Monday, September 28, 2020
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This blog post includes:
- How do Existing AX Customers Benefit from Moving to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management in the Cloud?
- Value of Having ERP in the Cloud
- Cloud ERP and Dynamics 365: A Hosted, Managed Service
- Better Together: The Power of the Power Platform with Dynamics 365
How do Existing AX Customers Benefit from Moving to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management in the Cloud?
Customers that are using Dynamics AX are steadily moving their solutions to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management. The main reason for this is to experience the benefits and enhancements of the latest features available in the Cloud.
If your customers are still considering whether to move to Dynamics 365 or not, we‘re here to provide an overview of the significant benefits to help your customers make a clear decision and dispel any doubts they may have about migrating to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management.
Given that we live in a rapidly changing world, it’s important for organizations to evolve and adapt to achieve long-term success. The modern business landscape has changed the requirements for ERP systems. Organizations are more mobile and disparate than ever and as a result, need to provide secure access to the ERP system from anywhere. This is just one of the reasons why upgrading to the new version of Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management is beneficial!
When it comes to moving to the Cloud, there’s quite a lot to consider but once you realize the benefits that can be achieved with moving to the Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management, you won’t look back! Below are some of the main benefits that Cloud brings to your customer’s ERP implementation:
Cloud ERP is Mobile:
Nowadays, many organizations are doing business 24/7, so it’s important to have the ability to view and manage critical business data from everywhere. Cloud ERP is mobile with an intuitive user interface that provides access to the ERP system on any web-enabled device, from anywhere.
Cloud ERP Provides a Managed Service:
Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management is continuously evolving to deliver new and improved features that can help address the latest industry trends and regulatory requirements. Having the latest features available will also help your business to remain up to date and move forward in a world that is constantly changing.
Intuitive UI & Modern Reporting:
The Dynamics 365 product family has a very familiar and intuitive user interface and Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management is no exception! Plus, Dynamics 365 has an enhanced industry-leading Power BI capability that runs in tandem with the solution.
Being a managed service, Cloud ERP and Dynamics 365 brings a set of benefits to you and your customers. First, you can improve security and privacy across the organization. This means that you don’t have to worry about security separately anymore as you are buying the managed service which already incorporates robust security. Plus, Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management is tightly integrated with other applications.
Second, you don’t need to worry about the infrastructure because once you have the ERP system in Dynamics 365, the infrastructure is managed and hosted by Microsoft. Therefore, dynamic and continuous scalability is ensured for your business!
We all know that mergers and acquisitions are a common occurrence. Having an ERP in the cloud enables you to quickly and easily scale your processes across new entities. An ERP Cloud deployment also allows for convenient adaptations to the seasonality that some businesses experience and enables the introduction of organizational change quickly when required.
Seeing as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management is hosted on Microsoft servers, there is an added benefit of reduced costs for maintaining customer servers and hardware. Leveraging the capabilities of Microsoft Azure, the built-in disaster recovery and 24/7 technical support ensures robust cybersecurity and full protection of workloads and data.
The Cloud version eliminates the cost of server room maintenance:
- Hardware maintenance
- Electricity cost
- Air conditioning
- Licenses for hardware
When comparing Cloud infrastructure with On-Premises, it becomes clear that in order to keep up with the latest updates and ensure business data is safely protected, there is no better option other than an upgrade to Dynamics 365 to experience the endless possibilities provided by the Cloud.
There are many common fears among customers when they consider moving their current solution to a Cloud-based ERP:
- “There will be no easy way to customize the system for our needs”
- “Integrating with other applications in the cloud will be rocket science”
- “We’ll have to purchase additional reporting solutions for the Cloud-based ERP”
With Power Platform capabilities, Microsoft addresses all of these common fears. With the Power Platform, you can easily enable your business to:
- Measure and visualize business metrics in a modern and efficient way
- Empower users to turn brilliant ideas into apps
- Automate processes effortlessly
All the Power Platform capabilities come with no extra charge and are already included with Dynamics 365. Check out some of the exciting benefits of the Power Platform tools:
Power Apps enable your customers to start building and launching apps right away without compromise while also enabling the creation of apps with advanced components. It also enables extensibility for developer tools to seamlessly extend app capabilities and build those apps directly with your business data.
Power Automate empowers businesses by automating processes like never before. It allows organizations to utilize a wide range of connectors to integrate Dynamics 365 with third-party applications. Also, Power Automate has a ‘no-code’ approach, so it integrates with other applications such as SharePoint, Outlook, and other third-party apps without requiring any engineering effort.
With the capabilities of Power BI, you can easily connect to data sources and gain business intelligence quickly. It’s a powerful industry-leading tool that utilizes robust data in its processing capabilities that provides real-time insights into your business data.
If you would like to get started with a migration journey to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management in the Cloud, we recommend that you start with a BestPath Assessment. We’ll help you to make an informed decision on the optimal project strategy for your customer to move to the new Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management!
Also, if you would like to expand your knowledge of the Power Platform, learn more about its capabilities, how it can be used in business and how it is integrated with Microsoft Dynamics 365, register now for the workshop!