Lots of customers have opted to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 On Premise rather than in the cloud over the years. We've helped several migrate to online as the choice became part of their technology roadmaps. In recent years, Microsoft has moved towards a "Cloud First" methodology. Review our recent blog post "The Benefits of Dynamics 365 Online Versus On-Premise" to learn more about the benefits of Dynamics 365 Online. For those still on premise, this means it's time to start planning ahead. You may be wondering, "Is my Dynamics On Premise implementation cloud ready?" or "When should I start planning to migrate to the cloud?" Have no fear. Beringer can help!
How do I get to the cloud?
Here are Beringer Technology Group, we have helped several customers migrate Dynamics On Premise implementations to the cloud. We'll go through a rigorous review process with you to identify data to be migrated, reports, workflows and business processes currently in use, what works well and what is lacking in order to create a roadmap for your online migration path. No two are alike. We'll look at customizations and make personalized recommendations for eliminating code and utilizing new features and functionality available only in the cloud. We'll help you make decisions to leverage the Unified Interface as well as plan for enhancements Microsoft pushes out with each new "wave" or release. We can deliver a training program to help your organization through the transition as well. We'll work together to make the move to the cloud as smooth as possible.
When is the best time to move?
So when is the right time to move to the cloud? In short, the sooner, the better. The Mainstream Support end date for Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement v9.0 is 1/9/2024. Mainstream Support includes new releases, updates, service packs, builds, fixes and patches needed to fix product defects or security vulnerabilities. The Extended Support end date for that version is 1/13/2026, which oddly enough is the same end date for CRM 2016. Extended Support usually last for another five years after Mainstream Support ends. The much shorter two year period here leads us to believe that Microsoft has other plans for Dynamics 365 On Premise. During this period, Microsoft will continue to provide security updates and bug fixes. But no other updates will be available without a paid support agreement.
To keep your Dynamics 365 application safe, secure and up to date, we recommend migrating to the cloud before the end of Mainstream Support for your current version. Is your Dynamics On Premise implementation cloud ready? Contact us today to find out more about how Beringer can help you take the next step to move to the cloud!
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