Why Are SMBs Around the World Now Moving Their Traditional ERP to Cloud?

In a world where businesses must maintain their agility while working remotely, there is an urgent need for the right solution to cope with the market dynamics. IT managers do not have time to spend on maintaining infrastructure anymore; instead, they focus more on developing processes and applications which will help the organization remain competitive. It is best to implement a unified ERP and CRM like Microsoft Business Central which frees the user from its maintenance and upgrades. Instead, the Business Central ERP Implementation partner handles everything.  

Traditionally, ERP software designed for manufacturing companies would be hosted on the local server, on the company’s premises. At this stage, the company needs more storage and a faster processor that comes at a cost. Additionally, the pressure to produce more efficiently and effectively would be there automatically. As a result, various businesses had to approach the cloud for a solution like Dynamics 365 Business Central.  

Between 2010-2015, between 21-36%. EU businesses using ERP moved to the cloud. By 2017, the latest cloud-based ERP software covered 2/3rd of the global market share. As the ERP becomes more prominent in the business mainstream, the associated technology keeps advancing while offering tremendous benefits to a business.  

Why Would You Choose Microsoft Business Central as a Cloud ERP? 

Microsoft Business Central is a Unified Cloud Erp and CRM which is designed for SMBs of different verticals across the world. It provides the agility of Microsoft Azure cloud and deep analytics using Business Intelligence. It comes with various benefits such as: 

Cuts Unnecessary Costs 

Microsoft Business Central serves at a low establishment cost, unlike traditional ERP. There is no need for hardware set-up that concludes with instant implementation and no downtime. No server maintenance is required. Therefore, it elevates the IT department from specific tasks and allows enough space to work on other areas of business development. Software upgrades happen on the cloud automatically without downtime. Hence, going to the clouds saves a lot of time.  

Non-setup also means no balloon investments. Businesscentral runs at a monthly subscription with immediately operational software. There is no need to weigh your ROI with the most technically advanced software; you no longer have to push every bit of the software when the update or a new software switch is hardware-free.  

Easy Updates  

Working with ERP requires frequent updates to improve performance, fix security threats, and so on. The process will be even more tedious and frustrating if you work on an on-premises ERP demanding a lot of your IT resources. Have you thought of the worst-case scenario? Incorrect or unfulfilled upgrades, sometimes even installing the wrong version of the software.  

Microsoft Business Central saves you from all this. The responsibility for upgrades is on the provider. Minor upgrades happen automatically without disturbing the usual ecosystem of your business. Whereas for major upgrades, the provider sends notifications in advance.  

Improved Security 

Data security is one of the major concerns when businesses opt for ERP services. Many business owners believe on-premises ERP is safer as everything is happening in-house. However, vendors like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central have built-in security protections that safeguard your data. Avoiding cloud-based technology is one of the biggest mistakes that businesses make. Little do they realize it is even riskier to rely on the outdated or mismanaged in-house system which is at more risk than those Cloud systems.  

Cloud security comes with data encryption, response time monitoring, secure network and key logs, malware protection, security of physical locations where the servers are based, frequent back-ups, intrusion prevention, and failover capabilities. Such security measures help prevent data loss. Cloud-based ERP systems like Microsoft Business Central deliver a robust backup and recovery plan.  

Better Accessibility, Agility, and Collaboration  

Microsoft Business Central offers more usability, accessibility, and mobility as compared to the on-premises ERPs. During this time, it is essentially relevant when every business is becoming decentralized. If you have a managed cloud ERP, your corporate agility improves. Therefore, your employees can more easily access tools once they are connected to the internet, anywhere on their devices. This is especially useful for companies having their business in multiple geographic locations.  

Apart from this, it provides real-time visibility into the current business processes. Greater accessibility drives higher cross-departmental productivity and collaborations. Integrated data sharing becomes easier, and so does critical decision-making while complying with mobility.  

Tap Into More Business Intelligence Capabilities 

It is much easier for Microsoft Business Central to compile and store data in a single system. It is crucial for accurate data analysis. The best part is that it delivers a built-in analytic feature driven by real-time data called Power BI. This way your team can easily identify real-time changing business conditions, potential strategies, enhanced business operations, and low risks in decision-making.  

Moving your ERP to Microsoft Business Central can reap tremendous benefits. Data encryption, response time monitoring, secure networks, and key logs, malware protection, security of physical locations where the servers are based, frequent back-ups, intrusion prevention, and failover capabilities are what come along with cloud security. However, this is not it. Finding the right Business Central Partner is as important as the ERP software itself. Trident Information Systems is a Gold Partner of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and LS Retail Diamond Partner. Contact us for further information.