Factor 4: Cloud & SaaS

Transitioning to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when

Of the five factors in the evolution of modern ERP, it is perhaps cloud that has had the most profound impact. Cloud is not a technology in and of itself, rather it is an infrastructure able to send, receive, store and analyse vast volumes of data.

Crucially, it offers a new route for businesses to implement revolutionary technology such as Dynamics 365.

Although on-premise remains a strong option, the rise of cloud-based alternatives has quickly become a preferred choice thanks to four key benefits:

Infrastructure of modern ERP

4 Key Benefits of Cloud & SaaS

  • 1


    Straightforward ‘as-a-Service’ subscriptions enable companies to reduce costs significantly; with the added benefit of handing over responsibility of running and maintaining the data center to experts. This means your in-house IT resource can focus on generating core business value, rather than maintaining legacy assets.

  • 2


    Scaling your business up or down to cope with changing market demand can be a tricky process to manage, but successfully achieving it can mean the difference between capitalizing on an opportunity or missing it. The agility and flexibility of cloud-based ERP offers a customizable platform that grows as you do, no matter how fast or large that may be.

  • 3


    First mover advantage has never been more important. Providing employees with access to accurate information from across your entire organization increases their speed, consistency and customer service to unprecedented levels. And because your data connects in realtime, you can be more proactive across all departments, from production and operations to marketing and finance.

  • 4


    Data security is a key issue for manufacturers and many still have questions surrounding it. What’s changed is the realization that a leading global technology provider is going to have infinitely more in-house expertise and resources than any single business can access. Microsoft, for example, invests more than a billion dollars a year into cyber security.

    What’s more, cloud servers are off-premise and managed by partners who roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry. With cloud, you’re always on the latest version.

Customer Cases

These companies brought their infrastructure to the cloud

“Besides Europe, we are active in Kenya, Columbia, Ecuador, the United States and Japan. The move to Dynamics makes it possible for us to implement a consistent way of working at all locations”

Oliver Schaapherder ICT-manager at Chrysal