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This is the last article in our series about the many benefits and potential risks of moving your existing on-premises ERP system like Dynamics GP, NAV, SL or AX to Enavate’s fully managed Cloud Hosted in Microsoft Azure, the world’s leading Cloud solution for business. Topics included:
Cloud-based ERP isn’t just a passing fad—it’s the superior option for any company looking to boost worker efficiency, increase profits, and keep their data safe. In this blog, we’ll explore how hosting your ERP solution on Microsoft Azure can help with all three.
A global pandemic, increasingly frequent climate catastrophes, war in Eastern Europe, a fluctuating global economy: all of these things have created significant challenges for businesses in recent years. And if you’ve been using a traditional on-premises ERP solution, Microsoft announcing the end of mainstream support for many of those solutions is yet another disruption.
To deal with this disruption, you have three options:
Staying the course means that for those of you using SL and NAV, you won’t have mainstream support from Microsoft should any issues arise, and there won’t be any more updates to improve performance. You can make it work for the time being, but it’s essentially punting your ERP decision for another day. For those of you using GP, that application is part of the Microsoft Modern Lifecycle and will be supported for at least another five years.
The other two options would both get you onto the Cloud. You can make the full leap to a Dynamics 365 solution, or if you like what you have and want to increase security, eliminate the need to manage your IT environment and protect your investment, you can migrate it to Enavate’s fully managed Cloud environment in Azure.
Moving to the Cloud can help you avoid the typical nightmares that can plague any business, such as service interruptions and downtime. If your systems aren’t up and running, you can’t service your customers, and you end up losing revenue. If you experience downtime too often, or at a particularly high-volume time, you can earn a bad reputation that may be hard to shake. And when your employees have to spend time rebuilding systems or explaining to their customers that they can't properly service them, they get stressed, discouraged, and burnt out, leading to expensive staff churn.
According to a recent study by Atlassian, the average cost of downtime for small businesses can be as much as $427 per minute. For large businesses, it reaches as high as $9,000 per minute. Suffice it to say, you want to avoid downtime as much as possible. Enavate’s fully managed Cloud solution can help.
First of all, Enavate monitors and manages all components 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our teams stay on top of any issues that arise and typically resolve the problem before users even notice something’s wrong. We also fully test the configurations and interoperability of your environment before we put it into production.
We use Microsoft Azure’s data centers, which are the most secure in the world and not prone to impact from outside factors, such as cyber-attacks. And since we’ve been hosting Microsoft Dynamics applications for more than a decade, we’ve developed and refined best practices that let you focus on your business instead of IT.
Another huge nightmare is when a data backup fails or when data can’t be restored. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as media failure, human error (e.g., forgetting to run backups or test restores), and patch-related misconfigurations that can cause malfunctions. And even if everything goes right with a data restore, recovery can take much longer when you’re working with a traditional on-premises solution than would be in the Cloud.
With Enavate’s Cloud solution, you can use Cloud-native backup services that provide the most reliable way to continuously back up your data. These backups are always tested and confirmed so that they work when you need them, and we can help you with customized backup strategies to fit your specific data needs.
It’s a common misconception that only “the big companies” are targeted by cyber-criminals. In reality, the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that 1 in 5 breach victims were SMBs, with an average loss of $21,659. And according to recent research, 82% of all ransomware attacks target small businesses. Why? Because the perpetrators don’t want to call too much attention to themselves by hitting a big jackpot. According to one ransomware gang member, “It is better to quietly receive stable small sums from mid-sized companies.”
Enavate’s API-driven Cloud services significantly reduce your burden on keeping your infrastructure and software secure in the Cloud. We patch your servers regularly, provide multifactor authentication to prevent bad actors from accessing your environment and use advanced threat detection to identify anomalies and zero-day attacks. Plus, Azure meets the requirements for over 200 regulatory compliance challenges, and it comprises over 250 products supported by over 4,000 security engineers.
According to Statista, almost 70% of organizations worldwide use Microsoft Azure for their Cloud services. That includes 90% of the Fortune 100 and 95% of the Fortune 500. And it’s no wonder so many companies trust Microsoft, considering they invest $1 billion in Azure security every year.
The Enavate Cloud is the only Cloud platform built by a security vendor. The Azure managed services we offer include:
For system backups, we offer:
For SQL database backups, we offer:
There are six core benefits of hosting your Dynamics application with us:
The migration process with Enavate is comprised of three steps:
The Enavate team uses a combination of software tools and consultancy best practices to discover what applications can be migrated, their current configurations, the people that will be impacted and the dependencies of the application(s). The result is a comprehensive plan for what to do with the application and the expectations on availability and functionality.
First, we set up Azure subscriptions using best practices for security, connectivity, policies and general governance prior to migration to ensure that customers are using Azure correctly from the start. Then we perform the migration using the prescribed method identified in the assessment plan: rehost, retire, replace, rearchitect or retain. Finally, we evaluate and test to ensure the migrated application meets the criteria outlined in the assessment.
Once you’ve migrated to the Cloud, we regularly review your usage and adjust computing resources as necessary to help you minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO).
When selecting your Cloud partner, you should look for a vendor with Azure experience, including Dynamics ERP in Azure. They should also be skilled at identifying and procuring the right amount and mix of Azure solutions for your organization. They should have the right tools to properly manage your Azure environment, and they should also provide managed services.
To hear the full discussion about managing your Azure environment, download the webinar on-demand.
If you’re ready to migrate, https://www.enavate.com/cloud-migration-assessmentchat with one of our experts, reach out today!
Bill Moore has spent his entire career helping clients utilize technology to reduce cost, improve productivity and profitability, and enhance security. For the past 10 years, he has helped clients achieve this by migrating applications and data to the Cloud.