The idea of transitioning ERP or CRM systems to the Cloud can often be met with resistance. Keeping operations uninterrupted is crucial to most enterprises. They may be hesitant without the guarantee of a seamless migration. Microsoft brings about changes with its Azure tools and services tackling some of those key migration concerns.
What is Azure?
Let us start off with the basics, "What is Microsoft Azure?"
"Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It’s the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favorite tools and frameworks (Microsoft)." The following are reasons why a Cloud ERP/CRM will help any organization:
Enhance your Security with Azure
Azure Security is an integrated tool of the Microsoft Azure platform. It gives extensive protection throughout the migration process. It safeguards your data against malicious security attacks with rapid threat response. Its functions cover both on-premise and cloud systems. So, your CRM data and operations remain secure across the offerings.
Azure Site and Recovery also ensures your business continuity during migration. It gives the option to replicate your business in case something happens. Your CRM functions as a portal for the flow of vital information sustaining the business. Any glitches and inaccessibility will skew your business projections. So, this feature reinforces your confidence on your journey to the trusted cloud.
The updated security section covers the multiple services that make up our defense-in-depth approach to security, including new services like our Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) offering, Azure Sentinel.
Azure has top-of-the-line security to ensure Privacy
Since 2015, we’ve seen an explosion of interest in online privacy, and that led to impactful new regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Get a detailed description of the stringent privacy practices and standards used by Azure, and the tools we offer customers to protect privacy.
The second new section outlines Azure’s unique protection intellectual property (IP), including software code. Azure intellectual property (IP) Advantage program provides the industry’s most comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks.
Azure's Scalability can handle any storage size
The scalability of your data storage is a major reason why the cloud would be beneficial. Expanding to cloud computing eliminates labor-intensive server setups. Azure's system expedites the availability of cloud space to minutes from requests. It makes it easy to keep migrating safely without interruptions and limitations.
Azure now offers an industry-leading 92 compliance offerings. We’ve seen tremendous growth in this area since the 21 offerings listed in the original 2015 paper. We’ve also added new services like Azure Blueprints, which provides you with templates to create, deploy, and update fully governed cloud environments to help meet compliance requirements.
Adapt to anything with Azure's Flexibility
Gradual hybrid migrations can benefit enterprises during times of dynamics changes. Rapid growth, acquisitions, and operational restructuring may call for spaced out migration steps. Also, its hybrid services and infrastructures allow you to maintain cross-platform operations. Its flexible infrastructure made it a practical choice for startups.
Azure's Cost is not as much as you think
The expense associated with migrating can be discouraging for willing enterprises. If the saving element is not obvious, it may become an overwhelming task to extract the details. Azure's TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) calculator includes tools to help uncover cost differences. You also have access to free assessment, and cost management tools during migration. Having them at your disposal helps you monitor and weight the benefits of cloud versus on-premise infrastructure.
Also, through the economy of scales, your marginal cost decreases as your cloud storage increases. So, Azure's server-less computing makes your scalability more cost-effective as well
Migrating your data centers and applications can improve your organization workflow. The transition of over 90% of fortune 500 companies to Azure can validate its standing. If you'd like to explore more offerings from Azure, you can read our blog. Having a Microsoft certified partner who can work with you on a clear-cut migration plan can help you follow course strategically.
Visit our website's resources to learn more about our solutions in order to further your understanding of financial and business management systems. Team up with a certified Microsoft Gold Partner to make your migration to the cloud seamless. If you have any questions regarding Dynamics 365 or other ERP/CRM systems, you can contact us here.