Is your organization technologically obsolete? In a world where computer hardware and software have “new generations” every 12 – 36 months, it’s easy to fall behind. Yet, surely you don’t really long for any of these outdated tools:
- Paper Maps (and folding them up again)
- Floppy discs and CDs
- Dial-up Internet
- Windows Vista
The leaders of your organization may feel the pressure of time marching on too.
For an IT director, the job of managing your organization’s technology isn’t so much a matter of getting the latest new tech-toy to implement, but to make a wise decision to move your organization forward in time only when and if needed. After all, “if it ain’t broke . . . “
The CFO often has a different perspective on technology. Within the realm of fiscal responsibility is the objective of making sure your organization is up-to-date and operating at peak efficiency. CFOs have to balance that requirement with your budget and keep staff motivated with the best tools at the best costs.
Today, many directors and C-level managers are reviewing this need for relevant newness within the parameters of bringing the best financial management and accounting software to your organization. And in a word, that evolution can be described as “Cloud.”
MATURITY OF THE CLOUD
Believe it or not, cloud services have around since the 1960s, when business computing first began in earnest. However, until the Internet became ubiquitous, and SalesForce began taking advantage of that technology in the 1990s, deploying software in the cloud wasn’t on anyone’s radar as an operational must.
Today, however, Cloud computing and the accompanying Software-as-a-Service has us all thinking about lower up-front costs and long-term benefits in an ERP software solution that remains perpetually up-to-date. Microsoft entered the Cloud computing market in the early 2000s and underscored its commitment with multiple billions of dollars invested in research, development, and moving its software to the Cloud.
With that commitment came the push to an ERP Cloud solution called Dynamics 365. Based on one of Microsoft’s strongest ERP solutions, Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision), D-365 is a true cloud solution that also happens to be deployable in other hosted solutions, or on premise, as well as in the Microsoft Cloud.
Here at Tangicloud we’re seeing that investment pay off, as most of our prospects and customers are asking for a cloud deployment and a SaaS solution for their financial management and accounting solution. They want to operate with Windows 10 and see for themselves how the latest OS technology offers such advantages as interfacing directly with financial systems, and business intelligence features. And they want it now.
SaaS and deployment in the Microsoft cloud offers customers the best of all worlds – reduced IT burdens like data backups and upgrades or update implementations, reduced up-front costs, no maintenance fees, and more.
So this could be the year you and your organization decide it’s time to move forward. However, you'll want to plan ahead to meet the requirements of your annual budgets along with the desire for modern software. Here’s a timeline to help you plan to move your organization comfortably into 21st century business software:
We live in exciting times and can experience the best in operating tools, but to get there we need to take the first steps, or we may face another year of becoming more unnecessarily obsolete.