If your organization is currently running an on-premise or hosted CRM deployment, it’s seriously time to start planning the move to Dynamics 365 on the Microsoft Cloud.

Here are three reasons why the cloud version of CRM makes sense for you:

  1. You don’t want servers anymore

If you’ve ever stood up an on-premise version of CRM before, you know that you’ll need at least a SQL Server and a Windows Application Server.

The supported versions of SQL or Windows Server range from 2008R2 to 2016, you need to create service accounts for things like the VSS Writer Service and the Async Service—not to mention you’ll probably need the E-mail Router and Reporting Server Services set up.

I haven’t even mentioned a single Account or Customer yet and there is already all this complexity that needs to be managed.

With Dynamics 365, an organization can be provisioned literally in minutes and you can get started immediately saving not only the costs of acquiring/maintaining servers but also the effort in hours required in installing and maintaining all the components of a single application.

  1. You want easy access to the latest and greatest

If your organization is still running an older version of CRM like Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, chances are you’ve made a lot of customizations and you’ve collected a lot of data.

Some of your customizations may have outgrown their usefulness, are unsupported even, or simply might not even work.

Dynamics 365’s new features can optimize and streamline your business processes and improve and replace existing methods.

Also, updates and hotfixes are automatically pushed to your organization so you don’t need to manually install the rollup packages.

  1. You want single sign-on and easy integration

Here are just some of the Office 365 products—Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams, PowerApps, Flow, Office 365, PowerBI, Common Data Model—that have out of the box integration with Dynamics 365. Most importantly Office 365 and Dynamics 365 both sit on top of Azure Active Directory as the mechanism for login—so you have a single, secure sign-on that can be used for all your applications.

Not only can you access all the apps under one login, you can easily surface and interact with Dynamics 365 data within any of the aforementioned apps with your credentials for the greatest level of flexibility.

Here are three reasons why you might pick FMT as your Upgrade Partner:

  1. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, FMT’s CRM practice has already successfully completed multiple in-place upgrades in CRM and migrations to CRM Online using best and supported practices as documented by Microsoft.
  2. FMT has a SharePoint, O365, and three different ERP practices with a consistent Project Management methodology to ensure a successful and holistic solution.
  3. As a Microsoft CSP and Customer Care can continue to provide assistance and support once Dynamics 365 goes live.

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