The fourth industrial revolution has fundamentally transformed the way businesses handle operations. A modern solution like Microsoft Dynamics 365 can augment the capabilities of operations personnel with better access to data, improved insights that are supported by Artificial Intelligence, and more.

Upgrading your on-premise AX system to Microsoft Dynamics 365 comes with a host of benefits for business leaders and finance professionals, without adding to operational complexity. In fact, upgrading your systems will make things easier to complete tasks, build more efficient workflows, and be prepared for unforeseen disruptions.

Updates happen in the cloud

Managing updates for an on-premise system involves a lot of manual effort and causes disruption to the business. While this can look manageable at a local level, imagine the time and effort it takes if you have multiple on-premise installations in different locations. Now imagine having the ability to save all those man hours and reduce the disruption to your operations.

The updates for Microsoft Dynamics 365 happen in the cloud with the users given a choice to pause, delay, or opt-out of a particular update, and you can choose when the updates can happen.

Since the updates happen on the cloud, there is limited disruption to operations. But you also gain the added advantage of getting access to all the new features and functionalities without having to go through the whole implementation cycle of an upgrade to a new version that is common for an on-premise system.

Disaster recovery safety on storing information on the cloud

One of the risks of having all your data stored in an on-premise system is that they can be lost in unforeseen events. Even if you have backups and these are stored in the same physical location as the on-premise ERP solution, you run the risk of losing all the data in the event of a natural disaster.

With Dynamics 365 you can be assured of business continuity and disaster recovery because all the data in the cloud have a replica that is stored in a secondary location. The data in both these locations are kept synchronized and you will have access to all your data at a time if your business faces a region-wide outage for any reason.

Empowered teams

The people who best understand the minutia of the workflow and the bottlenecks that need to be overcome are the mid-managers and the actual personnel who get the work done. Many of these team members come up with ideas on how they can streamline operations and improve productivity, but not many of these ideas see the light of day because the team members are non-technical professionals and they have to depend on IT teams to build different apps for them.

Microsoft’s vision with the Power Platform is to empower such innovative teams with a no-code, low-code platform that will allow them to bring their ideas to life with a simple drag-and-drop form of app building process. An empowered team will no longer need to depend on anyone to build simple applications to improve their workflows. These applications can be seamlessly connected to Microsoft Dynamics 365 and other Microsoft products like Office 365. Not only will this improve productivity and streamline operations, it will also create empowered teams with greater employee satisfaction.

The other benefit of Dynamics 365 over AX is the browser-based login, which allows your employees to work remotely without any dependencies like having to visit the office. This means that you can implement work-from-home and hybrid workplace policies without worrying about how it will affect workflow or productivity.