Is the Cloud Right for You? Find Out with a Complimentary Cloud Assessment

You may be wondering if it’s time to move Microsoft Dynamics and other legacy systems to the cloud, and it’s a great question many business leaders are pondering at this very moment. Choosing the cloud over on-premises systems introduces many questions and the process can be overwhelming. Making a knee-jerk decision about your cloud options can lead to costly mistakes as noted in the infographic, 3 Painful Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Dynamics to the Cloud.

Make Decisions That Nurture Your Business, Not Hinder It

Business technology is advancing at a remarkable rate and the cloud offers so much promise for many businesses. Cloud solutions are in the headlines and on the minds of business leaders in nearly every industry. You have probably heard from vendors, suppliers or others within your own network that are considering moving legacy systems to the cloud. While there are plenty of success stories, there are also plenty of costly blunders.

Moving Dynamics to the cloud isn’t the right solution for every business. Just because the cloud worked for a vendor or colleague, doesn’t mean your company should take the same path. Choosing just any cloud package, rushing to make the move or making sweeping decisions could lead to costly mistakes. Make the decisions that will nurture your business, not hinder it.

Take A Closer Look at Your Cloud Options (and Business)

Moving Microsoft Dynamics to the cloud can be an overwhelming decision to make, even with a skilled IT department, and you shouldn’t make it alone. But before you look at cloud options, we want you to take a closer look at your business.

  1. Business requirements: First and foremost, outline your specific business operations, strategic plans and goals. Discuss the various departments, processes and data being generated across your organization. Document public and private data, workloads and the users of your business system.
  2. Approach: Determine whether you have private and proprietary data, customer data or other information requiring different levels of security. Do employees need mobile access or will you create secure portals to work closer with vendors, suppliers and customers? How you capture, assess and use your data will impact the cloud options you may choose to deploy or avoid.
  3. Value: Budget is always a consideration, and moving to the cloud often provides added value and reduces costs. You can alleviate many IT responsibilities and find increased overall productivity, among many benefits of moving to the cloud. Work with your cloud provider to talk through the pros and cons of moving to the cloud.
  4. IT function: Not all businesses have a skilled IT department or the time to tend to maintaining business technology. Even with experienced IT staff, you may choose to focus their attention on other business-critical technology and leave backup, security and other routine maintenance to your cloud partner.
  5. Support needs: With any change in business technology, you need to provide training and support to your employees. Training strengthens user adoption, which is necessary for a successful deployment whether on-premises or in the cloud. Ensure your cloud provider offers training and troubleshooting services.

Be Confident with Your Cloud Decision

Making the decision to move legacy systems into the cloud isn’t easy or straightforward. You must first look at your cloud options alongside business needs and goals. The process can be overwhelming, but you aren’t alone in the process.

The experts at SBS Group understand the unique licensing, support and ISV solutions within the Microsoft Dynamics 365 community. With our Stratos Cloud solutions, we know the cloud inside and out and how to provide seamless integrations and infrastructure management across multiple cloud and on-premises environments.

To get started, we invite you to take our complimentary Dynamics ERP Cloud Assessment survey and one of our cloud specialists will contact you to guide you through documenting your requirements to calculating the value and examining your support needs. Let’s work together to find the best cloud solution for your business.

3 Things You Must Know BEFORE Moving Microsoft Dynamics to the Cloud

Business management technology has made a giant leap into the cloud, including Microsoft Dynamics. Moving legacy systems to the cloud offers many advantages from time and cost savings to mobility to improved data security. However, it isn’t as straightforward as many vendors would have you believe. Before you move Dynamics to the cloud, download 3 Painful Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Dynamics to the Cloud and learn how you can avoid these 3 common, costly mistakes.

Modern business management systems are involved and require the insight and support of your skilled IT team and experienced providers. Even with Microsoft Dynamics already in place, moving to the cloud isn’t as simple as you may think. You must still carefully evaluate cloud services to ensure the cloud you choose will support your unique business needs and goals long-term. Rushing this decision can lead to any one of these mistakes:

  1. Taking the ‘standard’ cloud package: There is no cloud package that can support your exact business needs right out-of-the-box. There are many cloud providers and cloud options. From public and private clouds to hybrid cloud solutions, you need to weigh each option carefully and understand how your choices will impact your business.

Tip: Instead of taking a standard cloud package, ask an experienced cloud provider to show you the latest cloud technologies. Then, work together to choose the right cloud options for your specific business needs.

  1. Feeling pressure to decide fast: Sure, you want to boost productivity and find new ways to reduce waste while increasing profits. However, the cloud isn’t a full turnkey solution. Moving Microsoft Dynamics to the cloud must support strategic plans and business operations which is why this process takes time and deliberate planning. Don’t let promotions or unrealistic timeframes distract you from the goal at hand.

 Tip: Instead of being pressured to make quick decisions based on the latest-and-greatest technology, choose a provider that will take the time to understand your strategic goals and provide support as you begin your cloud journey. 

  1. Making across-the-board decisions: Your business generates a variety of data—some private, some proprietary and sensitive customer information. Each department, workload and dataset must to be evaluated separately. Consider compliance obligations, security measures and the ability for employees, vendors or customers that may need access to certain information.

Tip: Instead of making sweeping decisions, consider whether there are advantages to keeping certain data in a public cloud while using a private cloud for other workloads or sensitive data.

Plan A Successful Move to the Cloud

Moving Microsoft Dynamics to the cloud isn’t a simple decision or a one-size-fits-all solution. Evaluating your cloud options and how they will impact your business takes deliberate planning and careful consideration. Plan a successful move to the cloud by downloading the infographic and contact SBS Group for guidance and support as you move legacy systems to the cloud.

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