Can Cloud Bring out the Best of Microsoft Dynamics?

By | February 16, 2012

Before we begin to consider the benefits of carrying our ERP through cloud computing, we will outline exactly what Microsoft Dynamics and cloud computing are:

1. What is it?

Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management and Enterprise Resource Management systems seek to help companies improve their efficiencies and profitability whilst also reducing costs. By streamlining internal and external systems these solutions aim to reduce the workload required to make a profit and improve customer experience at the same time. In the vast majority of cases ERP is introduced with the guidance of a dynamics specialist to ensure that companies are able to obtain the greatest possible benefits from this streamlining. These systems can be fully integrated into the company computers or it can alternatively be utilised as a cloud service.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing operates through an external server hosted by another company. These servers are offered by companies such as Microsoft as sources through which your company can access any selected piece of software. This system offers a cheaper set up cost and can offer chances for scaled integration because the system does not need to be entirely integrated into your business.

2. How do you use it?

Infrastructure

The infrastructure of cloud dynamics allows you to readily scale the ERP solution up or down to meet the needs of your business. This means that you can implement the system and develop your business to utilise the system to its full potential without a huge culture change taking place. More significantly, there is a lower requirement for hardware infrastructure and skills to set the system up.

Platform

The Microsoft dynamics software is offered as a complete Operating System and platform from which to run your business. This move to cloud computing can significantly reduce the costs of your business IT.

Cloud vs Local

There are four key ERP advantages which can be achieved through the implementation of Microsoft dynamics solutions, as well as many further benefits. With the help of a specialised dynamics consultant it is possible to achieve these results with either on premises or cloud ERP solutions. But which option is more advantageous?

1. Improve operational efficiency through company standardisation.

The advantage of operational standardisation lies firmly with the cloud option for ERP implementation. The simple reason for this is that a far greater emphasis is placed upon standardisation when cloud computing is introduced. The fact that everything is stored on an external server rather than internal, individual, hard drives necessitates a greater level of standardised organisation which will help to improve efficiency.

2. Allows a greater level of focus to be placed on company strategy.

All non-strategic activity in terms of administration is moved to an external location. For this reason it becomes easier to focus on the strategy because there is less need to worry about the smaller every-day operational issues.

3. Potential for the rapid deployment of technology.

It is very easy to deploy the new software rapidly without a long overhauling and updating process. Whilst it will take a very long time to install new software on every office computer, cloud applications can be initiated overnight.

4. Simplify the company’s digital footprint.

The problem of a large digital footprint is simply removed through the introduction of cloud dynamics. There will no longer be a plethora of unidentified and miscellaneous digital files as the cloud system will require a higher standard of document identification.

So there you have it. Cloud computing really does have many more advantages to offer businesses, when compared to on premises ERP solutions.

About the Guest Post Author: Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics.