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Dynamics CRM: Bringing the Cloud to You

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In order for the mass transition to cloud computing to occur, it’s imperative that CIO’s get comfortable with the security surrounding this new form of IT. After learning about the security safeguards in place, CIO’s won’t be as apprehensive when starting the transition from the traditional client/server model to the cloud. All you need to do is take a quick glance at IT history, and it will be evident that this isn’t the first time CIOs have been nervous about a transition in IT.

The main concerns CIOs have about the cloud are security, privacy, maturity, and data sovereignty. But while these concerns can be addressed by knowledgeable salespersons and consultants, it’s the lack of legacy compatibility that gives companies the slight hesitation about not switching to the cloud.

Nowadays, companies aren’t investing enough in upgrading their future IT capabilities. Instead, most of their IT money is invested in maintaining their current systems. Luckily, one key advantage of cloud computing is that it costs less because of the multi-tenancy efficiency it allows for; this can be particularly helpful for Dynamics CRM users.

There are two types of clouds: public clouds and private clouds. In simple terms, the distinguishing feature is whether the IT resources are collectively shared by multiple organizations or instead dedicated to a single entity. When you compare both clouds to a traditional virtual datacenter, the benefits are clearly evident. Both public and private clouds benefit from automated management and homogenous hardware. Additionally, both public and private clouds are economically advantageous due to the fact that they come with much lower labor costs than the current model in use.

Additionally, when organizations make a cloud purchase, they’re basically purchasing an insurance policy since they won’t exceed the cloud’s capacity. Yet, throughout the tenure of a company’s hardware, peak usage occurs on an infrequent basis. Companies will only use about 5-15% of their server capacity at any given time. Often, this results in a massive overcapacity in processing power. The cloud can solve many of these issues due to having capacity buffers built in, pooling resources and factoring in industry-specific variability.

Regarding industry-specific variability, certain industries will be at peak capacity during specific times of the year. For instance, in the weeks leading up to April 15th, tax companies will be at full capacity. Therefore, if combined in the cloud, variability can be diversified away. Ultimately, this will level out usage patterns.

A useful benefit that’s often overshadowed is that if clients decide to transition to the cloud, they’re able to access their applications and data from anywhere at any given time. All you would need is access to an Internet connection instead of a connection to your company’s internal network. Depending on how mobile your employees are, this can significantly increase employee productivity.

Contact us at info@broadpoint.net to find out how BroadPoint Technologies, the mid-Atlantic's largest Dynamics CRM partner, can bring the cloud to your organization.

by BroadPoint Technologies, a Virginia/Maryland/DC  Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner

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