With all the hype around the cloud these days, you are most likely aware of many of the common factors to consider when evaluating your business needs. Businesses typically cite things like:
- Mobility and remote access
- Subscription vs. upfront costs
- Data Security
- Backup & Disaster recovery
- Internal IT resources
With so many things to consider, this brings us to another question:
“How do I prioritize these factors and decide which are most important for my business?”
We’ve helped many Microsoft Dynamics GP clients work through these very questions and assessed their business needs, functionality and solutions to help deliver insight to the answers. In our experience, three of these factors serve as a solid starting point to determine if the cloud is right for you.
3 key factors when considering Microsoft Dynamics GP in the cloud vs. on premise :
You may be good at keeping your data secure, but unless you are heavily invested and have deep knowledge in IT security, a professional data center can probably do it better. While you focus on running your business, security is one of the main focuses of data center operations.
For data centers, this means having multiple levels of security, both physical and digital, which block the many routes hackers can take to reach your data. Since a data center’s business revolves around providing top hosting practices, they invest more in IT security staff than can the hosted customer.
Whether or not you can afford the appropriate and ethical levels of security depends on the types of data you store. Some data requires specific security measures by law, such as customer banking information.
Backup & Disaster Recovery
Peace of mind is often a cited benefit of the cloud for IT personnel. At a data center, reliable experts back up all of your data using the best methods on a very regular basis. This means that on the highly unlikely occasion that your server breaks, your data will still be safe and your operations won’t be affected.
For many organizations, data is their business. If they don’t have access to their historical and operational data, they simply cannot continue. For these organizations, backing up data is an absolute priority, although it should be treated as such by any business.
Internal IT Resources
Sophisticated technology requires deep technical knowledge, and is best suited for someone who specializes in your solution. By hosting GP in the cloud, solution experts take care of all the technical work for you. What you get, as a customer, is flexible access to your systems without the hassle of maintaining them. And it’s much cheaper than paying the salaries and benefits of skilled IT personnel.
A commonly overlooked factor:
Staying current with technology trends that eventually become technology standards is important for modern businesses. You can plan for the future as best you can with the budget you have now, but the truth is we have no way of predicting where technology will go or what form it will take. Utilizing the cloud rather than investing in server hardware keeps your organization nimble and able to adopt new technologies with greater flexibility. This is a unique advantage to consider in the ever-expanding digital age.
Whether you need it or simply want it, the latest and greatest technology is no longer out of reach for small to midsize businesses. SMBs now have the opportunity to forge a competitive advantage and get ahead with strategic IT planning.
We host Microsoft Dynamics in our top-of-the-line data center to help our clients simplify and save on the storage and maintenance of their Dynamics solutions. Our data center features:
- Customizable private cloud and hybrid deployments
- Full data center compliancy for: PCI, ISAE 3402, SSAE 16/SOC 2, HIPAA
- Application integration, maintenance & updates on your schedule
- 24/7/365 Proactive Monitoring and support
- 99.99% Uptime guarantee
- Disaster Recovery and Geo-Redundancy
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By Turnkey Technologies, Inc. – Gold Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM Partner of St. Louis, Missouri.