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Cathlyn Cilia Camilleri - Lead Consultant, Microsoft Business Solutions

Local businesses can now opt for a SaaS deployment of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central rather than the traditional on-premise deployment. Of course, there is no one-size fits all approach for all businesses. However, this is a huge advancement. As technology has improved and the cloud has become such an integral part of the Internet, deploying Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on SaaS allows businesses to adopt new business models faster, based on their business needs. This contributes to numerous benefits, namely revolving around:

• Lower deployment costs and easy scalability

• Reliability

• Availability of continuous product updates

Investment in IT and infrastructure is a basic requirement when hosting on-premise.  Hardware can be an expensive investment before the actual purchase of the solution! With the cloud, deployment costs are lower. The business is essentially paying a hosting company to rent these servers and have them do everything.  Also, the number of users can be scaled up or down based on business requirements.  This is not an option for an on-premise licence model!

Reliability, security, and data privacy of hosting a solution in data centres on the Microsoft cloud may be a key business concerns for a SaaS deployment in the local market.  In their SLA, Microsoft guarantee at least 99.9% availability of the Azure Active Directory B2C service. This service is managed by a team of security experts, actively monitoring the data centres to protect the business data.

(Source: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/support/legal/sla/summary)

Why is cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central a game-changer

The Business Central team at Microsoft is committed to continuously designing and developing updates and new product features. With a Business Central cloud deployment, the business is in control and can manage how and when such updates are received. System administrators define when the solution is to be updated. Microsoft updates are scheduled around these maintenance windows. With a cloud deployment there is no need of expensive upgrades every few years!

Business Central on the cloud sits as the present and future preferred deployment option on the Microsoft Business Central roadmap. This is a game changer for SMEs.  On cloud Business Central is here to stay!  Being a Microsoft partner, together with our best of breed professionals across the Dynamics 365 capabilities, clearly makes us the best choice for a cloud Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central implementation. Our successful implementations, both locally and internationally, showcase our ability to add value to a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central implementation. This will now be enhanced further with the availability of the Business Central on the cloud.

We at KPMG MBS are committed to assisting businesses to take their ERP system deployment to the next level by assisting different business units to successfully adopt Business Central on the cloud for the day-day-operations, spanning from finance to the manufacturing unit of your business. Do reach out to us!