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Why Choose Microsoft Dynamics NAV as a Cloud ERP Solution?


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Cloud computing is no longer just a buzzword or niche concept. It’s a reality, and more and more organisations are making the strategic shift to cloud computing for a wide variety of business software applications.

Cloud-based CRM applications have been around for some time. As something of an indicator of the way the market is going, Microsoft recently launched the latest version of its flagship CRM application, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, in the cloud before it launched the on-premise version. But what about the ERP products in the Microsoft Dynamics range, such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

Concentrix has been offering Microsoft Dynamics NAV as a cloud solution since the release of the major product enhancement Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 in December 2010. A key reason around this timing was that the R2 update made deploying the solution in the cloud a lot more realistic for business partners, developers and users alike.

So what are the reasons for choosing Microsoft Dynamics NAV as a cloud solution?

Changes ERP from a Capital Spend to an Operating Cost

Microsoft Dynamics NAV online or in the cloud has the same functions as the on-premise version. It’s also just as flexible. So, rather than making the deployment choice based on features and functions, it’s a strategic decision on how you want to manage the costs of, or pay for your software.

Like many commercial cloud applications, Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the cloud changes your ERP software from a capital cost, as with on-premise deployment, to an operational cost. For example, if you choose Microsoft Dynamics NAV as a cloud solution from Concentrix, you will only be charged for your actual use of the software, based on each user per month. You can also increase or decrease the number of users each month, and the costs are fully transparent, easy to measure and control (you can also stop using the software if you want to and you won’t be tied in to a long-term contract).

Reliable Security and Back-ups

In the past, some organisations have raised concerns about the security of applications and data held in the cloud. For the vast majority of businesses, modern commercial cloud applications provide exceptionally high levels of security, including data protection and back-up, well over and above minimum requirements. Obviously the security for accounts and business software data and applications is vital, and the security of Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the cloud is often beyond that of many on-premise ERP software deployments.

Reduced Hardware, IT Infrastructure and Resources

Professionally configured and implemented, Microsoft Dynamics NAV will help you run your business efficiently and increase productivity throughout your organization. But businesses that choose on-premise deployment also need their own IT resource to run Microsoft Dynamics NAV. This includes hardware (server) to run the system on, plus a level of in-house IT expertise. Many businesses have this, so it can make sense to deploy on-premise. However, choosing the cloud solution effectively outsources looking after the IT and infrastructure which Microsoft Dynamics NAV is run on.

In the cloud, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is held on high-performance hardware and so runs quickly, and smoothly. It also includes a guaranteed up time, which is typically over 99%. You also have highly qualified IT experts looking after the infrastructure 24/7 – plus the firewalls, storage, regular back-ups and so on.

Check your Internet Connection!

A word of caution before jumping in to any cloud-based business application – check the speed and reliability of your internet connection. Microsoft Dynamics NAV, when up and running, becomes a business critical application, so you need to make sure your internet is permanently available and reasonably fast.

So Do I Choose Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the Cloud or On-Premise?

ERP software as a cloud or SaaS option can be the right choice for many businesses, but that’s not to say on-premise is going to disappear any time soon. In fact, a recent survey (source NCC research – Conspectus Market Overview & Analysis ERP Solutions Nov/Dec 2010) found that while 66% of organisations are already using, evaluating or may consider SaaS ERP in the future, 28% ‘would not consider SaaS’.

To help you decide between Microsoft Dynamics NAV as a cloud or on-premise ERP solution, talk to an independent ERP specialist such as Concentrix. They’ll be able to discuss your options in more detail and recommend the best solution for your business.

By Concentrix –independent UK ERP and CRM specialists

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