Is it time to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations?
When should you switch from the on-premises version of Dynamics ERP, formerly called Dynamics AX, to the cloud-version of Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations? Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is the evolution of Dynamics AX, adding features like:
Mainstream Microsoft support for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 is guaranteed at least through 2021. So, there’s no rush, but there are reasons you may want to upgrade Dynamics before the deadline approaches.
1. When a Hardware Refresh Is NeededIf your servers, computers, and infrastructures are ripe for replacement, moving to the cloud makes more sense than having a big capital outlay on new machines and software.
2. To Lower Total Cost of Ownership
While the software migration isn’t free, many infrastructure and data security features are included in Dynamics 365 that cost extra in an on-premise or hosted environment, like disaster recovery, testing environments and proactive monitoring. You can also flex the size of your user base quickly and easily, which is helpful for organizations with seasonal businesses. We can help you compare the total cost of ownership of Dynamics 365 vs. your current solution.
3. To Add Industry Functionality
Out of the box, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations comes with improved functionality for:
If these areas are important to your business, you may want to move to Dynamics 365 sooner than later.
4. To Replace Custom Code
Industry functionality added to Dynamics 365 means that you may be able to eliminate some of your custom code and ISV solutions.
5. To Increase Data Security and Availability
While cloud breaches make big news, experts universally agree that your data is safer in an enterprise cloud-based environment than it is on your own servers. Microsoft has invested heavily in data center speed, availability, security, privacy, compliance, and transparency. Your employees truly can work from anywhere on any device.
6. To Improve User Experience
Employees truly can work from anywhere on any device. With Dynamics 365, it’s easy to create mobile applications. Tons of time-saving productivity enhancements have been added.
7. To Improve Customer Experience
The heart of digital transformation is improving the customer experience. Integrating manufacturing, distribution and retail helps customers get their product faster, configured exactly the way they want it.
Make Your Next ERP Implementation Your Last
We know change is never easy. But implementing Dynamics 365 could be your last ERP implementation ever. Microsoft Life Cycle Services keep your application continually up-to-date, so you can instantly take advantage of the latest features. Services like MCA Advantage will allow you to continually optimize your environment, so you’ll stay ahead of the curve.
Author: Craig O’Connor, Director of Business Solutions
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