THE NEED TO REPLACE ON-PREMISES LEGACY SYSTEMS
Shifting business strategies, consumer needs, market dynamics, and supply chain challenges persistently continue to impeach the efficacy of businesses and solutions. This further compels most businesses to reassess the efficiency of their legacy systems and their ability to remain competitive. Technology has entirely revolutionized the business ecosystem for good. However, in the absence of prompt updates and reforms, technology could jeopardize the standing of a company. Today, a secure database is the bonafide asset of an organization that needs to be safeguarded at all costs. At this juncture, on-premises solutions place businesses at a greater risk of operational disruptions and security compromises, thereby warranting a shift to a more secure and scalable platform tailored for future-focused businesses. This revolutionary accomplishment could be steered by cloud migration.
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS REVOLVING CLOUD TECHNOLOGY
The cloud platform lets businesses access cutting-edge features of modern technology by unlocking a new layer of agility, scalability, and flexibility, through Microsoft Dynamics 365. However, there are several misconceptions regarding cloud hosting and the migration from on-premises to cloud-based solutions, that are most often born out of misinformation, neglect, and a common resistance to change. The most witnessed ones are regarding the following:
- Data Integration
- Cost of implementing cloud-technology
- Data and privacy security
Seamless data integration with the cloud
Customers drawing upon on-site applications deployed in their own data centers find data upkeep extremely strenuous as data is often siloed or isolated, hindering communication and networking. Sharing data between applications demands additional data integration strategies to keep them coordinated. With the smart implementation of Dynamics 365, customers are equipped with the ability to leverage seamless cloud-based solutions including automated data integrations and robust intelligence tools like Power BI (Business Intelligence), Azure Machine Learning and Power Platform for productive insights and analysis. Dynamics runs on data-verse – a common data storage platform. This data could easily be pulled and conjoined to a unified spot with just a user Id and password. This alleviates the misjudgment regarding complexity of migration. Cloud innovation lets customers connect all the data, enabling a 360-degree view of their business realm.
Cost-effectiveness of the cloud
Yet another misconception that requires clarification is the investment in the cloud. The cloud-based solution is more cost effective in comparison to the on-premises counterpart. The hidden costs that come with the on-site systems are generally overlooked, including the hardware that needs constant updating, the maintenance of servers that bear a lot of the expense, and a sizable number of IT staff responsible for server maintenance, that could easily be cut down by moving to the cloud, thus putting them to areas worth more business value.
On-premises more susceptible to security breaches
The most important concern faced by any business owner invested in the prospective growth of his enterprise is data and privacy security. Cyber hacks and security breaches have thrived in this digital world as much as the ever-evolving intelligent solutions. The experts at Microsoft vouch for cloud technology as a much safer environment for business in comparison with the on-premises hosting. Manually managed security processes and updates, the lack of data back-ups, multiple deployments, higher response time to cyber threats, etc., add to the security risks in the case of on-premises applications. Advanced and automated updates, responses and back-up capacities equips the cloud to better combat such critical situations. Security is sewn into the very fabric of Dynamics 365. The illustrious future of cloud security is envisioned to be best orchestrated and enhanced through AI.
WHY MIGRATE TO THE CLOUD?
Cloud organizations have witnessed clear benefits post their adoption of this avant-garde technology. Statistically, there has been a 62% increase in customer engagement and satisfaction, 44% increase in product launches, 54% enhancement in profitability, and a 60% decrease in security compromises. These numbers stand to unequivocally refute the misconceptions around cloud adoption.