With constant change and evolution around the Microsoft platform, product and people – it seems natural to question and potentially speculate where we are all headed with the Dynamics product set. One has heard for years - at events, in the blog world, and at user groups, ‘Microsoft is moving away from the Dynamics business.’ The reality is that Microsoft remains committed to the Dynamics product set, as they take their next and possibly most important step into cloud solutions.
Take Dynamics GP for example. The GP 2013 release offered a limited web client. With the announcement of Dynamics GP 2016, not only does GP 2016 adopt more web client features, ISV’s and add-on solution providers can now leverage the web client to develop capabilities specific to the needs of utilizing the web front end. Add to that the mobility factor – incorporated in GP’s sister ERP solution, Dynamics NAV 2016, and we truly are moving into a world of ‘cloud-friendly.’
Suffice to say – the commitment of Microsoft to Dynamics products is clear and it embraces the cloud!
So, what questions do you need to ask yourself relative to your journey into the cloud and your current Dynamics product set?
- What cloud provider can offer you the privacy and compliance that you require around your solution?
- Which cloud provider will ensure minimal downtime relative to their SLA?
- Are you an organization who would like to have a fully managed cloud provider maintain your servers, databases and updates of the application?
- Who is going to manage upgrades, system changes and ensure that there’s no ‘break’ when enhancements are made to the core solution?
The reality is that companies run their most mission-critical functions on a daily basis within their ERP system! So being clear around the questions above, will ensure your risks are minimized when journeying forward into the cloud. Do you require an individual to call upon for support within your cloud provider at the drop of a dime? Is there a clear plan around upgrades and when those are scheduled for you? What about plans around the privacy and compliancy for your financials?
The cloud is inevitable. And Microsoft has demonstrated its commitment to developing cloud friendly Dynamics products for years to come. Make sure you have not only a good understanding of the new features of the product but a clear, concise cloud plan and timeframe for that plan. This will ensure a successful, secure and smooth migration to the cloud, while taking advantage of the all the benefits of that move.
Want to learn more about deploying a Microsoft Dynamics solution in the cloud? Concerto has published a series of White Papers on each of the major Dynamics products: