This summer Colorado has been stricken with over a dozen wildfires, resulting in a hazy sky on most days and the smell of smoke very vivid in the air. It was with great relief then that this past week rain arrived almost every day. I certainly gained a new appreciation for rainy and cloudy skies.
As well, a newfound appreciation of the Cloud in the context of
- Infrastructure. In one case the customer had older servers and workstations resulting in a significant investment to upgrade to current state of the art. The other customer was a startup, with limited cashflow preventing an upfront investment in infrastructure.
- Licensing. For both of the customers, initial upfront software licensing costs were prohibitive. By going to the monthly fee structure of Cloud computing , they achieved the payment flexibility necessary to absorb the expense ratably against future projected revenue streams.
- Personnel. Neither customer had IT employees on staff to configure, manage, and update an on premise implementation of Dynamics GP.
- Convenience. The availability of anytime, anywhere accss to their accounting data was a significant benefit of the Cloud
- Completeness. Total costs of implementation are easier to estimate and monitor, eliminating unexpected cost overages and surprise implementation fees- which was a welcome relief for both clients.
By Barry Knaster, the Knaster Technology Group, Microsoft Dynamics GP Certified Silver Partner