From on-premise to cloud: 5 things you need to know about migration


“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!”

“Isn’t moving to the cloud a waste of time and effort?”

“Our current system works just fine.”

These are just a few of the reasons that block cloud migration. But if you want to future-proof your business, it’s time to make the switch.

People see moving to the cloud as a massive commitment. And honestly, they’re not wrong. A few years ago, we decided to fully invest in our cloud solutions. So, we have experienced first-hand the pains of going through this process.

But we made it out to the other side. Since 2019, we’ve been 100% cloud-based, with no on-premise sales to new clients. If you’re thinking about moving to the cloud; here are a few things to bear in mind:

1. Joining the cloud revolution future proofs your business

Ten years ago, we’d have been pushing for you to hold on tight to your on-premise solution. Cloud wasn’t up to scratch, with a thin platform and unpredictable updates that were sure to disrupt your day.

But any business manager who’s worth their salt knows you can’t get stuck in the past. Like a fine wine, Microsoft’s cloud software has aged into a thing of beauty. Under the watchful eye of CEO, Satya Nadella, the Dynamics 365 platform has become a key cloud market player and now represents a significant upgrade on any on-premise solution.

This means that now’s the time for migration – if you want to stay ahead of the game.

2. Don’t settle for second best

Many people think of cloud solutions as an online version of your on-premise system. And yes, going through migration just to move your current functionalities into the cloud would be a lot of effort for little reward.

But this is just a common misconception. In reality, the cloud system is an entirely new solution that will launch your business into digital transformation. With better insights, smarter sales, automatic upgrades, and unified tasks to say the least, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for cloud really is leagues ahead.

Trust us – it’s not worth holding on to out-dated systems for nostalgia’s sake. It may be the hassle-free option, but you will see the negative impacts on productivity and efficiency in due course. So, if your provider is telling you to stick with General Plains and forget Business Central; don’t listen!

3. Find the right partner to manage your cloud migration

Making the decision to go cloud is about more than just the product – your entire business will be affected. That’s why finding the right Microsoft partner is crucial.

There’s nothing worse than engaging with a partner who, despite having the right products, doesn’t understand your pain points or how to solve your unique problems. Someone with the relevant background will be able to find you the right solution.

That’s why Microsoft makes sure you are partnered with the right provider for your needs. For example, City Dynamics have a specialty in accounting, and this helps us better understand CFO’s pain points and what steps they need to take to move to the cloud.

Don’t forget that your solution should support your people, process and future-proof your business. The provider you choose should do the same.

4. Take your team on a migration journey

We’ve all been out for a jog and thought, “there’s no way I can keep going”. But you’ve already run three miles from home, and you left your phone on the kitchen counter so Uber, unfortunately, isn’t an option.

Changing from on-premise to the cloud requires the same mentality as a great runner. Go in with a positive attitude, determination and perseverance. And just like any athlete, reaching your goals is impossible without training. That’s why investing time in your team is essential. Without being brought on the journey you can’t expect them to be able to run the marathon. A team that is onboard with change and eager to progress will be the fuel the drives your transition forward.

Our top tip for maintaining your cool is to get support. A solution partner with an interactive implementation consultancy plan can create a more seamless process for you and your team.

5. Be ahead of the curve

Look into any successful business and you will find that they were planning their future years in advance. Choosing your Microsoft Dynamics 365 software is exactly the same.

Any decision you make as a manager or CEO needs to be future-proofed. And we can guarantee that the days of on-prem are coming to an end. If you want to demonstrate a proactive business strategy, then cloud really is the only option.

And don’t just take our word for it – we are seeing plenty of clients seeking our partners who provide cloud solutions. For many people today anything less isn’t good enough.

So, while migrating was a daunting and difficult task, do we regret it? Absolutely not. Transitioning your system is never easy – but it is always worth it.

To find out more about how City Dynamics can help you migrate your system get in touch.