Benefits and Drawbacks of Dynamics 365 On-Premises Deployment

Posted on: November 19, 2019 | By: Jarrod Kraemer | Microsoft Dynamics AX/365, Uncategorized

Welcome back to the second blog in this mini-series. This month we are looking at, you guessed it, the benefits and drawbacks of hosting Dynamics 365 on-premises. Even with all advantages that come with Dynamics 365 in the cloud, some businesses may still prefer to implement on-premises.

It could be that they don’t feel that they’re ready to make a move to the cloud, or that they’ve recently invested in new hardware. Perhaps, due to the nature of their business or local data regulation, they’re not able to host their data off-site. Or maybe they just don’t have access to a stable enough internet connection to be able to utilize cloud services.

One of the main benefits is that some businesses have already invested a significant amount into their own infrastructure and hardware and want to be able to utilize these investments rather than rendering them obsolete by using SaaS platforms. Another main benefit is that with data stored on-site, you have full ownership of how and where you store data.

Also by hosting on-premises your company will not be dependent on a reliable internet connection to be able to use their software. There are many places in the world where organizations do not have access to stable internet services and deploying offline reassures users that they’ll still be able to access their solution should they experience connectivity issues.

Some of the main drawbacks of employing Dynamics 365 on-premises is that there is no access to cloud-based services and features. These features include machine learning and AI which helps you spot patterns and predict trends by analyzing data at a speed and depth that would be impossible for human users. Another feature that you would not get access to is learning paths. This tool allows cloud users to build guided learning paths, to help users navigate the Dynamics 365 system. These routes can be customized depending on the role of the user and can massively boost user adoption and productivity. Learning paths, unfortunately, are not available to offline users.

If you are interested in understanding more about the ins and outs of these benefits and drawbacks, please feel free to reach out to us at info@loganconsulting.com or (312) 345-8817.

Logan Consulting is a professional services firm committed to helping businesses improve business processes to get the most from their ERP investments.

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