The concept of cloud has been around for at least a couple of decades. It was not referred to as cloud, but internet resources were being used in a similar way. People would upload documents that they would need to store over a long term as attachments in their emails. Many websites allowed people to upload and share photos which in a manner of speaking served as storage of photos. Youtube allowed people to upload videos which also served the secondary purpose of being an online video storage. Many companies used their websites as ad hoc CRMs and ERPs. Possibly, the first companies to provide cloud-based services where video game companies which created massively multiplayer online games and services like Blizzard’s Battle.Net which allowed people to connect to servers and play a game not necessarily on their machines but on the servers of the companies.
The only and main difference being they were not called cloud-based facilities. The concept of cloud came much later and has picked up greatly a little over a decade ago with the advent of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Both these companies and more specifically Microsoft has found numerous ways to leverage the cloud infrastructure. Their game Microsoft Flight Simulator actually used information about a location’s geography to render that location within the game which takes a lot of processing power away from the user’s machine.
Many companies have switched to the cloud. Based on their requirements, they would be either hybrid cloud where storage and resources of both on-premises and online are being used. Others use a local cloud or a private cloud which is entirely on-premises. A few use public cloud like AWS or Azure.
Obviously, if companies have not moved to the cloud this is the right time to do so. Cloud services are becoming cheaper and more readily available. The options are also many and companies would easily find the one that suits them the most or one that almost suits them. But there is another caveat here. Moving to cloud takes time and companies would also want to evolve their approaches because this would give them a chance to clean up their baggage in their processes. They would either go with a custom developed solution which would take time and money to create and implement or take a readily available solution from the market and modify it according to their needs.
The best option would be the second one. It is safe to say that the companies that have released their solutions would have done extensive research and their solutions would be very close to the requirements. And among those, Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 set of solutions is ideal. They are cloud based and always available. They can be easily tailored according to a company’s need. Microsoft updates and continuously improves these solutions, and they are not going to go away anytime soon.
It is high time to move to cloud and easily the best option would be to adapt Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions. The companies can select any one or more than one of the available solutions and use them as they are which would take about 15 minutes or have them modified, which would be relatively cheaper.
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