42% of Danish companies presently have a cloud-based solution in some form or another. Only four years ago, the share was at 24%. If we are talking about companies that deal with customer data (CRM) in the cloud, the amount in 2016 was 33%*. In other words, Danish businesses have taken a large step towards the digital society and cloud solutions. Are you ready to get onboard?
In the figure underneath, from Statistics Denmark, we can see that cloud-based IT solutions are beginning to become quite common (in Danish: Behandling af kundedata (CRM)). The launch of Microsoft Dynamics 365 will only strengthen this trend in the coming months and years, and it is unlikely that we will see companies returning to the on-premise solutions. The cloud is here to stay. In Denmark, the market for a ”public cloud” was DKK 2.5 billion in 2015, and it is expected to see an annual growth of 20% leading to a market size of DKK 6.2 billion in 2020.
*Source: Use of IT in companies, 2016. Danmarks Statistik
Why the cloud?
There are multiple reasons why companies choose to use the cloud:
- Greater flexibility, since the capacity can be scaled on a continual basis as required. Companies can scale up or down on a monthly basis, and they can easily change the number of users and the amount of data.
- Increased efficiency and flexibility, since cloud solutions can be acquired at a fixed subscription price.
- Savings on expenditures for hardware and the maintenance of it.
- Greater predictability on costs – an operational cost (OPEX), as opposed to an investment (CAPEX).
- New functionality is typically added quicker to the cloud-version, in comparison to on-premise solutions.
- Typically, better and easier integration with other programs. Microsoft Dynamics 365, for example, is integrated with the entire Microsoft Suite (Office 365, Power BI, OneNote, Yammer, etc.).
If we take a closer look at Microsoft’s cloud-solution, Dynamics 365, we can see that it has a comprehensive functionality when compared to on-premise versions. Previously, we could see that Microsoft offered limited functionality in their online versions compared to their on-premise ones – now the opposite is the case, and there are functions that are only available in the cloud.
Beyond that, the cloud has become an important tool for a lot of companies because it makes it possible to prioritize and channel internal resources towards business development and strengthening competitiveness, rather than focused on server maintenance, support and upgrades.
Migrating to the cloud with Microsoft Dynamics 365
When a company has decided to migrate to the cloud, it is generally quite quickly that it can use the applications and services. This improves control and shortens maintenance periods. The IT function can also make better predictions and adapt its resources to suit the company’s needs.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s new flagship which unites CRM and ERP. Microsoft Dynamics 365 is built on a series of “apps” that serve to make it easy to customize the solution and build an IT platform that is well adapted to the company’s size, requirements, growth and roles. Microsoft Dynamics 365 can administer company functions such as:
Do you want to know more about how your on-premise solution can be migrated to the cloud and Microsoft Dynamics 365?
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