Feeling like there are too many options? Do not let the flexibility of Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment options halt your decision making process. Depending on the size, IT resources available and requirements of your organization, all options could make sense at different stages of your organization.
First, let’s clarify what these different deployment platforms are.
Tried and True. This has been the standard implementation since the inception of Dynamics ERP. On-premise provides full-bodied functionality and customizations to companies with their own internal IT resources. On-premise solutions require adequate infrastructure, and a commitment to on-going maintenance and security. This doesn’t mean you have to be a Fortune 500 Company. Simply, it is advantageous to have suitable IT on staff. The total cost of ownership is higher than the other options, but can be reduced over time.
Payment: Owned License with up-front software purchase. Yearly licensing fees. (Reasons why to stay on top of your licensing fees)
On premise might be a good fit if your organization:
- Has more than 10-15 users.
- Has the need for increased customizations and integration with other applications to maximize your efficiencies. (yes please!)
- Prefers to have complete control over the maintenance windows, issue resolution, security, data, and service pack updates etc.
- Is interested in greater long-term value and ideal when you've already invested in an IT environment and staff.
Hosting offers a convenient, cost effective solution for companies with limited or no internal IT resources. DFC’s clients have the option to purchase their Microsoft Dynamics solution and host it in a secure data center for enhanced security, improved performance and peace of mind with no down time. The application is accessible via the internet for greater flexibility. These applications can be moved on-premise at any time, and on-premise solutions can be moved to a hosted environment.
Payment: Owned Licenses with upfront software fees. Monthly fees and yearly licensing fees.
Hosting might be a good fit if your organization:
- Prefers to outsource.
- Wants a convenient, cost effective solution and has limited internal IT resources.
- Has the need for increased customizations and integration with other applications to maximize your efficiencies.
- Wants to add users and customizations and integrations as your business grows.
You’ve heard the buzz by now. On-demand, also commonly referred to as cloud computing or SaaS (software as a service), offers similar capabilities of an
For example, one of the largest hosting providers
Payment: Monthly subscription.
On-demand might be a good fit if your organization:
- Prefers to outsource.
- Has less than 15 users.
- Has no IT.
- Desires fast time to benefit, with minimal commitment.
Suggestion: Before you commit to subscribing, make sure your provider will make available a backup of your data including all reports and customizations and deliver it to you.
Bottom line, whatever direction you go, you should be in position to migrate to whatever deployment makes the most sense to your business. If you start out with On-premise by hosting and maintaining your own SQL server, you can stack on
So what’s the best solution for your organization? Let us help.
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