Microsoft Dynamics ERP Cloud Migrations – Criteria for Cloud Providers

Microsoft Dynamics ERP Cloud Migrations – Criteria for Cloud Providers

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Whether you are an existing Microsoft Dynamics ERP customer or are considering one of the Dynamics solutions, the cloud is able to deliver lower costs, more agility, mobility, disaster recovery and a variety of benefits over on-premises solutions.  This is true if you are interested in a hybrid model or a fully cloud based deployment.  But Dynamics ERP cloud migrations are complex and odds are you will need a cloud hosting services provider to deliver the solution.  This article will discuss the criteria you should consider before choosing a hosting provider.  To learn more about specific steps to Dynamics ERP cloud migrations check out this quick reference guide on steps to the cloud.

A recent article at CloudTweaks.com discussed five things a cloud provider should offer in general terms.  Let’s take a look at these criteria and apply them specifically to moving Dynamics ERP to the cloud.

Complete Migration Services

For existing Dynamics ERP customers, poorly planned cloud migrations can result in expensive failures.  While major cloud providers are able to provision an environment on which you can host your ERP solutions, most do not offer actual migration services to bring your Dynamics application and data to the cloud.  Cloud migrations are complicated, especially for ERP, and they require a skillset and knowledge base that aren’t generally held by most IT pros.  It is critical that you make sure your provider is experienced with ERP implementation and configuration as well as cloud architecture.

“You need a partner that puts some skin in the game and is there working with you during your transition and is not just a rack, ping and power provider available via an 800 number and charges your credit card monthly,” said Marc Malizia, the article’s author.

When moving Dynamics ERP to the cloud it is critical to choose a hosting provider that delivers migration services with the experience and know-how to ensure a successful migration.

Turnkey Solutions

You know that technology requirements don’t stay the same very long and over time you may need to add modules, ISV solutions and other technology to your Dynamics ERP solution.  Usually when you need this new functionality you are in problem-solving mode and you need the functionality right away.  While many cloud providers are willing to accommodate these updates from an infrastructure standpoint, you probably don’t have time or resources to architect and carryout the implantation.  So a hosting provider that is able to deliver Dynamics maintenance and management as well as a provider who is well versed in common 3rd party ISV applications for Dynamics to help you get up and running quickly with added industry specific functionality or additional tools around billing, eCommerce, tax automation or whatever you are in need of.

“Make sure they are full-service so when you need to implement new technology that you are unfamiliar with they possess the ability to provide a solution and not throw the burden of design, deploy and management back onto your already overflowing plate,” said Malizia.

Hybrid Model and Remote Support Services

For many organizations a complete cloud migration is not enough to fulfill their needs, so they are looking for a hybrid model for deploying their Dynamics ERP.  Even if you don’t currently have any requirements for on-site deployment of Dynamics, you may need it in the future.  So you need a hosting partner who is able to provide a hosting environment that integrates seamlessly with you on-site technology.  It is also important to choose a hosting provider who has strong working partnerships with Dynamics ERP Consultants and VARs, and are able to give you Dynamics Partner remote access to your hosting system in order to streamline support calls and other Dynamics related maintenance issues.

Backup and Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is pivotal part of any cloud based data.  Simply said, if your Dynamics hosting provider doesn’t build disaster recovery and backs up into your service level agreement than you should find a different provider.

“Your service provider should offer a turnkey, fully managed disaster recovery solution as part of their basic offering,” Malizia said.

Ahead of the Curve

If the last fifteen years have taught us anything about technology it’s that it is changing rapidly and the rate of change is increasing proportionally.  Often times these new technologies are disruptive, which means they have become competitive requirement.  One of the great benefits of the cloud is that it allows businesses to become more flexible and more adaptable to changing technology trends.  When moving Dynamics ERP to the cloud it is essential that you select a Dynamics ERP hosting provider that has an established reputation as thought leader in their industry that stays ahead of technology trends such as mobility, big data and the latest versions of Microsoft Dynamics ERP.

“Monolithic providers are slow to move due to their cumbersome internal structure and may never be able to deliver a timely portfolio of disruptive technology to their customer base. Often, the smaller, nimbler cloud-enabled managed hosting providers are the ones first to market with these solutions—a win-win for them and their customers.”

To learn more about the available cloud options for Dynamics ERP cloud migrations see the Choose your Dynamics Cloud reference page.

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