How Microsoft Azure Helps Reduce the Cost of Seasonal Shifts in Manufacturing & Distribution

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Microsoft Dynamics GP has been a leader in Dynamics ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software for decades, and many of our clients still prefer it. But technology continues to evolve and expand, and there are options for Dynamics GP users who would like to explore how they can get the most value from their current solution, consider an upgrade, migrate to a hosted solution such as Microsoft Azure, or explore the latest platform, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC).

Financial Benefits of Moving to Microsoft Azure

On-premises IT costs are typically set up front. You'll pay for a fixed number of users without adjustments for demand. Most businesses commit to their user count to accommodate peak demand expectations.

The average total cost of ownership for an on-premises server is about $1,500 per month. Costs can be broken up like this:

  • Direct expenses: hardware, software, and an airconditioned place to keep them
  • Indirect expenses: salaries for IT staff; third-party management costs
  • Hidden expenses: loss of productivity due to downtime; underused licenses.

With hosted Cloud solutions, you pay for the services as you use them. That allows you to be flexible and pay only for what you need. And you'll have guaranteed accessibility regardless of seasonal shifts in workloads.

With Microsoft Azure, you can:

  • Pay as you go to support fluctuating workloads
  • Save money when you reserve resources in advance
  • Enjoy monthly payment options at no extra cost

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure isn't a single product but a suite of 200+ products and Cloud services. Azure will build, run, and manage your applications across multiple Clouds with your chosen framework and tools. Azure costs are based on the following three services:

  • Computing: This includes the technology, memory, and CPU that provide the infrastructure necessary for running applications on Windows, Linux, or SQL O/S.
  • Storage: Secure Cloud storage to protect your data infrastructure storage solutions. You'll pay for storage by gigabytes per month.
  • Networking: Networking, or data transfer, allows connectivity between Cloud and on-premises infrastructure and services. You will pay a fee for outbound data transfer.

Security with Microsoft Azure  

Microsoft Azure is among the most trusted Cloud platforms available. It has capabilities smaller Cloud providers can't offer. Microsoft employs 3,500 security experts and spends $1 billion annually on Cloud security. They analyze over eight trillion events daily, including unauthorized attempts to access your environment. Microsoft Defender, Advanced Threat Protection, automatically disarms ninety-five percent of all detected attacks. Nearly ninety-five percent of Fortune 100 companies rely on Microsoft Azure for security.

Enavate Offers Azure Managed Services

Enavate Cloud provides a fully managed Microsoft Azure environment as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Hosting Dynamics GP in Azure with managed services delivers the benefits of running the application, improving security, reducing dependency on local servers, and more.

Enavate has a long history of supporting GP applications in the Cloud. Our experts are skilled in connectivity, including implementing the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Disaster Recovery.  We host the application and infrastructure and manage it 24 x 7 x 365, so you can focus on your business. We guarantee disaster relief to provide a secure environment, business continuity, full backups, and virus and malware protection.

With Enavate Cloud, you'll get more than the latest hardware and software; you also get:

  • Complete account visibility through a client portal. Easily monitor incidents, support status, and other information about your environment.
  • Guaranteed 99.9% uptime
  • Support for regulatory compliance challenges
  • Support for Windows Server operating system admin
  • Auditable system patching updates
  • Automation for management, security, and updates
  • 24x7 support for SQL server environment, including backups, optimization, and performance fine-tuning.

Our goal at Enavate is to improve your end-user experience. We believe that new technology should enhance your processes and make life easier for your team.

Enavate assigns each client to a dedicated service delivery manager who will be the single point of contact for any Cloud services related issues. Your manager will become an expert on your account. They'll also assist proactively with problem management, escalation, outstanding issues, and troubleshooting. Additionally, we pride ourselves on our training and offer quarterly reviews and workshops to review open tickets, share trends, and assist with future planning.

Your GP Journey: Next Steps 

Where are you on your Microsoft Dynamics GP journey? Do you want to host Dynamics GP in Microsoft Azure? Or are you ready to fully migrate from GP to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central? Learn more about moving your solution to the Cloud.

Whatever your destination, our team at Enavate has deep experience working with GP. Access a free assessment of your Dynamics GP environment or contact us to learn more.

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