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Why Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Private Cloud?


An all-in-one business management solution

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premise is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that helps small and medium sized businesses automate and connect their sales, purchasing, operations, accounting, and stock management. While it is called Business Central “On-Premise”, this solution can be hosted in a private cloud environment.

The private cloud version of Business Central On-Premise can be physically located by your organisation’s on-site data centres, or it can be hosted by a third party service provider, such as Azzure IT.

In a private cloud, the services and infrastructure are always maintained on a private network and the hardware and software are dedicated solely to your organisation. In this way, a private cloud can make it easier for an organisation to customise its resources to meet specific IT requirements previously enforced by each individual business.

Private clouds are often used by government agencies, financial institutions and any other medium to large-sized organisations with business-critical operations seeking enhanced control over their environment. This is due to the ability Business Central On-Premise/Private Cloud has to be fully bespoke and customised to fit any business’s needs.

Architecture of the Solution

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Private Cloud is installed and run in a unique environment for each of our customers. This is a single tenant architecture and enables the full breadth of functionality, customisation and configuration to be used. For our customers using NAV, this means you can use the necessary parts of your existing solution to ensure fit with your processes and integration with other systems.

For those who opt for private hosted, we provide this on the same secure Microsoft Azure platform that is used by the public cloud version. The difference is that Private Cloud is fully managed for you by the Azzure IT team. With private cloud we allow you to choose when you want to install updates and new versions, we have access to fix any issues you encounter and we can provide any levels of customisation or integration you require. This is the same service as the one we already provide for our NAV customers.

How does this affect my business?

More flexibility
Your organisation can customise its cloud environment to meet specific business needs.

Improved security
Resources are not shared with others, so higher levels of control and security are possible.

High scalability
Private clouds still afford the scalability and efficiency of a public cloud.

Licensing Structure

With D365 Business Central, licensing has moved to Named Users – the same model used by Office365. This means that each Named User that has been setup to use the system needs a licence. Prior to this, Dynamics NAV used Concurrent User licensing which meant that it counted the number of users logged into the system at any one time.

A Business Central Private Cloud subscription allows you to use either Business Central Cloud or Business Central On-Premise.

A Business Central Private Cloud subscription allows you to create a “Hybrid Cloud” where you have an On-Premise version which synchronises with a Cloud Version.

A Business Central Cloud subscription includes the capabilities of the Microsoft Power Suite (Flow, PowerApps, Power BI) along with Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Services.

This enables you to:

Use PowerBI for dashboard reporting and drilldowns into your data without a separate subscription.

Use PowerApps to build mobile apps to access your data and create additional data entry screens.

Use Flow to introduce workflows between Dynamics365 and other applications.

Use AI and Cognitive Services to advise on future actions based on historical trends and patterns. A couple of practical uses of this are more accurate Cash Flow Forecast based upon customers payment trends and Stock Forecasting based upon historical stock usage trends.

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