Microsoft Dynamics 365 is available online (as in the cloud) and as an on-premise solution, or a hybrid deployment. Customer choice is paramount and Dynamics 365 offers unrivaled flexibility to move from one deployment model to another.
MS Dynamics 365 software combines two categories of solutions, ERP and CRM that provide new purpose built applications in the cloud with little or no code development. Dynamics 365 solutions enable organizations in transforming the speed of business.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online and On-premise Features
- Maintenance cost
There’s zero cost of maintenance if you choose Dynamics 365 online. Since it’s a cloud-based application, no new hardware is required and all the software upgrades are done at the service provider’s end.
On the other hand, the on-premise solution requires that the company conduct a periodical maintenance for the existing and/or additional servers and check if the software deployed is up-to-date with the latest versions to comply with the demands of the growing needs.
- Software upgrades
With the Dynamics 365 on-premise, the upgrade to newer versions has to be manually at the site. A dedicated technical team needs to be deployed to oversee the process.
In contrast, for the cloud or online solution, this responsibility is taken over by Microsoft. All the minor and major releases get rolled out on a regular basis and software gets upgraded automatically. The company saves on the cost and time of the upkeep.
The on-premise version takes longer to be deployed since the company needs to bring together the required servers and software to get the version up and running.
In case of the cloud solution, Microsoft hosts the instances on Azure, its web services platform. The data center network is located across the globe making the deployment of MS D365 online solution quicker.
The online version is available on a monthly subscription basis while the on-premise version has different types of subscription models that are based on Microsoft’s volume licensing.
Firms that want complete control over their sensitive data prefer the on-premise version due to threats of cyber-attacks.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 online version’s integration with the Azure active directory nullifies any security advantage that the on-premise version might have with respect to sensitive data.
- Capital Expenditure
The on-premise version has a huge initial capital investment (CapEX), depending upon the number of users. Attach to this, the cost of server maintenance and software upgrade on a regular basis.
The online version is based on a monthly subscription model. You can choose or customize an appropriate plan depending on your requirement and scalability goals.
Microsoft D365 Online Benefits
- Ongoing product development with weekly updates and two major annual feature releases
- No upfront licence costs or recurring software licence renewal expense
- Predictable monthly subscription
- Deploy integrated web portals, voice of the customer surveys & Microsoft Social Engagement
- Inbuilt AI capabilities
Microsoft D365 On-premise Benefits
- Utilize your existing investments in hardware and IT infrastructure
- Retain complete ownership of data
- Full control over when upgrades are applied and when app changes are enforced
- Utilize in house personnel or outsourced IT resources who will manage CRM
- Create your own SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports
Whether your business operates in consulting, IT services, membership, engineering, marketing, advertising, surveying, or other business services, Locus IT‘s Microsoft Dynamics services will fit your strategy and help you meet these challenges. For more information on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online and On-premise services, please contact us.