Should your business consider moving your Dynamics AX solution to the cloud?
Posted on: December 3, 2014 | By: Jarrod Kraemer | Microsoft Dynamics AX/365
In today’s day and age a compelling argument can be made for using the Cloud to host a company’s ERP solution. Obviously this is a rather large organizational decision and undertaking, but as technological advances have been occurring, larger companies have made conscious efforts to analyze the benefits of Cloud computing.
- Accessibility: Today’s workplace is no longer on an 8-5 schedule. People need to access work information on the go. With the technological improvements in smartphones and tablets, connecting to your company’s ERP system at any time has become easier. A customer’s email inquiring about an order that is read on an Tablet after dinner does not have to wait until the morning for a response. No longer do you have to be tethered to your office desk to answer the question. The only model that can satisfy this scenario is one based on cloud.
- Disaster Recovery: Hosting AX locally could result in catastrophic loss in the event of a disaster. Some companies will mitigate this risk by replicating the ERP at a different site. While this solution is plausible, it is costly to implement and maintain. A cloud solution eliminates that cost and resource allocation.
- Scalability: ERP solutions (including AX) are constantly evolving and changing with a business’s needs. A decision on infrastructure that was made years ago no longer has to haunt and cost a business. With the cloud a solution can grow at a rate that matches the company. The worry for an ERP under-specification should disappear in the cloud.
- Capital Expenditure: Implementing a cloud solution reduces the initial capital outlay that would be devoted to technology and resources.
As with many technological decisions that occur in a workplace, the choice to go to the Cloud comes with benefits and detriments. Although using the cloud is still in it its infancy, these are just a few of the reasons why companies have been making the transition.
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