Cloud Migration for Better Business
Why are companies moving their systems to the cloud? There are two big reasons: to get rid of expensive on-premise hardware and work on your business processes.
On-premise hardware is familiar to many, but the perks of migrating to the cloud are numerous and attractive. There is no need to worry about power requirements, physical space considerations, and keeping expensive computer hardware up to date after migrating to the cloud. Instead of a large cost to replace servers, some businesses will use moving to the cloud to adopt a pay as you go model that is paid monthly over time.
On-premise systems are more vulnerable to security risks than cloud technology. Hardware failure is also of concern for businesses using on-premise systems, with downtime negatively impacting employee productivity.
Considering a move to the cloud is an opportune time to look at, modify, and modernize your business processes. There are different tools and technologies available in the cloud that may not be available in on-premise systems. This means, instead of recreating existing legacy structures, migrating to the cloud provides the opportunity to reimagine how cloud technology can improve your business processes. The workflow automation and collaboration tools are much more capable than what is possible with on-premise systems. The exercise of modernizing business processes is complex, and the power of using cloud technology to take your business to the next level is a smart way to approach this evolution.
Department spotlight: How does the cloud help with Accounting?
In small businesses, often few people have access to the accounting system – because they are the only ones who need it. In the case of these siloed systems, a move to the cloud can be transformative in terms of cross-departmental collaboration while still maintaining integrity in what is shared. For example: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central uses role-appropriate access to control who has access to certain types of business data that will help the user be productive in their job without oversharing or bogging down their processes. In this way, companies could grant access to extended user group who may benefit seeing the accounting reports, without risking security.
- Faster Deployment: Cloud-based services can be deployed quickly compared to the extensive timeline necessary to plan, buy, build, and implement an internal on premise infrastructure.
- Automatic Upgrades: The subscription service include upgrades and patching that frequently deliver new features and functionality beyond security fixes. In an On-premise world, upgrades are expensive and therefore infrequent resulting in long delays before users get access to the innovations available in the latest versions.
- Consumption Based Billing: Many cloud applications are billed on a per-user, per-month basis. These can be scaled up or scaled down as needed.
- Scalability: Cloud solutions can quickly and easily increase or decrease the size or power of an IT Solution. This provides more flexible response to changes in your business.
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