Moving Your Business to Microsoft Dynamics Cloud
Many businesses worldwide are increasingly looking to the cloud-like Microsoft Dynamics Cloud as a preferred method of deploying and consuming software. While cloud deployments are growing faster than more traditional methods, not all businesses feel they are ready to take their technology to the cloud.
All businesses have different needs and thus the Microsoft Dynamics Cloud ERP solution offers options that would best suit your unique situation – whether you’re ready to take advantage of the simplicity and flexibility of the cloud or your business requirements favor an on-premises solution. As you evaluate new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to better manage your financials, supply chain, and operations, know that Microsoft Dynamics ERP for small and midsize businesses provides the agility you need to keep your company going and growing—on your terms.
Here’s three factors to consider when evaluating moving your business application to the cloud or keeping it on-premises:
1. Embrace Changing IT and Business Priorities
As your business grows, the role of IT becomes even more strategic. Spend less time on software and system maintenance and more time on the projects that drive business priorities.
What to watch out for:
On-premises deployments don’t always offer the flexibility and scalability the cloud provides. Consider the cloud if you’re expecting significant growth or you have seasonal swings up or down in your business.
2. Support the New Way People Want or Need to Work
The way people work and connect is changing. Companies with an on-location staff have different needs than those with remote employees or a mobile workforce. Give your people access to the tools they need to do their best, whether it’s in the office, at home, or on the road.
What to watch out for:
Don’t assume that the cloud creates an element of risk. In fact, the right cloud services are not only secure, but reduce downtime and loss by holding your data off-site.
3. Weigh Short-Term and Long-Term Costs
Making the most of your hard-earned profits is critical to your business growth. You don’t have to move to the cloud to avoid up-front capital expenditures. It’s important to understand your break-even point and consider the long-term costs of a subscription model versus owning your software outright.
What to watch out for: Low early entrance costs that can shoot up after your initial contract ends. When evaluating a cloud provider, find out who owns the data. As contracts expire, vendors could hold your data hostage or significantly hike up your monthly fees.
To cloud or not to cloud, that is the question on the minds of many people evaluating a new business management solution. As a leader in cloud computing, Microsoft Dynamics ERP offers both cloud and on-premises options without sacrificing functionality.