You’re in the Data Center Business, and You Didn’t Even Know It

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If you’re currently running Microsoft Dynamics AX, you’re probably thinking that there’s no particularly compelling reason to move to Dynamics 365. “It works fine,” you reason. “Why should we switch?”

There actually are compelling reasons to move from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365. Specifically, Dynamics 365 is available in the cloud, which provides cost savings to your firm. Read on to learn more about how Dynamics 365 helps you move out of the data center business and towards innovation and growth.

Data Centers: Not Your Core Business

Unless you’re in the data center industry, data centers aren’t your core business. So, why are you still running one?

It’s because of on-premise programs such as Dynamics AX. That means you not only have to invest in costly servers but in maintenance as well. That’s an expenditure that drains your human resources as well as your budget. Don’t forget about updates – they can require expensive downtime. However, updates are vital, because without updates, you leave yourself vulnerable to security risks.

While it’s tempting to want to recoup your investment, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth the additional costs of maintenance (both in terms of finance and manpower). It’s time to move to the cloud.

Dynamics 365: Get into the Innovation Business

Many companies have some idea that on-premises deployments are more expensive, but they don’t realize by how much. They’re spending 70-80% of their IT budgets on building and maintaining data centers. What if you could free up that money by investing in Dynamics 365 – what would change?

Aside from the cost savings, your staff would be able to focus on delivering value to the business. They could spend their time on mission-critical tasks that propel the business forward rather than worrying about routine maintenance. Moreover, Dynamics 365 doesn’t require much maintenance, either. It reduces the burden on IT further.

Not only are upgrades no longer a source of dread, they don’t cause expensive and inefficient downtime. Microsoft handles the updates, so you don’t have to. Instead of taking care of upgrades, the IT staff could be working on initiatives that drive the business forward, such as embracing digital transformation.

Moving to the Cloud: Providing Cost Savings and a Competitive Edge

Making the move to the cloud offers two major advantages: you reduce your capital expenses because you’re not supporting a data center any longer, and you gain a competitive edge.

By now, most of your competitors have likely embraced the cloud. This allows them to deliver faster customer service and get their products to market sooner. Both of those things are good for the bottom line.

Nowadays, you can’t afford not to be using the cloud. It’s not just a matter of financial costs – it’s about staying relevant and delivering innovative products and services. Legacy technologies can only hinder you in that regard. The cloud is fast and boosts productivity, allowing you to stay agile and innovative in a competitive market.

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