Migrations from On-Premise ERP to Cloud based solutions have been on the rise most recently as more and more organisations realise the benefits of doing so. Moving from On-Premise to Cloud however, is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly. There are a number of things to be considered before making the move. 

Many have shown great hesitancy when it comes to using a cloud based system such as microsoft business central, mostly due to the lack of control in terms of upgrades and updates. Imagine the horror of your data model, functionality and even your user interface changing overnight without a single warning. While some struggle with this, many are seeing the benefits of such a system and are leaping over to reap the rewards. So just what are the benefits associated with migrating over to a cloud based system such as SaaS? 

Why People Are Choosing Cloud Based Solutions

  • Price – Cloud based solutions are proving to be a very cost effective option. Computer capacity is just like electricity in that we all want it, but we don’t all produce it for ourselves. As with anything in life, it always works out cheaper to create something in bulk and make it available to everyone and that’s essentially what a cloud based solution offers you; the capacity of huge servers without the need to purchase and subsequently power them yourselves. Read any statistics, any research and you’ll see they all point to one thing – the cost of renting server/data storage in the cloud is a much cheaper alternative to on-premise. Cost will always be an advantage, especially when you consider the benefits to cash flow by opting for a monthly subscription as opposed to an upfront cost of a pre-paid perpetual license for on-premise.
  • Security – theft, data security and data loss is a concern for everyone, so the question you need to ask yourself is whether your data will be safer in your own server, or a server run and managed by experts? While the cloud doesn’t escape the need for security, it is included in the cost. That means you never need to worry about ensuring security software is up to date and doing its job as it’s being done for you. The security offered via a Microsoft cloud based solution will also often be certified by independent third party auditors to prove its strength and effectiveness. Cloud providers now take their security very seriously, doing what they need to do to prevent and/or handle major incidents.
  • Simplicity – in short, a cloud based solution managed by someone like Microsoft is much easier. With your own servers, you were responsible for the entire system, from its administration to its availability and security. With a cloud based system such as SaaS, everything is managed for you, including the updates and upgrades. While there’s no guarantee of zero downtime on a cloud based solution, there is a guarantee that the cloud providers will have procedures in place to deal with the issue instantly.

Considerations When Migrating From On-Premise ERP To Cloud

There are numerous considerations to make before migrating from an on-premise solution to a cloud based solution and understanding which deployment of business central is suited for you. These include assessing the total cost over the entirety of your ownership, developing migration plans, handling data migration and developing a managed approach to it all. This is all while deciding on one of three different options of cloud based solutions that will best suit you; public cloud, private cloud or a hybrid combination of cloud and on-premise. 

While migrating to a cloud based solution isn’t easy, when done correctly it’s certainly worth it, especially for those looking for a more managed system in the form of a public cloud option. 

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