Unsure About Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

If you’ve decided that Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the best option for your business then you’ve made the biggest decision already. The only major question left you need to ask yourself is how you’re going to deploy it. 

Dynamics 365 Business Central can be deployed in multiple ways, three of which we’re going to look at today; these are via Cloud (Saas), On Premise and via Subscription (usually hosted on Azure or private hosting).

While this may not seem like a major decision, how you choose to host your Dynamics 365 Business Central will impact not only your business but factors such as features and services that you’ll find available to you. Each option comes with its own series of advantages and disadvantages, all of which you’ll find below.

How To Deploy Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central - SaaS

 

Advantages Disadvantages
No Infrastructure to maintain which means no time spent managing in-house servers and hardware. All you need is an internet connection. Reliant on a good Internet connection.
Users who deploy the SaaS model of Dynamics can access a continually updated set of business intelligence tools. Due to data regulations, storing customer data and critical information in the cloud may not be possible.
Microsoft promises a 99.9% uptime guarantee, thanks to some seriously robust disaster recovery features during unexpected outages. Though cloud storage could be considered more cost-effective there are additional costs when it comes to additional storage.
With Cloud deployment, you don’t need to safeguard your own servers as you’ll find data automatically backed up.  
The Clouds Interconnected nature means Dynamics 365 can work closely with other cloud based systems.  
You’ll also enjoy great access to Apps through the AppSource, allowing you to enjoy extra functionality.  
Users of the Cloud receive automatic updates much sooner than other deployment options.  
You have the ability to increase or decrease users as you wish.  
Lower initial investment for the software and payable on a monthly basis.  
BREP included in the monthly cost per user so there are no hidden surprises with annual recurring costs.  

 

Dynamics 365 On Premise

 

Advantages Disadvantages
Use your own infrastructure and hardware rather than rendering them useless. Due to you hosting Dynamics 365 on internal servers, you take on responsibility for its upkeep, which means no access to data support.
No need for a reliable internet source. Should your connection drop, you still have access and control. You’ll find yourself at the back of the queue for new updates, if they’re made available for offline users at all.
Enjoy complete ownership of data along with total control when it comes to storing said data. Larger initial investment for the software unless you choose a finance option.
You choose when you want to implement product updates with greater control about whether you do, along with when and how. BREP is an additional cost to the initial software and is an annual recurring cost.
There are no storage costs because you’re using your own hardware to store your data.  

 

Dynamics 365 Via Subscription

 

Advantages Disadvantages
Spread the cost of Dynamics 365 on a monthly subscription. While it may not be as cost-effective in the long run, it rids the need for any lump sums or initial outlays, instead requiring a simply monthly subscription. Unlike the Cloud, updates won’t be automatic and yet another task for you to decide if and when you do it.
Host on either Azure, your own serves or private hosting, the choice is entirely yours. Continued costs forever more as you find yourself paying a monthly subscription for the entire period you wish to use it.
By hosting via Azure, your own servers or private hosting, subscription model users have better control over data protection, reports and other general activity. If hosting on your own hardware much like On Premise, you may find you need to invest in further IT support as you are solely in charge of everything from configuration, updates and general upkeep.

 

Contact NAV Today

While the above lists aren’t exhaustive, they do demonstrate the great differences between each deployment method. If you’d like further information on either deployment option, or advice and guidance in choosing the right option for you, simply contact us today on 01268 724 005.

About the author

Sue Wright

Business Development Manager, Sue, has been part of the team since 2015, having previously worked in the technology sector for 7 years. Her role sees her running the Sales and Marketing teams as well as supporting the Account Managers on a daily basis.