Cloud Migration – how to?

The Cloud saves you time, money and offers you unprecedented flexibility to consult applications from anywhere. How to upgrade to a Cloud application? We will guide you through some essential steps.

Times are changing, society is becoming more dynamic, and more digitally focused than ever. It is therefore essential for every company, small or big, to jump into the digital future and all its innovations. Regardless of how digital to the Cloud may sound, there is also a tangible aspect to it. Moving critical data files to a remote Cloud server is one of them. However, the move to the Cloud gives you the perfect opportunity to thoroughly analyze the current structure. Now more than ever you can take a diagnostic look at your current structure and adjust your current business processes into a personalized environment that best suits your beverage company. However, redesigning the current customization and translating it to the Cloud is a process in which a number of steps should not be overlooked.

1 - Migration to the cloud? It’s a matter of planning!

Switching to a Cloud solution such as Microsoft Business Central is often an opportunity to question the as-is. Is the setup at the moment still up-to-date and did we map out all processes properly? Are there processes that are incomplete or not yet fully covered? It often requires a series of important decisions. Furthermore must any customization be critically examined. Migration to the Cloud offers you the right time and opportunity to redesign stay as close to the standard as possible.

The Drink-IT consultants are well trained to do exactly that, and guide you through the process. Together we plan which applications and data need to be transferred and which are important to add. The flexibility guarantee of your new environment is always important. Can your organization handle expansion or future changes? Is the answer Yes? Then you are almost ready for a future in the Cloud.

2 - Choose the appropriate Cloud environment and ERP system for your company

Every company is different, and so are the needs and expectations of a Cloud application. The perfect Cloud environment for your business may not exist. But our job is to find the environment closest to perfection. From fully hosted single off-site data centers to multi-Cloud environments, we work with you to find the best solution.

Microsoft NAV (Navision) vs. Business Central

NAV (Navision) is becoming a thing of the past as Microsoft will not release new updates to the software. But you can always upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central, NAV’s successor. But why does Business Central offer your company a better future perspective? Business Central is fully compatible and easy to integrate with other applications in your business processes. It is also part of the Dynamics platform, which offers an answer (sooner or later) for every department. In short, everyone always has access to the right information and that from anywhere thanks to the Cloud. The system is future-proof as it is easy to expand, and simple reporting with Power BI is also a worry-free feature.

SAP vs. Business Central

One of the main advantages of working with an ERP software is the possibility to increase your productivity. Business Central gives you flexible automation of production processes that simplifies production planning and visibility of cost management. SAP is excellent at managing inventory, but it is often too complex and less resilient to a dynamic future.

Business Central also provides the link with other Microsoft products such as Office 365, Outlook and more. SAP, on the other hand, often needs separate tools to make the link with third-party applications. Furthermore, we can also compare the user experience. While Business Central offers complete visibility with real-time views of data, SAP falls short in its dashboard and cockpit functions.

Oracle NetSuite vs. Business Central

Oracle NetSuite is designed to optimize multiple departments within your company, yet some features are often not specialized enough to meet all of your company's needs. It is also often difficult to integrate these with other software. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is developed with a focus on integration. It offers robust enterprise-level capabilities, and certain needs within your business can effortlessly be scaled. Business Central also allows its users to set unlimited parameters when analyzing the data.

3- Migration to the Cloud!

Once we have selected the right Cloud solution and have a good picture of the new environment, we can migrate the necessary data.

4 - Test your environment

Are your applications migrated? Then it certainly doesn't hurt to put it to the test and extensively test the Cloud environment. This way you can be sure that everything works as should

Cloud migration, effortless with the help of a Drink-IT consultant

Switching to the Cloud is an intensive task, but in the long run, it's definitely worth it. Drink-IT is ready to assist you through the process. Our experienced consultants offer you insight into the existing environment and a fresh perspective on the new one. Together with you, we aim for a future in the Cloud that promotes your business results and supports your processes.


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