We have been saying it for some time now: Migrating to the cloud via a solution like Microsoft Dynamics 365’s enterprise resource platform (ERP) is a wise, strategic move that can help ensure the long-term health of just about any company. In an effort to continue stressing to DMS clients how the cloud is transforming business relationships, we recently spoke to a number of organizations across a diverse spectrum of industries – and sizes – that have reported enjoying significant efficiencies by moving to the cloud.
With this in mind, we’d like to share with you some of the elements that were culled from these discussions, so that you may better understand why many companies are finding success through the cloud.
After all, isn’t your company worthy of the same success?
The Greater Return-On-Investment Factor
From what we have gathered, we can tell you that one of the biggest advantages associated with employing Dynamics 365 is a direct, positive impact on ROI. In comparison with on-premises ERPs – which incur a higher operating cost due to their IT support demands, enhanced security infrastructure and inconveniences due to manual updating – cloud-based ERP platforms free up your business’ financial resources so they can be directed elsewhere (like research on products or focusing on new customer experiences).
Here are some examples of what we mean:
Some companies are plagued by siloed data management systems that make correlation (and collaboration, for that matter) nearly impossible, and, perhaps even worse, antiquated maintenance architecture keeps their staff bogged down with menial tasks instead of letting them focus on activities of more value. In speaking with leadership representatives of these companies, we knew it was clear that they needed to streamline and move their data management to the cloud.
There are times that businesses need to find a platform that efficiently manages inventory and order data between warehouse and, say, distribution center teams. Dynamics 365 does exactly this, providing real-time data that can be sent and viewed via mobile devices while enabling employees to make decisions – and serve customers – faster.
The “Managing Change” Element
We understand that from both a technical and organizational perspective, moving your entire business’ operations to the cloud seems daunting. But rest assured, the Dynamics 365 platform, coupled with Microsoft’s formidable partnership commitment, yields an efficient migration process.
How do we mean?
Well, imagine you own a giant shipping operation and your data centers are unable to “speak” with one another, ultimately restricting employees from getting an accurate sense of crucial client information. That’s precisely the situation one company we spoke with found itself in – and adding to the challenge were on-premises data centers that were reaching capacity, causing lags and gaps in the data flow. This company ended up partnering with Microsoft to seamlessly move its data to the cloud on the Microsoft Azure platform, enabling a free flow of secure data to employees around the globe.
Another aircraft parts manufacturer we got to know wanted to reduce IT costs and streamline data flow amidst its five global facilities, and its representatives ultimately chose Dynamics 365 for Operations as its cloud ERP system. This ensured facilities remained up-to-date and connected while leaving untouched the customizations it had already applied to its AX deployment.
The “Data as an Asset” Realization
Additionally, by moving to the cloud with Dynamics 365 ERP, your company’s data can be optimized via AI and machine learning, resulting in greater value than an on-premises storage solution.
DMS: Moving at the Speed of Cloud
Irrespective of the industry your company may be in, or its size, solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics 365’s ERP platform can help provide seamless migration to the cloud, streamlined IT, more efficient data management and overall better security. You can prepare your company for the future by contacting a DMS representative today.