HubBroker- Traditional EDI vs. Microsoft Dynamics Cloud-Based Solution: What To Pick?

Whether you’re new to EDI or presently use an on-premises infrastructure solution, you may be considering making the transfer to a cloud-based solution soon. When anything is accessed over a network connection and need not be stored locally, the term ‘cloud’ is used. Many people regard cloud-based solutions as an undiscovered territory, mainly because they are relatively new to the market comparatively.

It’s important to note here that more than 95% of the companies have increased the value of B2B integration after they outsourced their EDI operations to a Service provider, as per the Stanford University Supply Chain Forum.

A cloud EDI has several commercial advantages over a traditional version. It not only exploits the power of the cloud but also frees enterprises from EDI restrictions while assuring seamless interaction with trading partners‘ apps, demonstrating yet another trend of cloud migration.

Assess their expertise in Microsoft Office Dynamics

One major mistake companies make is joining hands with companies who are still learning to climb ropes. Without getting hasty, your company needs to assess the credibility of the service provider by asking these few questions:

  • How many years of experience do they have working with Dynamics customers?

  • The testimonials of previous and current clients

  • Do they have a team specifically dedicated to individual clients?

Scalability

Moving to the cloud prepares your business to scale for its next growth milestone. The right EDI solution must scale your business. Transitioning to the cloud enables your company to access more documents with adjustable storage capacity that can be increased or decreased at convenience. You need to inquire about their solution’s capability to manage the growing volume of orders, multiple retail types (drop-ship, marketplaces, wholesale, e-commerce, etc.), and onboarding new retailers without disturbing the current clients.

Eliminates the need for additional staffing and reduce costs

Many Dynamics EDI solutions require considerable time, money, and resources to maintain the system, often translating into hiring employees and unforeseeable expenses. Instead, you can go for a full-fledged EDI solution that provides a predictable calculation on a monthly basis that includes almost everything. As a result, there would be zero unnecessary expenses, no maintenance charges for updates or mapping. Also, your staff can divert their focus into high-value projects as their employees handle all the day-to-day EDI activities.

Opt for predictable and scalable IT infrastructure

The best part about shifting to the cloud is that it allows you to offload the IT infrastructure costs and maintenance. You won’t need to buy and maintain any additional servers. Instead, you have a fixed price for your Dynamics EDI solution, including the data center, security, and other needed IT infrastructure, all managed by experts. It’s important to understand a solution’s reliability and fees to comprehend its long-term impact on your business.

Remote Benefits

Since the pandemic, the demand for remote facilities has taken a considerable surge. And shifting to the cloud facilitates you with that. Your company can rip the benefits of easier accessibility with cloud-based solutions at any time and can also be linked with your mobile applications.

Storing Documents

Accessing files was trickier with Dynamics EDI solutions. There were difficulties in accessing the files. It was time-consuming and had the risk of losing or damaging the documents.

Shifting your Dynamics to Cloud-based EDI stores your document in the cloud and is regularly backed up for you to review.

Your Dynamics EDI switch should be planned ahead of time.

 

It takes time and a well-thought-out strategy to migrate to the cloud. Some Dynamics EDI systems can be migrated to the cloud-first, making this phase of the strategy the simplest and causing the least amount of disturbance to your business. However, not every application must migrate to the cloud simultaneously. HubBroker’s Dynamics team can tell you more about this procedure and how others have successfully moved their EDI early on.

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