What Advantages Does the Cloud Version of Dynamics 365 Possess?

If you’re running an on-premises deployment of Microsoft Dynamics AX, you might be wondering what the point of moving to Dynamics 365 is. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” you figure. “Dynamics AX works just fine – we don’t need to move to the cloud.”

There are actually a number of excellent reasons to make the move from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365. One of those reasons is that there are some features that are only available in the cloud version of Dynamics 365. Read on to learn about what you’re missing out on by sticking with an on-premises implementation of Dynamics AX.

What Features Are Only Available in the Cloud Version of Dynamics 365?

If your firm has a human resources department (which most companies of a certain size do), the cloud version of Dynamics 365 makes more sense to implement than the on-premises Dynamics AX. Dynamics 365 offers a talent module which isn’t available in Dynamics AX. With Dynamics 365 for Talent, you can leverage LinkedIn and Office 365 to recruit and bring new candidates on board smoothly. You can use LinkedIn to quickly connect with recruits so you don’t waste time searching for the right person for the job. Office 365 makes the onboarding process faster and more intuitive with personalized guides and step-by-step checklists.

Another advantage of using Dynamics 365 is that you can utilize Azure IoT. IoT is no longer a nice-to-have feature – it’s becoming a must-have. With all of that data coming in from every conceivable platform, you need a solution that can handle all of that information and route it to line-of-business applications so you can make better business decisions. The combination of Azure IoT and Dynamics 365 lets you do just that.

The third advantage of Dynamics 365 is that it allows you to implement Azure Machine Learning (AML). Machine learning is the act of a computer learning without human intervention. AML will review your data and derive insights from it. What does that look like? AML can actually make suggestions about actions to take based on previous information. For example, you can determine whether a salesperson has won or lost an opportunity. AML can tell you the probability of the salesperson’s ability to make a sale, based on the buyer, the budget, the purchase timeframe, and other information.

Finally, users of Microsoft Dynamics 365 benefit from PowerApps. PowerApps allow users to quickly and easily build mobile apps to make processes more efficient and effective using mobile devices. Everyone at your firm can use PowerApps, from business analysts to developers. PowerApps doesn’t require coding. Moreover, the platform enables data integration and distribution, and you can build and share apps on any device.

Moving to the cloud isn’t a decision to be undertaken lightly. There are many factors to consider – you have to carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages. That being said, there are a number of advantages to implementing the cloud version of Dynamics 365. It has exclusive features that you can’t access through the on-premises version of Dynamics AX which can make your company more efficient and productive. That should be top of mind during the decision making process.

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