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Top-10 Reasons to Migrate Dynamics 365 On-Premises to the Cloud

Gone are the days of managing your own servers, dealing with complex upgrades, and struggling to keep up with the latest advancements in technology. By embracing the cloud and harnessing the power of Dynamics 365 Online, your organization can unlock a world of possibilities, allowing you to focus on what truly matters: delivering exceptional customer experiences and driving business growth. Here are my top 10 reasons to make the transformative journey to the cloud.

The top-10 reasons to migrate

  1. Simplified Infrastructure Management

By migrating to the cloud, you eliminate the need for in-house IT support. Microsoft takes care of managing, updating, and securing the hardware and software infrastructure, reducing costs and relieving the stress of handling it yourself. And when you need support or configuration, it’s much easier to log in and make changes. The cloud environment is consistent and predictable, eliminating the time we have to spend navigating the policies and pitfalls of legacy on-premises infrastructure.

  1. Enhanced Security Expertise

Many companies hesitate to move to the cloud due to security concerns. However, Microsoft’s security measures are best-in-class. They continually analyze and improve security tactics, actively monitoring for hacking attempts and performing daily backups. It’s doubtful a small or medium sized firm has the resources to replicate the knowledge and agility of Microsoft’s online security team.  

 3. Lower Total Cost

Maintaining an on-prem CRM system requires managing your own servers and hiring skilled staff to handle them. Additionally, server replacements are needed periodically as they become outdated. Online deployments involve a predictable monthly fee, and Microsoft takes care of infrastructure maintenance behind the scenes, resulting in reduced costs. 

 4. Reliable Disaster Recovery

Implementing a disaster recovery plan for an on-prem system can be costly and complex, bringing your operation to a standstill. Microsoft has off-site backups of your data and system environments. The backup service is part of the Dynamics 365 cloud offering. 

 5. Cloud-Centric Approach

Microsoft’s primary focus is on cloud technologies. Although some on-prem software and licenses are still available, online deployments receive priority. Dynamics 365 Online users gain early access to Microsoft’s releases, enjoying the latest features months before on-prem users. In some cases, enhancements are only available in the online version. 

6. Mobility

Free mobile apps are available for Android and iOS devices. Granting employees the ability to access real-time data from anywhere, on any device, significantly enhances productivity and flexibility. There’s no need for VPN. Users have the freedom to use Dynamics 365 in both online and offline modes so they can stay productive from anywhere.

7. Streamlined Upgrades

Upgrading an on-prem system can be time-consuming and costly, requiring in-house installation. In contrast, updates for Dynamics 365 Online systems are automatically applied and managed by Microsoft, resulting in fewer staff hours and minimal disruption to your business. 

8. Faster Implementation

Opting for Dynamics 365 Online accelerates the implementation process for your company. Instead of installing the software on your own hardware, the licenses appear in your Microsoft 365 admin center at purchase, saving time and resources. 

9. Seamless Integration with Microsoft Tools

Dynamics 365 Online offers effortless integration with a wide range of Microsoft applications your company uses, along with new ones. Imagine a unified environment where Office 365, Outlook, SharePoint, Exchange, OneNote, OneDrive, Power BI, Microsoft Teams, and other tools work together seamlessly. 

10. Expanded Features

Dynamics 365 CE Online offers more features and capabilities compared to its on-prem counterpart. Online-only features include advanced AI and integration with Power BI, Microsoft’s robust reporting tool, which empowers users with advanced data analytics and visualization capabilities. 

Are you ready?

So, if you’re ready to revolutionize your CRM capabilities and propel your organization into the future, request a free consultation and talk to an expert about migrating Dynamics 365 to the cloud.