potentially passing on
opportunities. To fix the problem, partners need more trained staff
to meet the demand. But the NAV and Business Central job market has
long been considered constrained by a slow-growing talent pool.
Traditional hiring methods may still serve the needs of those
filling roles for specialized talent, some partners are also moving
to accelerate the onboarding by bringing in people with no starting
grew its consulting team by hiring eighteen new staff members with
no previous NAV or Business Central (or accounting or ERP)
experience. Chosen from 750 applicants, the hires represented a
fifteen percent increase in staff size. In a letter to associates,
founder and CEO (and
MSDW contributor) James Crowter explained that
the organization was operating at full capacity and needed more
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