The Next Generation of ERP (Part 1): Microsoft Dynamics 365
You’re responsible for making sure your company runs effectively. At HSO, we’re responsible to implement the tools to help you do it, including tools like Dynamics 365. That’s why we’ve established ourselves as a leader in an implementation partner in cloud ERP technology—to keep your business operating at peak efficiency.
We implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 solution, a top product in its class, provides the kind of agility, functionality, and cost effectiveness that you can only find in a cloud-based platform. Most importantly, Microsoft Dynamics 365 offers the quality of partnership you need to make migration to the cloud possible. ERPs have fundamentally changed—and we’re here to help you change with it. Start evolving your business with HSO today.
Cloud ERPs aren’t just emerging. They’re already the standard.
If you’re wondering whether your company’s ERP solution has fallen behind the competitive curve, here’s your answer: More than likely, yes.
This surge of interest in cloud ERP solutions is hugely significant as companies respond to competitive pressure and other market forces. Faced with an aging on-premises infrastructure, most companies with legacy ERP systems are turning to the cloud as the only viable option. Ready or not, cloud ERPs are the new normal.
It’s a tipping point brought on by years of incremental innovations that have dramatically altered the business landscape. For almost two decades, HSO has been an agent for that change. Developments in regulatory compliance, data security, and platform flexibility have earned the Dynamics 365 solution recognition as an industry leader—and given it a place at the forefront of the way businesses view and use their ERPs.
The evolution of ERP
It’s taken businesses more than 100 years of development to get to the present-day ERP. Older production management models like EOQ (economic order quantity) and MRP (materials requirement planning) served as precursors to MRP II (manufacturing resource planning) methodologies, which in turn were the foundation to the modern ERP—a suite of solutions meant to manage every aspect of the business.
We share Microsoft’s more evolved vision. Building from what Gartner would eventually call “ERP II” (an ERP solution with real-time, web-based data access abilities), we’ve worked to implement the most functional, encompassing cloud-based solution on the market, all founded on a specific point of view. Simply put, ERPs need to integrate innovative technology—like AI and the Internet of Things—into a powerful, cloud-based suite of familiar tools and apps to provide a truly transformative experience.
That mission is based on market data. The reality is that companies still operating on-premises ERP solutions are starting to feel the effects—they are less likely to meet internal deadlines or find the data they need to make timely decisions, and, ultimately, are less profitable. Such outcomes are not acceptable in today’s fast-moving market. Companies simply need to be faster, smarter, and more streamlined—and cloud-based ERP solutions, especially when integrated with other potent productivity tools, are built for that outcome.
This is something Microsoft, with its vast array of capabilities, is uniquely prepared to provide. Built on and for the Microsoft Azure cloud, Dynamics 365 unifies business operations across finance, manufacturing, inventory, and transportation management with an intuitive user interface for running game-changing, modern global enterprises.
That’s why there is a new paradigm in the ERP industry. It’s no longer about just moving to the cloud. It’s about harnessing the power of a fully cloud-based set of business solutions to turn today’s most advanced tools into practical applications that drive the performance companies need.
The realities of living in the cloud
Cloud-based ERP systems provide the following distinct advantages over legacy on-premises solutions:
- Ease of updating
Like most modern software categories, ERPs frequently require updates for best practice information or security purposes. Cloud-based solutions provide a dramatically simpler solution to this foundational need.
- Reduced IT dependence and cost of ownership
Moving to the cloud means a closer partnership with the software vendor itself, shifting many recurring maintenance responsibilities away from internal resources and onto dedicated external specialists.
- Functionality and corporate agility
On-premises systems are designed for the needs of on-premises users. But cloud-based structures link global offices, users, and devices in a way that dramatically enhances a company’s ability to communicate within itself.
As a leader in ERP implementation, HSO understands the benefits of moving to the cloud—but more importantly, it sees the common obstacles that prevent companies from doing so. The roadmap to clearing those obstacles is laid out for you here.
Ease of updating
SaaS models like Dynamics 365 drastically reduce the legwork needed for platform upgrades. Once they are set for deployment, updates can simply be pushed out digitally by the vendor to all licenses. These are almost immediately ready for use, as opposed to being installed one machine at a time by IT specialists. The problems of time and effort are almost completely neutralized.
The aggregate savings are significant, especially in an age where software updating is such a frequent requirement. The business world moves faster now than it ever has before, and per-industry best practices, available technologies, and even compliance regulations are in an almost constant state of flux. Operating on a cloud model provides an efficient and reliable relationship between company and provider, where the latter primarily carries the burden of keeping systems up-to-date.
But since ERPs maintain so many critical business functions, a common worry for on-premises users is that a single platform update could jeopardize key data, processes, or customizations. Microsoft built Dynamics 365 to eliminate that problem—a business simply has to be able to customize the functionality of an off-the-shelf product to meet its needs.
To learn more, download our presentation, Running Your Business in the Microsoft Cloud – The Value of Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations.