Upgrading a legacy ERP system requires careful consideration about business outcomes, functionality, system complexity, and cost. Explore why Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) is a better option for your business.
There are many ERP solutions in the market that promise to get the job done. However, choosing Microsoft means you have a dependable solution with robust support and seamless integration with other systems that your team may already be using, such as Office 365 and LinkedIn. The familiarity with the Microsoft system means that you spend less time and effort in training and driving adoption.
A “true cloud” solution
When it comes to moving to the cloud, you should also consider what vendors mean when they say a “cloud-based solution”. A “true cloud” solution, like Dynamics 365, is an ERP system that is built on the cloud from scratch and is not just adapting software that was originally meant for an on-premise environment to join the move-to-the-cloud bandwagon.
Most trusted and dependable software
Microsoft invests about $1 billion every year in cloud security, a commitment that is not easy to match. What does this investment mean for your business? Microsoft is focused on creating new structures and processes to address security and privacy considerations.
Over the years, software development groups at Microsoft developed a security model that makes it easy for developers to understand and follow security protocols at every stage of software development and incorporate them in their security codes. The outcome of this process is the creation of new products and services that are secure and dependable.
Having the best security model in the development of software is crucial as the industry adds new technologies and products that include the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI).
Some startups and smaller vendors offer what they call specialized ERP solutions that cater to the specific needs of your industry. While it may be tempting to consider such offers, it is important to think about whether such companies have sufficient resources to provide the support you need and whether such vendors and solutions are sustainable in the long run.
Microsoft cloud solutions offer more than 90 compliance certifications. Some countries and regions, like the US, Germany, UK, European Union, China, and India, have specific certifications requirements. With Microsoft you can be assured of more than 50 certifications that are country-specific. You also get over 35 compliance offerings that are specific to industries like finance, media, and others.
Choosing Dynamics 365 also means that you can be assured of being updated about regulatory changes in different countries, all of which can be accessed centrally from the main office. Microsoft engages with governments, regulatory bodies, and non-governmental organizations across the globe continually to keep track of all changes to the regulatory and compliance environment.
What integrations mean for you
Seamless integrations with other Microsoft offerings like Office 365, Power Platform, Cortana etc. means that your team will be operating in a familiar, interconnected environment that creates friction-less workflows. So, when you use Excel and other tools, the data can be integrated into the Dynamics 365 ERP without needing to switch between software or taking any additional steps or using any third-party integration.
Predictable and flexible pricing
Microsoft offers a cloud solution that comes with a predictable license cost that also offers flexibility to scale up and scale down based on your business needs. You will be able to ramp up capacity during the peak periods without incurring additional IT infrastructure costs and you can also save money by scaling down during lean periods and deploy those funds in other areas of your business.
Stay on the latest version of software
With Microsoft Dynamics 365 you have access to the latest versions of the software as and when they are released and these updates happen on the cloud, which ensures that your daily operations are not affected.
The challenge with a legacy on-premise ERP solution was the upgrade process, which was both time consuming and required some effort. Postponing the upgrade meant that businesses weren’t taking advantage of the latest features and functionality. To overcome this situation, Microsoft came up with the One Version updates model, wherein you get regular updates to the solution on the cloud and there is no longer a need for an “upgrade.”
With One Version updates, you have access to all the latest features and you have the flexibility to choose the time the update happens to ensure your daily operations are not impacted.