We have spoken before in this blog about the cloud and the benefits it can bring for software development companies such as ours. It enables Altus Dynamics to provide advanced solutions and more deployment options to meet the needs of our customers.
As you may know, Microsoft has created a platform called Azure which is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables developers like us to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Applications can be built using any language, tool or framework and can integrate public cloud applications with an existing IT environment. Windows Azure provides on-demand infrastructure that scales and adapts to changing needs while providing best-in-class price performance and end-to-end support.
At a macro level Small and Midsized businesses (SMBs) worldwide are increasingly looking to the cloud as the preferred method of deploying and consuming software (often referred to as Software as a Service or SaaS). Taking the example of the US market, IDC predicts that by the end of 2014 more than 80% of midsized businesses are expected to employ some form of cloud computing. As SMBs become more comfortable with hybrid and cloud-only deployments, the depth and breadth of workloads that SMBs are asking for in the cloud continue to expand – and ERP’s like NAV are no exception.
The great news for our customers is that Altus Dynamic ERP based on Microsoft Dynamics® NAV 2013 R2 gives our customers the option for deployment in the cloud, including on Windows Azure. Benefits include;
- Increased flexibility and lower total cost of ownership – At an infrastructure level it allows for affordable infrastructure, hardware and IT overhead costs with highly efficient automated processes in Windows Azure. The infrastructure needs can be scaled up or scaled down dependent on changing situations, maximizing cost efficiency. As the infrastructure is professionally ‘managed’, users have access to detailed reporting to review and plan their requirements, freeing up internal IT resource to focus on strategic projects.
- Faster deployment – As the managed infrastructure and platforms are already in place, customers can get up and running in hours instead of weeks by removing the need to scope, purchase, deploy, and test infrastructure.
- Access data and the solution, anytime, anywhere – As the solutions and data are securely hosted in the cloud, users can access it from anywhere at any time using the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client on virtually any device.
- Enterprise-grade infrastructure and 24 hour support – Microsoft have put stringent service level agreements in place, robust security, backup and privacy controls enabling Windows Azure to run in geographically dispersed datacenters that comply with key industry standards, such as ISO/IEC 27001:2005. Convenient for the like of international NGOs.