Migrating Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-premises to the Cloud

Migrating Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-premises to the Cloud
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The world is moving towards the cloud. Many businesses are adopting cloud-based systems as they are more cost-effective, secure, and provide significant functionalities as compared to on-premises solutions. 

One of the major benefits of cloud-based SaaS solutions is the ongoing upgrade undertaken by the vendor with no service interruption to the customer. Systems and application software are upgraded, and bugs are fixed in the background. New features are added and you can see them next time you log on. 

Imagine a situation where the vendor updates or changes the data model along with the functionality, and changes the ERP user interface without letting you know. What if they update the software every two weeks, where you are performing data operations supporting mission-critical business processes? Most organizations prefer to be in control of ERP systems and do not allow any changes without their explicit consent. The vendor must convince and prepare the users for any changes and their benefits.  

Challenges and Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud System

As the migration to the cloud increases, Microsoft Dynamics partners are planning to adopt a new SaaS model. However, migrating into a SaaS model is not simple and straightforward due to the current SaaS model limitations. Here are some of the main challenges that businesses may need to understand and address before migrating to the cloud. 

Add-on availability on AppSource: Although the cloud-based SaaS model is rapidly expanding, it still may not offer the required functionality.  

Technical Constraints: There is a chance that technicalities like file system limitations or web service integrations might have to be applied differently or reimplemented in SaaS. 

Database Size: Database size is the most discussed SaaS limitation as only 80GB per tenant is currently allowed. Purchasing additional data can be a very costly solution. 

Localization: This is the real challenge for the countries that do not have a Dynamics 365 Business Central version available. 

Here are some reasons why businesses are moving towards cloud-based ERP solutions. 

  • The simplicity of pricing (per user or a monthly subscription)
  • Certified security
  • Disaster recovery
  • Loss prevention
  • Flexibility to downsize or increase users and resources
  • No additional infrastructure costs
  • No need for costly cloud competencies in house

Implementing an ERP solution like Business Central can be a complex task and requires a high level of expertise. We, at Tech Implement, take pride in our experienced team and modern methodologies. We can help you in managing and migrating ERP, and cloud migration in order to take you towards digital transformation.

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