Make sure your cloud foundation is sound

Maintaining an IT infrastructure can be complex. When you have differentiated IT landscapes with dozens or even hundreds of applications, there’s no room for error when it comes to matters like customer access (single sign-on) and security. Developments like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and integrations between applications and compliance issues make maintaining an on-premise server park increasingly challenging. Combine this with scalability and it is little wonder that more and more companies are switching to the cloud.

If you want to be sure you’re getting the most out of what the cloud has to offer, it’s never too soon to start considering the impact the cloud can have on your organisation. How will you deal with legacy applications when you have a hybrid cloud environment? Can you realise short-term employee productivity gains using basic cloud services such as Microsoft 365 and Office 365? Before you get started, lay a solid foundation for your future IT landscape by setting up the right processes and technology for continuity, availability, security and management.

What Microsoft Dynamics can bring you

In the world of manufacturing, a matrix of product variants, versions, changing specifications and time-to-market can put a lot of pressure on your business. Manufacturers also have to deal with global competition.

Where manufacturers of machinery and equipment traditionally focused on complete customer-specific development, modern industrial companies offer complete lifecycle support with a full-service approach. In addition to design, configuration and installation and repair services, more and more productions companies add preventive maintenance and rental service too.

Today’s consumers shop when and where it’s most convenient. Using new devices like tablet computers and smartphones, they extend “store hours” to 24/7. They share their experiences via Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites, extensively browse product websites, and check online customer reviews when deciding what to buy.
Brand loyalty now comes with a much greater expectation… the complete shopping experience. Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail provides customer engagement capabilities that include store operations, channel management, order management, marketing and care, and business intelligence and more back office capabilities like procurement and financial support.

The wholesale distribution market is dynamic and challenging. Today’s wholesale organisations need to transform themselves from traditional trading companies into information and service-oriented distribution businesses.

Customers are demanding lower prices, shorter delivery times and tailored systems and services with accurate, real-time information. They want to collaborate and communicate efficiently with their partners in the value chain. But even as wholesalers and distributors work to meet these increasingly complex customer demands, they also face the challenges of rising transport costs and margin pressure in an increasingly international business world.

It is vital for project and service driven organisations to keep tight control over their costs. To achieve this, they need real-time insight into the progress of a project, its budget consumption and the resources it uses.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 integrates all relevant processes within the organisation, including finance, project control, purchasing, human resources and customer relationship management as well as billable hours and budget administration. All information is immediately available, enabling you to carry out the detailed analysis and adjustments that ensure business agility.

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