3 Common Concerns (and why you needn’t be concerned) about Moving to the Cloud
The decision to move to the cloud can be a complex consensus to reach. At PowerObjects, we understand! Our own organization recently went through the same decision-making process (we pride ourselves on living the technology!) Now that we’re well on our way to migrating our existing on-premises Dynamics platform to Dynamics 365 Online, it’s easy to forget about the hard work that went into making this decision.
Recently, we reflected on some of the questions our team worked through internally, as well as common fears we hear from our customers considering a move to the cloud. This allowed us to compile the top three concerns organizations seem to have about moving to the cloud. As you read the list, keep the good news in mind: Microsoft’s focus and innovation within their cloud platform make the move to the cloud easier and more beneficial than ever before.
1. Will my data be secure in the cloud?
In short, yes! We invite you to hear about the steps Microsoft takes to keep your data safe in this short video by a PowerObjects team member:
2. Will we lose control of IT infrastructure?
In short, no! Interestingly, most in-the-cloud organizations we’ve worked with find themselves far more constrained by a lack of resources (funding and/or personnel) than by their cloud provider’s control. With the cloud, you will actually gain access to more technology for less money. Additionally, once you’re online, you and your team will be able to focus on improving business processes and launching strategic initiatives rather than on repair services. And let’s not forget that being in the cloud frees up your IT resources to work on other projects instead of managing and licensing your in-house servers.
3. Is the investment worth it?
Simply put, yep! Listen, it’s no secret that migrating to the cloud is a large financial investment. But there are some key advantages you need to be aware of:
- There are features in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online solution that are simply not in the on-premises version. For example, the online solution allows you to have external or internal portals configured using CRM data – this is not true of the on-premises version.
- Microsoft has indicated they will be rolling out new features faster to the online solution than to on-premises, and in some cases they may not bring the functionality down to on-premises at all.
- The SAS model also includes all upgrades to your software and includes your SQL licenses. This ensures that you will be on the latest version of the software, thereby protecting your investment and allowing you to take advantage of new features and functionality.
If you’re considering a move to the cloud, please reach out to us anytime to discuss questions or concerns you might have. We’re also offering a free 4-hour risk assessment to a select number of organizations to help get your project off to the best possible start. You can learn more about this special offer here.