• Stephen Abela

Why Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SAAS is better?

Many more companies are resorting to Business Central in the cloud rather than the on-premise version. Why is this so? And would this option be more suitable for you too? We did our best to address these questions and trust you'll find your answer below.


How is the cloud version different from on-premise?


For the on-premise version, the system is installed on your own server. If you do not have your own server, you can use hosting, where the server is rented to you by an ERP system provider or a hosting data centre, etc.


In the cloud version, the ERP system runs on a Microsoft structure and your data is stored and replicated in its data centres.


This does not in any way undermine the value of the on-premise version. Yet it is also our responsibility to inform about the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and recommend where it is deemed advantageous. The cloud version is increasingly gaining popularity and as a result, Microsoft itself is investing more efforts to continuously optimize and improve for the benefit of the esteemed users. Without further ado, let's dive into the 5 main benefits we consider essential and which you cannot miss out on.



1. Significant money savings


The cloud version is more cost-effective as you only pay a monthly license fee. To complement this, you don't need your own server and neither do you have the need to invest in hosting, which frequently adds up expenses.


Microsoft automatically upgrades to the latest version at no extra payment. In liaison with your provider, you only upgrade your customized features, and this brings us to our next crucial point.



2. Seamless Upgrade without worries


In the previous benefit mentioned, one important word appeared - AUTOMATIC. If you choose the cloud version of Business Central, you don't have to worry about practically anything and your system will always be up to date. Microsoft will contact your ISP before each upgrade to let them know that system updates are knocking on the door. By that date, the provider will prepare for the upgrade of all the customizations that you have tailored to you, with Microsoft taking care of the rest.


However, with the on-premise version, the situation is fundamentally different. There are no automatic updates, and you're still working with the version of the system you purchased. If you decide to upgrade to the latest version over time, it's likely that the system has gone through several new versions in the meantime. Your provider then has two options:


It will gradually update from one version to the next until it is worked on to the latest one. Updating the on-premise version is like climbing stairs. If you want to get to the top of the latest version of Business Central, you can't jump - you need to climb the stairs, which are the main versions of the system.


Time and money are indispensable. If you have a very old version of the system, such as NAV 2009 R2, 3 numerous upgrades will need to be gone through to lead you to the latest version of Business Central, which can take hundreds of hours of work. If your system is only one version behind, the upgrade can only take a few hours.


The second option is not to upgrade and instead implement a new Business Central to migrate data from the old system. This pays off especially with really old versions of Navision.


3. Works great with cloud tools