Traditionally, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV offering was only available via licenses purchased through Microsoft partners (Service Provider Licensing Agreement, called SPLA for short). But now, Microsoft is making Dynamics available through a subscription service. The introduction of the subscription option means small and mid-sized businesses are given all the benefits of a Dynamics-powered ERP system with none of the inhibitive upfront costs. In addition, cloud migration of existing ERP systems is made much simpler. Let's take a look at a few of the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP in the cloud:
- More Configuration Options
In order to make strategic choices in the best interest of the company, your stakeholders and decision-makers need to be given the right information, right away. SPLA is notorious for utilizing a "one-size-fits-all" approach that, in actuality, translates to "one-size-fits-none".
By migrating to the cloud, each dashboard within your ERP system is easily configurable to the various roles and departments in your enterprise. Each module is user-friendly and easy to personalize. Your financial accounting department needs different information than your warehouse employees do. Cloud ERP software helps your entire enterprise build ad hoc reports from accurate, real-time data through an intuitive interface.
- Fewer Limitations
SPLA is riddled with complications for ISVs and businesses alike. Because of limitations with customer invoicing, ISVs have a difficult time selling to independent consumers. Processing and invoicing for individual licenses is cumbersome enough that most ISVs simply don't offer it.
Subscription licensing, on the other hand, makes customer invoicing easy for ISVs, opening Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP up to more small and mid-sized businesses.
Businesses using SPLA also note frustrating lags and inaccuracies within add-on modules, KPIs and other important performance-related metrics. By choosing to migrate your ERP system to the cloud, you're given access to more comprehensive, accurate business insights to help drive growth.
- Better Flexibility
Because the subscription service allows for simple migration into the cloud space, it turns your once rigid on-premise Microsoft Dynamics NAV system into a more flexible, business-friendly tool. The cloud enables you to use as much or as little space as you need, upping your usage as your business grows.
The cloud is incredibly user-friendly, too. All of your employees – key decision-makers, C-suite executives and lower-level staff – are given access to your ERP software. Through customizable accounts, you choose the information each employee sees, so you're protecting valuable data while also helping get the right data to the right people.
- Easier Deployment
On-premise software solutions are cumbersome to implement. Cloud ERP, on the other hand, is very fluid. Your business management software is meant to enhance your performance, so exorbitant system downtime during implementation is simply unacceptable. By hosting your ERP system in the cloud, your business is back up and running quickly – only more efficiently than before deployment.
Of course, Microsoft is not blazing this trail. SMB Suite has long been offering subscription services on comprehensive cloud ERP systems powered by Microsoft Dynamics, providing small and mid-sized companies with a single tool to cover all of their business-related needs.
Want to learn more about SMB Suite's full-service cloud ERP subscription solution? Our comprehensive software suite features financial accounting modules, inventory management tools and much more. Let us take care of your ERP system – you've got a business to run.