The Microsoft Dynamics ERP suite is a great tool for small and mid-sized businesses. It helps connect all of your software applications into a unified system, streamlining your process, enhancing your productivity and increasing your profitability. But until you've migrated your software to the cloud, you're not maximizing the potential of your Dynamics ERP system. Cloud migration offers marked benefits to your business, including:
The on-premise model of Microsoft Dynamics ERP makes your small business software a capital expenditure. You need to build an IT infrastructure and make expensive purchases upfront for equipment, hardware and software licenses. You pay for more data and storage than you're going to use, because you're forced to buy pre-set packages. Tack on the annual enhancement fees and upgrade costs, and your small business software becomes your most overbearing expense.
Cloud migration turns your small business software into an operating expense. You don't need to build an IT infrastructure or any equipment. You don't even pay for the software license – you simply pay your ERP vendor for access to the system. The cloud provider performs all of the software upgrades, bug fixes and maintenance, so you always have the best versions of your software without suffering the downtime or cost of installing them.
Your employees want to access business data anywhere, anytime, from any device. On-premise small business software doesn't effectively meet this demand, because access is limited to those who are physically present in your office.
By placing Microsoft Dynamics ERP into the cloud, you suddenly transform your once-rigid system into a flexible solution. Your employees have remote access through their laptops, smartphones and tablets. You extend your available employee resources outside of the normal 9 to 5 business hours and beyond the four walls of your office.
Microsoft Dynamics ERP boasts exceptional functionality, but when hosted in an on-premise environment, it's also incredibly vulnerable. Power surges, electrical outages and disasters (both man-made and natural) all have the potential to destroy your IT infrastructure. If your small business software shuts down, all of your critical business information goes with it.
Since cloud ERP is hosted remotely, you never need to worry about floods, high winds, break-ins or power outages. All of your critical data is stored securely in an encrypted database that thwarts hackers.
When compared with siloed business management solutions, the integrative capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics ERP are far superior. ERP software eliminates the need for disjointed silos of data by uniting all of your software applications into one cohesive system. But what if you need functionality outside the realm of Dynamics? On-premise models don't have the ability to seamlessly integrate external tools, so you experience the same lag time and error risk as you do with silos.
The cloud is a superior platform for Microsoft Dynamics ERP because it provides a flexible, versatile framework that accommodates new tools, modules and functions as you need them. It puts all of your software applications into the same system, so you never deal with errors or discrepancies between them.
From the perspective of software providers, on-premise solutions are delivered in a "set it and forget it" model. Once the system is set up, you're responsible for maintaining the software, performing maintenance, installing updates and fixing any issues. To do so, you need a fully staffed IT department. If your IT specialists aren't equipped to handle problems, you're essentially stranded.
In the cloud, you work closely with your ERP vendor throughout the entire lifetime of the software. If you need help with configuration, troubleshooting, bug fixes or system upgrades, your cloud provider is always available to assist you.
Dynamics ERP is, without question, one of the most powerful tools available to small and mid-sized businesses today. But until you migrate to the cloud, you never experience the full gamut of its benefits. Whether you're already a loyal Microsoft Dynamics ERP user or you're searching for a whole new system of small business software, consider cloud migration as your first step.
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