If you’re currently using Microsoft Dynamics AX, you’re probably receiving some pressure to upgrade to Dynamics 365. Why should you, you wonder? What advantage do you gain from moving to a new platform? The disruption hardly seems worth it.
However, Dynamics 365 has some definite advantages. One such advantage is scalability. Read on to learn how Dynamics 365 helps you scale your resources in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Dynamics AX: How Scalable Is It?
Let’s take a moment to think about how scalable Dynamics AX is. Dynamics AX is an on-premises solution. If you need more licenses, you need to purchase them. And if you need more compute power, you need to purchase more servers.
That’s an expensive process that requires quite a bit of planning – you need to research servers and weigh the pros and cons of each. Also, you tend to purchase more server space than you actually need, hoping you’ll grow into it. That isn’t a cost-effective proposition.
Dynamics 365, on the other hand, is highly scalable. That’s because it’s available in a cloud deployment. You don’t have to purchase servers. You buy the number of licenses you need, and your employees access the software through a browser.
What happens if you need more licenses? You simply contact your Microsoft sales rep and purchase what you need. There’s no spending months researching which options are better, and there’s no more buying more compute power than you need because you can’t accurately calculate your needs.
So, what happens in the unfortunate event that your business shrinks and you need fewer licenses? You can make arrangements to use fewer licenses. That’s not the case with on-premises deployments – once you buy a server, you’re stuck with it.
Why Is Scalability Crucial?
You might be reading this and thinking, “That’s great, but why should I care?” Scalability is crucial to the modern enterprise. If you can’t efficiently or cost-effectively scale, you’ll miss out on critical opportunities.
Let’s say you want to expand into a new market. You have a brief window of time in which to enter that market before you lose that opportunity. What if you need to expand your infrastructure in order to seize that opportunity? There’s no way you can be agile enough if you’re using an on-premises deployment of mission-critical software.
If you were using cloud software, on the other hand, seizing new opportunities would be simpler. It’s much faster to gain access to compute power so that you can enter that new market quickly and begin increasing your bottom line.
When it comes to software, many people are of the mindset that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That can actually be harming your company. It limits growth because there’s only so much you can do with legacy software. Cloud-based software, such as Dynamics 365, allows you to seize more opportunities thanks to its scalability. You don’t want to miss anything because you can’t be agile.