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The total cost of ownership of an ERP in the Cloud: The main factors to consider before building an in-house hosting platform

Technology is evolving more quickly than ever. As a Microsoft Dynamics Partner, you’ve probably already started considering - if not implementing - various cloud deployment scenarios for your customers. According to Gartner, “By 2024, more than 45% of IT spending on system infrastructure, infrastructure software, application software and business process outsourcing will shift from traditional solutions to the cloud.” In order to evaluate the key factors to consider before deciding whether to choose an in-house platform or a hosting provider, 1ClickFactory invited some experts to share their perspectives on what it takes to build a hosting service and provide recommendations for best practices.

Is the upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS more expensive than on-premises?

When choosing between the upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS and On-Premises, cost is often a deciding factor.  At first, the initial costs of the upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS seem more expensive than On-Premises. But when considering all upgrade costs that flood in year-over-year, it becomes clear that the alternatives are not cheaper in the long run. In this blog post, I briefly overview the overall costs of upgrading to Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS vs. On-Premises based on the demo 1ClickFactory prices, with the aim to show the whole picture.

The options for moving Microsoft Dynamics NAV/Dynamics 365 Business Central solutions to the Cloud

Many Microsoft Dynamics Partners have already accepted the fact that the world is moving towards the Cloud. As the migration increases, Microsoft Dynamics Partners are looking for ways to adopt a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. However, migrating customers into a SaaS model might not always be straightforward and easy due to current SaaS model limitations or your readiness to support a customer solution directly on SaaS. Continue reading to learn more about it.

An Unpredictable Year and What it Means for 2021

I was reading back over my predictions for 2020 from last year’s Christmas/New Year blog. Boy was I wrong 😊 (see blog from last year here), but then again, I think most people could not have predicted all that has happened in 2020. 2020 has been the most difficult year to navigate in my professional career, but thankfully, it has not been all bad.

10 Reasons Why Dynamics Partners Choose 1ClickFactory's Self-Provisioning Platform to Host Dynamics NAV/Business Central in the Cloud

1ClickFactory’s self-provisioning is a hosting platform developed for Microsoft Dynamics Partners to deploy their Dynamics NAV and Dynamics Business Central customers on Microsoft Azure. Different Microsoft Dynamics Partners are choosing the platform for a number of reasons (customers solutions are too big or heavily customized and therefore not ready for Dynamics Business Central SaaS, localization is not available, etc.), but here are the primary reasons that 5 different Microsoft Dynamics Partners from  CEE countries used 1ClickFactory while deploying customers on Azure:

The shared responsibility of information security in 1ClickFactory’s self-provisioning for Dynamics NAV / Business Central service

In previous blog post, we introduced the information security management system (ISMS) for self-provisioning for Dynamics NAV/Dynamics 365 Business Central on Azure. We explored and explained 1ClickFactory’s path and approach to ensuring the security of the service and the safeguarding of customer data to our Dynamics Partners. Nevertheless, it is important to understand that the nature of cloud services means that the responsibility of information security is shared between all of the parties providing the service, as well as the end customer.

ISMS of Self-Provisioning Service is Now ISO 27001 Certified. What Does it Mean for Our Partners?

One of 1ClickFactory’s top priorities is to always ensure that the Self-Provisioning service is secure by design and that all the processes supporting the service adhere to strong information security controls. However, it wasn’t always easy to explain to different Dynamics Partners and clients how information security is ensured due to different understanding of available technologies and processes. 1ClickFactory decided to get an internationally recognizable information security management certification to help provide more assurance to Dynamics Partners and customers.

When Does it Make Sense to Wait and Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS LATER?

In our previous blog post, we explained when you should choose to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS NOW. But more often than not, it is a complicated process. You may experience various limitations which prevent you from upgrading. To resolve some of these limitations sometimes the answer is to wait and eventually these issues disappear with technological progress. Read the full blog post to learn examples of such limitations.

Selling Dynamics 365 Business Central in the CEE Market - Real Life Success Stories: Part 2

This is a continuation of ‘Real Life Success Stories - Selling Dynamics 365 Business Central in the CEE Market’. Read this to learn:

  • How should you adapt your Sales & Marketing operations for Cloud business?
  • What are the most common challenges you face?
  • What are the three top things customers ask you when you are offering Dynamics 365 Business Central?
  • Things to consider when choosing your hosting Partner.

 

Selling Dynamics 365 Business Central in the CEE Market - Real Life Success Stories: Part 1

How many times have you listened to someone share a great success story and wondered: “All this sounds great, but in my world this would never have worked.”? Well, you are not alone in that thought. I have heard so many different arguments, such as - “Dynamics 365 Business Central is too expensive for CEE markets”, “CEE market customers are not ready to move to the Cloud”, “There is no way we can do business with Dynamics 365 Business Central, until there is a Microsoft Business Central SaaS version available...”. So, that made me think, now is the time to introduce two Partners who are already doing business with Dynamics 365 Business Central and have already (for the most part) moved their customers to the Cloud, operating within the CEE market.