If you’re not already considering moving from server-based versions of Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, and SL to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations…maybe you should be.

It comes down to 3 things:

Servers

Software

Security

“Throw your hands in the air and wave ’em like you just don’t care,” – Cameo

Servers

Raise your hand if you want to buy a new physical server every 3 to 5 years. Hello? Nobody? I didn’t think so. Most of the business owners and executives I talk to don’t love the idea of shelling out good money to upgrade network hardware every three to five years. “Wait, 3 years Dan? I used to get 10 years out of a server”.

Ah the good old days. I miss them too. Remember Seinfeld? Anyway, the problem is that physical servers and their components are inelastic. When you consider that, according to an IDC report, the size of the digital universe has, and will continue, to double roughly every two years from 2010 to 2020 there is no way for physical hardware to keep up with the pace of growth. Then consider how quickly new technology comes to market in an attempt to keep up with that pace.

Software

Raise your hand if you loved your last ERP system upgrade. The time, the expense, the business disruption, missed close deadlines, retraining, and where did your reports that you need to run by end of day go? What’s not to like, am I right? Or (stay with me on this one) you could move to a software application that does not require traditional upgrades.

Instead it changes incrementallyover time through periodic updates when new features or enhancements are released. Think Facebook, LinkedIn, Office 365. Sure, they’ll change the user interface on you minimally from time to time but think of the possibilities of a world without having to perform massive upgrades.

Security

Raise your hand if you can’t wait to spend thousands of dollars (10’s of thousands?)on cyber security. You do spend that much right? Because according to a report commissioned by IBM you should be spending roughly 10% – 14% of your IT budget on security. Instead most companies are looking for ways to minimize their overall IT spend and trying to limit what is, nowadays, really a necessary expenditure on cybersecurity.  So why not let Microsoft do some of the heavy lifting around things like Identity and Access Management, encrypted apps and connections, and data centers that provide advanced security, data, and threat protection in the cloud?

So is the cloud right for your business? The answer is that “it depends” of course. The cloud isn’t right for everyone. But with the direction the industry is taking, the maturity of available platforms, and the price of these applications being driven down by competition the time may be right to evaluate whether a move to the cloud is right for you. We can help. You just need to raise your hand. Use the form below to start the conversation!

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