Is Microsoft Dynamics cloud-based?
Microsoft Dynamics combines both Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software suite. It comprises various products (like AX, NAV, and GP) and modules like HRM. All these Microsoft ERP products and modules can manage, control and analyze all types of business. There was confusion among buyers, whether Microsoft Dynamics can work on the cloud or only run on-premise.
Is Microsoft Dynamics a Cloud-based suite?
Well, the answer is, it can be cloud-based software if you want it to be like that. Like other Microsoft products, Dynamics can be deployed in two ways. You can either run it on your internal network (on-premise) or deploy it in the cloud. On-premise allows users to control the implementation process but limits the flexibility and ability to adapt to changing business conditions.
In cloud-based, user can easily decouple the software from the local hardware. This permits you to fetch the data from any location and unlocks the new business ways. For instance, employees can easily fetch the data and business intelligence reports from mobile devices, making them possible to use it even outside the office premises to enhance customer experience.
You can also go with a Dynamics hybrid model. Run some modules on the cloud and rest on on-premise. This option is usually applied when a business already possesses Dynamics locally and wants to include some functions in the cloud.
You can call Microsoft Dynamics a comprehensive package that can give a new direction to your business. It renders the desired flexibility and granularity usually not found in most of the ERP.
Know options to run Dynamics in the cloud
You have two options to avail in Cloud-based Dynamics. Firstly, you can go with a private cloud. Working on it will make you feel ‘closer to your business, and you can enjoy all the benefits of a dedicated cloud.
Secondly, use Microsoft Dynamics Azure. This is a highly secured global cloud network, and you will never face configuration and performance issues with Azure. Along with availing all the Azure services, you can also avail benefits of partner services support. Azure has gradually made its place in companies for managing Dynamics in the cloud.
Advantages of Running Dynamics 365 in cloud
Cloud technology in Dynamics 365 opens the doors of an ample number of services and features.
No infrastructure required
Usage of the cloud for Dynamic 365 software implies you don’t have to worry about in-house servers and hardware. This saves a lot of time and, of course, money. All you need to have is internet connectivity to access data from the cloud. With cloud technology, you will never face hardware and data loss problems. The infrastructure which supports your software remains off-site with the greatest security.
Machine learning with Business Intelligence
Users who work on the Dynamic 365 SaaS model can avail the benefits of business intelligence tools. In recent years, Microsoft has made huge investments in machine learning, and cloud users have now started taking the benefits of that.
Through Dynamics 365, you can track the complete performance in real-time and visualize business data through dashboards and customized reports.
With cloud-based technology, Dynamic 365 can connect with various intelligence tools include BI, analytical platform, and Microsoft’s robust big data reporting.
Less downtime with disaster recovery promise
With a 99.9% uptime promise, Microsoft provides you a guarantee of excellent disaster recovery if necessary. Created to help companies to bounce back both from planned and unplanned outages, Microsoft keep a duplicate copy of the organization’s data on another server. This allows organizations to continue with their work with minimum disturbance.
The recovery procedure is often done through network load balancing. Dynamic 365 provides a facility of SQL mirroring, in which a replica of the company’s information is hosted on another server which can later be recovered in case of any mishap.
Data backup is the second most important work of a firm, but often this work skips down the plan. Cloud network provides safety to your servers and automatically backs up the data; thus, the information will never slip from the cracks!
Dynamics and Managed Cloud Services
This is one of the best and effective ways to use Dynamics through managed cloud-based services. Some companies can manage most of the aspects of their cloud, Dynamics, and Microsoft Azure setup. Dynamic services allow companies to focus on their core business task and leave all the information technology workload and other maintenance work on its shoulder.
You can also download this whitepaper on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and its role during Covid-19 in organizations.
Services that Dynamics can manage include backups, resource allocation, and updates. A complete package of Microsoft Dynamics, cloud, and Microsoft Azure can cater to you extremely powerful software suite along with a flexible platform to develop and expand your business. The best way to avail all the power of Dynamics is to run it on Azure. You can also use on-premise, but the future of Dynamics is in the cloud-only.
With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Management Consulting, Errin O’Connor has led hundreds of large-scale enterprise implementations from Business Intelligence, Power BI, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, IT Security, Azure and Hybrid Cloud eﬀorts for over 165 Fortune 500 companies.