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Is upgrading to Dynamics 365 a priority element of your digital strategy, but you're unsure if now is the right time to do it? Moving to any new technology can be an intimidating decision for an organization because it includes additional costs, infrastructure, working hours and other resources. These common roadblocks do not necessarily apply to the transition to cloud ERP.

The advantages a cloud ERP provides after the implementation can supersede the efforts you put in for the deployment. Here are a few key benefits a cloud-hosted ERP solution offers:

  • Security and disaster recovery: The security a cloud technology company like Microsoft provides is almost impossible for an independent organization to replicate through an on-premises ERP solution.
  • Promotes mobility: With modern organizations encouraging their employees to work from anywhere, mobility becomes an essential aspect of any technology.
  • Reduces costs: Though upgrading to the cloud involves an initial investment, in the long-term, you pay nearly three times lesser than your on-premises ERP solution.
  • Enhances scalability: While scaling up your on-premises ERP solution, you need to invest in an infrastructure that can support your peak requirements which may not apply to all business scenarios. A cloud ERP solution will give you an option to scale up and the opportunity to scale down if required.

Why upgrade to Dynamics 365?

Typically, the core functionalities that you benefit from through an ERP solution include financial transactions, purchase order management, sales order management, operations management and services management. In most cases, these functionalities are used as isolated solutions to cater to different needs of your business.

Spend fewer resources

With Microsoft’s Azure platform, which offers vaster services with diverse elements, you can boost the connectivity and productivity of your business operations. The Azure platform helps these multiple solutions to connect and share relevant data.

In the absence of cloud—to establish a similar network of solutions—you will need to invest considerable money, time, specialist effort in each domain, hardware and infrastructure. In sharp contrast, Microsoft Azure Intelligent Services allow you to work with multiple integrated solutions through minimal time, money and development effort investment.

Enable smart analysis

The D365 applications here are powered by AI and machine learning to provide proactive services that are otherwise difficult in an on-premise ERP solution. Even while using isolated solutions for different functionalities, your business gathers vital data—information that can be analyzed to draw valuable conclusions.

Since the Azure platform connects various functionalities, it can run a comprehensive analysis with all the available data to generate predictive statistics. For instance, with all the data available on the purchase order processing, the cloud-based Dynamics 365 can notify you about any possible processing errors or discrepancies. Such notifications help you curb a problem before it adversely impacts your process efficiency.

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At Columbus, we leverage our expertise and experience of working with a diverse clientele to help you optimize your cloud ERP solution's utilization. Our seasoned experts go beyond creating transaction-level operations.address an array of business functionalities that come under the Microsoft Dynamics 365 umbrella—from Finance and Operations, Talent, Retail and Marketing, to Field Service, Customer Service and Sales. Our cloud and infrastructure management, data and analytics, digital advisory teams make your Dynamics 365 upgrade process seamless and efficient.

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