Today, almost everything is in the cloud. And if your organization isn't yet, you may be missing out on enhanced security, cost savings and new features. Specifically, I'm talking about Dynamics 365 Online vs On-Premise. As you may know, Microsoft has long had an on-premise version of Dynamics 365 which definitely has had its benefits, from giving clients the freedom to choose their hosting platform to giving them more development flexibility, within the constraints of the application. And back when Microsoft introduced an online version for Dynamics 365 (previously called CRM), on-premise seemed to have the most benefits. However, a lot has changed since then and now, being on-premise vs online can be costly for an organization, not to mention you will miss out on a lot of cool stuff.
Top Benefits of Migrating to Dynamics 365 Online
Enhanced security and reliability
Your sensitive data is protected and stored in Microsoft owned state-of-the-art data centers
Did you know? Microsoft also provides compliance for the United States public sector, for government entities that qualify
Microsoft provides a 99.9 percent uptime service-level agreement (SLA)
Scalability and flexibility
Easily add new users with integration to Azure Active Directory
Easily add more storage with a few clicks
Free up your IT resources
Microsoft will manage the software and maintenance tasks for you, including deploying patches to fix bugs
No need for your IT team to maintain server updates, application updates, operating system updates, IIS updates, and the list goes on
Microsoft will automatically push upgraded versions, which include new features (many of which are NOT available on-premise)
Microsoft manages server backups, but an admin can easily create a backup of your data and customizations with just a few clicks
Easier to connect both your CRM and ERP data together
Alternatively, your Microsoft partner can build a unique app using the Microsoft Power Platform and tailor it just for your business needs
Empower your organization with tools such as AI Builder which allows you to transform data to something more meaningful, including predictive analytics
A wider arrange of support options
With your online subscription, you have unlimited support to Microsoft resources
A growing community of other resources as more organizations turn to Dynamics 365 online
This isn't at all an exhaustive list, but are some of the top benefits that we think of when using Dynamics 365 Online vs On-Premise. Already on a Dynamics 365 On-premise environment? We have a long history of helping our various sized clients transition from on-premise to online. While there is a variable cost upfront to do this (for large organizations, we recommend a phased approach), the long term benefits will pay off in the end. Additionally, as Microsoft invests more in Dynamics 365 Online vs On-Premise, we predict that someday they may sunset On-Premise.
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