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Struggling to stay competitive in your industry? Your on-premises ERP could be one of the reasons for this lag. If you are still working with Microsoft Dynamics AX, it is time to seriously consider moving from on-prem to the cloud.

To build resilient business processes and enable substantial digital transformation, you would need a more agile and intelligent solution like Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP. A cloud ERP like Dynamics 365, ensures end-to-end process visibility and accuracy. As a result, it helps you become more efficient and accelerate your business growth.

Why Microsoft Dynamics 365?

Before we move on to the three-step approach to ERP migration to the Cloud, let us look at the many benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365.

  • The Cloud-first, mobile-friendly platform offers a flexible pricing model
  • You can integrate multiple smart apps, including CRM, Office 365, PowerBI, and artificial intelligence
  • It is economical as it has considerably fewer hardware requirements when compared to Dynamics AX
  • The solution also features new interfaces, browser-based logins, and more frequent updates

    Moving from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 can be easy if you have the right support throughout the migration.

The Columbus approach:

Evaluating your business

We start the process with an assessment of your current environment and the steps required to be ready for a Cloud-enabled environment. We look at your existing integrations and customizations, and the workloads you already have in the Cloud, if any.

Our next step would be to analyze the potential ways we can migrate these assets to the Dynamics 365 environment. Then we outline the entire scope and break the upgrade process into actionable steps.

You can assess your current ERP landscape, learn where the critical gaps are, and the next steps to bridge these gaps here.    

Implementing a process-oriented approach

Our process-oriented approach and best practices help minimize risks during the upgrade. We aim to ensure that Microsoft Dynamics 365 offers a robust and cost-effective solution for your business in the long run.

While D365 empowers you with the integrated functionality of ERP, CRM, Office 365, Business Intelligence, and more, what you need is well-designed, optimized, and customer-focused processes.

We recommend Business Process Management (BPM) solutions like Columbus RapidValue to further empower your employees. You can leverage RapidValue to create a centralized repository for all content and documentation related to ERP implementations and business processes.

As a next step, you can localize the content as per different geographical divisions within your company so that employees can rely on the guidance to become comfortable with D365 and understand their roles within a process context.

Doing this will help you maintain the momentum of your digital transformation journey by syncing all aspects of your organization in a highly transparent and efficient manner.

Offering more than upgrade and implementation

A successful upgrade is never a result; it is the starting point. A reliable support mechanism, backed by the expertise of knowledgeable professionals is what takes your business to the next level.

At Columbus, we extend service levels, pricing schemes, and value-added services to help you run and optimize your ERP system and connected solutions. Furthermore, our dedicated support team assists your employees with their queries related to your business processes and operations to enable seamless migration.

Why Columbus?

We have orchestrated business transformation efforts for more than 4200 clients across 45 countries with our industry and productivity solutions. With more than 40 offices, global delivery centers, and standardized methodologies, we offer scale and resourcefulness to support your organization at any stage of its business growth, anywhere in the world.

Our teams have the multi-geography business, industry, technical, and cultural experience to serve our clients better and solve their complex problems every day.

Want to know your options for migration to the Cloud? Click here to read the Guide on “Benefits of lift & shift strategy to upgrade to Dynamics 365.


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